December 22, 2009

Hartley has the keys: Carney cut in flurry of roster moves for Saints

K Garrett Hartley, the second year strong-legged youngster, has found himself in sole possession of the line for "placekicker" on the depth chart.

Veteran John Carney, the Saints' placekicker from 2001-2006 and for the first 11 games of the 2009 season, has been waived. The 45-year old kicker lost his starting job after the Monday Night victory over the Patriots, but had remained on the roster as Hartley proved his mettle.

Carney was released on Tuesday, as well as cornerback Marcus McCauley. McCauley was made expendable by the healthy return of starting CB Tracy Porter.

In their places, the Saints signed a pair of street free agent veterans: TE Tory Humphrey and S Herana-Daze Jones.

Humphrey, 6'2, 255, has recovered from a broken arm suffered in preseason with the Packers that cost him his roster spot. He has been in and out of the league since 2005, receiving almost all his NFL playing time last year with the Packers when he appeared in 11 games. The Saints are dealing with a potentially lingering toe injury to Jeremy Shockey.

Herana-Daze Jones, whose first name is pronounced Hernandez, is a special teamer journeyman who has spent time with the Bengals, Broncos and Patriots since entering the league in 2005. He has played almost exclusively on special teams, and has no starts.

Yesterday, the Saints had placed FB Marcus Mailei on injured reserve and re-signed FB Kyle Eckel.

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