New Orleans Saints rookie offensive tackle Marcel Jones was placed on the injured reserve list ending his season. Jones suffered a season-ending knee injury during practice last week. In a swift effort to replace Jones the Saints agreed to terms with offensive tackle Bryce Harris.
Harris comes from the rival Atlanta Falcons’ practice squad. Harris made the Falcons’ practice squad after not making the final cut for the 53-man roster.
Harris is a 6’6″ 300 pound tackle that can take up a lot of space on the offensive line. Harris will likely back up starting right tackle and offensive co-captain Zach Strief.
Harris played his college ball at Fresno State and should be able to fill in for Jones at the right tackle spot. Harris is fairly athletic and is able to play on his feet as he provides strong blocking.
Furthermore, Harris was a three-year starter during college and is known as a very intelligent football player. Harris also possesses another athletic skill set as he was a great high school basketball player.
Harris’s intelligence makes him a great pickup for the Saints as he is a fast learner and has the potential to play any position on the offensive line. Harris will see time at the right tackle and while he is good blocker overall he is probably better as a run blocker than a pass blocker.
The Saints are a pass heavy offensive team but Harris will give them a versatile look on the offensive line and if he gets consistent playing time he could help the Saints open up their running game.