The Saints have replaced one former Patriot fullback with another.
The team placed Heath Evans on injured reserve Thursday because of a torn ACL suffered Sunday against the Dolphins. Evans was doing a nice job as a blocker and occasional receiver. He’ll be replaced by Kyle Eckel, a Navy product who has played with the Dolphins, Patriots, and Eagles.
New Orleans’ third-ranked running attack should survive without Evans. Mike Bell has been running with abandon as the team’s “closer,” often resting in the first half and taking over for Pierre Thomas down the stretch.
The Saints proved last week they can come from behind, but the team’s three-pronged running attack is set up to maintain leads better than Saints teams of the past.