Saints’ Payton shuffles roster to revamp special teams

FILE - In this Aug. 11, 2016, file photo, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton speaks to the media after a preseason NFL football game against the New England Patriots, in Foxborough, Mass. Payton says a handful of roster moves this week, including the release of former draft pick and starting defensive tackle John Jenkins, have been made to revamp the club’s special teams. Payton spoke with media Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Stew Milne, File)
FILE - In this Aug. 11, 2016, file photo, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton speaks to the media after a preseason NFL football game against the New England Patriots, in Foxborough, Mass. Payton says a handful of roster moves this week, including the release of former draft pick and starting defensive tackle John Jenkins, have been made to revamp the club’s special teams. Payton spoke with media Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Stew Milne, File)

METAIRIE, La. (AP) – Saints coach Sean Payton says a handful of roster moves this week, including the release of former draft pick and starting defensive tackle John Jenkins, have been made to revamp the club’s special teams.

Payton, who spoke with media Wednesday, says New Orleans signed former Green Bay linebacker Sam Barrington and ex-Broncos safety Shiloh Keo. That’s in addition to the acquisition of former Denver tight end John Phillips, who was claimed off of waivers Monday.

To make room for all three players, the Saints have also released defensive back Brian Dixon and linebacker Chris McCain.

Earlier this week, Payton had expressed disappointment with New Orleans’ kick coverage, saying the unit has struggled since a couple special teams regulars were moved into starting roles on defense.

The Saints host the Broncos on Sunday.

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