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Jalen Saunders

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No. 11 New Orleans Saints
Position: Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1992-09-30) September 30, 1992 (age 27)
Place of birth: Stockton, California
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Career information
High school: Pleasant Grove (CA) Elk Grove
College: Oklahoma
NFL draft: 2014 / Round: 4 / Pick: 104
Career history
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Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • Second team All-Big 12 (2013)
  • First team All-WAC (2011)
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Punt return yards: 101
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Jalen Saunders (born September 30, 1992) is an American football wide receiver for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the New York Jets in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft. He played college football at Oklahoma.

High School

Saunders attended Pleasant Grove High School in Elk Grove, California. He averaged nearly 19 yards per catch and scored 11 receiving touchdowns on 46 receptions as a senior with 871 yards receiving in 10 games. He also rushed for 410 yards and averaged eight yards per carry and scored six touchdowns.

He was also an outstanding sprinter, who clocked a 10.54 time in the 100 meters and a 21.41 in the 200 meters as a junior.[1]

He was considered a three-star recruit by[2]

College career

Saunders accepted a scholarship from Fresno State. As a freshman, he was third in the team in receptions with 27 for 441 yards and three touchdowns, and also had 14 carries for 109 yards on sweeps and reverses. In 2011, he was named first team All-WAC after he had 1,065 yards on the year on 50 receptions, the ninth 1,000-yard receiving season in Fresno State history. He led the WAC with 12 touchdown catches, which tied for the third-most in program history.

On May 8, 2012, he announced he was transferring to the University of Oklahoma, citing a change in offensive philosophy at Fresno State as the reason for his transfer.[3] After originally being told he'd have to sit one year, he was cleared by the NCAA to play in 2012.[4]

In his premier season with Sooners, Saunders played in nine games with eight starts. Despite sitting out the first four games due to transferring, he totaled 62 receptions for 829 yards and three touchdowns. He tied a school record with 15 catches for 181 yards and set a school record with eight catches in the first quarter vs. Notre Dame (10/27). In 2013, he started all 13 games and was named second-team All-Big 12. He recorded 61 receptions for 729 yards and eight touchdowns, highlighted by a winning performance against Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, in which he recorded 5 receptions for 75 yards and two touchdowns.

Professional career

2014 NFL Draft

He was drafted by the New York Jets in the fourth round (104th overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft.[5]

New York Jets

In 3 games with the Jets, Saunders returned 6 punts for 26 return yards. He was released by the Jets on September 29, 2014.[6]

Arizona Cardinals

Saunders was signed to the Arizona Cardinals' practice squad on October 1, 2014.[7]

Seattle Seahawks

He was signed to the Seattle Seahawks' practice squad on November 4, 2014.

New Orleans Saints

The New Orleans Saints signed Saunders to their 53-man roster on November 19, 2014, just one day after placing fellow rookie Brandin Cooks on season-ending injured reserve.


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Jalen Saunders - Yahoo Sports
  3. ^ Fresno State's Saunders Transferring To Oklahoma
  4. ^ OU's Saunders Cleared To Play in 2012
  5. ^ New York Jets draft speedy receiver Jalen Saunders
  6. ^ Cosentino, Dom (September 29, 2014). "Jets cut rookie Jalen Saunders, sign WR T.J. Graham". Archived from the original on September 30, 2014. Retrieved September 30, 2014. 
  7. ^ Urban, Darren (October 1, 2014). "Bishop brought back to roster". Arizona Cardinals. Archived from the original on October 2, 2014. Retrieved October 2, 2014. 

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