The New Orleans Saints added to their secondary this past weekend when they added safety Rafael Bush. Bush was acquired off of waivers from the Denver Broncos. The Saints also waived safety Jonathan Amaya to make room for Bush on the 53-man roster.
Bush will back up starting free safety Malcolm Jenkins. Jenkins was recently selected as one of the defensive team captains. The Saints secondary is relatively young and Bush adds to that youth.
Bush is entering his third season after stints with the Atlanta Falcons and Broncos. Bush played very sparingly for both teams but he could get more playing time with the Saints this season. Last season in six games Bush recorded three special teams tackles.
The Saints’ secondary is not the deepest but Bush does provide the Saints with decent depth. Bush could see some playing time at safety or on the special teams.
Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo is incorporating a new defensive scheme in New Orleans and it is one that features rotations to keep fresh legs on the field. Bush could provide some relief to Jenkins in the secondary and it seems that he can do more than Amaya.
Bush is more athletic than Amaya and that is probably the reason the Saints made room for him. Standing at 5’11″ 200 pounds Bush has good size and speed and should be able to help in the secondary.
Unlike Amaya I think Bush will see more playing time in the Saints’ secondary. Amaya played often on the special teams last season but with a depleted secondary the Saints were looking for a more traditional safety to provide depth.
Bush will give the Saints the depth they are looking for at the safety position. The Saints seem to have solidified their roster for the regular season and they are ready to get back on the gridiron.
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