According to The Advocate’s Nick Underhill, the New Orleans Saints are making some Monday moves. Per the report, the team is waiving linebacker Chris McCain and cornerback Brian Dixon, and claiming ex-Denver Broncos tight end John Phillips. The moves have since been confirmed on the NFL Transaction Wire.
Saints waived Brian Dixon and Chris McCain per source— Nick Underhill (@nick_underhill) November 7, 2016
Saints claimed TE John Phillips off waivers from the Broncos, per source— Nick Underhill (@nick_underhill) November 7, 2016
Phillips is a veteran tight end that’s been in the league since 2009. He was originally a sixth-round draft choice of the Dallas Cowboys at 208th overall. He spent time there from 2009-2012 and with the San Diego Chargers from 2013-2015.
He latched on with Broncos on July 28, 2016 and ended up making the team’s final roster. This season, he’s logged eight games with 5 receptions for 40 yards and a score. He’s known more for his blocking skills, and with the Saints running the ball more these days, it would make a lot of sense.
As for McCain, he was just called up to the active roster from the team’s practice squad for Sunday’s game against the 49ers on Saturday. He just logged one defensive snap (in which he had a penalty) and 15 snaps on special teams.
For Brian Dixon, many might remember him taking a really bad penalty for fair catcher interference. The ensuing drive led to a touchdown for the 49ers. It could be a good sign for Daniel Lasco returning, and possibly a nod to Jake Lampman’s abilities in special teams. It’s a unit that was one of the sore spots in a 41-23 victory.