Saints announce practice squad
— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) September 6, 2020
The NFL’s new rules for managing the COVID-19 pandemic allow teams to sign 16 players to the practice squad, but the New Orleans Saints left two spots open on their initial allotment. So what gives?
An easy explanation would be moving rookie punter Blake Gillikin to the practice squad; right now, the Saints have him rostered next to Thomas Morstead, one of the most experienced and effective punters in the NFL. But anything could happen amid this public health crisis, so it makes sense to hold onto Gillikin in case of an emergency.
Demoting Gillikin to fill that final practice squad spot would open room on the roster for running back Dwayne Washington, who has been sequestered in the NFL’s COVID-19 protocol. If the Saints expect Washington to be cleared to return soon, activating him and reassigning Gillikin may be the smoothest transaction possible.
Additionally, the Saints had an agreement in place with free agent offensive lineman John Leglue, but it fell apart. This isn’t unusual at a point in the league calendar when there are so many moving parts and roster transactions. Leglue was on the Saints practice squad last year before being poached by the Green Bay Packers. The New Orleans native played every position along the offensive line at Tulane in college.
Anyway: those are situations we have to wait on. In the meantime, here are all 14 players signed to the Saints practice squad on Sunday: