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Old 07-14-2013, 02:47 PM   #1
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New Orleans Saints sign Baraka Atkins

Camp body at best; ..."Itís either all-or-nothing for Atkins at this point, because there is no chance of the Saints putting a 28-year-old on the practice squad."
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The New Orleans Saints have signed a veteran linebacker who hasnít appeared in a game since the 2008 season, and this was back when he played with the Seattle Seahawks. But Baraka Atkins did record 18 tackles and two sacks that season, and he did ink a futures contract back in 2011 with the Pittsburgh Steelers. That isnít saying much, but it does show that perhaps Atkins can re-gain his footing in this league and push some people in OTAs and training camp. Mike Garafolo of the USA Today is reporting that Atkins is getting a deal following a tryout from the Saints during rookie minicamp.

This is significant because it tells us that not only is the 28-year-old Miami Hurricanes product back on the map, but also that Atkins played well enough during a tryout to warrant a contract. That means he has at least a fair shot at making the Saints 53-man roster, and that the Saints like enough of what they see from the veteran pass rusher.

Atkins signed deals with the Steelers, Dallas, Cowboys, and Denver Broncos at points during his career following his two seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, but he never played in any regular season games there. The Steelers signed him last year after working him out, so hopefully the former fourth-round choice can back up the tryout with the Saints. Itís either all-or-nothing for Atkins at this point, because there is no chance of the Saints putting a 28-year-old on the practice squad.

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"Hello? Baraka? Hey this is Mickey Loomis from the Saints. Yeah, we have this empty locker just sitting here and we were wondering..."
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Is he an ILB or OLB.
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Is he an ILB or OLB.
OLB... Coached by Rob Ryan in Dallas last offseason but cut before the season started. Maybe Rob sees something in the guy; even if it is just for depth purposes.
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OLB... Coached by Rob Ryan in Dallas last offseason but cut before the season started. Maybe Rob sees something in the guy; even if it is just for depth purposes.
Probably just a bottom of the roster guy, but he can help ease the transition into RR's system.
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Well we will see what he can do.
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Since Butler went down we may need another body to help install Ryans system.
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