The New Orleans Saints announced Sunday that they have signed tight end J.P. Holtz. Here are five things to know about the Saints roster addition:
- Holtz was a member of the Saints 2022-23 team and contributed in both the offensive game, primarily as a blocking tight end, and in the special teams game.
- He lettered in both football and basketball throughout his four year high school career, and he entered college as one of the country's top prospects at the tight end position.
- In four seasons for the Pittsburgh Panthers from 2012-15, Holtz posted 81 receptions for 931 yards and 11 touchdowns. As a senior in 2015, he posted 24 grabs for 350 yards (14.6 avg.) with four scoring catches.
- After spending his first three seasons on the practice squads for the Cleveland Browns and Washington Commanders, Holtz found a solid role in the Chicago Bears offense. He played in 14 games in 2019, and 7 of them were games he was named the starter. He finished the 2019 season with 7 catches for 91 yards, including a season high 3 catches for 56 yards in a single game against the Cleveland Browns in Week 14.
- He spent 3 years as a member of the Chicago Bears where he contributed in both a special teams capacity as well as a reserve tight end. He signed with New Orleans in April of 2022 before becoming a free agent in the offseason.
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