Every year the New Orleans Saints seem to hit on a longshot free agent and he makes an impact for the team. This season that longshot player may well be former Fresno State outside linebacker Kyle Knox.
The 6-1, 230 pound weakside linebacker started 22 games during his last two seasons for Fresno State and he recorded 55 tackles and 6 tackles for losses as a senior.
Knox was an undrafted NFL free agent who was with the Seattle Seahawks in 2012 and some of the 2013 campaign before he was claimed off waivers by the Jacksonville Jaguars in late August of 2013.
The Jaguars waived him in early October of 2013, but Knox really seems to have picked up Rob Ryan's defense very well and he has been a standout for the Saints on special teams.
Friday night Knox played on every special teams unit and I like his aggressive play, he has excellent foot speed and he is a very instinctive football player.
The difference between Knox at Fresno State and the Knox today is that he is physically much stronger and you can see he has learned how to use his hands and arms better to shed off blockers in heavy traffic.
He has always gotten high marks for his ability to drop back into his coverage areas.
Keep an eye on Mr. Knox, especially as a special teamer. That may be his way to as head coach Sean Payton puts it "Get on the bus, any bus, to make this team."