The New Orleans Saints may have two starting cornerbacks out for right now, but they have plenty of players at that spot fighting for a job. The team however is trying new combinations on the defensive line.
With the focus on that area, the Saints decided to make a few roster moves to help it along. Defensive tackle Akiem Hicks is still slowly coming back from a hand fracture and defensive tackle Swanson Miller is also injured therefore the Saints signed defensive tackle Alex Daniels yesterday.
Daniels has been a “Swiss army knife” style of player since coming out of the University of Cincinnati in 2010 as an undrafted free agent. He has played a multitude of roles with both the Oakland Raiders as well as the Dallas Cowboys.
With the Raiders he has played defensive end as well as fullback before being waived with an injury settlement in Sept. 2010. He was with the Cowboys from Oct. 2010-Aug. 2011 being signed and waived several times on their practice squad. While there he was asked to play tight end as well as fullback and defensive end.
Daniels found work after that in the Arena Football League where he is listed as being on the roster of the Chicago Rush where he plays a hybrid role of linebacker and defensive lineman.
Unless Daniels shows just outstanding ability with the Saints, he’ll be merely a camp body to fill in until others are healthy again. One concern that should be noted is that he was released with an injury settlement with both the Raiders and the Cowboys which leads to a question on his durability.