— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 23, 2021
That’s interesting: NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the New Orleans Saints are signing Malcolm Perry to their practice squad, which was confirmed by the Times-Picayune | Advocate’s Amie Just. Perry starred as a quarterback for the United States Naval Academy while also seeing time in the slot as a receiver, so he offers a versatile skills set despite some athletic limitations (having timed the 40-yard dash in just 4.63 seconds while weighing in at 5-foot-9 and 186 pounds, with middling scores in other testing drills).
Initially drafted in the seventh round of the 2020 NFL draft by the Miami Dolphins, Perry appeared in nine games and caught 9 of 13 targets for 92 receiving yards, catching a touchdown pass and converting 4 first downs. He also saw limited work as a returner on punts and kickoffs. The Dolphins released him during final roster cuts this summer and the New England Patriots acted quickly to claim him. But a foot injury in practice sidelined him on the injured reserve list until the Patriots released him on Nov. 17.
Now he’s joining the Saints practice squad with an opportunity to be signed to the active roster. They’ve got Deonte Harris, Tre’Quan Smith, Marquez Callaway, Kenny Stills, Lil’Jordan Humphrey, and an injured Ty Montgomery on the 53-man roster with Easop Winston Jr. and rookie draft pick Kawaan Baker also on the practice squad, but it’s possible someone may be released to make room for Perry. Veteran backup Kevin White was also let go last week but the team recently re-signed him.