Saints bring back long snapper Drescher, add kicker Murray


NEW ORLEANS (AP) The New Orleans Saints have re-signed former long-snapper Justin Drescher and have added kicker Patrick Murray.

Drescher had been New Orleans’ lengthy snapper for the reason that latter a part of the 2010 common season earlier than being let go this previous offseason.

The Saints had been evaluating a pair of recent lengthy snappers – Chase Dominguez and Thomas Gafford – however reduce each in corresponding roster strikes in time for Drescher and Murray to take part in apply Sunday night time at Tulane’s Yulman Stadium.

”Perhaps they wished to return to previous dependable or one thing. I don’t know,” Drescher mentioned. ”I’m not mad.”

Coach Sean Payton mentioned Drescher must keep sharp to retain the job.

”There’ll be extra competitors. We’re going to have some extra guys we’re going to proceed to work out,” Payton mentioned.

The coach mentioned Drescher has been ”good with punts. The secret’s going to be the quick snaps” on area objectives and further factors.

Drescher mentioned he had been staying in form awaiting one other likelihood however didn’t essentially count on it to come back in New Orleans, the place one in every of his shut pals, Thomas Morstead, stays the punter.

”I by no means thought I might be working with him once more. However man it was nice. It was like using a motorbike as we speak,” Drescher mentioned. ”He was ecstatic once I walked in that locker room. … He simply had a giant smile, gave me a giant hug and mentioned, `Man, it’s nice to see you. Let’s get this job executed.”’

Whereas Payton has sounded happy with incumbent kicker Wil Lutz, he hadn’t dominated bringing in different kickers to guage throughout camp, even when it’s simply contemplating somebody so as to add to a listing of kickers the membership would possibly to name again in a pinch if Lutz have been to have an harm or stoop through the common season.

Murray started his NFL profession with Tampa Bay in 2014. He didn’t seem in a recreation in 2015 and performed in two video games with Cleveland final season. Payton talked about that a part of his curiosity in Murray is that he may also punt.

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