Saints sign 10 practice squad players to reserve/future contracts
The New Orleans Saints have signed their entire practice squad to reserve/future contracts.
Former LSU wide receiver Travin Dural, linebacker Adam Bighill, offensive lineman Gabe Ikard, guard Landon Turner, tight end Alex Ellis, cornerback De’Vante Harris, linebacker Shayne Skov, safety Mykkele Thompson, defensive end Alex Jenkins and guard Nate Theaker all agreed to deals on Tuesday.
A reserve/future contract means that a player is locked up for the 2018 season, but they will not count against the team’s 90-man roster limit until the league year begins on March 14.
Bighill, Dural, Harris and Turner are pretty well known by many fans. Here is more on the others:
TE Alex Ellis played college ball at Tennessee, signed as undrafted by Titans in 2016 and joined the Saints practice squad Nov. 29.
DE Alex Jenkins was born in Bath, England before playing college football at Incarnate Word. The Saints were allowed to sign him as an 11th player to the practice squad but he is ineligible to make 53 man roster as part of the NFL’s International Pathway program.
OG/C Gabe Ikard, a former Oklahoma Sooner, has spent four seasons in NFL with seven different teams. Originally signed as a UDFA by the Titans, he joined Saints practice squad Dec. 20.
OLB Shane SKov out of from Stanford also went undrafted before three seasons with 49ers and another with Bucs.
OG Nate Theaker from Wayne State is light on his feet as a developmental prospect. He was undrafted before being signed and then released by the Cowboys.
CB Mykkle Thompson, a fifth round pick of Giants out of Texas in 2015, tore his Achilles tendon in the preseason as a rookie. He signed with Saints practice squad Dec. 29th. Thompson previously timed at 4.47 in the forty with a 10’6″ standing long jump and 36″ vertical.
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Born and raised in the New Orleans area, Rene Nadeau has been involved in sports ever since his earliest memories. Rene played basketball, wrestled, ran track, and was an All-District running back in football at John F. Kennedy High School. He went on to be a member of the LSU football program, developing a passion for the game in even…