When the New Orleans Saints made their final cuts prior to the start of the season, there were some surprising names left off of the roster. The biggest names were obviously wide receivers Courtney Roby and Preston Parker. However, for a team lacking depth on the defensive line, the Saints did not retain as many defensive players as they should have. Luckily, the Saints came to their senses and brought back defensive end Jay Richardson.
Richardson joins the Saints after coming up just short of making the team’s final 53-man roster. In order to make room on the roster for Richardson, the Saints waived wide receiver Andy Tanner, a move that makes sense considering how loaded the Saints are at wide receiver. The 29-year-old Richardson is a six-year NFL veteran that has not played since 2010. However, if Richardson suits up for the Saints against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he will definitely get some playing time.
The Saints have had terrible luck in regards to the health of their defense so far this season. Starting nose tackle Brodrick Bunkley suffered a calf injury and will likely miss several weeks. Furthermore, defensive end Glenn Foster did not practice this week and will likely be out against the Bucs.
Richardson gives the Saints some versatility at defensive end and will provide some much needed depth on the defensive line. Richardson played a lot of snaps during the preseason, so he will be very familiar with the Saints’ defensive scheme. All in all, it was a very smart decision to bring back Richardson; he is a smart player and can provide the Saints with an extra body on defense.