Saints sign WR Cyril Grayson, CB David Simmons Jr. among 10 after tryouts
The New Orleans Saints have extended contracts a slew of players who tried out during rookie minicamp this past weekend.
Wide receiver Cyril Grayson and cornerback David Simmons Jr. were two of 10 hopefuls who did enough to be signed to the Saints’ 90-man roster.
Grayson, a four-time NCAA Champion out of LSU and Archbishop Rummel as a track sprinter, signed in 2017 as an undrafted rookie with minimal football experience with the Seahawks and spent time under contract with two other teams, the Colts and Bears. Simmons is a cornerback from Division III North Park University in Chicago.
New Orleans Saints Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis announced Monday that the club has signed the following players who participated in the club’s rookie minicamp from May 10-12 on a tryout basis; Fullback Michael Burton, defensive lineman Geneo Grissom, wide receiver Cyril Grayson Jr., center Marcus Henry, tackle Ulrick John, linebacker Colton Jumper, running back A.J. Ouellette, defensive back David Simmons Jr., defensive tackle Sylvester Williams and wide receiver Micah Wright. The club also waived running back Darnell Holland, defensive lineman Tomasi Laulile and cornerback Darius Williams.
Burton, 6-0, 240, is a four-year NFL veteran who was originally selected by the Detroit Lions in the fifth round (168th overall) in the 2015 NFL Draft out of Rutgers. In four seasons for the Lions (2015-16) and Chicago Bears (2017-18), the Long Valley, N.J. native has played in 55 games with 11 starts, carrying eight times for 11 yards, catching nine passes for 53 yards and one touchdowns and seven special teams tackles.
Grayson, 5-9, 183 is a Kenner native who prepped in both football and track and field at Archbishop Rummel High School in Metairie. He attended LSU on a track & field scholarship and ended his college career as a four-time NCAA Champion and seven-time All-American between the indoor and outdoor track seasons from 2013-16. Grayson was signed as a free agent by the Seattle Seahawks in 2017. He spent the 2017 and 2018 preseasons in Seattle where he posted four receptions for 109 yards and has also spent time on the practice squads of the Seahawks, Indianapolis Colts, Houston Texans and Chicago Bears.
Grissom, 6-4, 265, originally was a third round draft pick (97th overall) of the New England Patriots in 2015 out of Oklahoma. In four seasons with New England, he played in 37 games and posted seven tackles (four solo), one sack and seven special teams stops and added two solo tackles, two sacks and two coverage stops in six postseason contests. Grissom joined the Indianapolis Colts for the 2019 postseason and appeared on special teams in two games. The Hutchinson Kan. native played in 39 games with 11 starts at Oklahoma and registered 88 tackles, eight sacks, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.
Henry, 6-3, 293, was originally signed by the Saints as an undrafted free agent in 2016 and spent that preseason with the club, as well as parts of the 2018 campaign on the Seattle Seahawks practice squad. The Bellevue, Wash. native spent four years on the offensive line at Boise State where he received several honors, including All-Mountain West first-team honors as both a junior and a senior…In 2015, Henry opened all 13 games at center, anchoring the offensive line of Mountain West Conference’s top-scoring offense (39.1 ppg.) and top-ranked total offense (501.3 ypg.), each of which also ranked 15th in FBS.
John, 6-6, 312, was originally selected by the Indianapolis Colts in the seventh round (232nd overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft out of Georgia State and has played in ten contests with three starts for the Miami Dolphins (2015), Arizona Cardinals (2016) and Green Bay Packers (2017). The Hinesville, Ga. native competed in 36 contests (25 starts) in college and was a two-year starter at left tackle, but also logged starts at center and guard earlier in his career with the Panthers. He started 11 games at left tackle as a senior and was named All-Sun Belt Conference honorable mention.
Jumper, 6-2, 229, was originally signed by New Orleans as an undrafted free agent out of the University of Tennessee in 2018 and in that preseason posted five tackles, one special teams stop and a blocked punt. Jumper was a two-year starter at linebacker at Tennessee, opening seven games apiece in both 2016 and 2017. Jumper played in all 12 games with seven starts in 2017 and posted 55 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks and one pass defensed. The Lookout Mountain, Tenn. native enjoyed a breakout campaign as a junior in 2016, opening seven games, six in the middle, where he finished fourth on the team with 61 tackles with four tackles for loss, an interception, a forced fumble and four passes defensed.
Ouellette, 5-9, 205, was a five-year letterman for Ohio University, who appeared in 50 games and posted career totals of 719 carries for 3,829 yards (5.3 avg.) with 32 touchdowns and caught 54 passes for 516 yards and six touchdowns. As a redshirt senior in 2018, he played in all 13 games in leading the Bobcats to a 9-4 record as he carried 213 times for 1,306 yards (6.1 avg.) with 12 touchdowns and caught 21 passes for 212 yards and two touchdowns, earning first-team All-MAC offense and MAC player of the Year by the Touchdown Club of Columbus. As a redshirt junior in 2017, the Covington, Ohio native returned from a season-ending foot injury in 2016 that limited him to one contest to rush carry 192 times for 1,006 yards and seven touchdowns to earn second-team All-MAC.
Simmons, 6-2, 185, played four seasons at NCAA Division III North Park University, appearing in 39 games and recording 202 tackles (146 solo), seven tackles for loss, five interceptions, 38 passes defensed, three forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and 11 blocked kicks. The Indianapolis, Ind. native posted 62 stops, three tackles for loss, one pick, nine passes defensed, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and six blocked kicks, including three in one game as a senior in 2018, earning All-CCIW honors.
Williams, 6-2, 328, was originally a first round draft pick (28th overall) of the Denver Broncos in 2013 out of North Carolina. In six NFL seasons with four clubs (Denver, Tennessee, Detroit and Miami), the Jefferson City, Mo. native’s played in 89 regular season games with 63 starts, posting 128 tackles (87 solo), 21 stops for loss, six sacks, two passes defensed and a fumble recovery. In 2018, he played in 14 games with four starts split between the Detroit Lions and Miami Dolphins and finished with 14 stops (eight solo).
Wright, 6-2, 195 was a four-year letterman at the University of Maine who concluded his college career ranked sixth on the school’s all-time list for receiving yards (2,143) and seventh in receptions (160). The Newark, N.Y. native was named to the All-Colonial Athletic Association third-team as a senior in 2018, when he finished second on the team in receiving with 47 grabs for 539 yards and five touchdowns.
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