Saints stock up on emergency options, sign long snapper John Denney

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The New Orleans Saints aren’t leaving anything to chance or COVID-19. They’ve added another specialist to their practice squad by signing long snapper John Denney, per his agent Ian Greengross.

Denney, 42, visited the Saints three times this season as a free agent. While he hasn’t played in two years, he was coached into a couple of Pro Bowls with the Miami Dolphins by current Saints special teams coordinator Darren Rizzi. He worked out alongside veteran kicker Blair Walsh twice in recent weeks, who also signed with the Saints practice squad.

So add them to the pile of “just in case” backups, along with practice squad quarterback Trevor Siemian and rookie punter Blake Gillikin (on injured reserve, where he can return from at any time). If everything goes according to plan, the Saints will continue marching through the playoffs with Drew Brees starting at quarterback, Wil Lutz at kicker, Zach Wood at long snapper, and Thomas Morstead at punter. But if any of them suddenly become unavailable, New Orleans has a fallback plan.