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The Saints continue to kick the tires on veteran RBs. They signed former Cardinals backup Kerwynn Williams and waived/injured RB Matthew Dayes, as ESPN's Field Yates first reported. Williams, 26, had career highs of 426 rushing yards and 93 receiving yards last season with one TD. The 5-foot-8, 198-pounder will compete for a backup role along with incumbent backup Dwayne Washington, recently-signed veteran Jacquizz Rodgers and undrafted rookie Devine Ozigbo.
 
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On eve of preseason opener, Saints sign RB Kerwynn Williams, waive RB Matthew Dayes


The Saints shook up their backfield again heading into Friday night’s preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings.

New Orleans signed running back Kerwynn Williams, a source familiar with the situation confirmed Thursday with The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate. ESPN first reported the news.

To make room on the roster, the Saints waived running back Matthew Dayes with an injury designation, according to Thursday’s NFL transactions report. Dayes has missed the past two days of practice with an undisclosed injury.

The 5-foot-8, 195-pound Williams entered the league in 2013 as a seventh-round pick with the Indianapolis Colts before being released. He then spent time on the Chargers practice squad in 2013.

Williams joined the Arizona Cardinals in September 2014 and spent four seasons in Arizona, appearing in 35 games with six starts and totaling 971 yards and four touchdowns on 218 carries.


He spent the 2018 offseason with the Kansas City Chiefs, then had short stops with the Detroit Lions and Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the 2019 offseason.

Since training camp started, the Saints’ backfield has been a revolving door of sorts. Javorius “Buck” Allen, Rob Kelley and now Dayes have been let go. In their place, the Saints have brought in Williams and Jacquizz Rodgers.
 

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Jacquizz Rodgers on signing with Saints: 'It was a no brainer'


The No. 37 jersey has been musical chairs for Saints running backs in training camp this season.

Javorius “Buck” Allen was first assigned to the jersey, but he never made it out to a practice before the Saints designated him to the injured reserve on July 30.

New Orleans native and Tulane product Rob Kelley wore the jersey from July 30 to August 2 and now running back Jacquizz Rodgers has his turn wearing Steve Gleason’s old number. The Saints waived Kelley to bring Rodgers aboard.

Rodgers’ first practice with the Saints was Saturday, but it was far from his first introduction to the NFC South as he played for the Atlanta Falcons from 2011-2014 and for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2016-18. He made a pit stop in the NFC North in 2015 with the Chicago Bears for five games before he broke his arm against Kansas City.

“Being in this division, you know what type of offense this is,” Rodgers said Saturday. “One of the top offenses in the NFL, high scoring, they use backs, make backs versatile, pass catching and running, so it’s a good system.”

Rodgers, a Houston native, said he worked out for the Saints last week, and getting a call back from the team was exciting.

“They wanted me to leave right away, but it was a no-brainer,” Rodgers said of getting the call. “Being able to play somewhere close to home is always a plus for me and my family, so that was the most important part.”


Rodgers said the Saints were the only team that’s worked him out, and he’s spent the entirety of his time unattached in Houston training.

Rodgers, has 2,067 yards rushing and 1,590 yards receiving on his career with nine rushing touchdowns and five receiving scores. His best season on the ground came in 2016 with the Buccaneers when he had 560 yards rushing on 129 carries.

The Oregon State product, who’s been in the NFL for eight seasons, has been around block a time or two when it comes to training camps, so he knows what it takes to make a roster.

“When you’re in camp, it’s all about competing, getting film and making sure when you go out there on game day when you get a chance to play, you make plays,” Rodgers said. “It’s always about competing, so that can always change minds.”
 

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Vet WR Matthews released after leaving Saints

METAIRIE, La. -- Veteran wide receiver Rishard Matthews was released by the New Orleans Saints with a "left team" designation on Saturday.

Coach Sean Payton said Matthews did not give a specific reason for his departure. But Payton confirmed that it was Matthews' decision to leave the team, adding, "It's not for everyone."

Matthews, 29, joined the Saints in June after a minicamp tryout. But he was playing with the backup units throughout training camp. He caught one pass for 7 yards while playing 20 snaps in Friday night's preseason opener against the Minnesota Vikings.

Matthews was the Tennessee Titans' top receiver from the 2016 and 2017 seasons, but he asked for his release last year because of a diminished role and wound up catching just five passes for 24 yards in a total of eight games with the Titans and New York Jets.

Matthews also requested a trade before his final season with the Miami Dolphins in 2015 while skipping voluntary workouts, though he ultimately stayed with the team for one more season.

