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biloxi-indian 02-07-2012 03:25 AM

Saints remove seven from Injured Reserve list
 
The New Orleans Saints made several roster moves Monday removing seven players from the Injured Reserve list. LB Jermiha Hunter (Achilles), WR Joseph Morgan (knee), K Garrett Hartley (Hip), T Charles Brown (Hip), LB Will Herring (MCL), RB Mark Ingram (Toe), and TE David Thomas (Concussion).

Hunter, a three-year starter for the Iowa Hawkeyes, was signed by the Saints early last year during a run on undrafted players.
He had caught the eye of coaches during training camp, making plays, showcasing great instincts, and even nearly picking off a few passes when dropping into coverage.

He was placed on injured reserve after he tore his Achilles tendon during practice after just a few weeks.

The Saints are looking for play makers to flank Pro Bowl middle linebacker Johnathan Vilma at strong and weakside linebacker.

New defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo will be re-building the defense in order to improve on the units 24th ranking from last season, and Hunter could be one to keep an eye on this preseason.

Undrafted receiver Joseph Morgan was another standout during the preseason games as it seemed the Saints had found a legitimate deep threat to compliment Devery Henderson.

Morgan will have a shot to make the 53-man roster this season if he can stay healthy.

Helping his chances are that wide receiver Marques Colston and Robert Meachem are both slated to become free agents, and with the impending contract of Drew Brees, the Saints may not have the cash to satisfy both.

Tight end David Thomas has been a large role player for the Saints offense since being acquired from the Patriots prior to the 2009 season.

A concussion suffered in week three kept him sidelined for most of the season before lingering symptoms forced his season to end.

Ingram, one of two of the teams first round picks last year, was beginning to blossom as the teams primary back later in the season until a turf toe injury sent him to the bench in week 13.

With three healthy running backs on the roster in Pierre Thomas, Darren Sproles, and Chris Ivory the Saints decided to play it safe with Ingram and shut him down for the season.

New Orleans Saints remove seven from Injured Reserve list

|Mitch| 02-07-2012 12:50 PM

I wonder what this Hunter kid brings to the table?

SmashMouth 02-07-2012 12:56 PM

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Originally Posted by |Mitch| (Post 376433)
I wonder what this Hunter kid brings to the table?

My thoughts exactly ... and Joe Morgan may be a decent replacement for Meachem.

FinSaint 02-07-2012 01:14 PM

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Originally Posted by |Mitch| (Post 376433)
I wonder what this Hunter kid brings to the table?


Hunter was held in quite high remark by the coaches of the Hawkeyes' so I would think that he has potential, and he is under contract through 2013, which makes me think the Saints' coaching staff have also liked what they have seen out of him.

I can't give you anything more substantial, but he seems like a smart composed kid based on the post game interviews I saw on youtube, like this one:


Ashley 02-07-2012 01:26 PM

I tried to find some videos of him so we could see something on him. I just can't find anything on him other than this.

Rugby Saint II 02-07-2012 03:29 PM

Thanks Ashley. He looks good....real good. I believe that Wilson is going to start at one of the LBer spots on either side of Vilma so this gives me a little more hope as we transition into the off season.

AlaskaSaints 02-07-2012 04:54 PM

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Here's a Shanle vid from his days in Nebraska:

Imagine the sound of locusts...

...and chirping crickets...

FinSaint 02-07-2012 05:18 PM

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Originally Posted by AlaskaSaints (Post 376491)
Here's a Shanle vid from his days in Nebraska:

Imagine the sound of locusts...

...and chirping crickets...


http://smileys.on-my-web.com/reposit.../happy-102.gif


Too funny man, almost spilled my coffee over the laptop!

FinSaint 02-07-2012 05:32 PM

Here's a video of him in HS :-D

http://rivals.yahoo.com/video/recrui...r-Harrisb-3578

Better than nothing I guess...

QBREES9 02-09-2012 12:21 AM

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Originally Posted by AlaskaSaints (Post 376491)
Here's a Shanle vid from his days in Nebraska:

Imagine the sound of locusts...

...and chirping crickets...

2 funny.


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