The New Orleans Saints tried out fullbacks, linebackers and long snappers on Tuesday, re-signing
But Saints head coach Sean Payton says the team’s decision to try out long snappers Patrick Scales and Christian Yount doesn’t necessarily mean that Justin Drescher‘s under more pressure after a high snap in Indianapolis led to a missed extra point by Kai Forbath.
New Orleans typically tries out players at a couple of positions each Tuesday.
“Within the last three weeks, we’ve kind of hit every position now,” Payton said. “Each Monday or Tuesday, we’re just trying to, basically, up-to-date our short list at every position.”
Drescher, the long-time long snapper for New Orleans, has had issues on at least two snaps this season, and a couple of weeks ago, Payton indicated he wanted to take a closer look at every step of the process.
By trying out players, though, the Saints find out who would be next, whether it’s due to injury or something else.
“Look, I think that operation needs to improve, I’ve said it already,” Payton said. “So A, who’s out there, and what do they look like relative to what we’re seeing in the rest of the league. … So it updates the short list, and it just gives us an idea of hey, who do we perceive as the top that’s not on our roster right now.”
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