Stanley Jean-Baptiste goes unclaimed

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There were 32 players drafted in the second round of the 2014 NFL draft and only one of them failed to remain with the team that drafted them through Saturday’s cut to 53 players.

Cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste was the unlucky fellow who failed to make the Saints despite getting picked No. 58 overall following his career at the University of Nebraska. Most pundits thought at the time that Jean-Baptiste came off the board too early, an opinion strengthened by his quick departure from New Orleans.

That feeling should be even stronger now that the other 31 NFL teams decided that Jean-Baptiste wasn’t worth a waiver claim after the Saints waived him on Saturday. It probably goes without saying that getting passed over in a league that’s always looking for cornerbacks is not a great sign for Jean-Baptiste’s NFL future, but we’ll say it anyway.

Jean-Baptiste is now free to sign with any NFL team on either their active roster or on the practice squad. Given the lack of interest on waivers, the latter is probably going to be his destination in the short term.

UPDATE 1:48 p.m. ET: Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports, via agent Sunny Shah, that Jean-Baptiste will join the Lions practice squad.

13 responses to “Stanley Jean-Baptiste goes unclaimed

  1. Saints continuing to go into a cliff. Still maintain Payton is out after this year. Brees is old, and that defense is only getting worse. I expect it to be a resignation, but I can’t see him there in years to come. His time there has run its course.

  2. Aren’t you so wise. Look, I can make a prediction too: Brees will have yet another MVP type season. 36 isn’t old for a QB, especially for one who takes care of himself like Brees. And how do you know the defense is getting worse? Last time I checked there haven’t been any real games. We’ll see if the defense improves. Might, might not. But you’re a realfootballfan, as opposed to the fake ones. Like my teddy bear. Guess that makes you a soothsayer.

  3. I have no idea how the Raiders let this guy clear waivers. Even if it meant releasing him before the first game, not taking the opportunity to bring him in and take a look is just nonsense.

  4. Yet Corey White is still on a 53-man roster. White was so bad last year, I’m still wondering why this guy wasn’t given a (fair) shot…The Saints are starting to waste draft picks like this certain team in the NFC East wastes money.

  5. Given the state of the Viking’s secondary, its a surprise that he wasn’t claimed. I watched the 4th pre season game and the Packer’s WRs were running by Jean-Baptiste like he was already a Viking so he would fit right in.

  6. This will be payton’s last yer. He and mickey have ruined this team with poor drafts and even poorer personnel decisions. It is time they are held accountable and stop being revered for their decision making. Our drafts have been awful and their decision making concerning personnel is even worse. Payton will leave us with nothing after this year and he will be coaching another team next year. Thanks for the demise of our team sean and mickey.

  7. arosspen,

    Not trying to be wise about anything. Just have eyes and not a blind fan like you obviously are. You actually think Brees hasn’t noticeably lost a step the last 2 years and that he can’t cover up for how bad their defense has always been? It happens to everybody, and yes 36 is pretty old for a QB. Most of them retire about that age, especially when they’re asked to carry the team like he always has been. It happens to all of them, so stop crying about it. Just hope your next coach can find you a noter good one because as you can see as a Saint fan, they’re pretty hard to come by. Oh, and blame Roger for why the Saints never got another title. I still maintain that lost season under Kromer and Spagunolo cost them their last serious chance to win it all.

  8. A list of QB’s that have played or are still playing at a high level into their late 30’s: Tom Brady, John Elway, Brett Favre, Peyton Manning, Dan Marino, Len Dawson, Steve DeBerg, Sonny Jurgensen, Bart Starr, Vinny Testaverde, Warren Moon, Steve Young, Jim Kelly, Boomer Esiason, Dan Fouts, and Fran Tarkenton.

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