Saints Bring Starter Of PUP List, Release 3 & Sign 3
The New Orleans Saints activated one starter off the PUP list, released three players and signed another three today on their "off-day".
Cornerback Keenan Lewis will take the practice field tomorrow for the first time since training camp began, officially coming off the PUP (physically unable to perform) list this morning.
Wide reciever Kyle Prater, safety Alden Darby, and defensive tackle Lawrence Virgil got the message no player in training camp wants to hear.
"Coach Payton would like to see you. Please bring your playbook."
All three were waived today.
Replacing them on the roster are veteran linebacker Matt Shaughnessy, along with rookie guard Jordan Walsh and rookie safety Jamal Golden.
New Orleans worked out Shaughnessy (pictured) in May, but he left town without a contract.
Shaughnessy, 29, was most recently with the Arizona Cardinals, playing a big role on defense in 2013 and 2014. However, an injury during training camp last season caused him to miss the year. He was released by Arizona just before the season.
Taken by the Oakland Raiders in the third round of the 2009 NFL draft, Shaughnessy was a standout defender at Wisconsin, playing 50 games (starting 46), accumulating 174 tackles and 18.5 sacks.
He played every game of his rookie season in Oakland, spending 4 seasons with the Raiders.
Shaughnessy tallied 18.5 sacks in his first 5 seasons in the league.
Injuries have slowed him, but if he has a solid workout with the Saints, he may earn a spot on the training camp and preseason roster to prove he’s still got it.
New Orleans is in desperate need of a consistent pass rusher outside of 2-time Pro Bowler Cameron Jordan.