The New Orleans Saints added three players and waived three players according to a report by the Times-Picayune/nola.com's Larry Holder this afternoon.
Second-year linebacker Nate Bussey, rookie guard Andrew Tiller, and UDFA rookie cornerback A.J. Davis were shown the door, while the Saints signed veteran TE Daniel Graham, CB Nick Hixson, and G Paul Fenaroli.
Big "ups" to HansDat favorite Clayton (aka the cajuncommando58, Chad) for first bringing this news to our attention in a Fanshot.
Make the jump for a bit more on these moves...
It seems Bussey was nudged out by the numbers game at linebacker, while Tiller and Davis were both injured.
Bussey was buried on the depth chart already before the Saints added three new linebackers - Curtis Lofton, David Hawthorne, Chris Chamberlain - during the offseason. So Bussey was considered a longshot to make the team this season.
Tiller, the Saints' 2012 sixth-round pick, underwent surgery on Friday to repair a torn triceps muscle, according to Tiller's agent Andy Simms. Simms said it should take 4-6 months to recover from the injury and expected Tiller to land on injured reserve once he cleared waivers.
Davis saw a few snaps with the first-team defense at practice this training camp considering all of the injuries at cornerback. Davis, an undrafted rookie free agent from Jacksonville State, was seen with a boot on his foot leaving the Saints locker room following last Thursday's preseason loss to the Patriots.
As for the roster additions...
Graham was a starter for the vast majority of his previous 10 seasons in the league after being their 2002 a former first-round pick by the Patriots. He spent his first five years in New England winning two Super Bowls with the Patriots...
Graham (6-3, 257) played in Tennessee in 2011 playing all 16 games with seven starts, but he only had two catches for 25 and one touchdown with the Titans.
Hixson (6-0, 189) spent three weeks with the Saints during the offseason program after being signed as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Hillsdale College. Fenaroli (6-2, 300) had brief stints in Atlanta and Green Bay last season.
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In a nutshell, it looks to me like the team is trying out another pass-catching TE (hopefully this doesn't mean Jimmy Graham's more injured than the Saints are letting on), and replacing some dead wood on the roster with more lively camp bodies. What do you make of these moves?