Patriots coach Bill Belichick was using joint practices with the New Orleans Saints to prepare his team for the 2015 season.
But he was apparently doing a little window shopping as well.
On Tuesday, Belichick swung a trade for Saints return specialist Jalen Saunders, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source informed of the deal. The news was first reported by ESPN.
Belichick might have just been trying to avoid the clamorous post-cut free agency period with the deal. Saunders might have lost the return job to Marcus Murphy in New Orleans and was a cut candidate heading into the roster downsizing period. Saunders, 22, was a fourth-round pick by the New York Jets during a regrettable 2014 draft piloted by short-term general manager John Idzik.
There weren't a lot of surprises according to the author, except that some of the team's younger WRs were listed ahead of veterans. But it's been pretty clear the team is going with a youth movement at the position, so Brandon Coleman, who could end up as the team's WR3, and Seantavius Jones were ahead of guys like Joseph Morgan and Josh Morgan.
Oct 04, 2014 · 9:12 PM EDT
Injuries to Jets wide receivers Eric Decker and David Nelson have meant an expanded role for newly signed T.J. Graham in practice.
“Luckily for me, the system is pretty much stuff I’ve learned from college to my first year in the NFL,” Graham said after today's practice at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. “There’s a lot of carryover so I’m just trying to put routes with verbiage that I know and getting the timing down with Geno.”
Even with Decker and Nelson questionable for this week, Graham may not be active against the Chargers. But he seems to be picking up the system well and the team likes what they've seen of him, cutting 4th round draft pick Jalen Saunders to sign him. Given the struggles of the Jets WRs, it's at least worth nothing.
Sep 29, 2014 · 4:16 PM EDT
The slumping New York Jets have made a surprise move in the aftermath of their third straight loss.
The team announced Monday that it has released wide receiver Jalen Saunders, a fourth-round pick in May's draft. The Jets' filled Saunders' roster spot by signing veteran wideout T.J. Graham.
Saunders was inactive in Sunday's loss to the Detroit Lions, six days after he muffed a punt against the Chicago Bears. He is a candidate to land on the Jets' practice squad.