The Saints have added another member to their scouting staff.
After letting go of two scouts last month, New Orleans hired former New York Jets director of player personnel Brendan Prophett to serve as a college scout, according to a source.
Prophett has not yet been assigned an area that he will scout. The team has openings in two regions after letting go of Brian Adams and Ryan Hollern.
A longtime member of the Jets staff, Prophett was let go last month by New York General Manager Mick Maccagnan. During an interview with WFAN radio, Maccagnan said Prophett was a victim of transition.
“That’s the one aspect of the business, and it happens a lot when general managers comes in,” he said. “There’s a transition. The guys we parted ways with were good guys, and actually did a very good job in terms of helping me with my first draft.”
Prophett spent 15 seasons with the Jets, including eight as the director of pro personnel. He also served as the assistant director of pro scouting, a pro scout, a regional scout, and as a college scouting assistant.
A former college wide receiver at Maine and the College of New Jersey, Prophett played professionally in Germany and later in the Arena Football League.
As the director of pro personnel, Prophett was responsible for running the day-to-day operations of the Jets’ pro personnel department, which included advance scouting, coordinating free agency, and year-round player evaluation.
Meachem gets a sniff
Robert Meachem is beginning to get some attention on the open market.
The former Saints wide receiver is taking a visit to Detroit to work out of the Lions later this week, a source confirmed. The Detroit Free Press first reported the visit.
Meachem caught seven passes for 114 yards over 257 snaps last season.
The veteran receiver’s contract with New Orleans expired after last season.
Lelito to host charity softball game
Saints guard Tim Lelito will host The Big Shot Softball Game on Friday at Mike Miley Stadium in Metairie.
The charity event will include a home run derby, a softball game featuring the Saints offense vs. the defense and a game featuring the Saints all-stars vs. the tournament co-ed champions.
Tickets are $12; kids under 12 get in for $7. You can buy tickets at tcynow.org.
Portions of the proceeds benefit Get Checked or Check Out Health Foundation and The Team Gleason Foundation.