Despite being suspended for the first four game of the 2020 season, the Saints signed veteran James Hurst to a one year deal for veteran depth along the offensive line.
“So many great players, such great history and pedigree,” said Hurst about choosing to come to New Orleans. “Coach Payton has been so successful; so much creativity has come out of his system. Just seeing what they've been able to do and seeing how I could fit into that; it's exciting to have an opportunity to play on such a successful team.”
Hurst first joined the NFL with another successful program. The Baltimore Ravens brought him in after going undrafted out of South Carolina in 2014.
The 28-year-old became a key piece to their o-line, playing in 90 career games with 44 starts. He was released following the news of his suspension for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing substances. Hurst is lucky though to go from one Super Bowl contender to another, and gets the opportunity to play for one of the best offensive lines in the NFL.
Whatever they need, that's what I'm going to be,” said Hurst on where he sees himself lining up. “Whatever my role is week to week. I'm going to embrace it and give it everything I got. I just love playing, I want a chance to play and they gave me that.”