The New Orleans Saints have had somewhat of a busy off-season so far. Head coach Sean Payton was reinstated two weeks early by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and has wasted no time getting back to work. One of the biggest moves Payton made was firing defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo. Since then the Saints have not filled the defensive coordinator position and hopefully it will not be a lengthy process.
The Saints are, however, looking at a defensive player that they could potentially bring on to their roster. It has been reported that former New York Giants player, Chad Jones, is scheduled to work out with the Saints on Wednesday. Jones injured his leg back in a 2010 car crash and has since been rehabbing his leg all while hoping for another shot at the NFL.
The former LSU product played baseball and football in college and was drafted in the third round by the Giants in the 2010 NFL draft. The Giants waived Jones in 2012 after he failed his physical, but he is hoping his workout with the Saints will give him a chance to finally play in the NFL.
The Saints could definitely use Jones if his leg holds up. Jones is a very versatile player and standing at 6’2” 228 pounds can play either safety or linebacker. Jones has recently been cleared to start running full speed and participating in contact practices. It is not guaranteed that Jones will even make the team, but he could at least be on the training camp roster and give the Saints some options on the defensive side of the ball.
With the Saints switching from a 4-3 to a 3-4 they will benefit from having a plethora of defensive players and seeing which players would fit into the 3-4 scheme. I am definitely pulling for Jones and hopefully he can finally realize his dream of playing in the NFL.