The New Orleans Saints know exactly what Michael Hoomanawanui brings to the offense.
Hoomanawanui, a 6-foot-5, 265-pound tight end acquired in a trade with the New England Patriots on Wednesday, might not be a vertical threat.
But the veteran’s ability as a blocker offers the Saints some extra options within the offense.
“He is well-versed in blocking, whether it is pass protection (or run blocking),’ Saints coach Sean Payton said. “I do see him being a player that can handle the Y and the F role in our goal line or short yardage sets. I see him being able to handle snaps in some of our heavier sets.”
The “Y’ tight end is the in-line tight end, the traditional spot a tight end lines up with his hand on the ground next to the tackle. The “F,” on the other hand, can move around to H-back, fullback and into the slot.
Expect Ben Watson and Josh Hill to remain the primary pass-catchers at tight end, but Hoomanawanui is capable if called upon to make a play in the passing game.
“He is someone that gets comfortable in zone and has an idea of where and how to settle in zone,” Payton said. “He has been in a real good passing offense. He is not a guy that you are going to put out there and isolate for the one-on-one matchups necessarily.”