The Arizona Cardinals announced a change to their practice squad. Cornerback Teddy Williams was signed by the Chicago Bears, opening a spot for another player. To replace Williams, Arizona signed receiver Jalen Saunders.
Saunders (5-9, 165) was a fourth round selection (104th overall) of the New York Jets in this year's NFL Draft out of Oklahoma and played in the first three games of the season where he returned five punts for 26 yards. He was released by the Jets on September 29.
While at Oklahoma, Saunders started all 13 games as a senior and finished the season with 61 receptions for 729 yards and eight touchdowns, while adding 308 yards and two touchdowns on 20 punt returns. He played his final two seasons at Oklahoma after transferring from Fresno State.
We wish Teddy the best of luck.
Saunders is a guy that fits the Bruce Arians mold -- short and fast (4.4 speed).
How about this interesting fact? When the Cardinals cut receiver Walt Powell, who was their sixth round pick this year, the Jets claimed him off waivers. Now, after the Jets released Saunders, their fourth round pick, the Cardinals added him to their team. The Cardinals essentially traded up in the draft, getting a fourth round receiver for a sixth round receiver.