When the New Orleans Saints play against the Detroit Lions today in the first round of the playoffs, some newly activated players on the roster will use the opportunity to pad their credentials for next season.
Three players that have been recently activated to the roster will try to show the Saints and the other 31 NFL teams that they can contribute to making plays. What better showcase than the first round of the Wild Card Playoffs?
The regular season is one thing, but to play in the part of the season that is simply “win and you’re in”, is the ultimate test. Three players that will be in the spotlight are WR Adrian Arrington, TE Michael Higgins, and LB Nate Bussey.
Arrington will make his second late season debut when he was activated in December of 2010. WR Lance Moore has been ruled out of today’s game and Arrington will fill in as he did last week for Moore. While Arrington won’t be able to be utilized like Moore as a slot receiver, he’s shown his ability to make catches when called upon.
Last week, Arrington made an almost Marques Colston-like acrobatic reception for 17 yards against the Carolina Panthers. For his career, Arrington has made 9 receptions for 110 yards. He has been with the Saints since being drafted by them in the seventh round in 2008 out of Michigan.
He has mainly been a member of the practice squad since then, being activated only a few times. It’s important that Arrington makes the most of his opportunities since he is no longer eligible for the practice squad. Also pushing Arrington will be practice squad player WR Joe Morgan who has shown potential.