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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Not long after the New Orleans Saints made their last pick in this past weekend's NFL draft, team personnel began reaching out to potential undrafted free agents in hopes of bringing them to New Orleans. Jerico Nelson was anxiously awaiting ...

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Old 04-30-2012, 07:19 AM   #1
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Not long after the New Orleans Saints made their last pick in this past weekend's NFL draft, team personnel began reaching out to potential undrafted free agents in hopes of bringing them to New Orleans. Jerico Nelson was anxiously awaiting one of those calls.

And when it came, the former Destrehan High School and Arkansas standout safety agreed to join the Saints.

"This is where I was raised," Nelson said. "Growing up I got to see them play a lot, and I got to a couple of games, so I feel real good about that. I'm really excited about joining the Saints."

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Old 04-30-2012, 07:47 AM   #2
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It's pretty interesting that they are bringing in 4 LBs, but only 2 CBs, since they are already loaded on the LB front (even though LBs do regularly make good special teamers) but severely lacking in CB depth.

But I guess at least one of those 3 safeties could as well play CB or are they seriously thinking about reverting Jenkins back into a (slot) CB?
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It's pretty interesting that they are bringing in 4 LBs, but only 2 CBs, since they are already loaded on the LB front (even though LBs do regularly make good special teamers) but severely lacking in CB depth.

But I guess at least one of those 3 safeties could as well play CB or are they seriously thinking about reverting Jenkins back into a (slot) CB?
I'm not sure I'd say we are severly lacking depth at CB. Torrence is a journeyman CB used as a 4th CB, and easily replaced.

Patrick should step up in the 3rd CB role, and you can basically sign someone off the street as a 4th CB.
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I'm not sure I'd say we are severly lacking depth at CB. Torrence is a journeyman CB used as a 4th CB, and easily replaced.

Patrick should step up in the 3rd CB role, and you can basically sign someone off the street as a 4th CB.

Yes, but I do think that "severely" is the right word for how things stand at the moment. Because Greer and Robinson are the only CBs on the roster who have extended experience on the field.

While I do agree with you that Patrick should quite easily step into the nickel role, still he is unproven and he might be injury prone, although I have no evidence to back that "hunch" up.

But after these 3 guys, the Saints don't really have any playmakers at the CB position, and while they hopefully won't need more than 3 at any given time during the season, there's always the chance that one or more of them could pick up an injury during the course of the season forcing them to lose some time.

Naturally, the Saints can always sign pretty much any journeyman or UDFA CB to be the 4th CB on the depth chart, but that might end up biting them in the a$$. With the season both Spags and Flajole had last year with the Rams - over 10 CBs going on the IR - I would think that they'd prepare themselves better for the possibility of a similar situation with the Saints.

Hopefully, some proven CBs will be cut by teams that picked CBs in the draft, and the Saints could get their hands on a proven or at least semi-proven CB that way, and then sign 1 or 2 UDFAs to create some depth.

To me, they haven't addressed the departure of Porter in any way, although I was all for letting him go instead of overpaying him to stay.

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Yes, but I do think that "severely" is the right word for how things stand at the moment. Because Greer and Robinson are the only CBs on the roster who have extended experience on the field.

While I do agree with you that Patrick should quite easily step into the nickel role, still he is unproven and he might be injury prone, although I have no evidence to back that "hunch" up.

But after these 3 guys, the Saints don't really have any playmakers at the CB position, and while they hopefully won't need more than 3 at any given time during the season, there's always the chance that one or more of them could pick up an injury during the course of the season forcing them to lose some time.

Naturally, the Saints can always sign pretty much any journeyman or UDFA CB to be the 4th CB on the depth chart, but that might end up biting them in the a$$. With the season both Spags and Flajole had last year with the Rams - over 10 CBs going on the IR - I would think that they'd prepare themselves better for the possibility of a similar situation with the Saints.

Hopefully, some proven CBs will be cut by teams that picked CBs in the draft, and the Saints could get their hands on a proven or at least semi-proven CB that way, and then sign 1 or 2 UDFAs to create some depth.

To me, they haven't addressed the departure of Porter in any way, although I was all for letting him go instead of overpaying him to stay.
True, injuries are always a concern, but for every position. Most teams keep 4 or 5 CB's on their roster. The 4th and 5th are typically special teamers that can fill in in a pinch.
We aren't much different than last year when we had 3 starters, a rookie in Patrick and a special teamer in Torrence.

This year we have 3 starters (I'm making the assumption that Patrick has come far enough along to be a 3rd CB), a rookie in White, which leaves basically the 5th CB as a worry.

I think picking up a 5th CB/ST player isn't that difficult, especially as some of these vets start getting cut.
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What was the name of the guy we signed away from the ravens last year? I know he went on IR but the guy supposedly had sub 4.4 speed. I wonder if we bring him back for another look as well.
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What was the name of the guy we signed away from the ravens last year? I know he went on IR but the guy supposedly had sub 4.4 speed. I wonder if we bring him back for another look as well.

Do you mean Fabian Washington?

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He has a lot of injury concerns, and his career might be over.
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I'm not sure I'd say we are severly lacking depth at CB. Torrence is a journeyman CB used as a 4th CB.
Torrence signed with the Redskins
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