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, continue two-year revival at linebacker The New Orleans Saints parted ways with a couple of fan-favorites at linebacker this week, namely former special teams captain Michael Mauti.Mauti, a New Orleans native and son of former Saints special teamer Rich Mauti, joined the team in 2016 as a roster cuts poaching from the Minnesota Vikings.He made a strong impression quickly by scoring a touchdown off of his own blocked punt in a 2016 Monday Night Football victory over the Atlanta Falcons.Since then Youth Tommylee Lewis Jersey
, Mauti has been a key special teams contributor and reserve linebacker despite struggling with a serious medical condition that made it almost-impossible to make playing-weight.Mauti battled back from that challenge to earn to Saints’ Ed Brock Courage Award.His story and personal New Orleans history has resonated with fans, making him a popular target for autographs after last summer’s organized team activities.The Saints also waived former CFL all-star linebacker Adam Bighill this week.Bighill played well in the 2017 preseason but spent all but three regular-season games on the practice squad, appearing sparingly on special teams.His age, lack of size and speed probably kept him seeing a bigger role.Bighill’s activity in his foundation for helping children born with facial defects and scrappy style of play endeared him to Saints fans Tommylee Lewis Jersey Stitched
, making an easy guy to root for.These are tough roster cuts but it’s kind of what you want to see.Linebacker has been an area of such glaring weakness in New Orleans for years, truly ever since Jonathan Vilma retired.It speaks to the top-to-bottom talent level there now when players like Mauti and Bighill don’t make it to training camp.Other recent contributors such as Craig Robertson and Nathan Stupar may not even be safe.Between the hiring of linebackers coach Mike Nolan, drafting of Alex Anzalone and signing of veterans like Manti Te’o, A.J. Klein Youth Tyeler Davison Jersey
, and Demario Davis the last two years, it’s clear that New Orleans has prioritized a facelift in the middle of their defense.The Saints have gotten better, even if there’s growing pains like these to be had along the way. Saints to tryout three veteran defensive backs." />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesCanal Street Chronicles homepageHorizontal - WhiteCanal Street Chroniclesa New Orleans Saints communityFollow Canal Street Chronicles online:Follow Canal Street Chronicles on TwitterFollow Canal Street Chronicles on FacebookLog in or sign upLog InSign UpSite searchSearchSearchCanal Street Chronicles main menuFanpostsFanshotsSectionsLibrarySaintsOddsAboutMastheadCommunity GuidelinesStubHubMoreAll 321 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteFanposts Fanshots Sections InterviewsNew Orleans Saints SatireWho Dat HistoryCanal Street Chronicles TutorialNew Orleans Saints to host a trio of free agent cornerbacks New,10commentsSaints to tryout three veteran defensive backs. CDT@bobbyr2613 Iworah has appeared in only one regular season game since being a 7th round draft pick from Western Kentucky in 2016. He spent two years with the San Francisco 49ers Tyeler Davison Jersey Stitched
, before bouncing around practice squads of the Chiefs, Redskins, and Falcons last season. He has blazing speed (4.32 40) with a long reach that could make him a project if he can earn his way onto the roster through special teams. Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY SportsThe Saints already seem to have a crowded cornerback position. Marshon Lattimore and Eli Apple are unquestioned starters, while Patrick Robinson and P.J. Williams Youth Craig Robertson Jersey
, along with rookie Chauncey Gardner-Johnson looking to fill slot roles. Veteran holdovers Justin Hardee and Ken Crawley along with return specialist Marcus Sherels will also compete for spots for a New Orleans secondary that struggled to start 2018, but played much better down the stretch. Iworah is an athletic project, but Sensabaugh and Webster have each shown that they can be quality NFL corners who could give the Saints depth both outside and in the slot.