The Saints have signed receiver Greg Camarillo, bolstering a unit that was down three players heading into the first week post-training camp.
The move, confirmed by Camarillo’s agent J.R. Rickert via Twitter, gives the Saints a receiver with NFL experience behind Marques Colston, Lance Moore and Devery Henderson.
A spot opened for Camarillo when the Saints put offensive lineman Fenuki Tupou on IR with a triceps tear.
“I was in San Diego on my way to the beach,” Camarillo said. “I got a phone call saying the Saints want to give you a tryout. So I went home, packed up and got on a plane.”
Andy Tanner went down in Friday’s preseason loss to Jacksonville, injuring his ankle badly enough that he’s expected to miss time. Adrian Arrington is still recovering from surgery to clean up a meniscus tear. And Nick Toon has missed significant time with a left foot injury, though he’s expected back this week.
Camarillo is entering his seventh season, having previously played for the Chargers, Dolphins and Vikings, where he was most recently. He has 142 career catches for 1,686 yards and five touchdowns.
He hadn’t heard from any other teams about playing for them, but knew that he should stay in shape.
He worked out for the team Sunday and was signed. But while he’s behind on learning the playbook, he has past experience with Drew Brees, which gives him a leg up.
“I’ve got to learn the playbook first,” Camarillo said. “I worked out with Drew. I played with him a year in San Diego and I worked out with him in the offseason so I know what he expects from his routes. I’ve just got to learn the plays so I can be in the right spots.”