The New Orleans Saints lost a bit of depth at the tight end position when Richard Quinn retired shortly after making the team on a tryout, saying that his heart was no longer in the game. But, as has been the Saints’ custom this offseason, they managed to find a suitable replacement in Travis Beckum.
Beckum is a former third-round pick from the New York Giants and played with the team from 2009 to 2012, but he’s had difficulty holding onto a roster spot over the last few years. During his career, he’s had 26 receptions for 246 yards and three touchdowns., but he hasn’t appeared in a game since 2012.
This isn’t (by any stretch of the imagination) a glamorous signing, but it is one that could potentially add some depth. It’s unlikely that Beckum will make the roster, but he’s getting a fair shot in New Orleans, and he’ll obviously be trying to make the best out of it.
Even if Beckum does make the roster, though, his playing time would be severely limited as Jimmy Graham and Benjamin Watson will get the majority of snaps at the position. He’s not someone that is going to change the game, but hopefully he’ll serve as a solid replacement in case of emergency.
Beckum never managed to break out while with the Giants, but the Saints have a knack for finding diamonds in the rough. Beckum might go out and surprise everyone, but odds are, he won’t be heard from much (if at all) during this season.