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Saints hosting ex-Patriots RB Mike Gillislee, report says

Running back visits are getting started early for the Saints after their initial final roster.

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Even with final cuts being turned in on Saturday afternoon, there’s still a lot of roster jostling at hand. The New Orleans Saints have some spots to address after turning in their initial 53-man roster, and it’s already starting. A Sunday morning report by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport states that recently released New England Patriots running back Mike Gillislee will be in for a visit.

Rapoport added that the two could get something done if it’s the right fit. Some may recall Gillislee’s hot start last season, which saw him produce 4 touchdowns and 114 rushing yards in the first two games for Bill Belichick in 2017. Gillislee had 33 carries against the Chiefs and Saints. In Week 2, Gillislee had 18 carries for 69 yards and a touchdown against a then abysmal Dennis Allen defense. Thankfully, things turned around afterwards.

The Saints just kept Alvin Kamara and Boston Scott as their running backs initially, with Trey Edmunds and Zach Line also in the backfield at fullback. Mark Ingram was officially placed on the reserve/suspended list on Saturday. A surprising Jonathan Williams cut coupled with Shane Vereen landing on injured reserve definitely left New Orleans in a spot where they have to add someone else.