Originally posted on The Saints Nation  |  Last updated 8/20/12
If you had told me at the beginning of training camp that the Saints would bring in Greg Camarillo at some point during the preseason, I would have told you he stood zero shot at making the roster because the Saints' depth was too significant. Marques Colston, Lance Moore and Devery Henderson had and still have the top three spots locked up - none of that has changed. Behind them has been a fierce battle between Courtney Roby (having the best camp of his career), Andy Tanner (having the best camp of his career), Adrian Arrington (who's potential the Saints are firmly in love with), Joseph Morgan (the fastest of the group) and Nick Toon (a 4th round draft pick). The Saints will likely keep 6 receivers including Roby, who is primarily a special teamer, but it's possible they could go as low as 5 or as high as 7 on opening day.

So why sign Greg Camarillo? As you know well by now, the injuries have really started to mount. Arrington hasn't seen any time this preseason as he just had surgery to repair his meniscus, Toon hasn't seen any time either with an apparent foot injury that's day to day at this point, and Andy Tanner just sprained his ankle in the last preseason game which should keep him out a while. The Saints are saying Tanner's injury isn't as bad as they initially expected, but I'd be shocked to see him play another preseason game at this point. Arrington and Toon are both longshots to play this weekend but both could play some in the final preseason game. So enter Camarillo who out of nowhere is #6 on the depth chart (if you don't count Tanner/Arrington/Toon who all can't play at present) on a roster that may keep as many as 6 receivers. That's putting Joe Morgan ahead of him, who to this point has performed very inconsistently.

Camarillo, originally an undrafted rookie free agent that broke into the league with the Chargers, is 30 and enjoyed the prime of his career in 2008 and 2009 as a slot receiver for the Miami Dolphins. He spent the last two years with the Minnesota Vikings, though he did not catch a pass last season. While he hasn't been able to build on two solid seasons in 08/09, he's still a player with solid hands that can make things happen after the catch. In a lot of ways, he's a healthy version of Andy Tanner. With the season opener just three weeks away, being a healthy backup receiver comes at a premium right now give the Saints' rash of injuries.

Camarillo comes to the team taking the roster spot of LB Chris Chamberlain, who is on IR for the year after he tore his ACL.  The Saints also placed G Fenuki Tupou on IR, meaning there's another roster spot available to sign someone with. I didn't know Tupou had injured himself in the last game but apparently it was at least fairly serious. No word at this point if they've filled his vacated roster spot. Topou played poorly in preseason in my estimation, so his chance of making the roster were almost non existent.

[follow]
MORE FROM YARDBARKER:
Best athlete by state all time
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

WATCH: Leo Komarov crushes Johnny Gaudreau

Zaza Pachulia smacks Luke Babbitt in the face

Westbrook laughs at question about having to contain Gobert

Report: Jackson told Carmelo he doesn't share Rosen's opinion

Manziel disappears from Twitter after giving advice to Trump

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Jeremy Lin re-aggravates hamstring, out another three to five weeks

Report: Browns could join 49ers in pursuit of Cousins

Hull City's Ryan Mason recovering from skull fracture

Isaiah Thomas: ‘I feel like I’m the best player in the world’

Falcons GM ignored Belichick's bad advice on Julio Jones

Watson declined Browns' request to play in Senior Bowl

The best-looking Super Bowls and fan fashions over the years

The week in NFL news as explained by Outkast

Best of Yardbarker: Roger Goodell does what we all expected him to do

Eat, Drink, Watch for Jan. 20-22, 2017: Dips, rye, football and Death Race 2050

Box Score 1/20: 37 years ago today, Carter said no to Moscow

NFC & AFC Championship preview: We love scoring

Roger Goodell is a coward, but then we knew that

TailGreater: Picking the conference champions by their signature cocktails

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Ranking the top three conferences in college basketball

Eight bold predictions for second half of NBA season

Box Score 1/19: Happy anniversary to the 'Tuck Rule' game

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The week in NFL news as explained by Outkast

QUIZ: Name every prominent quarterback in the history of the New England Patriots

Best of Yardbarker: Roger Goodell does what we all expected him to do

Eat, Drink, Watch for Jan. 20-22, 2017: Dips, rye, football and Death Race 2050

QUIZ: Name the owners of these 50 famous NFL nicknames

NFC & AFC Championship preview: We love scoring

Roger Goodell is a coward, but then we knew that

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

TailGreater: Picking the conference champions by their signature cocktails

The 'What's a Romo worth these days anyway?' quiz

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker