According to The Advocate’s Joel Erickson, the New Orleans Saints have added defensive back Jamal Golden and offensive lineman Jordan Walsh to the training camp roster.
The Golden signing was confirmed by WWL’s Kristian Garic.
Golden, who was spotted at the team’s practice on Wednesday morning, went undrafted after spending five years at Georgia Tech. The 6-foot, 195-pound defensive back received a rookie minicamp invite from the Atlanta Falcons. However, nothing came of it. During his senior season, Golden started all 12 games at strong safety for the Yellow Jackets and led the secondary with 64 tackles.
Golden has actually played at all four different positions in the secondary during his time with Georgia Tech, and was a key part of the team’s return game. He generated interest after the draft, and told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he just wanted to get his foot in the door.
“They’re going to get a guy that’s very smart, that is going to study his opponent and is going to do what he has to do to be successful and be in the right place on Sundays,” Golden told the AJC. “A guy that’s going to be very valuable on special teams.”
As for Iowa’s Jordan Walsh, who was also spotted at practice on Wednesday, the team is getting a 6-foot-2, 311-pound offensive guard who had 36 career starts for the Hawkeyes. His draft profile highlights all the qualities you’d want in an offensive lineman, especially for the Saints. He was projected as a center, but could get work at both spots.
"STRENGTHS: Holds his ground at the point of attack, squaring his frame and bending his knees to absorb contact. Plays with excellent body control and engages well at the second level with the finishing attitude needed for the position. While not overpowering, Walsh is always looking for someone to block and rarely loses in one-on-one battles."
The Saints waived Lawrence Virgil, and Alden Darby, Kyle Prater with waived/injury designation. The team also moved Keenan Lewis off of the PUP list, and also announced the addition of Matt Shaugnessy.