Saints Workout Several Defensive Players
The New Orleans Saints worked out several defensive players on Tuesday, as the team continues to look for help, and healthy bodies on that side of the ball.
Most of the players that worked out for the Saints were defensive ends and linebackers, including Bjoern Werner, Shaquille Riddick, Danny Lansanah, Dezman Moses, Greg Townsend, Andy Mulumba, John Lotulelei, Derek Akunne, Wes Horton and Royce LaFrance.
Werner, who was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars during the preseason, is a former 2013 first-round draft choice of the Indianapolis Colts, where he totaled 6.5 sacks in three seasons.
Riddick, a 2015 fifth-round draft choice of the Arizona Cardinals, was released from that team's practice squad on September 27.
The 31-year old Lansanah has some experience, compiling 138 career tackles, and started 11 games at linebacker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers just last season.
Moses, another linebacker, who has 4.0 career sacks, was recently released by the Kansas City Chiefs on October 7.
The Saints have suffered numerous injuries on defense, including those to linebacker Hau'oli Kikaha, cornerback P.J. Williams, and safety Erik Harris, all of who will miss the remainder of the year, along with cornerback Delvin Breaux, who hasn't played since opening week, and defensive lineman Sheldon Rankins, the team's 2016 first-round draft choice, who was injured during the preseason.
Dannell Ellerbe, a projected starting linebacker during the preseason for the Saints, hasn't played yet this season, due to various injuries, after only appearing in six games last season.