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New Orleans Saints Sign RB Julius Jones To Help Poor Run Game

The Saints have seen enough of their struggling run game after the loss of Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush to sign veteran running back Julius Jones.

Jones became a free agent after his release from the Seahawks once the team acquired Marshawn Lynch in a trade with the Buffalo Bills.

Jones was drafted in the fourth round of the 2004 draft by the Dallas Cowboys having his best season as a pro when he rushed for 1,084 yards and four touchdowns in 2006. He has a career average of 4 yards per carry.

Rushing duties have fallen primarily on rookie Chris Ivory and Ladell Betts over recent weeks after the injuries to 1 and 1-a backs Thomas and Bush.

Bush broke his fibula late in week two’s game against the 49ers and is not expected back in the line up for another three weeks.

Thomas has been nursing an ankle injury that has kept him out of the last two games but hopes are he can return as soon as this week when the Saints take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Jones addition is meant to help a struggling Saints run game that currently ranks 31st in the league with 75 yards a game, this after averaging 150 a game in 2009.

To make room for Jones on the roster the team released kicker John Carney who was signed a few weeks ago after young kicker Garrett Hartley went 4 of 7 through three games including a miss that could have potentially won the game against Atlanta.

Now that Carney has been released Hartley will resume the place kicking duties for the foreseeable future.

The Saints made another roster move releasing running back DeShawn Wynn to sign safety Matt Giordano formerly of the Atlanta Falcons.

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Tags: Chris Ivory DeShawn Wynn Garrett Hartley Julius Jones Ladell Betts Matt Giordano New Orleans Saints Pierre Thomas Reggie Bush

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