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Former Penn defensive lineman Prince Emili during an away game at Columbia University in New York City, N.Y. on Oct. 16, 2021. Credit: Sukhmani Kaur

Defensive tackle Prince Emili, who graduated from Penn this year, has found a new NFL home. 

The undrafted rookie who played two games for the Buffalo Bills earlier this season has been signed to the practice squad of the New Orleans Saints along with former All-Pro running back David Johnson, the team announced on Wednesday. 

Emili recorded three tackles and a deflected pass off of star quarterback Lamar Jackson that resulted in an interception in his short time with the AFC powerhouse. 

After being released early last month, Emili worked out for the Cleveland Browns shortly after being cut by the Bills but was unable to reach an agreement with the team.

With the Quakers, Emili was a two-time first team All-Ivy selection and won an Ivy League championship in 2016. He finished his Penn career playing 37 games and recording 162 tackles, 30.5 of which were for a loss. Graduating from the Wharton School, Emili also completed his pre-med requirements and is putting his medical career on hold while he pursues professional football. 

Being back on a roster, Emili joins the relatively long list of former Quakers in the league, from Greg Van Roten of the Bills to Justin Watson of the Kansas City Chiefs. Additionally, linebacker Brandon Copeland played games for the Baltimore Ravens earlier this season before being released, while former Penn defensive back Kevin Stefanski serves as the Browns' head coach. 

It was an eventful day for Emili, as he was also selected by the San Antonio Brahams in the 29th round of the XFL Draft, but it's safe to say Emili will be choosing to join the 3-7 Saints. In reaction to his signing with New Orleans, Emili posted on his Instagram story, "God is great."

On the practice squad for the time being, Emili will practice on the team but won't suit up on game days, but will have a chance to join the active roster should players ahead of him on the depth chart become unable to play.