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It’s no surprise that Sean Payton likes his wide receivers like his pot of jambalaya. Big. After moving on from 6’5″ receiver Brandon Marshal (at least for now) and adding the quickly waived 6’5″ TE Erik Swoope this week. The Saints have turned their attention back to adding another big-bodied wide receiver. This time it’s Indiana Hoosier Simmie Cobbs, Jr.
Cobbs was an undrafted free agent coming into the 2018 season who landed on the Washington practice squad. He’s now been signed to the Saints’ active roster. (Any players signed from another team’s practice squad must be signed to the 53-man roster.) Cobbs stands at 6’3″ or 6’4″ depending on what site you’re looking at, 220 pounds with 9 1/4″ hands. Pretty good size. In 2017 he caught 72 passes for 841 yards and 8 touchdowns. The year before, though his season was cut short with an ankle injury he still managed 60 catches for 1,035 yards and 4 touchdowns. Cobbs also got work in the 2018 preseason with Washington gathering 7 catches, 109 yards, and a touchdown.
Where he lacks, however, is straight-line speed and separation. His 4.64 40 time certainly hurt his draft stock as well as his tendency to struggle with physical corners. Perhaps with his time on the Washington practice squad, he’s grown on the latter. It’s likely that Cobbs will be a gameday inactive on Monday as he’ll be learning the new system, but if he catches on it’ll be his red zone presence that stamps his ticket to the field.
The good news here is that the release of Erik Swoope coupled with the injury report from yesterday shows that there’s not any reason to be worried about Dan Arnold who was inactive last weekend. I tend to believe that Arnold’s being inactive had more to do with preparing to run the ball during the expected inclement weather in Tampa.
This is the second Saints move in as many days that includes signing a player formerly working with Washington as they signed electric running back Martez Carter to the practice squad after losing Boston Scott earlier in the week. Carter played for Washington in the preseason this year and is a graduate of Grambling University, a Louisiana native.
Nice to see the Saints front office continuing to make moves and try to find solutions for the struggles they’ve had at the WR position outside of Michael Thomas. Championship teams aren’t bred through content.