The New Orleans Saints announced today that they signed defensive tackle Alex Daniels. The Saints also announced that they have waived cornerback Cord Parks.
Daniels was picked up by the Oakland Raiders as an undrafted free agent in 2010. Daniels has never made it on to an NFL roster but he has had stints on the practice squads of the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants. The Saints signed Daniels as a defensive tackle but he has played a number of positions throughout his playing career.
In addition to playing on the defensive line as a tackle Daniels has also played fullback and running back. Daniels’s versatility could prove to help him in his NFL journey. However, Daniels is unlikely to make the Saints’ 53 man roster but he could end up on the team’s practice squad.
During his senior year at the University of Cincinnati Daniels recorded eight sacks as a defensive tackle. Standing at 6’2″ 265 pounds Daniels could provide depth for the Saints on the defensive line.
Daniels may be a long shot to make the roster but he does seem to have an intangible aspect about him. Prior to his time at Cincinnati, Daniels played at the University of Minnesota as a running back. Daniels ran for 309 yards with five touchdowns on 67 carries. If Daniels does make the roster I think his intangibles and ability to play multiple positions is what will set him apart.
The Saints have been adding interesting prospects to their training camp roster and it will be very intriguing to see who will make the team. Of course, the usual suspects will make the roster but I would not be surprised to see a wild card make the team either.
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