NFL CAREER – Converting to play both fullback and tight end midway through his rookie campaign after originally being drafted as a defensive end from Stanford, Erik Lorig has appeared in 56 games for the Buccaneers the past four seasons, with 24 starts, and totaled 30 receptions for 193 yards and one touchdown while also contributing as a blocker and on special teams with 17 tackles. Lorig joins the Saints after agreeing to a four-year contract in free agency as the Saints will look to utilize him as a blocker and on special teams units. The 6-4, 250-pound bruiser started nine games, while appearing in 15, for Tampa Bay in 2013 and hauled in 11 receptions for 47 yards.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS – Agreed to terms with New Orleans Saints on a four-year contract, 3/18/14; Signed to Tampa Bay active roster from practice squad, 9/27/10; Signed to Bucs practice squad, 9/18/10; Released by Tampa Bay, 9/14/10; Signed by the Bucs to a four-year contract, 6/18/10; Selected by Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the seventh round (253rd overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft.
2013 – Appeared in 15 games with nine starts for Tampa Bay and caught 11 passes for 47 yards...Inactive Week 1 at New York, Sept. 8…Hauled in 20-yard reception vs. Arizona, Sept. 29…Caught three passes for 14 yards at Seattle, Nov. 3…Grabbed two balls for five yards at St. Louis, Dec. 22. 2012 – Played in all 16 games with seven starts for the Bucs, posting 12 receptions for 83 yards and a touchdown. Served as a lead blocker for RB Doug Martin, who rushed for 1,454 yards with 11 touchdowns, breaking the team’s rookie rushing record, finishing third in the NFL with 1,926 total yards from scrimmage and being selected to the Pro Bowl…Hauled in a career-high four receptions, tied for first on the team, for 21 yards in season opener vs. Carolina, Sept. 9...Posted at least one reception in four straight games from Weeks 6-9…Recorded one catch for one yard and first-career touchdown in a win at Oakland, Nov. 4…Started and caught one pass for 12 yards in a win at Atlanta, Dec. 30. 2011 – Appeared in all 16 games with seven starts serving primarily as a blocker. Recorded six receptions for 53 yards…Caught two passes for 12 yards at New Orleans, Nov. 6…Caught one pass for a career-long 22 yards at Jacksonville, Dec. 11. 2010 – Spent time on the Tampa Bay practice squad after being selected in the seventh round…Changed positions from defensive end to fullback/tight end following the team’s Week 4 bye, Oct. 3…Appeared in nine games with one start and caught one pass for 10 yards. A blocker in a rushing attack that helped fellow rookie LeGarrette Blount rush for 1,007 yards as Tampa Bay improved from 4-12 to 10-6…Made NFL debut at Cincinnati, Oct. 10…Started first career game at fullback vs. Carolina, Nov. 14…Hauled in first career reception for 10 yards at New Orleans, 1/2/11.
COLLEGE – Spent first two seasons at tight end for Stanford before switching to defensive end for his final three seasons in 2007. Started 25-of-29 games at defensive end and saw action in 12 games at tight end…Two-time Pac-10 All-Academic…Team co-captain and named to the Ted Hendricks Award preseason watch list as a redshirt senior. Recorded 95 tackles, 16.5 tackles for a loss and 4.5 sacks in 2009…Started all 12 games at right defensive end as a redshirt junior, finishing with 39 tackles, six tackles for loss, three sacks, two pass breakups and a forced fumble while being named All-Pac 10 Honorable Mention…Appeared in all 12 games with eight starts as a redshirt sophomore in first year as a defensive player and tallied 37 tackles, 7.5 stops for a loss and two sacks…Saw action in all 12 games primarily on special teams and as a backup tight end as a redshirt freshman in 2006 and caught three passes for 21 yards…Graduated with a degree in public policy.
PERSONAL – Earned Cal-Hi Sports, Parade Magazine, PrepStar and SuperPrep All-America honors as a senior for Palos Verdes Peninsula (Rolling Hills, Calif.) HS. Also two-time Cal-Hi Defensive Player of the Year...Played varsity for three seasons and totaled 350 tackles, 19 sacks, 42 tackles for a loss, five interceptions and four defensive touchdowns while also playing at tight end and totaling 950 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns…Associated Press Scholar, California Scholarship Federation and Principal’s Honor Roll member…Very active in the community, visiting hospital patients, singing Christmas carols to retirement home residents, teaching students the importance of health and fitness and visiting Metropolitan Ministries to prepare food and spend time with kids while in Tampa Bay…Hosted a bowling even for foster children and accompanied the Boys and Girls Club or Orlando to a theme park in June 2010…Born Erik Lorig on November 17, 1986 in Rolling Hills, Calif.
New Orleans Saints players on Tuesday, Nov. 25 handed out turkey and other Thanksgiving fixings to underserved families. More than 1,000 people showed at the Dryades YMCA for the event. Video by Ashley Amoss
Jen Hale hosts this week's Social Zone. Video by Justin Stout. (New Orleans Saints video)
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton dismisses questions about "making changes" within the team as he and quarterback Drew Brees discuss their disappointment at the team's 34-27 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 12.
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees threw 2 touchdowns and a season-high 420 yards in his team's 34-27 Week 12 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.