Pierre Thomas, Lance Moore, Jabari Greer Provide Saints Diamonds in Rough
The Saints have 13 players on the 53-man roster who were undrafted free agents. These are not guys on the special teams, either, but key contributors.
Look at Lance Moore, a valuable receiver. He was on the practice squad in 2005 and 2006. Not only do the Saints get a good player, but these are guys who help along the payroll for a while, until they blossom.
What about running back Pierre Thomas? I thought a high draft pick, Reggie Bush, was going to get his chance to shine with the run against the Vikings in the season-opener. Wrong. It was Thomas. He had 71 yards rushing; Bush had 14.
Jabari Greer, the Saints cornerback, is an undrafted free agent.
Quick hits on the Saints heading into Monday night's game with the 49ers:
-The Saints will be trying to start 2-0 in consecutive seasons for the first time in franchise history.
-Right guard Jahri Evans, who is from small school Bloomsburg, has made 65 straight starts with the Saints -- the longest streak in team history among offensive linemen to begin a career.
-Drew Brees' 64.9 percent career completion percentage is ranked third all-time in NFL. Who is ahead? Answer below.
-You know what the Saints can do that other pass-first teams can't do: rip the top off the defense. The Saints have Devery Henderson and you don't. He averages an NFL high 20.6 yards per catch since 2006. Henderson has 16 catches of over 50 yards in his career. Henderson's 24.8 yards per snatch in 2008 was first in the NFL by five yards.
-Only Chad Pennington (66.1) and Kurt Warner (65.5) have a better career completion percentage than Brees.