Tony Jones Jr. had one of the stronger summers the New Orleans Saints had seen recently and played well enough to supplant more-experienced teammates like Latavius Murray and Devonta Freeman, but he’s going to be out of action for a few more weeks while recovering from an injury. The Saints already added a couple of new faces to their running backs room in the meantime, and now they’ve brought in one more: Lamar Miller, who earned a Pro Bowl nod in 2018.
Here’s what I wrote of him after his Oct. 5 workout with the team:
Miller, 30, was an elite athlete when he came out of Miami back in 2012 (drafted in the fourth round by his hometown Miami Dolphins, of course), posting an RAS of 9.38. He went on to log 1,354 rushing attempts to gain 5,864 yards (4.3 YPC) and score 32 touchdown runs for the Dolphins and Houston Texans, also catching 211 receptions on 273 targets for another 1,571 receiving yards and 8 more touchdown catches. But he only saw two receptions for 6 yards in one game with the Chicago Bears last year.
He’s pretty low on the totem pole now, joining Ryquell Armstead (who was also part of that group tryout) on the practice squad. Alvin Kamara, Dwayne Washington, and Devine Ozigbo remain on the 53-man roster, as does fullback Alex Armah Jr. (whose backup Adam Prentice is also on the practice squad).
New Orleans now has occupied 14 of the 16 practice squad spots available to them, with all vacancies filled on the 53-man roster. We should anticipate a number of departures and roster moves with a number of players returning from injuries and suspension over the next few weeks.