New-to-New Orleans offensive lineman James Hurst has been positioned all over the offensive line since his rookie days in 2014.
Left tackle. Right tackle. Left guard. Sixth offensive lineman. The future for Hurst seems to be at tackle, he said Thursday in his first interview as a Saint.
I’ve had starts at a lot of places for sure, but most of the time’s been spent at tackle, Hurst said, adding he talked to Saints offensive line coach Dan Roushar on Wednesday. Just talked about my versatility and how that’s helpful to an offense to be able to have a guy that’s played at multiple spots.
The Saints formally announced Hurst’s signing Thursday, waiving wide receiver Tim White to make room. White was signed to the Saints’ practice squad Dec. 30, then signed a reserve/future contract the following week.
Hurst’s agent, Jack Bechta, said Wednesday that Hurst’s deal is for one year.
Though, if he cracks the 53-man roster, he’ll have a truncated season.
Hurst is suspended for the first four games of the regular season because of a violation of the NFL’s performance-enhancing drugs policy. His former team, the Baltimore Ravens, announced that suspension in February, then released him March 16.