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Bduhon55
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Possible David Thomas replacements....



First off I would like to say much appreciation is due to David Thomas for the past few years. I was excited to have a high character guy come come over from New England via trade. Thomas turned out to be worth every penny, as he was clutch at big times, worked hard, and never complained about being the second guy in line.

Now that he is gone here some of the better options to replace him:


Michael Higgins--New Orleans Saints

His frame and build allow him to be a better blocking TE than a recieving TE. However, don't let that special teams classification fool you, Higgins shows his skills of running routes and more than capable hands that could allow him to fit nicely in the back up role that Thomas filled. He is a better blocker than Thomas was, but the the only thing that worries some with Higgins is his pass catching abilities over the middle. The Saints use Jimmy Graham for their down the seam TE routes, but David Thomas was known to have his nifty catches down the middle as well. It would not surprise me for Higgins to make the final roster out of camp and be a contributor going forward. Higgins has been on the practice squad sicne the end of the post season in 2011. He spent the last six games of the 2011 season on the active roster and throught the post season. He is currently one of two TE's on the Saints' roster according to their unofficial depth chart.

Brandon Myers--Oak Raiders--UFA

Myers debuted for the Raiders in 2009 after being selected with the 202th pick in the 6th round. He has been their safety net since then and is a solid blocker with good pass catching abilities. He seems to never be taken down by one tackler and is an enthusiastic and compassionate player. He is praised for his locker room character and hard work. Myers had his best season as a pro in 2012 pulling in 75 REC 753 YDS and 4 TD's. The numbers make him seem like a average to big money guy as an UFA, but he only made 565K last season. The Saints could potentially offer him somwhere around 2-3 years at $2-3 mil.

Hayden Smith-- New York Jets Practice Squad

Hayden Smith brings his tough mentality and work ethic from the Australian Rugby league to the NFL. Smith is exciting to watch in anything that he does and brings it on every play wether he is blocking or running routes. It is rumored that in training camp last season, Smith would get under the skin of the Jets' first team offense multiple times a day. Jets officials are quoted as saying "We just couldnt cover the guy and it would drive Rex crazy on a daily basis". Witht he right offensive coaches, scheme, and QB throwing to him, Smith could turn into a quality backup. Smith is currently under contract for the 2013 and 2014 season but will most likely be put back onto the practice squad.

Another option is to go after a TE in the draft which I don't see the Saints doing until possibly the 4th or lower round. The draft is not stacked with TE's this year after the first couple of guys.

Feel free to add any as these three guys are the only ones I've found so far...I will add some more as I search today.







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Brettesaurus Rex
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re: Possible David Thomas replacements....


I really feel like we and a guy in the 5th round.
I've been touting Reed from Florida or Lutz from Auburn as my hopefuls. The kid out of San Jose state looks good as well






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The Sad Banana
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I have zero problems with Michael Higgins.





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monroesaintsfan
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If Thomas isn't picked up in free agency, it wouldn't surprise me a bit if he were brought back at a reduced rate.





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Bduhon55
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quote:

If Thomas isn't picked up in free agency, it wouldn't surprise me a bit if he were brought back at a reduced rate

With his recent health issues, age, and drop in performance as of late I don't see the Saints bringing him back.






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monroesaintsfan
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I certainly wouldn't mind an upgrade but he's not chopped liver either. He's still a good blocking TE and although he only had 11 receptions last year, 4 of them went for td's.

Played in 15 games last year, too, so the health issues might not be as big of a concern as they were from the year before.






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goatmilker
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Higgens was a dark horse pick for me last year to make the 53.
I think he could be a solid #2 TE this year. His time to shine in 2013.
The cap issue this year makes me think they will go cheap for a #3 TE. Perhaps a aging vet (Fred Davis for example)that can do it all or taking a few un-drafted and see if one can surprise and make the squad. With Grambo's contract needing to be done asap I don't see them putting much more money in the TE position.







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Patrick O Rly
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I really like Higgins. If we can improve his catching, him, Graham and Colston in the redzone will be hard to defend.





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jralspanky
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mm2316
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#3 TE. Perhaps a aging vet (Fred Davis for example)

I don't know if Fred Davis qualifies has a cheap, aging vet...






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SaintEB
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It'll be Higgins' job to lose. Also, they'll bring in a third and maybe a fourth (for camp surely).





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goatmilker
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Yeah. Bad example. Just looked at 2012 contract.






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AlexMSU
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I would like to see them keep Higgins and try to draft a gem in the draft. Possibly bring in an older guy for depth





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liquid rabbit
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Higgins is the obvious successor to Wendy's.





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goatmilker
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Hope our third TE is named Magnum.





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