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Saints sign RB Gillislee per NFL.com

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“Running back Mike Gillislee didn't have to wait long to find a new team after the New England Patriotsreleased him Saturday. 

After a Sunday morning visit with the New Orleans Saints, the Saints are set to sign Gillislee to a one-year deal, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via a source informed.”

 

“Veteran RB Mike Gillislee is visiting with the Saints on Sunday after being released by the Patriots on Saturday, a source confirmed (as first reported by the NFL Network). The visit makes a lot of sense, since New Orleans is thin at RB after the surprising release of Jonathan Williams on Saturday. The Saints currently have only two true tailbacks on the roster in Alvin Kamara and Boston Scott while Mark Ingram is serving a four-game suspension to start the season. They also have Trey Edmunds, who is a special teams specialist/backup running back/backup fullback. Gillislee, 27, has 1,248 rushing yards, 94 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns in four seasons with the Dolphins, Bills and Patriots”

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I’m kinda scratching my head on this. I thought Williams was playing well and he knows the playbook. It will take a while for Gillislee to get up to speed and time is not on our side. With Ingram out 4 games it appears we are using Kamara and Scott as our main running backs and Gillislee for goal line and short yardage.

I’ll trust the staff though. There must be something they didn’t like about Williams.

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Replace an ok RB with an ok RB and then cut Stupar......does not compute. 

 

I trust the FO. The only thing I’ll theorize is that Sean Payton’s determination to get another Sproles out of Scott to have his toys may be what’s costing us Stupar and this whole situation. On the other hand if you’re the FO you also have to think about the fact that Ingram may be gone next year due to $$$ and will have to be replaced. A lot of factors at play here. My guess is that Williams wanted a chance to be a feature back and that wasn’t going to happen here once Ingram returns. 

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3 hours ago, hardeeflag said:

My guess is that Williams wanted a chance to be a feature back and that wasn’t going to happen here once Ingram returns. 

Not a chance.  Jonathan Williams was cut by the Bills this same time in 2017, now us in 2018.  He's not demanding to be a feature back or anything else.  He just wants to be on a roster.

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Agreed, Williams can't demand anything, he needs to make someone's roster. The only thing I can think is that he didn't show well as a receiver out of the backfield and in picking up protections, cause he sure looked good running the ball...

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Williams is on the PS, so nothing to do with playing time demands. I think his concern may have more to do with pass protection. JMO. 

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They also cut Trey Edmunds, then brought LeRebius back and cut Stupar.  I think they were hoping to trade Stupar before cutting him.

At RB, my guess is they wanted a versatile veteran back that can block, catch and run after Vereen went on IR. 

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20 hours ago, Dru said:

Not a chance.  Jonathan Williams was cut by the Bills this same time in 2017, now us in 2018.  He's not demanding to be a feature back or anything else.  He just wants to be on a roster.

Makes sense. I wasn’t that familiar with his history, just saw that he was putting up a good performance in pre-season. 

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6 hours ago, Bonckers said:

Williams is on the PS, so nothing to do with playing time demands. I think his concern may have more to do with pass protection. JMO. 

Brees actually spoke highly of his pass protection in training camp.  

"I think once the pads come on, he's an impressive guy. He's run the ball extremely well. But I think more so than that, he's stuck his nose in there in pass protection better than anybody I've seen in a while," Brees said.

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yeah, but I really think the kicking game is changing. With the lack of a running start at kickoff, you need to have faster players. I expect to see less LB's and more RB's and DB's. JMO. 

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I was listening to a former GM on the radio talking about these late cuts and getting guys to go to the practice squad.  He was saying that sometimes they will work a deal with a player to pay him his full salary (just like if he was on the 53) and explain to him they need his spot on the 53 for a different position.  Everyone gets paid the same and usually it's best interest of the team.  These type of moves usually are very safe, because it would take another team paying way more than the normal rate to steal him away.

I think the Saints front office are making moves because of injury, but keeping these players close and I bet paid. 

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Yeah, I think they need the lineman for depth. I really doubt we go into any game with just two RB's. I am sure we will see at least one more move prior to the game starting. Especially since on those backs joined the team in the last week. 

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Adrian Peterson was third on the team in carries last year.

We really did not give carries to a third tailback, basically. That's why we cut AD. So as much as I wanted to see Scott in the offense some with live bullets, if that meant he'd be cutting into AK's role then no thanks. Gillislee is more of a banger and thus he has that role earmarked for him. No duplication of skillset and thus plays between Gillislee whereas Alvin/Boston are a bit more similar. Regardless, Alvin's our featured guy. Watching back film from last year he's so smooth, especially in the passing game, that it's hard to get a clean shot on him. I think he can take a heavier load for the first four until Ingram comes back.

Where we miss Mark the most is in the screen game and pass pro. He's exceptional in both. 

One area this staff during Payton's entire tenure here has shown is a keen eye identifying and utilizing running back talents. So I am hard-pressed to start doubting it right now.

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1 hour ago, Brian Milici said:

One area this staff during Payton's entire tenure here has shown is a keen eye identifying and utilizing running back talents. So I am hard-pressed to start doubting it right now.

I'm trying hard not to doubt Payton as well but this upcoming game against the Bucs reeks of one of those games where Payton has Brees throw 40+ times. 

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If the team gets in RB trouble, I trust Brees throwing 50 passes, because 25 of them will be run/passes.  Little outs or dinks that are really just a long pitch out.  For one game, I trust in Brees

 

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