The New Orleans Saints have had a busy past few days with the biggest news coming in the form of Michael Thomas and his injury. The injury will sideline Thomas for a large chunk of the season, putting New Orleans in a really tough spot at the wide receiver position.
With Thomas’ injury, the team announced on Tuesday afternoon that he’d be placed on Reserve/PUP. This move isn’t shocking considering the news of his injury taking him out of the action for quite some time.
Along with Thomas being placed on Reserve/PUP, the Saints also have three other players who are in the news.
First, the team signed free-agent cornerback Brian Poole to a one-year contract and also agreed to terms with defensive end Kendall Donnerson. Poole is the bigger name between these two guys and should step into a starting role for the Saints while Donnerson has mostly been a practice squad guy throughout his career.
The other news the Saints brought to our attention is that offensive lineman Derrick Kelly is headed to Reserve/NFI. Kelly went undrafted out of Florida State and appeared in six games for the Saints last year as a rookie.
The Saints have moved Michael Thomas to Reserve/PUP and made other moves as well.
The Thomas news is still shocking to Saints fans and while the Saints tried to cover their tracks by signing Chris Hogan, it’s not enough to make fans feel confident in the receivers moving forward. Thomas is one of the best receivers in the game so losing him is a big enough blow but not having any real depth behind him makes it even more painful.
The Poole signing is a great move by this team though because he can come in and contribute right out of the gates. Poole will join Marshon Lattimore and Patrick Robinson as the presumed starters at cornerback, which gives rookie Paulson Adebo more time to adapt to this defensive scheme.
Donnerson is likely just a camp body but it’ll be interesting to see what the 6’3″, 249-pound defensive end can bring to training camp and the preseason. Maybe, just maybe, he can crack the final roster if he puts on a clinic over the next month.