New Orleans Saints: The Fourth Wide Receiver Conundrum

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With the departure of Robert Meachem, one of the most watched New Orleans Saints pre-season positions will be the 4th wide receiver slot.  Conventional wisdom slates Courtney Roby, Adrian Arrington, Joe Morgan and Nick Toon as the receivers to watch.   How much do we know about these team members and which one do you think should win the position?

August, 16, 2009; Metarie, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Courtney Roby (15) catches a pass during the Saints training camp at the teams practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Matt Stamey-US PRESSWIRE

Courtney Roby #15

Roby began his NFL career as a third-round draft choice of the Tennessee Titans in 2005.  After leaving the Titan, he was on the Bengals and Colts roster before landing with the Saints in 2008.

Since that time, he has made a major impact on special teams averaging 25.6 yards on 94 kick off returns and 51 tackles.  He was named the NLF player of the month in September 2010, when he had at least a 70-yard kick off return in each of the first three games of the season.

In 2012, his kick off return duties were largely given to Darren Sproles.  His last kick off return was a devastating fumble in the 2012 Divisional Playoff game with San Francisco, which was a particularly physical game.  (It may be remembered that Darren Sproles also had a costly fumble in that game).

Roby has seen his share of injury scares having survived a hit in the Saint Louis Game on December 12, 2010, which resulted in his leaving the game on a stretcher with a concussion.

His last pass catch was in 2009.  Roby has waited his turn in special teams while awaiting a wide receiver spot to open up.

*Interesting tidbits–Roby is the cousin of the late Reggie Roby who was a punter for 16 years in the NFL.  He is also the cousin of Darren Sproles.

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