The New Orleans Saints have added DB DeShawn Shead to help bring depth to their injured secondary.
The Saints have signed S DeShawn Shead. WR Krishawn Hogan has been placed on injured reserve, per source.— Amie Just (@Amie_Just) December 25, 2019
Also, per source, signed C Casey Dunn to the practice squad.
With a banged up secondary, the #Saints are signing versatile DB DeShawn Shead today, source said. Some reinforcements.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 24, 2019
What makes Shead “versatile” according to Rapoport? Consider this message from 2015:
Pete Carroll: DeShawn Shead can play both safety spots, corner, nickel, dime, and special teams (wow)— Field Gulls (@FieldGulls) May 26, 2015
With injuries to both Vonn Bell and Marcus Williams at safety, Shead can come in and provide depth at all positions in the secondary. Shead played cornerback most recently in the NFL, but played at safety this preseason and over the summer.
CJ Gardner-Johnson and PJ Williams could both find time at safety in Week 17 against the Carolina Panthers, with Shead - and the recently signed DJ Swearinger - also possibly filling in where needed.