The Saints waived cornerback Elbert Mack to make room for Murphy to come in. Murphy played under defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo in St. Louis and is entering his third season in the NFL.
Murphy was no doubt brought in because of his familiarity with Spagnuolo’s defensive scheme. However, Murphy is a good player and it was in not a case of “teacher’s pet.”
During his rookie season Murphy played in 14 games for the Rams and recorded 30 tackles and one interception. Furthermore, Murphy also forced two fumbles, one of which was recovered. Murphy missed the entire 2011 campaign with an ankle injury.
With the addition of Murphy the Saints now have their number four cornerback and a player who is already familiar with the defense. Murphy is a little more seasoned than rookie cornerback Corey White and that is why he got the nod as the number four corner.
I could see White eventually overtaking Murphy but for now Murphy is a good option for the Saints’ secondary. Murphy is another cornerback with great size as he stands 6’0″ 200 pounds. Murphy will provide the Saints with depth in the secondary and that is something they will definitely need this season as the Saints have a new look defense.
Furthermore, Spagnuolo is familiar with Murphy so there is already a level of trust between coach and player. The Saints got another good pick up as they prepare for the start of the regular season that is fast approaching.
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