New Orleans Saints: Todd Davis

METAIRIE, La. -- Eric Olsen was admittedly frustrated when the New Orleans Saints released him last season after he suffered a Lisfranc foot injury in the summer that sidelined him for about two months. But the journeyman guard/center said he understood the "business side" of the decision.

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Olsen said Wednesday that he felt even better about it when the Saints brought him back this week when they needed depth in the wake of starting center Jonathan Goodwin's knee injury.

"I always had the feeling they still liked me here, and it was an injury-related thing that ended up happening. And it was good to know that I wasn't just imagining that, and that they still know what I can do and still feel comfortable enough to bring me back," said Olsen, who spent time with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans over the past year, but didn’t crack the active rosters.

The Saints have not offered any updates on the severity of Goodwin’s injury, which he suffered during last Sunday’s 24-23 loss to the Detroit Lions. But it appears to be a good sign that the Saints haven’t placed Goodwin on injured reserve. In the meantime, they trust second-year pro Tim Lelito as his replacement. Lelito, who lost a close battle to Goodwin for the starting job this summer, has played well in three appearances this season after Goodwin went down with three separate injuries.

In another roster move Wednesday, the Saints brought back rookie linebacker Todd Davis to their practice squad. Davis was activated for one game, but was released after he made his NFL debut as a backup and special teamer last Sunday.
METAIRIE, La. -- The New Orleans Saints placed backup defensive end Glenn Foster on injured reserve Monday, ending his season with a knee injury.

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The Saints also re-signed veteran tight end Tom Crabtree and waived linebacker Todd Davis -- reversing the transaction they made Saturday. They still have one roster spot vacant after the moves.

Foster was injured during the Saints' 24-23 loss to the Detroit Lions on Sunday. The exact nature of the injury is unknown, though it was obviously significant enough to place him on IR.

Although the second-year pro had just one tackle and no sacks this year, he'll be missed as a rotational pass-rusher. Last year, Foster had three sacks as an undrafted rookie out of Illinois. He was averaging about 12 snaps per game this season, sometimes playing in a four-end pass-rush formation.

The Saints' entire defensive line has struggled to generate the same kind of pass rush as they did last year, so it hurts to lose any player that could have been a possible asset. They still have decent depth at defensive end, though, with starters Cameron Jordan and Akiem Hicks and backups Tyrunn Walker and end/tackle Brandon Deaderick. So it's unclear if they'll look to replace Foster with another end or look to add a player elsewhere on the roster.

As for the Crabtree/Davis move, it's hard to speculate on why the Saints wanted Crabtree back. He was presumably signed as insurance two weeks ago after starter Jimmy Graham suffered a shoulder injury, but he was released when it became clear that Graham could play (30 snaps in a limited role Sunday). So maybe he's still Graham insurance, or maybe the Saints liked enough of what they saw to potentially use him as an extra tight end and special teamer.

Davis was promoted from the practice squad on Saturday because the Saints were thin at linebacker with backups Ramon Humber and Kyle Knox both sidelined by ankle injuries. Perhaps the Saints are optimistic that one or both will be able to return. Davis will likely be re-signed to the practice squad if he clears waivers.
DETROIT -- The New Orleans Saints released veteran tight end Tom Crabtree and promoted linebacker Todd Davis from their practice squad Saturday.

Crabtree was signed just 11 days ago in the wake of tight end Jimmy Graham's shoulder injury. So his release could be taken as a good sign that Graham could possibly play Sunday against the Detroit Lions. That remains speculation, though. Graham said he would be a game-day decision after he practiced on a limited basis both Thursday and Friday.

The Saints also might have considered Crabtree expendable since fullback Erik Lorig has finally returned from an ankle injury -- and sometimes the positions are interchangeable in New Orleans' offense.

The Saints needed an extra body at linebacker because backups Ramon Humber and Kyle Knox were ruled out with ankle injuries. Davis is an undrafted rookie from Sacramento State who was with the Saints in training camp.
METAIRIE, La. -- The New Orleans Saints re-signed rookie linebacker Todd Davis to their practice squad and released rookie safety Pierre Warren to make room.

Coach Sean Payton said the Saints wanted more depth at the inside linebacker spot during practice with starter David Hawthorne out with an ankle injury.

Hawthorne hasn't practiced this week. When asked if he's expected to be sidelined for a while, Payton said, "We'll see. Day to day. I wouldn't say 'for a while.'"

Veteran backup Ramon Humber replaced Hawthorne in the lineup when Hawthorne was injured last Sunday against the Cleveland Browns. Linebackers Parys Haralson and Kyle Knox could also help fill the void while he's out.

 

Saints announce practice squad

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The New Orleans Saints announced their 10-member practice squad Monday. They signed safety Pierre Warren, cornerbacks Trevin Wade and Terrence Frederick, linebacker Todd Davis, defensive tackle Lawrence Virgil, receivers Brandon Coleman and Seantavius Jones, tight end Nic Jacobs, offensive tackle Tavon Rooks and guard Antoine McClain.

Of that group, McClain is the only one who wasn’t with the Saints in training camp. The 6-foot-5, 336-pounder was released by the Buffalo Bills over the weekend. He also spent time with the Baltimore Ravens and Oakland Raiders after joining the NFL as an undrafted free agent out of Clemson in 2012.

The Saints are expected to hold a bonus practice Monday before returning to their usual weekly routine, with players off on Tuesday. Their first media access and injury report will be Wednesday.
The New Orleans Saints signed linebacker Todd Davis to a three-year contract and waived/injured cornerback A.J. Davis, vice president/general manager Mickey Loomis announced Monday afternoon.

Davis (6-foot-1, 230 pounds) played at Sacramento State last season and went undrafted. He was the 53rd-rated inside linebacker in ESPN's draft ratings and has a 40-yard-dash time of 4.8 seconds.

At Sac State, Davis had 351 tackles, 9.5 sacks, 30 tackles for loss, four forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, three interceptions and one blocked kick in four seasons. As a senior, the native of Palmdale, California, had a team-high 131 tackles, five sacks, 10 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and two interceptions in 12 games at middle linebacker.

A.J. Davis joined the Saints as an undrafted free agent in 2012. In two seasons, he appeared in one game on special teams. He suffered an ankle injury during the 2012 preseason and was on injured reserve last season with an undisclosed injury.

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