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Saints News: 5.28.08

The biggest news was yesterdays signings of three free agents. DB Tuff Harris we already knew about. The other two are linebackers Chris Graham and William Kershaw. Here is what the New Orleans Saints official website says about the new players.

Graham, a 5-11, 225-pound linebacker, is a rookie free agent from the University of Michigan. He was a four-year letterman and a two-year starter for the Wolverines, opening 20 of 46 career games on the college level. The Indianapolis native was an honorable mention All-Big Ten selection as a senior and tallied 163 career tackles along with one sack, two fumble recoveries and six pass defenses in splitting time between the middle and weakside linebacker spots.

Harris (6-0, 198) is a first-year player who spent the 2007 season with the Miami Dolphins, splitting time between the practice squad and active roster. After being signed as an undrafted free agent out of Montana, he was waived at the end of the preseason and then joined the practice squad. The Dolphins signed him to their active roster for their final seven games of the season, but Harris was inactive for five and did not play in one other before making his regular season NFL debut in the season finale. He was waived by the Dolphins in April.

A college cornerback who transitioned to safety in Miami, Harris tallied 170 tackles, six interceptions and 18 pass defenses at Montana. He also displayed skill as a punt returner, averaging 13.8 yards on 71 career returns with three touchdowns. The 24-year-old Colstrip, Montana native will see his first action with the Saints in the team’s minicamp that begins Friday.

Kershaw (6-3, 240) is also a first-year player who has had stints with four NFL clubs since first being signed as an undrafted free agent by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2006. The athletic linebacker has played in three career regular season games, making one tackle on special teams, and also made three special teams tackles in Kansas City’s AFC Wild Card appearance following the ’06 season.

The University of Maryland product was waived by the Chiefs early in the 2007 season and had two stints on the Philadelphia Eagles’ practice squad sandwiched around a three-week span on the 53-man roster of the Houston Texans that saw him play in one game. He spent a portion of the 2008 offseason with the Denver Broncos before being waived in April.

We knew they were gonna bring in a linebacker or two. There ya go. The team also let let two players go. LB Luke Sanders and S Rocky Schwartz.

The Times-Pic is going to have a quick video regarding Saints OTA's each weekday. Lucky us. I will hook you guys up with the videos here. This was yesterday's. A little amateurish and weird but whatever.

I couldn't even believe my eyes when I read this one. Clark Judge, a genius over at CBS Sportsline, wrote this article about the Saints, their improved defense and their inevitable 2008 NFC South championship. A must read!

When I look at what the New Orleans Saints did since the end of last season, I start wondering who beats them in the NFC South. Yeah, I know Carolina should be better, and Tampa Bay's the defending champ, but, honestly, if I had to choose a winner right now, I'd probably take the Saints.

And here's why: defense. The Saints look as if they're serious about playing with one.

Uh, did I mention that this man is a genius? Genius!

This one got everyone riled up. CBS Sports claims Reggie Bush is this years most overrated player. This doesn't bother me. This is just one man's opinion.

Bush, who has 1,146 rushing yards in two seasons, gets the nod this year as my most overrated NFL player. In 28 NFL games, Bush has one 100-yard rushing effort. His 3.7 career average per rush is not impressive at all. He does have 161 catches in two seasons, but the Saints expected a lot more with him running with the football when they selected him.

What's bigger: Bush as a disappointment or his girlfriend's (Kim Kardashian) ample behind?

Very professional. Feel free to leave your opinion about this one. Agree? Disagree? Still picturing Kardashian's butt?

Archie Manning was helping out Chalmette HS. Quick blurb here.

I am upset because of course the Saints have mini-camp open to the public this weekend, the one weekend I won't be in town. I would have brought you guys a first hand report but alas, it is not to be. For those of you who might possibly be able to get there, its Saturday at 10:15am. 5800 Airline Dr. in Metairie. Gates open at 9am. First come, first serve.