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Training Camp Battles to Watch

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As Saints training camp approaches, starting on July 24th, there are going to be several very interesting battles for starting positions as well as roster spots. In the next few days we will provide you with some details of what positions to watch and some details about whom you will be watching.

First let’s define what positions we will be giving detailed player by player information on:

CB: Due to Mike McKenzie’s injury, we will probably see a lot more action at both right and left cornerback. Even if MM is completely healthy, Jason David will have a battle on his hands to maintain his starting position at RCB.

WLB: With Jonathan Vilma more than likely locking down the MLB spot and Fujita returning as the SLB, there is going to be a fierce battle for the WLB spot. Mark Simoneau started at the MLB position and Scott Shanle returns after being last years starting WLB. What about Marvin Mitchell and JoLonn Dunbar?

The rest of these position battles we will not be giving player by player breakdowns, but will be giving a summary of the position and competition.

RB: Reggie Bush may be the star and Deuce McAllister may be the work horse, but right now, neither has a lock on the starting position. Can Reggie emerge as a full time starter? Can Deuce recover completely and show that he can carry the rock another year? What about Pierre Thomas?

DT: Last year was a down year for the Saints D-line. The DE weren’t perceived to be the problem, DT was. Young was hurt all year, Hollis Thomas came in overweight and now they have to face two rookies down, DeMario Pressley and Sedrick Ellis to keep their starting jobs.

K: Martin Gramatica came in late last year to hold up the Saints kicking game as Olindo Mare failed to deliver. The Saints drafted a big legged kicker in Taylor Mehlhaff, who will win?

TE: This position is probably the most painful to watch, but it will be a heated competition. The Saints haven’t brought in any big name free agents as some fans had hoped *cough*SHOCKEY*cough*, and didn’t draft any hopefuls at TE either. So the competition against the same TEs will be fierce, but probably not exciting.

OL: This may come as a shock to some Saints fans to be here. The Saints have a very good pass blocking O-line that gave up a league low sack total. However, the run blocking was poor and Drew Brees’ smarts account for some of that low sack total. The Saints have two 2007 draft picks and a 2008 draft pick that have a lot of promise.

FS: Josh Bullocks has the athleticism to be a great FS, but he has not been able to translate that into stellar play. Kevin Kaesviharn figures to challenge Bullocks for the starting spot and don’t forget about UDFA David Roach.

WR: No, we’re not talking about Colston. Marques is more than likely headed to a Pro-Bowl soon. We are, however, talking about the spot next to him. David Patten was a great asset last year, but Robert Meachem and a few others could challenge him for that starting spot across from Colston.

The details of the training camp battles will come out in the following days as they are ready. Keep tabs on this page and get ready for some football!


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2 Responses to “Training Camp Battles to Watch”

  1. Jason Dornak says:

    I look forward to reading more in the following days, thats my comment. I have some questions I hope you could address; Did OL Brown play up to his potential last year? He seems to always be in Payton’s dog house. Will new center J. Goodwin be able to hold down the O-Line? Further, is Jason David likely to be able to transition from cover 2 to our style of D? I worry that even if he can adjust teams will still pick on you and its only a matter of time until a big play is surrendered. Thats all my questions for now, thanks in advance for your insight.

  2. Tony Derbigny says:

    In my opinion I think Brown did not play quite up to his potential but is still a solid NFL starter, just needs to work on his run blocking a little more. I also think Goodwin will be a solid starter for us and we will not have much of a drop off with him playing if any at all. But in the case of Jason David i would honestly be upset if he held onto a starting job with all the young talent we have at corner. I would honestly rather see him play only when we are in a dime zone scheme. I think we have a better chance to win with our rookie from IU or with a solid vet like Glen. Not sure either would be great but they would both be an upgrade from what David did last year. In fact i prayed that they would put in Craft all last year, I think he had a solid year last year.

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