Saints RB Jonathan Williams is being promoted to the active roster from the practice squad, per source. Makes sense considering they only had 2 RBs active. And wouldn’t be surprised to see him split time with Mike Gillislee as the backups. Don’t know who was released yet.
The Saints only had two RBs on the active roster heading into Week 1 before this move - Alvin Kamara and Mike Gillislee. This move calms some of the sleeper appeal of Gillislee getting enough volume in the Mark Ingram role to be a sneaky start in Week 1, as Williams has been with the team all preseason. Gillislee just arrived this week.
James Parks of 247Sports
Sep 05, 2018 · 7:46 PM EDT
Rookie sixth-round running back Boston Scott was waived by the Saints on Wednesday. Thought to be a potential fill-in for the suspended Mark Ingram, Scott became expendable when New Orleans signed Mike Gillislee, who is already listed as number two on their running back depth chart.
Scott had little to no fantasy value, but this likely solidifies Gillislee's standing on the depth chart. The RB43 in Director of Forecasting John Paulsen's Week 1 rankings, he has former Patriot handling around 13 touches for 50 yards while spelling starter Alvin Kamara.
The Saints were in need of another back with the suspension of Ingram. Gillislee could certainly steal some work from Kamara early on until Ingram gets back. He seems more of a short-term solution at this point.
The Patriots, meanwhile, are well-insulated from an injury hampering their running attack. Mike Gillislee struggled at times early in 2017. But he's still effective. It speaks volumes for the Patriots' running back depth that he was inactive for much of last season. With Dion Lewis gone, it's very possible that he could re-take a spot in the running back rotation.
The story was mainly about comparing the Patriots' RB situation with that of the Steelers and LeVeon Bell's holdout. The Pats still have White and Burkhead but still lack a between-the-tackles type of runner. With Gillislee around yet, it's possible he once again emerges, but the New England backfield lately seems to need many weeks of understanding before someone is deemed a safe fantasy play.