New Orleans Saints Sign Tight End Derek Schouman

By Alejandro Aviles

The New Orleans Saints announced a number of roster moves yesterday and one of them being the signing of tight end Derek Schouman. Schouman is a 6’2″ 233 pound tight end who has spent most of his career with the Buffalo Bills. Furthermore, Schouman is the former seventh round (222nd) pick of the Bills back in 2007. Since entering the league Schouman has not seen much playing time, but did have a decent year with the Bills back in 2008 where he played all 16 games (started 12) and recorded 153 yards on 15 receptions with one touchdown. For his career Schouman has totaled 27 receptions, 275 yards, and one touchdown in 24 games.

Schouman was no doubt brought in to provide depth at the tight end position but he will most likely not see any playing time during the regular season. Schouman will help fill out the Saints’ 90-man training camp roster and if he stays with the organization it will likely be on the practice squad. With rising star Jimmy Graham the Saints are pretty set at the tight end position and I would see no way of Schouman making the regular season 53-man roster. However, Schouman is a veteran in the NFL and could provide some knowledge and experience to some of the younger players on the Saints. Furthermore, if it does not work out with the Saints Schouman could always end up on another NFL roster as he does have experience starting in the NFL.

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