The New Orleans Saints have placed undrafted rookie linebacker Jermiha Hunter on the injured reserve list after he tore his Achilles tendon in morning practices.
Hunter, a three-year starter for the Iowa Hawkeyes, was singed by the Saints early last week during a run on undrafted players.
He had caught the eye of coaches during the last few days of training camp, making plays all over the field and even nearly picking off a few passes when dropping into coverage.
The Saints are looking for play makers to flank Pro Bowl middle linebacker Johnathan Vilma at strong and weakside linebacker. Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams is currently re-building the defense in order to improve the sixteenth ranked rush defense from 2010.
New Orleans also waived undrafted rookie kicker Jacob Rogers.
Tackle Alex Barron, a former first round pick of the St. Louis Rams, was signed today to most likely to address depth across the offensive line as he can play both the left and right tackle positions.
Also the team cam to an agreement with another offensive tackle, George Foster, who is also a former first round pick.
Foster was drafted with the 20th overall pick by the Denver Broncos in the 2003 draft, he spent four seasons with the club at left tackle before being traded to the Detroit Lions in a deal that sent corner Dre Bly to the ‘Mile High” city.
In Detroit he lasted two seasons after being beaten out by rookie tackle Gosder Cherilus. He was cut by the Browns in the preseason of 2009, and has been out of the NFL since.
Foster signed with the UFL’s Omaha Nighthawks where he started eight games at left tackle last season. Not unlike Barro, Foster is also know to have problems with holding calls. Apparently the Saints view each as backups and must feel they can eliminate much of their mental mistakes with coaching.
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