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Training Camp Buzz: Devonta Freeman gives Saints ‘good versatility’ out of the backfield

by Lewis hawkins
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Five years ago, Devonta Freeman compiled a career-high 207 yards from scrimmage against the Saints. It’s games like those from the two-time Pro Bowler that Sean Payton hasn’t forgotten. He’s hoping to tap into that multi-purpose mojo himself. The New Orleans coach said he signed Freeman because the team was a running back short with Ty Montgomery working more as a wide receiver in training camp. The 29-year-old Freeman has mostly been ineffective and/or injured the past three years with the Falcons and then the Giants. His role, of course, doesn’t figure to be as prominent behind Alvin Kamara, and Payton has proved he can make the most of fading talent. “He gives you good versatility both in the run and the pass,” Payton said of Freeman. “Look, I’ve been a big fan. We’ve seen him. I think it’s a good addition for us in the room. I really think there’s some versatility that he brings and I’m excited about that.”

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