New Orleans Saints: What 4 new players can contribute to roster

Kevin White - Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports
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The New Orleans Saints made some transactions on Wednesday following their first preseason game of the year. They signed four players while waiving four others and have a few days to get their new players up to speed before hosting the Jaguars on Monday in the second preseason game.

The four players joining the Saints are offensive lineman Caleb Benenoch, cornerbacks Natrell Jamerson and Bryan Mills, and wide receiver Kevin White. The Saints also said good-bye to cornerback Adonis Alexander, offensive tackle Michael Brown, wide receiver Jake Lampman, and cornerback Lawrence Woods.

None of the players being waived is all that stunning but let’s take a further look at the newcomers.

What to expect from New Orleans Saints newcomers

Jamerson has actually spent time with the Saints before, having been a fifth-round draft choice by them in the 2018 NFL Draft out of Wisconsin. He never saw the field as a Saint in the regular season, instead spending his rookie season with the Packers and Texans before ending up in Carolina for the past two years.

The rest of these guys are new to New Orleans and while they probably won’t be starters, they offer key depth.

Mills played college football at North Carolina Central and wowed during his tryout on Tuesday. He had eight defended passes and five picks during the 2019 college football season.

Benenoch is a former fifth-round pick by the Buccaneers out of UCLA in 2016. He played for the Buccaneers for the first four years of his career and didn’t play in the regular season last year. He’s spent time on the right side of the line during his pro career and will be a veteran depth piece for the Saints.

Last, but not least, we come to White, who joins the Saints’ thin wide receiver room. White is a first-round bust, having gone seventh overall to the Bears in the 2015 NFL Draft and amounting to very little throughout the course of his career.

White struggled to stay healthy and his best year was actually during his rookie season in 2015 when he had 19 catches for 187 yards through four starts. White has yet to score a touchdown and probably isn’t going to do much for the Saints. He’s simply depth for this team as they look to build on their receivers.

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None of these players add much to this team but it’s important to have depth and that’s exactly what these guys are.