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Buffaloes in the NFL: Saints sign Ken Crawley to 53-man roster

Plus, other Buffs in the NFL news

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Veteran cornerback Ken Crawley has re-joined the New Orleans Saints 53-man roster ahead of their Monday Night Football showdown against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Crawley was signed off the Saints’ practice squad, reportedly after receiving interest from several other teams in need of secondary help. The Saints are without cornerbacks Marshon Lattimore and P.J. Williams, and thus needed an experienced option in reserve.

The former Buffs cornerback started for the Saints in 2017 and part of 2018, before inconsistent play pushed him down the depth chart. After losing his starting job, Crawley split 2019 between New Orleans and Miami, then spent the 2020 preseason between Las Vegas and Arizona.

Finally back home — wearing black and gold, of course — Crawley will hopefully find more stability.

In other Buffs news, Laviska Shenault Jr. continues to impress. The Jacksonville Jaguars rookie has emerged as Gardner Minshew’s top target, particularly as burgeoning star D.J. Chark has dealt with injuries. After five games, Viska is now up to 23 receptions and 270 yards, both team highs, as well as 53 rushing yards and two total touchdowns. He’s trending upward, each week having more receptions than his previous career-best.

Phillip Lindsay is also coming back. The third-year Broncos running back suffered a turf toe injury in Week 1 and missed the following three games. He was supposed to return this week before their game against the Titans was postponed. Turf toe is a notoriously difficult injury to come back from mid-season — and least return 100% healthy — but it’s encouraging that he will have so much time to recover. Melvin Gordon will still be Denver’s primary running back, but it’s exciting nonetheless to see #30 back out there.

The Washington Football Team is in the midst of a quarterback crisis that could see Steven Montez emerge as an option. The team started the year with 2019 first round pick Dwayne Haskins, but have since benched him because he is still just 23-years-old and was always going to be a work-in-progress has struggled badly. Backup Kyle Allen also suffered an arm injury, leaving Alex Smith in at quarterback two years after his horrific leg injury that nearly cost him his life. Assuming Washington stays away from Haskins, Montez could be promoted to the 53-man roster, possibly even into a starting role if Smith’s leg isn’t right.

Special shoutout to David Bakhtiari as well, who continues to be the best left tackle in the game. Also wishing a speedy recovery to Chidobe Awuzie, who hurt his hamstring in Week 2 and is still on the IR.