New Orleans Saints send Kyle Wilson to injured reserve

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The New Orleans Saints have placed veteran cornerback Kyle Wilson on season-ending injured reserve.

The move was announced by the team on Friday. 

Originally, Kyle Wilson has had an interesting journey to latch on with the Saints. As a former first round pick of the New York Jets in 2010, Wilson didn’t necessarily live up to any of the expectations, and was released prior to the 2015 season. Wilson, a Boise State product, was drafted just three picks before ex-Saints cornerback Patrick Robinson.

Wilson was essentially ran out of New York, as he struggled heavily in coverage. Reports simply said that it was like he didn’t know what he was doing out there, and was the Jets least favorite player according to fans. Wilson didn’t have the strongest preseason to begin with, but rebounded and did enough to call for a final roster spot.

Injuries to Keenan Lewis and Damian Swann forced Wilson to see more action during the season, and he responded so. Wilson put together some strong games down the stretch, despite some poor choices made after the whistles that led to some penalty flags. He finished last year’s campaign participating in 509 plays, which was 47.1 percent of the defensive snaps.

In March, the Saints chose to bring back Wilson on a one-year deal, which gave him an $80,000 signing bonus. This could yield way for a player like Texas A&M’s De’Vante Harris to crack the final 53-man roster.

The team also made a corresponding move by signing defensive tackle C.J. Wilson. The 29-year-old has been in the league since 2010, and was originally a seventh-round pick by the Green Bay Packers. He has 102 career tackles and 5.5 sacks, and a Super Bowl ring from his rookie season.

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