A Super Bowl XLIV captain makes his return to New Orleans with his new team this weekend.
Linebacker Scott Fujita left New Orleans for Cleveland in March to play for Eric Mangini's 3-4 defensive scheme. He continues to be stout against the run and is enjoying early season individual success despite his team's 1-5 record. Fujita through six games has 33 tackles, 2.5 sacks and two forced fumbles.
When interviewed by the media this week, Fujita noted that his familiarity with the Saints offense will go only so far: "I am familiar with some of the players and know some of their strengths and weaknesses but all in all this is an offense that comes out week in and week out and presents mismatches for everybody they face. I have always known how good they are and now that I am watching them on film closely as an opponent I realize that they are pretty damn good."
Another standout for the Super Bowl champion Saints, Darren Sharper has spent the first six weeks on the Physically Unable to Perform list, a designation that expires after six weeks.
The Saints practiced with FS Darren Sharper this week, albeit with a left knee brace. No word yet on if the Saints will promote Sharper to the 53-man roster and use him this Sunday against Cleveland's rookie quarterback Colt McCoy. Malcolm Jenkins has started the first six games at free safety and played well enough. Sharper practiced this week with a knee brace on his left leg. The Saints have three weeks to make a decision on Sharper, for now he does not count against the 53-man roster.
Veteran LB Clint Ingram was also eligible to come off of the PUP, but citing a lack of progress, the Saints released Ingram. The veteran and longtime former Jaguar was supposed to be the Saints' solution to Fujita's departure at strongside linebacker, but never saw the field for the Saints.
The Jaguars are wracked with injuries at the quarterback position, down starter David Garrard due to concussion and with an injured thumb on backup Trent Edwards. They will turn to two quarterbacks with Saints ties: Todd Bouman, who ended the chaotic 2005 season as the Saints' starter, and Patrick Ramsey, who was beaten by Chase Daniel for the only backup quarterback job on the Saints roster during this past preseason... The Packers signed DT Jay Ross, an undrafted rookie who went to camp with the Saints, to their practice squad. Last week, the Cowboys snatched OL Jermey Parnell off the Saints' practice squad... Placekicker Kris Brown got a tryout from the Saints earlier this season before the team went through John Carney for two weeks. Brown has been signed by San Diego, Carney remains a free agent though he was close to making a return to the Giants, who instead signed Shayne Graham...