Jordan Pugh announced via Twitter earlier that he will be joining the New Orleans Saints.
— Jordan Pugh (@JordanPugh29) January 7, 2014
Pugh was drafted in 2010 out of Texas A&M by the Carolina Panthers as their 6th Round pick (#202 Overall). He would play two seasons with the Panthers, mostly as a reserve safety and special teams player. He would sign with the Redskins in 2012, and spend the early part of 2013 with the Redskins, playing in only four games. He would be waived on October 15th, signed a week later to fill the void for the suspended Brandon Meriweather, and waived again on October 29th. He’s played in 44 career games, finishing with 51 total tackles, sack, forced fumble, two interceptions, and five pass defenses.
You can look at this transaction one of several ways.
First, the Saints need more secondary help. As we saw Keenan Lewis go down, the Saints secondary was immediately exposed, as Desean Jackson went from being shut out, to finishing with 3 receptions for 53 yards, including a huge 40-yard reception on Corey White. I don’t have to tell you how much we worry (and have worried) about White in coverage.
Second, Keenan Lewis’ concussion is more serious than anyone may have thought. Lewis wanted to come back into the game, but the NFL’s protocol dictated otherwise, as he was unable to get his helmet back.
Lastly, and maybe the most unlikeliest of scenarios, Pugh played against the Seahawks in the 2012 Wild Card Round, so maybe there’s some inside information or advantage the Saints could use for this game.
In all likelihood, we’ll see the official transaction tomorrow when Sean Payton speaks to the media. We may be more interested to see who gets dropped in place of Pugh. Since November 7th, the Saints have had twelve transactions as per their website, and eight of them have involved the secondary.