August 19, 2012

Saints Add Free Agent WR Camarillo

According to various online reports, the Saints have signed WR Greg Camarillo, a veteran of six NFL seasons who caught passes from the Dolphins and Vikings.

After back to back 50+ catch seasons for the Dolphins in 2008 and 2009, Camarillo was traded from Miami to Minnesota shortly before the 2010 season started, where he recorded only 29 catches in the past two seasons.  He was not re-signed after the 2011 season and has been a free agent since February.

Camarillo has an engineering degree from Stanford, where he walked on to the football team as a punter, ended up making the team as a special teamers coverage man and wide receiver.  He returned 39 punts for the Vikings in in 2010, something he'd never done before in the NFL, and was respectable at 9.2 yards/return and 20 fair catches.

Camarillo was on the receiving end of the overtime touchdown pass that ended the Dolphins' winless regular season in December 2007.  He also did his best impression of Don Beebe when he forced a fumble to turn an interception return into a touchback.

In three games against the Saints, Camarillo has seven receptions for 89 yards, including a five-catch, 55-yard performance with the Dolphins against the Saints in 2009, site of the Saints' unlikely comeback to win 46-34.  Camarillo was the target of Chad Henne's 4th quarter pass that was picked off by Tracy Porter and returned for a game-sealing touchdown with 2:06 left in the fourth quarter.

Considered a very intelligent player who is very active in the community, Camarillo gives the Saints depth with Adrian Arrington injured, Joe Morgan struggling with consistency and Andy Tanner potentially out with a serious injury suffered Friday night.

Also reported are the end of the seasons of OLB Chris Chamberlain, signed from St. Louis during the offseason, and reserve OL Fenuki Tupou, who have been placed on injured reserve.  Chamberlain was lost with a gruesome leg bending knee injury on Friday night.  Tupou has a triceps injury.

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