August 4, 2008

Saints Prepare for Preseason Opener In Jackson

Some minor roster moves as Saints ensure depth for exhibition vs Arizona

The Saints' defensive line has been the star of training camp so far. And they've done it without half their starting lineup, Brian Young and Hollis Thomas, missing time.

To be honest, they should. Between the three top defensive ends, Charles Grant, Will Smith and Bobby McCray, the Saints have over $150 million in total contract value tied up. Including Sedrick Ellis' $49 max contract value, the Saints have over $80 million in total contracts at defensive tackle.

The defensive line, featuring Ellis, Antwan Lake and Kendrick Clancy at tackle, dominated the scrimmage and stood out again today in goal line drills.

Injury Notes: Josh Bullocks, Devery Henderson, Mike McKenzie, Tracy Porter, Hollis Thomas, and Brian Young sat out on Monday. Jeremy Shockey practice limitedly. DE Josh Savage sat out the second of two practices with a sore shoulder.

TE Jeremy Shockey, CB Mike McKenzie, RB Deuce McAllister, CB Tracy Porter and WR Devery Henderson will not play Thursday nice. A notable sit for the Cardinals is WR Anquan Boldin.

New DT's: To get enough depth for the Thursday preseason game, the Saints made some additions at defensive tackle on Monday. Former Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena League defensive lineman Tim McGill was added. McGill has hopped around the NFL for the past nine seasons since leaving Illinois in 1999. The Saints also signed veteran DT James Reed, who has 32 starts in the past three seasons and seven total seasons in the NFL under his belt. Reed played five years for the Jets before joining the Chiefs for the past two years. Reed has 139 solo tackles and seven sacks in his career.

McGill, 6'2, 320 pounds is more of a nose tackle while Reed is 6'0, 290 pounds and a three-technique defensive tackle.

The Saints waived WR Curtis Hamiltion and DE Marquies Gunn.

The Saints also plan to work out leading Storm WR Hank Edwards.

USC Reunion in the Desert: Numerous teammates of the USC Trojans will be reunited on Thursday night, including RB Reggie Bush, DT Sedrick Ellis, QB Matt Leinart, and G Deuce Lutui. A fifth Trojan, Saints TE Billy Miller, played at USC nine years ago.

Former Purdue Boilermakers DE Chike Okeafor and QB Drew Brees will also be reunited.

Notes: Former Saints WR Danny Abramowicz has a new television show on the EWTN Global Catholic Network... Reggie Bush's girlfriend Kim Kardashian, a celebrity on her own thanks to some inexplicably watched television shows, joined training camp this weekend... Former Saints savior Tebucky Jones has been arrested at the Mohegan Sun casino in Connecticut after a lobby fight and has been released on bond...

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