The Saints raided New York for offensive line depth.
In a series of roster moves made Tuesday, New Orleans signed Nick Becton off the New York Giants’ practice squad and placed fullback Austin Johnson on injured reserve.
Becton signed with the San Diego Chargers as an undrafted free agent following 2013 draft. He spent all but two days last season on the Chargers’ practice squad before being released in August and signed to the Giants’ practice squad.
Active for one game last season, Becton played 17 snaps at left tackle against the Oakland Raiders. On his final snap of the game, he was pushed into quarterback Philip Rivers, who threw a game-ending interception.
A product of Virginia Tech, the 6-foot-5, 323-pound Becton was not a full-time starter until his senior season.
The decision to place Johnson on injured reserve comes on the heels of Erik Lorig returning to action after missing the first six games with an ankle injury. Johnson, who filled in while Lorig was out of action, suffered a knee injury two weeks ago during a win over the Green Bay Packers and did not play last week against the Carolina Panthers.
Johnson played well with Lorig sidelined, laying several key blocks for a resurgent running game, and logged seven carries for 22 yards.
New Orleans also signed running back Tauren Poole and fullback Michael Zordich to the practice squad.
Poole began his career with the Carolina Panthers, then spent some time with the Indianapolis Colts and Pittsburgh Steelers, before returning the Panthers. He fumbled on first career carry Sept. 28 against the Baltimore Ravens. He was subsequently released and signed to the practice squad.
The Panthers released him earlier this week to make room for linebacker Kevin Reddick, who previously spent time with the Saints.
Zordich played 51 games at Penn State in college mostly at fullback and joined the Carolina Panthers as an undrafted rookie last year. He tore the ACL in his left knee while covering on the Panthers’ opening kickoff of the 2013 preseason and spent the season on injured reserve.