Feb 23, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver Jalen Saunders participates in a pass catching drill during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
Just one day after the news of rookie wideout Brandin Cooks falling on season-ending injured reserve with a broken thumb, the New Orleans Saints went out and signed WR Jalen Saunders from the Seattle Seahawks‘ practice squad, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.
Saunders is a former college teammate of Kenny Stills at Oklahoma. He transferred to the Sooners from Fresno State in 2012. He’ll rejoin forces with No. 84 in hopes of finding a role in the Black and Gold’s offense.
He was originally drafted by the New York Jets in May, but was surprisingly released by Rex Ryan and company in September after they suffered their third-straight loss.
With Cooks down and out, the speed and athleticism of Saunders could be a good fit in the Who Dat Nation. He ran a 4.44 40-yard dash at the NFL combine and was a solid contributor on both offense and special teams as a Bob Stoops product.
In 2013 with the Sooners, he totaled 61 catches for 729 yards and eight touchdowns. He also returned 31 career punts for 465 yards and three scores, something Cooks was unfamiliar with at the collegiate level.
Saunders is a promising, young talent, so we’ll see if he can get things going for Sean Payton and company in the Big Easy.