The 23-year-old rookie beat out TE veteran Demetrius Harris in a workout on Friday.
The Saints signed TE Josh Pederson, per source
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After going undrafted in 2020, Pederson signed a 3-year, $2.3 million free-agent contract with San Francisco in May of this year. But, the Niners ultimately waived the young tight end earlier this week after he failed to make an impression in training camp.
With reserve tight end Ethan Wolf sidelined with an ankle injury and rookie Dylan Soehner on the injured reserve list, the Saints have a need for TE depth that Pederson can provide.
New Orleans head coach Sean Payton is also good friends with Pederson’s Super Bowl XXXI champion father.
Pederson played four years of college ball in the Louisiana area with Louisiana-Monroe. From 2017-20, the 6-foot-5 tight end logged 99 receptions, 1,191 yards and 11 touchdowns. His best season came during his junior year in 2019 when he notched 567 yards and nine touchdowns — earning All-Sun Belt first-team honors.
The young passing target will join Nick Vannett, Garrett Griffin and former WR-turned-TE Juwan Johnson on the tight end depth chart behind projected starter Adam Trautman.
The Saints released former starter/two-time Pro Bowler Jared Cook and New Orleans veteran Josh Hill earlier this offseason. Cook finished third in team receiving yards (504) and first in receiving touchdowns (7) in 2020.