In all the excitement and anticipation of a revamped Steve Spagnuolo defense for the New Orleans Saints, one name isn’t getting used much. It belongs to defensive end Greg Romeus.
It would be easy to do such a thing since not much coverage has been given to Romeus since he was drafted in 2011 by the Saints in the seventh round with the 226th pick.
As a matter of fact, Romeus was the only rookie drafted by the Saints in 2011 that didn’t get any playing time during this past season. What was the reason he didn’t? The unfortunate answer is injuries.
Romeus suffered knee and back injuries when he played for University of Pittsburgh during his senior year. He tore his anterior cruciate ligament(ACL) in his last college game on November 10, 2010.
Although Romeus would require surgery and not participate in the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine or his college Pro Day, the Saints would still feel the need to take a chance on him.
Romeus spent the entire offseason rehabbing his knee and preparing to make his spot on the Saints roster. Excitement buzzed early but then died down when he was placed on injured reserve, ending his season.