The New Orleans Saints' running back depth took a hit earlier this week when the Seattle Seahawks claimed Tony Jones off waivers. With the Saints averaging 27.2 carries per game (T-No. 12), having as much backfield depth is important, hence why they've already brought in a replacement for Jones.
NFL insider Ian Rapoport reports that the Saints have signed RB Jake Funk to their practice squad. The 24-year-old was placed on waivers by the LA Rams earlier this week after being with the organization since he was a seventh-round back in 2021.
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Rapoport also adds that Funk "had several offers" waiting for him, but ultimately chose to continue his career in New Orleans. Knowing that the Gaithersburg, MD native chose the Saints over other options will likely earn him points with the fanbase right away.
Despite suiting up in 15 career games, Funk has only seen two carries for five yards over 11 offensive snaps. The Rams used him more often as a kick returner than out of the backfield, returning four kickoffs for an average of 22 yards.
Back-to-back ACL tears and a COVID-shortened season prevented Funk from reaching his potential in college. Despite playing five seasons at the University of Maryland, he only suited up in 33 games, turning 135 carries into 968 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns.
Hopefully, Funk's health issues are a thing of the past. He's a talented rusher when given the opportunity and if either Alvin Kamara or Mark Ingram are sidelined, Funk must be ready to rise to the occasion.
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