NFC South: practice squad
I thought he did some good things in the preseason and would be backing up Jimmy Graham and David Thomas. But the Saints elected to keep veteran Daniel Graham as their third tight end.
Higgins is back with the Saints on Sunday. The team announced he has been signed to the practice squad. Receiver Andy Tanner, safety Jerico Nelson, cornerback Nick Hixson, guard Harland Gunn, guard Ricky Henry, linebacker Ezra Butler and defensive end Braylon Broughton also were signed to the practice squad.
A day after waiving Wilson, the Falcons announced he has been signed to their practice squad. Starter Matt Ryan and backup Chris Redman are the only two quarterbacks on the active roster. Wilson served as the team’s No. 3 quarterback last season, but a change in rules allowing 46 active players on game days this season has prompted more teams to keep only two quarterbacks on the regular roster.
Also signed to Atlanta’s practice squad were safety Rafael Bush, receiver Kevin Cone, receiver Drew Davis, guard Andrew Jackson, linebacker Robert James and tackle Jose Valdez. The Falcons still have one unfilled spot on the practice squad.
Receiver Trent Guy, who had some flash plays in training camp, and defensive tackle Corvey Irvin, a draft pick from last year, highlight the list. Other players signed to the practice squad who were with the Panthers in the preseason are fullback Rashawn Jackson, running back Josh Vaughn, linebacker Sean Ware and cornerback R.J. Sanford. The list also includes guard Dan Santucci, a seventh-round draft pick by Cincinnati last year, and guard Sean Murphy, who was a fourth-round pick by Miami in 2008.
The list includes tight end Robbie Agnone, receiver Tim Buckley, running back Dimitri Nance, receiver Andy Strickland, offensive tackle Jose Valdez, safety Rafael Bush, defensive end Emmanuel Stephens and linebacker Bear Woods.
Buckley, Nance, Bush, Stephens and Wood all were signed as rookie free agents and were cut near the end of the preseason. Strickland spent part of last season on the practice squad and Agnone was signed by Atlanta just before camp started.
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The New Orleans Saints began filling out their practice squad Sunday and it includes some familiar names.
Receiver Adrian Arrington and defensive tackle DeMario Pressley, who were released by the Saints on Saturday, highlight a list of seven players who were signed to the practice squad Sunday. Also signed were guard Tim Duckworth, cornerback Danny Gorrer, running back P.J. Hill, tackle Jermey Parnell and receiver Matt Simon.
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D.J. Shockley is back with the Atlanta Falcons, a day after he was released.
The quarterback was one of eight players signed to the practice squad Sunday, the Falcons announced. In addition to Shockley, the Falcons also signed receiver Troy Bergeron, offensive lineman Michael Butterworth, linebacker Robert James, defensive end Maurice Lucas, cornerback Glenn Sharpe, guard Jose Valdez and defensive tackle Vance Walker were signed to the practice squad.
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The Panthers signed five guys -- Nick Hayden, Geoff Schwartz, DeCori Birmingham, William Buchanon and Joe Fields -- to their practice squad. What's more interesting is that they did not sign quarterback Brett Basanez, who has practice-squad eligibility. Basanez, who went through the preseason as the No. 3 quarterback, became expendable after the Panthers traded a 2009 seventh-round pick for Josh McCown.
The Saints released part of their practice schedule for Lucas Oil Field in Indianapolis. As of now (and everything's subject to change because of Hurricane Gustav), the Saints will practice in Indianapolis through Friday and they have a practice scheduled for their own facility in suburban New Orleans on Saturday.
"It's actually refreshing to have the same guy two years in a row," Gruden told the media. "We like Jeff a lot. He's had a tough offseason in regards to the calf injury. He's missed a lot of time, but he was outstanding here today. He's the strength of our offensive football team. He's a veteran signal caller and he's a great competitor. I think Brian Griese and Luke [McCown] showed that they're really capable of running the offense and they've had success in the system themselves. We are excited about the quarterback position and we'll see what happens."
Gruden also said Garcia seems to be in good health after missing much of training camp and the preseason.
"I think he's good," Gruden said. "We had Jeff and a number of players out there before the Houston game about five o'clock. We were out there about two-and-a-half hours before kickoff and I personally got to chase him around like a chicken and test his mobility. We worked him hard, really hard, all those guys. I can't speak for him, but I do think he's close to 100 percent. I think he feels a lot better."
Atlanta claimed defensive tackle Jason Jefferson off waivers. To make room for him, the Falcons released defensive tackle Tim Anderson. The Falcons also signed wide receiver Eric Weems, tight end Keith Zinger, offensive lineman D'Anthony Batiste, defensive end Brandon Miller and defensive backs Glenn Sharpe and Eric Brock to the practice squad.