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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Saints sign fifth-round draft pick; release Groce Posted by The Times-Picayune June 14, 2007 3:48PM The Saints have signed cornerback David Jones, their fifth-round draft choice, it was announced Thursday by Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis. The team has ...

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Old 06-14-2007, 09:10 PM   #1
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Jones on board, Groce gone.......

Saints sign fifth-round draft pick; release Groce
Posted by The Times-Picayune June 14, 2007 3:48PM

The Saints have signed cornerback David Jones, their fifth-round draft choice, it was announced Thursday by Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis. The team has also released cornerback DeJuan Groce.

"It's a priority to get our draft picks under contract and ready for training camp," Loomis said in a release issued by the team. "David is a player we expect to make a contribution, and this signing allows him to concentrate on his preparation for the opening of camp."

Jones is a 6-foot, 196-pound cornerback from Wingate University and was picked by the Saints in the fifth round with the 145th overall selection of the April draft.

A native of Greenville, S.C., Jones was a two-year starter and earned All-South Atlantic Conference honors in each of his final two seasons. He started 19 of 40 games for the Bulldogs, recording 110 tackles, 28 pass defenses and a forced fumble along with the 15 picks. Jones scored five touchdowns in his career with three coming on interception returns and two more when he lined up as a wide receiver.

Groce joined the Saints just before the start of the 2006 regular season, having been claimed off waivers from the St. Louis Rams. The veteran cornerback played in the final 12 games of the regular season and both postseason contests for the Saints, making 12 stops on defense and six on special teams.

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Besides a couple of special team plays last year, he was nothing special and struggled in coverage.
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Old 06-15-2007, 10:28 AM   #3
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well he has the xperience and skill. just bad year and couldnt stay healthy. so payton and co. did the smartest thing by keeping to experienced cb's for battle instead of two (craft and thomas)
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