WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. — C.J. Spiller‘s training camp time was cut short last week when he underwent an arthroscopic procedure on his knee.
The Saints expect him back by the season opener against Arizona, a source told The Advocate earlier this week.
If Spiller stays on track, the question then becomes whether or not Spiller can step in seamlessly to an offense that will presumably spend a few weeks practicing without the Saints’ new satellite back.
One of Spiller’s running mates thinks that won’t be a problem.
“C.J.’s smart,” Ingram said. “Although he’s not on the field getting reps, he’s in the film room seeing plays, seeing our mistakes, seeing our corrections. As far as X’s and O’s go, I think he’ll be just fine when he’s healthy enough to come back.”
In the meantime, the Saints have gotten a good look at Ingram andKhiry Robinson, who have both flashed impressive receiving skills in training camp so far.
“All those players are competing for touches, and they could come in the running game, they could come in the passing game,” Saints coach Sean Payton said. “I would say he and Khiry both have become more accomplished in their protection, in their ability to separate and get open man-to-man. That gives you more flexibility when they’re in the game.”