The New Orleans Saints are hosting a number of players for tryouts during their mandatory minicamp this week including:
- DE Royce LaFrance (Joel A. Erickson)
- RB Darius Victor (Josh Katzenstein)
- DB Jhavon Williams (Josh Katzenstein)
- OL Drew Iddings (Josh Katzenstein)
- QB Michael Birdsong (Josh Katzenstein)
- K Patrick Murray (Nick Underhill)
- LS Thomas Gafford (Herbie Teope)
- CB DeJaun Butler (Josh Katzenstein)
Murray, 25, signed on with the Buccaneers on a future/reserve back in January of 2014. However, he wasn’t able to make the 53-man roster coming out of the preseason and was later placed on their injured reserve list after clearing waivers.
The Buccaneers, unsurprisingly, placed Murray on waivers after this year’s draft and plan to move forward with second-round K Roberto Aguayo. The Browns later signed him to a contract in June before placing him on injured reserve a few weeks into the regular season and eventually cutting him loose.
In 2016, Murray appeared in 16 games and converted one of two field goal attempts to go along with three of four extra point tries.
LaFrance was invited to the Saints’ rookie minicamp last year but it wasn’t until October that he was signed to the Saints’ practice squad. Unfortunately, New Orleans elected to cut him loose a few weeks later.
LaFrance signed a futures deal with the Saints this past January but was cut loose shortly after this year’s NFL Draft.
During his college career at Tulane, LaFrance recorded 121 tackles, 35.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, two recoveries and nine pass defenses over the course of four seasons.
Iddings, 24, originally signed on with the Raiders as an undrafted free agent out of South Dakota back in May of last year. He was unfortunately waived coming out of the preseason as the Raiders cut their roster down to 53 players.
Oakland did not add him to their practice squad and he sat out the entire 2016 season. The Saints signed him to a contract close to a month ago and converted him to guard before cutting him loose last week.
During his four-year college career, Iddings recorded 149 tackles, 32 tackles for a loss, five pass defenses, four forced fumbles, two recoveries, and eight sacks over the course of 46 games.