The New Orleans Saints have promoted wide receiver Jake Lampman in time for their big division rivalry game against the Carolina Panthers. The team waived tight end Chris Manhertz in favor of the 23-year-old Lampman, who is a rookie out of Ferris State.
Lampman did not make the regular season roster but was signed to the Saints’ practice squad in the offseason. He had 731 receiving yards on 52 catches in his final year in college football.
TE Manhertz was waived because of the return of Josh Hill, who suffered from an ankle injury earlier this year.
Lampman might get a chance in playing behind top Saints’ wide receivers Brandin Cooks, Willie Snead, Coby Fleener and Mark Ingram.
The New Orleans Saints are in a crucial game against the Panthers in Week 6. The NFC South rivals are at the bottom of their division and they need to start winning if they want to have a shot at making the postseason. The Saints are 1-3 while the Panthers are 1-4 with Carolina snapping a three-game losing streak to open the season.
The New Orleans Saints are in another tough stretch the next few weeks as they take on the Kansas City Chiefs and Seattle Seahawks after the game against the Panthers on Sunday. Carolina will also be getting starting quarterback Cam Newton in Week 6 after the superstar QB missed last game because of concussion-related injuries.