Signing FB Greg Jones Smart Move by New Orleans Saints
The New Orleans Saints and fullback Greg Jones agreed to terms on a one-year deal Wednesday afternoon. Speculation is beginning to surround the injury to Erik Lorig, but coach Sean Payton refuses to comment on his absence at the moment. One can only start to wonder if the leg injury is more serious than originally anticipated.
At 6-foot-4, 280 pounds, Lorig played defensive end at Stanford before being drafted in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL Draft as a DE by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He eventually made the switch to fullback and tight end in October of his rookie season. While his playing time was limited, the Saints felt that by signing him he could be utilized in several different ways. If Lorig is down for the count, Greg Jones’ veteran experience should help fill the void at the fullback position.
After signing TE Richard Quinn and WR Tobais Palmer on Tuesday, the addition of Jones puts the Black and Gold at the 90-man roster limit. Greg Jones was drafted in the second round of the 2004 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars. He spent nine years of his career there before joining the Houston Texans in 2013.
Through 10 seasons, Jones has tallied 911 rushing yards, 438 receiving yards and a total of 13 touchdowns. The fullback was a Second-Team All-ACC selection in 2002 at Florida State. In 2007, with the Jaguars, he was the recipient of the Ed Block Courage award and was named as a Pro Bowl alternate.
The experience Jones brings is far greater than that of Austin Johnson, the other fullback on the Saints’ roster. It was a great move by Sean Payton and company to snag up the veteran.