The 6-foot, 217-pounder has 230 career catches for 3,160 yards and 21 touchdowns in seven years.

The Saints also released veteran receiver Cameron Meredith earlier in training camp -- with Payton pointing to the impressive performances of a group of young undrafted receivers as one of the reasons. New Orleans needs more production from its wideout position behind Michael Thomas this year. But the team does have five of its top receivers back from last year (Thomas, Ted Ginn Jr., Tre'Quan Smith, Keith Kirkwood and Austin Carr).

Undrafted rookies/first-year pros Emmanuel Butler, Simmie Cobbs Jr., Cyril Grayson Jr. and Lil'Jordan Humphrey are among those early-camp standouts who are vying for roster spots at wide receiver.

The Saints also released tight end Jake Powell on Saturday and placed veteran offensive lineman Ulrick John on injured reserve.
 
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Vet WR Matthews released after leaving Saints

METAIRIE, La. -- Veteran wide receiver Rishard Matthews was released by the New Orleans Saints with a "left team" designation on Saturday.

Coach Sean Payton said Matthews did not give a specific reason for his departure. But Payton confirmed that it was Matthews' decision to leave the team, adding, "It's not for everyone."

Matthews, 29, joined the Saints in June after a minicamp tryout. But he was playing with the backup units throughout training camp. He caught one pass for 7 yards while playing 20 snaps in Friday night's preseason opener against the Minnesota Vikings.

Matthews was the Tennessee Titans' top receiver from the 2016 and 2017 seasons, but he asked for his release last year because of a diminished role and wound up catching just five passes for 24 yards in a total of eight games with the Titans and New York Jets.

Matthews also requested a trade before his final season with the Miami Dolphins in 2015 while skipping voluntary workouts, though he ultimately stayed with the team for one more season.

The 6-foot, 217-pounder has 230 career catches for 3,160 yards and 21 touchdowns in seven years.

The Saints also released veteran receiver Cameron Meredith earlier in training camp -- with Payton pointing to the impressive performances of a group of young undrafted receivers as one of the reasons. New Orleans needs more production from its wideout position behind Michael Thomas this year. But the team does have five of its top receivers back from last year (Thomas, Ted Ginn Jr., Tre'Quan Smith, Keith Kirkwood and Austin Carr).

Undrafted rookies/first-year pros Emmanuel Butler, Simmie Cobbs Jr., Cyril Grayson Jr. and Lil'Jordan Humphrey are among those early-camp standouts who are vying for roster spots at wide receiver.

The Saints also released tight end Jake Powell on Saturday and placed veteran offensive lineman Ulrick John on injured reserve.
Oh well...guess he got tired of eating gumbo.
 
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Todd Graffagnini's Saints training camp observations for Thursday, Aug. 15


1. *Soaking it in:* Well there’s a reason this is the third straight year the New Orleans Saints have come out West to practice and play a preseason game against the Los Angeles Chargers, other than the good relationship between Sean Payton and Chargers Coach Anthony Lynn, and the Chargers themselves being a playoff caliber opponent. It's the weather. Conditions were ideal at the Jack R. Hammett Sports Complex and the two teams were able to get in extended work individually and against the other squad. With the temperature never rising above 77, hydration breaks were limited to two, where in New Orleans it could grow to as many as six or seven. Players at the podium also noted how unusual it was to not be completely drenched in perspiration after practice. A welcome day for all.
2. *50/50: B*y all accounts Thursday, Aug. 15 appeared to be a draw after the afternoon wrapped up. Of course, the Saints will look at the film and maybe think otherwise. Quarterback Drew Brees mentioned at the podium he thought the tempo could’ve been better. I thought the Saints started out fast on both sides of the ball, specifically the play of the offensive line, but as the practice progressed the Chargers were able to make plays on both sides. All in all it was a productive day against a quality opponent with a lot of talent on display.
3. *Simmie has a say:* We mention almost daily during Observations about how the wide receiver position has been one of the most intriguing battles for roster spots in camp. It seems we have seen good moments from pretty much every wideout on the roster. Thursday, it was Simmie Cobbs Jr.’s time to shine. Cobbs made two big plays against the Chargers. One a deep cross from Brees going across from left to right. Cobbs caught the ball in stride, made a move to the left and scampered untouched down the field. The next was a go route with Taysom Hill at quarterback. Hobbs beat his man streaking down the left sideline as Hill threw a perfect pass that Cobbs brought in and was pushed out at the 1-yard line. It’s plays like those that will continue to keep the wide receiver battle very interesting with three preseason games still to go.
 
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The NFL....the only place where you can go to free practices and see more Star players than at paid stadium games.