Jay Bromley

49ers Sign DT Jay Bromley

The 49ers made a handful of roster moves this morning (via ESPN’s Nick Wagoner on Twitter). The team has signed wideout Chris Thompson and cut receiver Max McCaffrey. The 49ers have also added veteran defensive tackle Jay Bromley while placing lineman Kapron Lewis-Moore on the injured reserve.

Thompson, 25, went undrafted out of Florida in 2017, but he proceeded to appear in 13 games for the Texans as a rookie. He ultimately finished that campaign with five receptions for 84 yards, and he also had 23 combined kick/punt returns. After being waived by Houston last August, Thompson proceeded to play for the Orlando Apollos of the AAF.

McCaffrey has bounced around the NFL since going undrafted out of Duke in 2015. The 25-year-old appeared in one game for the 49ers last season, and he’s collected one reception and one punt return during his brief career.

Bromley is the most experienced player of the bunch. The former third-rounder spent the first four seasons of his career with the Giants, compiling 76 tackles and a pair of sacks in 55 games. He signed with the Saints last offseason, but he was limited to only two games after suffering a torn biceps.

Kapron Lewis-Moore, 29, is a bit of a journeyman, appearing in five games during his six-year career. He signed a reserve/future contract with the 49ers back in January, and the team seems to be stashing him on their IR as he recovers from a groin injury.

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Minor NFL Transactions: 10/23/18

Today’s minor moves:

Atlanta Falcons

Arizona Cardinals

Baltimore Ravens

Cincinnati Bengals

Cleveland Browns

New Orleans Saints

New York Giants

New York Jets

Oakland Raiders

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tennessee Titans

Minor NFL Transactions: 10/15/18

Today’s minor moves:

Detroit Lions

New Orleans Saints

Jacksonville Jaguars

San Francisco 49ers

  • Promoted from practice squad: TE Ross Dwelley
  • Waived: DL Ryan Delaire

Saints Sign Goodson, Cut Bromley

The Saints have signed free agent cornerback Demetri Goodson and released defensive tackle Jay Bromley, according to Adam Caplan of SiriusXM (Twitter link) and Josh Katzenstein of the Times-Picayune (Twitter link).

Bromley, a former third-round pick, served as a Giants depth cog for four seasons, playing in 55 games from 2014-17. He joined the Saints in May and released in September, but was brought back on Sept. 17. He’s out of work for now, but he could be back before long since the Saints have made a habit of add/dropping the same player throughout the season.

Goodson now joins the mix after a successful workout on Sept. 26. The cornerback has been on the workout circuit since missing the Packers’ final cut and will finally have an opportunity to showcase his skills this season. The 29-year-old hasn’t seen live action since November of 2016, but his next opportunity could come soon as the Saints are working with a banged up secondary.

The Saints also fortified their cornerback group this week by adding cornerback Josh Robinson.

Saints To Bring Back DT Jay Bromley

Jay Bromley‘s spent a couple of weeks on the NFL in-season workout circuit, but the defensive tackle will rejoin the Saints.

With Tyeler Davison battling a foot injury, the Saints will bring back Bromley after cutting him prior to the regular season, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com tweets.

The former third-round pick served as a Giants depth cog for four seasons, playing in 55 games from 2014-17. He joined the Saints in May before being released in September. Bromley’s since worked out for the Bills and Lions.

Bromley will join David Onyemata and rookie UDFA Taylor Stallworth as Saints defensive tackles, presumably set to play as a backup behind Onyemata in the event Davison must miss time. Davison started in Week 1 but missed the Saints’ Week 2 game. Onyemata started alongside Sheldon Rankins against the Browns.

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Lions Work Out DT Chris Baker

The Lions worked out defensive tackles Chris Baker, Jay Bromley, and Kendall Reyes on Wednesday, according to Adam Caplan of SiriusXM (Twitter link).

Cincinnati inked Baker to a one-year, $2.45MM deal in March in the hopes that he’d become its starting nose tackle opposite All-Pro three-technique Geno Atkins. However, Baker struggled during the preseason, often getting defeated in both the run and pass game, and was severely outplayed by third-year pro Andrew Billings. The Bengals released Baker just prior to final cutdowns, and he hasn’t drawn any other known interest thus far.

Baker, 30, spent the 2017 campaign with the Buccaneers after signing a three-year pact last March. Although he’d played like of the league’s better interior defenders from 2015-16, Baker struggled in 2017, grading as just the No. 96 defensive tackle among 122 qualifiers, per Pro Football Focus, and was subsequently released after only a single season in Tampa Bay.

Detroit attempted to fortify its interior defensive line this offseason after losing veteran Haloti Ngata by adding several free agents of their own. Defensive tackles Ricky Jean-Francois and Sylvester Williams were each inked to contracts, while versatile lineman Da’Shawn Hand was brought in via the draft.

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NFL Workout Updates: 9/4/18

Today’s workout updates:

Buffalo Bills

Cleveland Browns

Detroit Lions

Houston Texans

New York Jets

Saints Announce Roster Moves

The Saints have made the following transactions as they move their roster to 53 players:

Waived:

Waived/injured:

Released:

Placed on injured reserve:

Placed on suspended list:

South Notes: Titans, Conklin, Saints, Falcons

A look at the AFC and NFC South:

  • Titans right tackle Jack Conklin is still recovering from a torn ACL he suffered in January and head coach Mike Vrabel says he doesn’t anticipate seeing him being on the field this spring (Twitter link via Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com). Training camp would be the earliest that Conklin can start individual drills. There’s no word of Conklin missing regular season action, but it’s a situation to keep an eye on. While Tennessee’s offensive line regressed as a unit in 2017, Conklin still stood out, grading as the No. 12 offensive tackle in the league, per
    Pro Football Focus.
  • It sounds like defensive tackle Jay Bromley and offensive lineman Michael Ola, who were signed earlier this month by the Saints, have a real chance at making the final cut. “Both guys we have a vision for,” coach Sean Payton said this week (via Josh Katzenstein of the Times-Picayune). “They’re positions that are hard to find once the season gets started.”
  • The Falcons will work out offensive lineman Kevin Bowen on Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle tweetsBowen recently auditioned for the Texans, but left Houston without a deal.

Saints To Sign DT Jay Bromley

The Saints are signing veteran defensive tackle Jay Bromley, a source tells Josh Katzenstein of the Times-Picayune (on Twitter). Bromley participated in the Saints’ recent rookie minicamp and earned a spot on the 90-man roster. 

Bromley was not retained by the Giants this year as the team switched from a 4-3 scheme to a 3-4 look under new defensive coordinator James Bettcher. Although he was not a fit in New York, he offers experience with appearances in 47 games over the last three years as a rotational piece. We had Bromley ranked as the 15th-best defensive tackle on the open market heading into free agency in March. Bromley is the last player in the top 15 to find a deal for 2018.

Last year, the Saints’ defensive line finished 15th in adjusted line yards, according to Football Outsiders. Meanwhile, they allowed more open field yards than the average club, which suggests that there is more work to be done when it comes to the run-stopping abilities of their linebackers and secondary players.

The Saints project to start Sheldon Rankins and Tyeler Davison at defensive tackle in their 4-3 set while David Onyemata, Woodrow Hamilton, and Davaroe Lawrence are jockeying for position in reserve.

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