Saints Roster: Realistic expectations for Albert Huggins in 2022

Albert Huggins, New Orleans Saints (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images)
Albert Huggins, New Orleans Saints (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images) /

Albert Huggins was able to stick on the New Orleans Saints roster last year. Can he do it again this year? What’s a realistic expectation for him in 2022?

Albert Huggins has only been in the NFL since 2019 but he’s spent time with a lot of different teams. After going undrafted out of Clemson in 2019, Huggins landed with the Eagles but they waived him late in the regular season that year.

The Patriots then snatched him up but it was short-lived. Huggins was reclaimed by the Eagles and ended up on their practice squad but that saga ended in the summer of 2020. From there, Huggins spent time with both the Texans and the Lions and appeared in one game for Detroit in 2020.

He finally ended up with the Saints last May and went on to appear in nine games for the black and gold during his third NFL season. During that time, he recorded a career-high 16 tackles and had two hits on the quarterback.

Saints Roster: What’s to be expected of Albert Huggins this year?

While Huggins overcame the underdog status slapped on him entering training camp last year, it’s going to be difficult for him to do it again this year. He got some early work in the defensive line rotation last year while David Onyemata was out but once Onyemata returned from his suspension, Huggins’ playing time decreased.

Huggins’ experience with the team definitely helps his case but with the team signing Kentavius Street in free agency and spending a draft pick on Jordan Jackson, the competition is a little more fierce in the defensive tackle department this year. It’ll take another strong summer performance from the Clemson product to stick on the roster.

A realistic expectation is for Huggins to end up on the practice squad and from there, it wouldn’t be crazy if another team pried him away from New Orleans. After all, he is an experienced depth piece along the defensive line and teams will be searching for that once injuries start to take their toll.

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