Saints cutting Nigel Bradham opens door for Joe Bachie Jr. to make roster

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The Saints cut Nigel Bradham early yesterday. That move by one of the best teams in the NFC will open a door for former Spartan, Joe Bachie Jr.

Just weeks after bringing in former Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham, the Saints cut the veteran. It was ironic that Bradham noticed the winning culture that New Orleans has built, mentioning that to the media. Some took that as a shot at Philadelphia, his former home.

Either way, you take his comments, one is true, and that is the Saints are a smart organization. They brought Bradham in, and while many thought he was a lock, it turned out he was the one that needed to impress. Now, it’ll be the young linebackers that fill out the roster.

While Zach Baun and Alex Anzalone along with Demario Davis have filled out the middle of the field for the defense’s first team so far in camp, undrafted free agent signee Joe Bachie Jr. from Michigan State will have a shot.

He knows it’s time for him to go 100% and make waves.

“Be ready for whatever it is. Then once we do get our opportunity, whenever that is, and for me, it is right now, go 100 miles per hour. You never know when your last day is,” Bachie Jr. told the media.

According to Saints Wire’s John Sigler, Joe Bachie is in the mix. Sigler also noted that the team has been impressed by Bachie’s performances early on in camp. This is a good sign for the young, hard-hitting linebacker.

A former first-team All-Big Ten honors recipient, Bachie was an absolute monster at the collegiate level. It’s insane that he wasn’t drafted, but Bachie has an NFL future, hopefully one in the Big Easy.

Saints linebackers coach Michael Hodges praised Bachie Jr.’s intelligence. “I love Joe, he is so smart. He could play all three positions for us and that’s without even repping at the sam linebacker,” Hodges said.

If Bradham cracked the roster, it would’ve been close for a player like Bachie. With Davis, Anzalone, and Baun as the only real locks, the Saints will have room for training camp standouts to be signed.

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Let’s hope one of those such high-talent standouts to crack the roster is Bachie Jr.