Here's a look at the New Orleans Saints' Training Camp this past week.
Parker continues to impress.
Preston Parker scored two touchdowns in the Saints' first preseason game last Friday. Parker is a feel good story who is hoping to make an impact with the Saints.
Parker, who was cut by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, played 16 games in 2011 and two games in 2012. During the time that he was looking for a chance back in the NFL he was able to spend a lot of time with his son and put things into perspective.
Coach Sean Payton says that Parker is very “eager and willing” and “hungry for a position”. Parker says he just feels fortunate to experience the little things like getting to wear Nike equipment and new cleats.
Additions and subtractions.
Earlier in the week the Saints waived wide receiver Brent Leonard and signed veteran wide receiver Patrick Crayton. Crayton has played eight seasons in the NFL; six with Dallas and two with San Diego.
More injury news.
Jonathan Vilma flew to Philadelphia after practice on Thursday to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. Payton says there is no timetable for his return. As reported earlier, the Saints have dealt with more than their fair share of injuries this offseason.
For all of his accomplishments in his young NFL career, tight end Jimmy Graham has had a little trouble consistently catching passes. That problem has reared its ugly head in camp so far this season. This was a little bit of a problem last year and it’s one that Graham and the Saints hope he can figure out sooner than later.
Good job Saints fans!
A report out this week says that Saints fans are the fourth most loyal and supportive fans in the NFL. They fall behind only the Cowboys, Patriots, and Jets. The Jets? Really? But good job none the less.
Left tackle spot: check.
According to Saints coaches, Charles Brown has locked up the left tackle duties. What was supposed to be a battle between multiple players in camp has turned out to be no such thing.
Brown is an unproven, three-year NFL veteran who has started only eight games in his career, but has apparently impressed the coaches so much so that no one is questioning who will protect Drew Brees’ blind side.