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Saints To Sign Josh Huff

Josh Huff went from being the primary Eagles kick returner for three seasons to spending the 2017 season out of the league, but the wide receiver looks to soon have another chance.

The Saints are planning to sign Huff on Friday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle tweets. Wilson notes Huff has been training in Houston. He’s certainly traversed the NFL workout circuit over the past few months.

Huff twice worked out for the Saints this season, auditioning for New Orleans in September and December. In between, he received tryouts with the Jets, Texans and Redskins (twice) but remained a free agent. The Buccaneers sent Huff to free agency in September.

Arrested for unlawfully possessing a weapon in 2016, Huff did not see any jail time on that charge, instead receiving six months’ probation.

The 26-year-old wideout/return man played seven games with the Eagles and three with the Bucs in 2016 and has two kick-return touchdowns to his credit. Huff showed the Saints a glimpse of his receiving abilities in 2015, when he caught four passes for 78 yards and a touchdown against them that October.

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Saints Work Out Josh Huff

The Saints are taking a look at Josh Huff. The wide receiver auditioned for the Saints on Tuesday, according to Aaron Wilson of The Houston Chronicle (on Twitter). Josh Huff (vertical)

Huff was one of several Oregon products to wind up on Chip Kelly‘s Eagles. The third-round pick in the 2014 draft flashed some potential, but he was out of a job in ’16 when he was pulled over for speeding and found with a firearm and marijuana. He hooked on with the Bucs, but only appeared in three games and wound up missing this season’s initial 53-man cut.

After being displaced by Tampa Bay, Huff’s first known audition came with the Saints in September. Later, he showed his stuff for the Jets, Texans, and Redskins (twice), but has yet to land a deal. Perhaps on this audition – his second with New Orleans in 2017 – he’ll find a new NFL home.

Statistically, Huff’s best season came in 2015 when he had 27 grabs for 312 yards and three scores. He gave the Saints an up close look at his potential in October of that season when he had four receptions for 78 yards, including a 41-yard TD in the first half.

At 10-4, the Saints are in the catbird seat in the NFC South. They can help secure the divisional crown with wins over the Falcons and Bucs in the final two weeks.

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NFL Workout Updates: 12/5/17

Today’s workout updates, with all links going to veteran NFL reporter Howard Balzer’s Twitter account unless otherwise noted:

Buffalo Bills

Denver Broncos

Detroit Lions

Green Bay Packers

Indianapolis Colts

Jacksonville Jaguars

New Orleans Saints

  • LB Davis Tull (link via Nick Underhill of the Advocate)

Washington Redskins

NFL Workout Updates: 11/29/17

Today’s workout updates, with all links going to veteran NFL reporter Howard Balzer’s Twitter account unless otherwise noted:

Arizona Cardinals

Chicago Bears

Cleveland Browns

Detroit Lions

Jacksonville Jaguars

New York Giants

San Francisco 49ers

Washington Redskins

Texans Work Out WR Josh Huff

The Texans worked out wide receiver Josh Huff on Tuesday, according to a league source who spoke with Aaron Wilson of The Houston Chronicle. It marks Huff’s first known audition since mid-September. Josh Huff (vertical)

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Huff, 26, was a third-round pick of the Eagles under the Chip Kelly administration. Last year, the Oregon product made headlines for the wrong reasons following a gun- and marijuana-related arrest. He hooked on with the Bucs, but only appeared in three games and wound up missing the Week 1 cut in 2017.

Following his release from Tampa Bay, Huff auditioned for the Saints and Jets but left both workouts without a deal.

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NFL Workout Updates: 9/19/17

Today’s workout updates:

Carolina Panthers

Chicago Bears

Dallas Cowboys

Green Bay Packers

Jacksonville Jaguars

Kansas City Chiefs

Miami Dolphins

New York Jets

San Francisco 49ers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NFL Workout Updates: 9/13/17

Today’s workout updates, with nearly all links going to veteran NFL reporter Howard Balzer’s Twitter account:

Buffalo Bills

Chicago Bears

Green Bay Packers

Indianapolis Colts

Jacksonville Jaguars

Kansas City Chiefs

New England Patriots

New Orleans Saints

New York Jets

Philadelphia Eagles

Tennessee Titans

Washington Redskins

Buccaneers To Release WR Josh Huff

Josh Huff is now in the market for a new gig. According to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle (via Twitter), the Buccaneers have released the wide receiver.

Josh Huff (vertical)The 2014 third-round pick spent the first three seasons of his career in Philadelphia, but he was released last season following a gun- and marijuana-related arrest. He subsequently joined the Buccaneers, where he proceeded to play in three games.

Ultimately, in 10 total games last year, Huff hauled in only 16 receptions for 113 yards and one touchdown. The 25-year-old’s best season came in 2015, when he compiled 27 catches for 312 yards and three touchdowns. Huff also has brief experience in the running game, and he’s averaged 25.8 yards on 48 career kick returns.

Mike EvansDeSean Jackson, and Adam Humphries predictably lead the Buccaneers receivers depth chart, and third-round pick Chris Godwin is expected to play a major reserve role. With Huff off the roster, Bernard ReedyFreddie Martino, or Donteea Dye could be in line for more snaps.

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Extra Points: Lions, Packers, Draft, Bucs

UCLA pass rusher Takkarist McKinley visited the Lions this week, reports Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle (Twitter link). As a result of the shoulder surgery he underwent in March, McKinley could be on the shelf until at least July. Nevertheless, he still has a realistic chance to end up a first-round pick after breaking out last season with 10 sacks. The Lions finished with a paltry 26 – the fewest in the NFC and the second-worst mark in the NFL.

  • After several years of superb drafting, Packers general manager Ted Thompson has slumped recently, writes Ryan Wood of USA Today. For instance, of the 21 players Thompson selected from 2011-13, only five are still Green Bay’s roster. Moreover, Thompson has found just three Pro Bowlers over the past seven years – a far cry from the seven he discovered during his first half-decade on the job.
  • UConn safety Obi Melifonwu, Florida linebacker Jarrad Davis, Iowa quarterback CJ Beathard and Ashland tight end Adam Sheehan are four draft prospects who could hear their names called quicker than expected, tweets Ian Rapoport of NFL.com. Melifonwu and Davis are already potential first-rounders, so it’ll be particularly interesting to see how high they go.
  • Buccaneers receiver Josh Huff‘s arrest last November on an unlawful possession of a weapon charge won’t lead to jail time, per Jenna Laine of ESPN.com. Huff, who accepted a conditional plea, will instead get six months’ probation. The Eagles released Huff after his arrest, which occurred in New Jersey, and he quickly signed with the Bucs. Huff ended up appearing in three of their games and catching three passes for 41 yards.

Bucs Promote WR Josh Huff

The Buccaneers announced that wide receiver Josh Huff is being promoted from the practice squad to the active roster. Huff hasn’t been in an NFL game since October when he was with the Eagles. "<strong

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Huff, a third-round pick in the 2014 draft, was cut from the Eagles following an arrest for gun and marijuana possession. Soon after, the Buccaneers scooped him up and signed him to the practice squad. At first, this had the look of a low-risk, high-reward type of acquisition. As it turned out, the Buccaneers actually made a significant investment in the speedy receiver. Huff was earning $31K/week on the taxi squad and that’s good coin, particularly when considering that he was making $36/K week in Philly.

Huff’s first test with his new team will come against the Saints. When he faced New Orleans last year as a member of the Eagles, he had four catches for a career-high 78 yards and a touchdown, as Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times tweets.

The Bucs were in need of a wide receiver after placing Cecil Shorts on IR.

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