August 17, 2011

Saints add free agent RB Cobbs

The Saints are back at 90 players on the training camp roster with the addition of free agent RB Patrick Cobbs.

A five-year Dolphin, Cobbs entered the league in 2006 with the Steelers as an undrafted rookie, ended up joining Miami by the end of the season.  He's been in Miami ever since, serving as a backup runningback and special teamer.

Cobbs, 5'8, 205, 28, has 52 kickoff returns, 37 rushing attempts, 32 receptions, and six touchdowns to his name.  He is the second former Dolphins special teamer to be brought in, joining safety Jonathon Amaya, who arrived via the Reggie Bush trade.

Cobbs has as good a chance as any back to force the Saints to keep five runningbacks, since he has experience on special teams.  A former Academic All-American at North Texas, Cobbs did not play against the Saints in 2009 because of season-ending knee injury.

In preseason however, Cobbs rushed nine times for 54 yards and a touchdown, caught three passes for 23 yards and lost a fumble.  In preseason 2007, Cobbs rushed for 44 yards on 15 carries, and caught five passes for 39 yards when he started the preseason finale in New Orleans.

The signing was in response to the loss of RB Joique Bell to a PCL strain in his left knee.  Bell came in as the fourth runningback after Pierre Thomas, Mark Ingram and Darren Sproles on Friday night in the Superdome.

Neither Bell nor Cobbs are a lock to make the roster, because the fourth runningback spot, though not in any particular order, will go to Chris Ivory, when healthy.  Ivory continues to rehab sports hernia and Lisfranc injuries in the same leg.

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