"He's definitely a return guy that we view (can contribute), whether it's punts or kickoffs," Payton said. "He has experience at that. He's explosive. He's a versatile player and we're going to look to get him the ball in a number of ways, and a returner is certainly one of those ways."
Spiller is on board with the chance to return kicks and punts, telling the newspaper: "It's a huge part of my game," while adding: "I'm comfortable doing it. I'm excited about the opportunity if I get to do it here."
NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah told Around The NFL that it "wouldn't shock me at all" if New Orleans was top five in carries with Payton "kind of following the blueprint" of last year's Cowboys. We wouldn't be surprised to see Spiller top Ingram in touches, largely because of what Payton has accomplished before with versatile, pass-catching speed demons like Darren Sproles, Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush.
"Whatever that number is," Spiller said of his workload, "I'll be ready."