The New Orleans Saints made some roster moves today on their practice squad. The Saints released linebacker Ezra Butler and added rookie wide receiver Saalim Hakim. Butler was let go by the Saints in order to make room for Hakim on the practice squad roster. Butler never saw any playing time with the Saints this season despite all of the injuries to the linebacker corps earlier in the season.
Hakim joins fellow wide receiver Andy Tanner on the practice squad and the pick-up of Hakim does not make that much sense for the Saints. I know it is only the practice squad but the Saints already have a very good wide receiver in Tanner on the practice squad. Furthermore, the Saints are extremely deep at wide receiver and there would be no need to call either Tanner or Hakim up to the 53-man roster.
Hakim does already have an NFL pedigree though. Hakim is the younger brother of former NFL wide receiver Az-Zahir Hakim. Az-Zahir Hakim won a Super Bowl in 1999 when he was a member of the St. Louis Rams. Az-Zahir Hakim even had a one-year stint with the Saints in 2005. Perhaps, the Saints’ familiarity with Hakim’s older brother was a reason he was brought on the practice squad.
Whatever the case may be, Hakim is a competent receiver with decent size as he stands at 5’11” 188 pounds. Hakim will provide the Saints with some depth at wide receiver and also another wide receiver for the secondary to practice against. The Saints have been making moves all season and with the addition of Hakim on the practice squad the team has plenty of options should the need arise.