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25 reasons to get excited about Saints training camp - battle at kick returner

Our countdown to Saints training camp presented by Verizon continues

The New Orleans Saints will open their 2015 training camp presented by Verizon next week with an interesting situation at kick returner.

Will Coach Sean Payton opt to go with newcomer C.J. Spiller, receiver Brandin Cooks, last season's late addition, Jalen Saunders, or seventh-round draft pick Marcus Murphy out of Missouri?

It's hard to predict which player eventually will emerge with the job but Spiller is unquestionably a game-changer. He had 10 returns for a 30.6-yard average in 2014 for the Buffalo Bills with one touchdown. While he hasn't returned any punts since the 2011 season he has returned 25 in his career with a top average of 14.6 yards in 2010.

In Cooks' rookie campaign he returned 10 punts for a 3.5-yard average and returned one kickoff for just 12 yards.

Saunders impressed in very limited action at the end of the 2014 season when he had three kick returns for 139 yards, including a 99-yarder. He also returned nine punts for an 11-yard average.

Murphy is an unproven commodity in the NFL but should get a shot at camp to stand out.

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