The Saints are still figuring out how to deploy C.J. Spiller.
Spiller took just six snaps against the Titans on Sunday, the fewest snaps he's taken in any game this season despite the absence of Khiry Robinson, the backup who will miss the rest of the season after breaking his leg against New York.
In those six plays, Spiller was targeted twice in the passing game, caught one pass for two yards and rushed twice for eight yards. Brought in as a free agent to fill the satellite back role once made famous by Reggie Bush and Darren Sproles, Spiller has instead been used sparingly or in specialized roles.
"I don't control when I go in," Spiller said. "I try to stay tuned in to the game so whenever I'm called upon, I'm ready to go. Obviously, you want to play more. You're a competitor, you want to be out there, but you can't play with 12 people on the field."
Spiller, averages 15.5 snaps per game and just 5.75 touches per game, is on pace for the lightest workload of his career.
And with Robinson out of action, feature back Mark Ingram saw a season-high 67 snaps.
Saints coach Sean Payton said the Titans' pass rush played a role in keeping Spiller off the field.
"Yesterday, as Mark is going, sometimes the front we see dictates what kind of run or what kind of passes. It's a heavy blitz team, and Mark's typically been our protecting back," Payton said. "Specifically, in that second half, there was quite a bit of pressure."
Spiller has not complained about his role yet.
Five seasons in a Buffalo timeshare taught Spiller how to handle a lack of work.
"If it was my first rodeo, then it would be frustrating, but I've dealt with it my whole career, so it's not new to me," Spiller said. "It is what it is. The most disappointing thing is that we lost the game. Obviously, you want to go out there and play more, but I was more ticked off that we lost."