A Case For Lance Moore To Return To The New Orleans Saints

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(source associatedpress.com)

The Saints have proven time and time again that there are great players out there that don’t necessarily enter the NFL  through the draft.

Once again we have a story about an outstanding player that went undrafted out of the University of Toledo, at 5′ 9"  190lb’s considered by most teams to be to small to play in the NFL. But Lance Moore had been through that before.

He signed with the Cleveland Browns right after the 2005 draft and was later released and signed by the New Orleans Saints to their practice squad. At the start of the 2006 season the Saints allocated Moore to NFL Europe where he played for the Berlin Thunder.

In 2007 he managed to get on the Saints active roster for 6 games as a punt, kickoff returner and wide receiver but after catching only one pass for 10 yards he was released by the team, but resigned the very next day to their practice squad once again.

In October of 2007 Moore got the chance for his first career start in the NFL, playing along side receiver Marques Colston, made the first touchdown reception of his career in the NFL, proving to the Saints that he was not just another practice squad player.

Playing in all 16 games in 2007, and starting only 4, Moore had 32 catches for 302 yards and 2 touchdowns, leading up to his breakout season in 2008.

Moore started the 2008 season as the number three receiver and when the Saints number one receiver, Marques Colston, was sidelined with a broken finger Moore was given more playing time and took full advantage of the opportunity.

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