Now that the NFL Lockout is lifted, check here to see who the Saints sign among the rookies who did not have their names called out during the 2011 NFL Draft:
Tuesday, July 26:
Via their Twitter account, bleedcrimson.net says New Mexico State fullback Kyle Nelson is headed to NOLA.
ETFinalScore.com reports Ryan Taylor, a center from UCLA, signed with the Saints today.
Oregon State LB Dwight Robertson agreed to terms with the Saints, according to Aaron Wilson (Ravens Insider).
Here's a juicy one; the most recent Reggie Bush-clone out of USC, C.J. Gable, has confirmed that he is joining the Saints via his Twitter account. Gable is built like Bush but, as his UDFA status would indicate, isn't in Reggie's area code (insert 504/310 eye-black jokes here).
Ironically, Gable's chances of making the Saints would be boosted significantly by a Bush departure in the next few days. Mentoring is overrated.
And some more players have joined the group to join training camp on Airline.
Former Millsaps WR Michael Galatas has signed a free-agent deal with the New Orleans Saints, according to Fox40 Jackson Sports Director Travis Recek.
Cincinnati-based sportscaster Tommy Gelehrter tweets that Bearkats placekicker Jake Rogers is headed to NOLA to sign Wednesday.The Saints will also sign former Princeton tight end/fullback Harry Flaherty, according to the Asbury Park (NJ) Press.
So far, the Saints have added or are set to add 16 UDFAs:
Carl Johnson, OL Florida
Mike Smith, OT Nebraska
Kevin Dizer, WR Belhaven
Mike Smith, OL Nebraska
Rachel George of the Orlando Sentinel tweets that Carl Johnson, OL of the Florida Gators, says he has signed with the Black and Gold.
The California Strength Weightlifting Team and Strength and Conditioning Center tweets that the Saints have signed Mike Smith, an OT out of Nebraska. With a name like that, maybe he pick the wrong NFL South team to join...
Kevin Dizer, a Sterlington High and Belhaven product, as signed with the Saints. Guess what position he plays? Yep, another wide receiver added to the mix for camp.
Counting UFDAs and draft choices, the Saints will have $4.58 million dollars to spend toward this year's salaries in their rookie pool, according to ESPN's Pat Yasinskas.
Agent Ian Rubel tweets that Josh Gatlin, CB from North Dakota State, is a Saints signee. Sub-4.4 speed and special teams contributions will be his ticket to potential roster spot. Josh is the brother of U.S. Olympic sprinter Justin Gatlin. That would help explain the small-college product's speed, now wouldn't it?
Another agent, Jeff Lynch, congratulates Harold Coy Beilby, OT out of Marian College, for signing with New Orleans on Twitter.
It's official about Deandre Brown. He is has signed with the Eagles.
Monday, July 25:
False alarm on Deandre Brown, who reports on his Facebook page that he will sign with the Eagles. But let's wait and see the official word on this one.
The Saints will sign a tight end from UNO! I didn't even know they had full-fledged football yet. Wait, that's Mike Higgins from the University of Nebraska-Omaha.
Here comes a QB to throw all those passes to the arsenal of camp wideouts. Fresno sportscaster David Bataller tweets that lefty Ryan Colburn will ink with New Orleans.
NEPatriotsDraft tweets "Deandre Brown (WR, Southern Miss) to the #Saints. BOOM or BUST central." I disagree. The 6-foot-6 playmaker does have concerns (lazy? injury-prone?), but there is no BUST with a UDFA signing. That makes four WRs signed tonight.
Brown suffered a nasty broken leg in the New Orleans Bowl. Perhaps he won't choose to play in the Dome after all? We'll see Tuesday.
THEORY: Rosters expanded to 90 for this camp. Extra wideouts can take more of the reps and help prevent injuries after disjointed offseason.
Kolby Hurt, FB from Missouri State, is reported as another addition by multiple sources.
The Illini club on Saints Drive just got a little bigger. Jarred Fayson was a Pro Day machine at Illinois but the University of Florida transfer was not overly productive in college. Yet, he runs a 4.36 forty, has been a special teams gunner and has KR/PR potential. Former teammate and Saints 7th rounder Nate Bussey says Fayson is another Saints signee.
NOTE: That's three UDFA wide receivers added already. All of them will have to make the team via special teams attributes.
Texas WR John Chiles confirms that he will ink with the Saints on his Twitter. The 6-foot-2 pass catcher was a pass thrower, as in Colt McCoy's backup, before moving to receiver for the past two seasons.
GoHawks.com has congratulated Iowa LB Jeremiha Hunter for joining the Saints. Hunter is a good blue-collar guy who has special teams potential.
Hello there, 'Tweety' bird...looks like another safety is coming to NOLA. Isa Abdul-Quddus from Fordham says he will sign with the Saints via, you guessed it, Twitter. Abdul-Quddus is more of a free safety prospect and a classic corner/safety tweener.
Would you believe Twitter strikes again? This time, Joe Morgan, a wideout from tiny Walsh University, has tweeted that the "thinks" he will join New Orleans. No, he is not related to former Reds 2B and Hall of Famer of the same name. And don't confuse him with Joe Walsh from the Eagles either.
Another Twitter report...agent Andy Simms tweets his client Dexter Larimore, DT from Ohio State, will sign with the Saints.
Saints have signed their first free agent from the UDFAs available. Clemson strong safety Deandre McDaniel confirmed that he is joining the Saints via his Twitter account. Rated as high as a second round pick, McDaniel fell out of the draft due to concerns about his attitude.
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