Saints News: Former Patriots receiver joins NOLA practice squad

Malcolm Perry (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Malcolm Perry (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

The latest New Orleans Saints news involves the team adding a former Patriots receiver to their practice squad with the hope of elevating him to the active roster in the near future. 

On Tuesday afternoon, the New Orleans Saints signed former Patriots receiver Malcolm Perry to their practice squad, per Ian Rapoport.

As Rapoport notes in his tweet, Perry will start on the practice squad but the plan is to promote him not long after.

This isn’t a move that will have Saints fans jumping for joy, as it doesn’t immediately fix their offense, but at this point, you can’t fault the team when they actually add someone at a position of need.

Perry played college football at Navy and was actually a quarterback during his time there. He was a running quarterback, going for over 1,000 yards in three seasons and even amassing 2,000 rushing yards during his senior season in 2019.

The Dolphins spent a seventh-round pick on Perry in the 2020 NFL Draft and he played in just nine games and made two starts. He hauled in nine receptions for 92 yards and a touchdown during that time. Miami wanted to keep Perry for 2021 but the Patriots snagged him off the practice squad, where he’s remained ever since.

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As for what to expect with Perry, I wouldn’t say fans should expect him to do much of anything. He had less than 100 yards in Miami last year and has been on the IR this year, so it’s unlikely he steps in and makes any kind of immediate change.

That being said, New Orleans is trying to add help to a position of weakness and you have to applaud them for at least attempting to improve their weakest position. Perry is a versatile player too, so if he does end up finding his way onto the field, Sean Payton could find a multitude of ways to utilize him on offense.

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Welcome to the Big Easy, Malcolm Perry!