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The trade didn’t catch Jackson by surprise because he said Lynch had kept him up to date on the progress of trade talks over the past few weeks.

Spiller, selected ninth overall out of Clemson, was surprised by the move, saying he thought a three-back rotation had a chance to work. Spiller, however, acknowledged he’s having difficulty finding his niche.

“I’m still unsure what my role is,” Spiller said. “It’s kind of disappointing that you don’t really know. But at the same time, you know what you can bring to this team. I stay encouraged by that. So you just wait your turn and try to help the team any way you can.”

Fitzpatrick wasn’t surprised by the trade, given how the offense has sputtered and the team is winless.

“Well, there’s never a dull moment in the NFL, especially when you’re losing,” Fitzpatrick said. “It’s just one of those things we had talked about, crowded backfield and trying to get everybody touches. Hopefully, it works out for Marshawn, and hopefully, it works out well for us.”