NFC South: Tory Humphrey

Saints: First look at free agency

January, 31, 2012
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No NFC South team faces a more challenging period between now and the start of free agency than the New Orleans Saints.

They have to find a way to re-sign quarterback Drew Brees, and there are at least a couple other players that it’s essential the Saints retain. They’ve also got some important role players and will need to find ways to keep several of them despite a difficult salary-cap situation.

Let’s take a look at New Orleans’ potential free agents. They’re all unrestricted, unless noted otherwise:

Brees, defensive end Jeff Charleston, receiver Marques Colston, linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar, defensive tackle Aubrayo Franklin, tight end John Gilmore, tight end Tory Humphrey, kicker John Kasay, defensive end Turk McBride, offensive lineman Pat McQuistan, receiver Robert Meachem, guard Carl Nicks, cornerback Tracy Porter, receiver/return man Courtney Roby, defensive tackle Shaun Rogers, cornerback Leigh Torrence, safety Jonathon Amaya (exclusive rights), receiver Adrian Arrington (exclusive rights), center Brian de la Puente (exclusive rights), offensive lineman Justin Drescher (exclusive rights), linebacker Jonathan Casillas (restricted), quarterback Chase Daniel (restricted) and linebacker Ramon Humber (restricted).

Whatever deal Brees signs, it’s likely he’ll take up somewhere around $15 million of the 2012 salary cap. But the Saints will have to continue to spend big money. It’s imperative they keep Nicks. He might be the best guard in the league and he’s Brees’ top protector. Keeping Colston also would seem to be a top priority because he’s one of Brees’ favorite targets.

Once the accounting is done on Brees, Nicks and Colston, the Saints will have to make some tough financial decisions. Porter and Meachem are important role players. But they could have market value elsewhere. The Saints might not be able to afford to keep them. That would hurt, but it might not be disastrous because the Saints have good depth at receiver and cornerback.

Inactives for the Saints

January, 14, 2012
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There’s a bit of good news on the injury front for the New Orleans Saints. Linebacker Jonathan Casillas, who had been listed as questionable with a knee injury, is active for Saturday’s playoff game against the 49ers.

As expected, injured receiver Lance Moore (hamstring) and back up tight end John Gilmore (toe) are out.

The other inactives for the Saints are cornerback Leigh Torrence, linebacker Nate Bussey, tight end Tory Humphrey and offensive lineman Eric Olsen.

Saints put two RBs on injured reserve

September, 2, 2011
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It looks like running back Joique Bell, who has been one of the stars of the preseason for the New Orleans Saints, will make the 53-man roster.

That’s not definite yet, but Bell’s chances increased considerably Friday night as the Saints made some roster moves at running back. They placed Chris Ivory and Patrick Cobbs on injured reserve.

That leaves Bell with a chance to be a backup and special-teams player in a backfield that also includes Mark Ingram, Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles.

Wide receiver Joe Morgan, another preseason star, was placed on injured reserve along with safety Paul Oliver. Defensive end Greg Romeus was placed on the non-football injured list.

The Saints terminated the contracts of tackle Jordan Black, safety Quincy Butler, tackle George Foster, tight end Tory Humphrey, cornerback Trumaine McBride, safety Pierson Prioleau, safety Chris Reis and fullback Chris Taylor.

The Saints also placed receiver Montez Billings, defensive tackle Dexter Larimore, tight end Tyler Lorenzen and linebacker Dwight Roberson on waivers.
New Orleans rookie defensive end Cameron Jordan has ended his contract holdout. The Saints just announced they have agreed to terms with the first-round pick.

With veteran defensive end Will Smith possibly facing a four-game suspension to start the season, Jordan has a shot to be in the starting lineup on opening day. But he has some catching up to do after missing all the offseason work due to the lockout and the first few days of training camp.

But Jordan, a University of California product, has all sorts of potential. In 50 college games (33 starts), Jordan produced 16.5 sacks, five pass deflections, four forced fumbles and was known as a strong run defender.

The Saints also announced a few other moves. The team has agreed to terms that will keep offensive lineman Zach Strief with the team. The Saints also signed linebacker Clint Ingram, tight end Tory Humphrey and defensive back Terrail Lambert. The Saints also waived rookie cornerback Josh Gatlin and rookie guard Carl Johnson.

