NFC South: K.C. Asiodu

Saints list inactive players

September, 9, 2010
NEW ORLEANS -- The Saints just announced their starting lineup and their inactives for tonight.

No major surprises. Running back Chris Ivory, defensive back Chris Reis, linebacker Stanley Arnoux, linebacker Danny Clark, offensive lineman Zach Strief, tight end Jimmy Graham, receiver Adrian Arrington and defensive end Junior Galette are not active.

Clark’s appearance on the inactive list further confirms the Saints will start Jo-Lonn Dunbar at linebacker. With Clark and Arnoux inactive, the New Orleans linebacker depth after Dunbar, Jonathan Vilma and Scott Shanle is limited to Marvin Mitchell, Anthony Waters and K.C. Asiodu.

NFC South mailbag

September, 5, 2010
Eric in Jackson, Miss., writes: Pat I love your blog. What are the chances the Saints trade a WR for a LB with the injury to Jonathan Casillas?

Pat Yasinskas: I think you almost certainly will see the Saints make some sort of move to get a linebacker. They might fill the need by signing someone who’s been released by another team. But, if they really want someone off another roster, they’ve got enough depth at wide receiver that they could spare one. Not sure who it would be, but they’ve got a bunch of receivers that other teams would like to have.

Andy in Wilmington, N.C., writes: I realize I'm asking you to be a bit of a mind reader about one of the most guarded organizations in the NFL, but give it a shot: Do John Fox, Marty Hurney, and Jerry Richardson view this as a rebuilding year in Carolina? I ask because of the possibility of signing a receiver like T.J. Houshmanzadeh. Watching the Panthers in the preseason, their defense has easily outperformed expectations, and I'm hoping the run game comes back to life in the regular season (I see no reason it shouldn't). It seems the only big question mark, outside special teams, is the second receiver position. I feel like an improved passing game easily makes Carolina a postseason contender. I know they like to build from the ground up and don't sign flashy free agents, but if they thought Houshmandzadeh would help them win this year, would they sign him?

Pat Yasinskas: Tons of Carolina fans are asking about Houshmandzadeh, and I’ve got no indication right now that the Panthers are interested. Your points all make sense, and a proven No. 2 receiver like this could be just what the Panthers need. But the Panthers seem pretty committed to their youth movement. My best guess is, if they pursue Houshmandzadeh, they will only do it if the price is very low.

Rob in Houston writes: If not Houshmanzadeh for the Panthers, what do you think are the chances of them signing Michael Clayton now that the Bucs have let him go?

Pat Yasinskas: The price tag might be cheaper for Clayton. Now, he hasn’t been as productive as Houshmandzadeh, but he could be a nice fit in Carolina’s offense. I’m not saying Clayton’s as good as Muhsin Muhammad was in his prime, but he reminds me of Muhammad in terms of size and blocking ability. But, again, I just don’t know if the Panthers will bend their rules on sticking with youth. We’ll see.

Yasha in parts unknown writes: Just for the sake of completeness, the Saints also have K.C. Asiodu on the roster at LB. Most likely will play primarily special teams, but he is a LB. Thanks for all the great posts & articles.

Pat Yasinskas: Yep, you are correct. Asiodu is a linebacker, but I left him off the list because I don’t think he’s a real candidate to start. I think he’s a special-teams player.

Hitting the NFC South links

August, 25, 2010
Charlie Campbell writes that Tampa Bay safety Sabby Piscitelli isn’t happy about losing his starting position to Sean Jones. Piscitelli went so far as to suggest that he didn’t think there was even a competition. Sad part is, he’s right. The Bucs brought in Jones because Piscitelli was so bad in 2009. Once Jones was signed, the only real chance Piscitelli had to keep the starting job was to go out and light it up in the preseason and training camp. Piscitelli went on to imply he didn’t see this move coming and you can make your own jokes about how that might relate to his field vision. Oh, and somebody go check to see if Jeremy Zuttah was blind sided by losing his starting guard job to Keydrick Vincent because that move was telegraphed even more visibly.
  • Matt Williamson has his list of the most indispensable players for every team in the league. We’ll have my NFC South list up Thursday afternoon, so I’m not allowed to even hint about where Williamson and I may agree or disagree.
  • Tristan H. Cockroft has some thoughts on Robert Meachem’s value as a fantasy player. Remember, fantasy football is a little different than real football, so don’t take it as a knock when the Saints’ incredible depth in the receiving core is viewed as a negative.
  • Former NFL scout Dave Razzano has a very harsh view of Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman. We’re not allowed to criticize other media, so let’s just say I respectfully disagree with Razzano. I’m not saying Freeman’s ready to take the Bucs to the Super Bowl. But I think the kid has a lot of upside and will be markedly better in his second season.
  • The Saints signed linebacker K.C. Asiodu. Don’t get your hopes up that he’ll play much at linebacker. But Asiodu could get a chance to contribute on special teams because the coverage units have been struggling.
  • D. Orlando Ledbetter writes that Atlanta defensive end Lawrence Sidbury is progressing. That’s a good thing because the Falcons have invested a lot of time and effort in the offseason in coaching up Sidbury. The Falcons want Sidbury to be part of their defensive line rotation.
  • Carolina backup quarterback Jimmy Clausen said he expects to deal with toe pain most of this season. That’s not really a surprise. The Panthers knew Clausen had toe surgery in January and that issues could linger.



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