The New Orleans Saints made a splash in the undrafted free agent market following the 2014 NFL Draft. From now until it’s time for the cuts to be made to make the final roster, we’ll be seeing tons of news faces out on the practice field. One name that Saints fans should get to know is Micajah Reynolds. He was picked up by the Black and Gold as an undrafted defensive tackle out of Michigan State.
Reynolds played with Mark Dantonio‘s Spartans from 2011-2013. During his freshman year, he didn’t see too much playing time, racking up only two tackles. His sophomore year was a bit different finishing the 2012 season with 19 total tackles (two for loss), a sack and one forced fumble. In 2013, during his junior and final year as a Michigan State Spartan, Reynolds played in one of college football’s most elite defenses where he accumulated 37 total tackles (3.5 for loss).
Reynolds entered Michigan State from Sexton High School in Lansing as an offensive guard, but was forced to make the switch when the team said they needed him on defense. However, he did go back and forth from O-line to D-line until a decision was finally made to keep him on the defensive side of the ball for his senior year. Apparently, Reynolds started receiving phone calls from other schools telling him that he could play offensive line if he transferred.
On Saturday, the New Orleans Saints decided to sign on Reynolds where he will now be reunited with former Sexton High School teammate Matt Armstrong (another undrafted free agent) and former MSU assistant coach Dan Roushar. Roushar, who now currently serves as a running back coach in the Big Easy, said that he always saw Reynolds as an offensive guard and was big on getting him to New Orleans.
It will be interesting to see what Sean Payton has in store for the former Spartan, but by the looks of it, Reynolds will be battling for a position on the offensive line.