What the Devonta Freeman Signing Means for New Orleans Saints Running Backs


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The New Orleans Saints go bargain shopping in free agency better than just about any team in the NFL and now they land former Pro Bowl running back Devonta Freeman. But with Alvin Kamara, Latavius Murray, Ty Montgomery and more young options competing in the backfield, where does he fit in and what does it mean for the others? If Ty Montgomery is spending his time at wide receiver as we expect, Freeman and special teams ace Dwayne Washington could be set to battle it out for the rights to the third running back spot.

The Saints are also expected to sign veteran cornerback Prince Amukamara and 2016 third-round pick KeiVarae Russell pending physicals. If they land with the Saints, two corresponding moves will have to be made to open up the roster spots. More low-risk moves by New Orleans as they look at several options to try to sure up the cornerback depth chart. Does Amukamara have a chance at CB2? Meanwhile it's special teams that may give Russell a chance to land a roster spot.

Finally, Taysom Hill has focused entirely on competing for the starting quarterback role in New Orleans. What happens if he doesn't win it? He's spoken openly about shifts in his workout regiment, targeting different muscle groups for the role, and slimming down as well. But if he doesn't knock off Jameis Winston, what could that mean for his Swiss-army knife role? Locked On Saints host Ross Jackson discusses how the role could shift including where he might no longer be deployed and where the new build could also help as an offensive weapon.

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