Patrick Robinson inactive for Saints

December, 12, 2010
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NEW ORLEANS -- Couple of interesting names on the list of inactives for the Saints. Before we get to that, though, running back Pierre Thomas is active for the first time since suffering an ankle injury in September.

The biggest surprise among the inactives is rookie cornerback Patrick Robinson. The Saints’ first-round draft pick, Robinson has spent most of the season as a backup, but did get some starts when Jabari Greer and Tracy Porter were hurt early in the year. Robinson hasn’t been much of a factor recently. Safety Usama Young also is a bit of a surprise on the inactive list. Young usually plays on special teams and he wasn’t on the injury report this week.

The other inactives for the Saints are: running back Julius Jones, linebacker Ramon Humber, offensive tackle Charles Brown, tight end Tory Humphrey, defensive end Junior Galette and linebacker Kawika Mitchell.

Inactives for the Saints

October, 31, 2010
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NEW ORLEANS -- The Saints just handed out there list of inactives for tonight and there are no surprises.

As expected, injured cornerbacks Tracy Porter and Jabari Greer and running backs Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush are not active.

Rookie Patrick Robinson and Leigh Torrence are expected to start as the cornerbacks and Chris Ivory is expected to start at running back. The other inactives for the Saints are linebacker Anthony Waters, tackle Charles Brown, tight end Tory Humphrey and defensive end Junior Galette.

Thomas, Harper out for Saints

October, 3, 2010
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NEW ORLEANS -- As expected, the Saints will be without injured running back Pierre Thomas for Sunday’s game with Carolina.

The Saints have said Ladell Betts will start in place of Thomas. The Saints also are without injured running back Reggie Bush, and that means Chris Ivory and DeShawn Wynn likely will share carries with Betts.

The Saints also will be without starting strong safety Roman Harper. Pierson Prioleau will start in his place. John Carney will handle place-kicking duties as Garrett Hartley is inactive after missing a short kick in overtime last week.

Also inactive for the Saints are linebacker Anthony Waters, offensive lineman Charles Brown, tight end Tory Humphrey and defensive end Junior Galette.
NEW ORLEANS – With running back Reggie Bush out with a broken leg for about six weeks, the Saints apparently will continue to use a committee approach at running back.

Chris Ivory, who missed the first two games with an injury, is active today. So is recently signed Ladell Betts. They likely will share carries with starter Pierre Thomas.

Rookie cornerback Patrick Robinson also is active today after being inactive Monday night. Robinson could get some time in the nickel and dime packages with Randall Gay out with a concussion.

Along with Gay and Bush, the rest of New Orleans’ inactive list includes safety Usama Young, linebacker Anthony Waters, offensive lineman Charles Brown, tight end Tory Humphrey, receiver Adrian Arrington and defensive end Junior Galette.

McAllister inactive for Saints

January, 16, 2010
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NEW ORLEANS – As expected, running back Deuce McAllister will not be active for today’s game against Arizona.

McAllister was signed yesterday after sitting out all season. He’s expected to lead the Saints onto the field as a ceremonial gesture. Defensive back Chris Reis, linebacker Anthony Waters, guard Jamar Nesbit, tight end Darnell Dinkins, tight end Tory Humphrey and defensive end Paul Spicer also are inactive to the Saints. Chase Daniel is the third quarterback.

Arizona’s inactives are quarterback Brian St. Pierre, fullback Nehemiah Broughton, safety Rashad Johnson, linebacker Gerald Hayes, offensive lineman Herman Johnson, defensive end Jeremy Clark, receiver Anquan Boldin and tight end Stephen Spach.

Saints make minor roster moves

December, 22, 2009
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The Saints just announced a couple of minor roster moves. They’ve signed tight end Tory Humphrey and put fullback Marcus Mailei on injured reserve.

Humphrey spent three seasons with Green Bay. In 24 games, he has 11 catches for 162 yards. Mailei had played in two games since joining the Saints on Dec. 9 and was used mostly on special teams. He suffered a hamstring injury in Saturday’s game with Dallas.

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