Jalen McCleskey among multiple free agent receivers at Saints tryouts

It’s pretty obvious that the New Orleans Saints need improvement at wide receiver and place kicker, so it’s good to see them show some initiative in addressing those concerns. They brought in five free agents for tryouts on Tuesday — an off day for rostered players, when coaches and personnel scouts have time to evaluate them — and some might be more familiar than others. Here is who auditioned on Tuesday, Nov. 16:

WR Jalen McCleskey

Jul 30, 2021; Metairie, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Jalen McCleskey (17) performs wide receiver drills during a New Orleans Saints training camp session at the New Orleans Saints Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

The most familiar name on this list has already spent time with the Saints this year. McCleskey impressed at Tulane’s pro day and signed in the spring, and he turned heads at training camp until a hamstring injury took him out of action. That familiarity is probably going to help his cause if the Saints liked what they saw in putting him through his paces.

WR Cody Core

Sep 8, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Cody Core (17) during the game between the Cowboys and the Giants at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Remember him? Core was one of a couple of receivers who tried out alongside Kenny Stills back in September, though he didn’t make the cut. He’s only played bit parts in his NFL career and may be more of a workout warrior than real contributor.

WR Josh Malone

New York Jets wide receiver Josh Malone catches a pass during a joint NFL football training camp practice with the Green Bay Packers Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, in Green Bay, Wis. (AP Photo/Matt Ludtke)

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A fourth round pick by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2014, Malone didn’t get many looks and was waived in 2019. He spent most of the next two years on the New York Jets practice squad (mixing in a week on the Denver Broncos practice squad in October of this year)….


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