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Saints Fill Reggie Bush-Shaped Hole By Re-Signing Ladell Betts; Let's Review The Saints' Backfield

Canal Street Chronicles discusses the signing.

Ladell Betts was released by the Redskins in March after eight years, 3,176 rushing yards, 1,505 receiving yards, and 86 kick returns. He signed with the Saints in August and was released earlier this month.

His skill set certainly approximates Bush’s, as he’s usually been a backup who finds his way onto the field in numerous roles. He’s more squatty and not as darty as Bush. His most famous moment came in 2009, when an equipment specialist confused him with a certain Hall of Famer:

Betts may not see the field this Sunday. Pierre Thomas will get almost all of the Saints’ carries. If Chris Ivory’s knee holds up, he’ll function as the backup. Ivory is an undrafted rookie who had an impressive preseason. Deshawn Wynn, the only other active-roster halfback, was released earlier today.

So, basically, it’s the Pierre Thomas show. In Thomas’ three games against Atlanta as the Saints’ featured back, he’s scored four touchdowns and piled up 254 yards from scrimmage. So it’s sort of already been the Pierre Thomas show.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.