It’s odd to hear Pierre Warren talk about how his days came to an end in New Orleans back in September.
The reasons for his release were made clear. Though New Orleans thought Warren was talented, it was stacked at safety and did not need additional depth at the position. So, with greater needs at other spots on the roster, Warren was released from the practice squad.
“I was disappointed. I wanted to make the 53,” Warren said. “Everything happens for a reason.”
Things have changed. After losing Jairus Byrd, Rafael Bush and Vinnie Sunseri for the season, the Saints are now dangerously thin at safety and addressed that need by signing Warren off the Minnesota Vikings’ practice squad earlier this week.
Warren now has his coveted spot on a 53-man roster and could be in the mix to potentially win the starting job at free safety. Jamarca Sanford and Marcus Ball could also be in the mix.
Ball stayed in with Kenny Vaccaro after Bush was knocked out of action during the fourth quarter of last week’s loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.
Warren said he is not currently focused on the battle at the position, but is instead focused on re-familiarizing himself with his playbook and settling back into the defense. If he can do that, he is hopeful the snaps will come.
So far, he says things are going well.
“Coming back, I picked it back up fairly quick like I did when I first got here,” Warren said. “I don’t think picking it up is a problem. Forgetting everything I did learn back in Minnesota (is harder).”
It’s starting to feel like Jimmy Graham is one of the most talked-about players in the NFL.
Last week, Eagles tight end Zach Ertz said the Saints tight end wouldn’t see the field in Philadelphia because of his blocking ability. Baltimore Ravens cornerback Lardarius Webb, a former Nicholls State standout, has a different take on Graham’s abilities.
He feels Graham is one of the biggest mismatches in the NFL and compared him to an unstoppable force playing another sport.
“He’s like LeBron James playing tight end,” Webb said, according to the Baltimore Sun. “He’s a beast. He’s a big old mismatch, like a Calvin Johnson. We have to know where he is at all times and not let him break out.”
After missing practice Thursday, Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis, linebacker Curtis Lofton and running back Travaris Cadet returned to work Friday in a limited capacity, according to the team.
Lewis, Lofton and Cadet missed the first day of full team drills for their Monday night home game against the Ravens with knee, ankle and hamstring injuries, respectively.
Running back Khiry Robinson (forearm) and linebacker Kyle Knox (hand) missed practice again Thursday.
Lewis has been dealing with a knee injury he sustained in a loss at home against San Francisco on Nov. 9. Lofton has been on and off the injury report but hasn’t missed a game this season. Cadet appeared on the injury report for the first time this season Thursday.
Robinson has been out of action since he was hurt in a defeat at Detroit on Oct. 19, and Knox has been inactive for seven games this season.
Ramon Antonio Vargas contributed to this report.