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Deke: Arrington coming up big in make-or-break camp

Some who follow the Saints say that this is his year!  Some think that he could be the odd man out.  And some think he has all the ability to become a very good wide receiver in the NFL.  Saints fans know that I’m talking about Adrian Arrington.

“I am feeling good right now. It is still early obviously. So far I have been doing well. Hopefully I can just continue to stay healthy and come out here and continue to make plays,” said Adrian Arrington.

Arrington has been known more for his play in the preseason that the regular season.  But this training camp he faces more competition that he has before with the likes of Nick Toon, Joe Morgan, and Chris Givens among others to try and make the Saints roster this season.

“I tell you, what I’ve not been a big fan of his, but right now he is proving me wrong, said Saints Color Analyst Hokie Gajan.  “Adrian Arrington is having a very good camp and it’s going to be interesting to see how this battle at wide receiver plays out.”

If Arrington can stay healthy, he has a good shot to make the team.  A year ago Arrington played in four games, making two receptions.  He also caught two passes in the post-season, with one grab in the Saints’ win over the Lions and one against San Francisco.
So what gives Arrington an edge over the other younger receivers he is competing with?  

“I already know the system, I have been in this going into my fifth year right now, so the main thing I was trying to work on was my lower half. (I wanted) to get my legs stronger just to endure camp. Camp is a grind,” Arrington told us.

Arrington was on the Saints active roster for the first three weeks of last season, but he was then placed on the practice squad from weeks four through sixteen.  Arrington has played behind some quality receivers, but now could be his time to elevate his status with the Saints.

“It was just kind of expected. He didn’t have to say much just because I knew going in that I was behind those guys. There was not too much to be said, it was just me going out there and fighting every day and just keep playing football,” Arrington said.  

There is a lot of depth on the Saints roster at wide receiver…Currently, there are eleven receivers on the roster, and several of those receivers also play on special teams.  Arrington has not been known as a special teams contributor, which may work against him when the final cuts are made.

“Guys like Joe Morgan and Courtney Roby and others are going to make plays on special teams,” said Bobby Hebert.  “So I think that Adrian has to play a lot better than those players in order to make the team this year.”  

So it seems like it is now or never for Adrian Arrington, and thus far he has had a very good camp.  Arrington says that he’s prepared to lay it all on the line this training camp to earn a roster spot.  

“I approach camp the same way every year. It is always a make-or-break year for me not being a starter,” Arrington said.  “For anybody who is not a starter, you have to go in here year in and year out and show every year in the camp the things that you can do. That is how I look at it. I always put pressure on myself because that makes me perform better. I look at it the same as the past three or four years.”

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08/01/2012 10:53PM
Deke: Arrington coming up big in make-or-break camp
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08/02/2012 8:26AM
Time's up
Toon's potential and size will be AA's demise. He'll probably catch on somewhere as injuries hit. He's had 5 yr and hasn't been able to get into a regular rotation. The Saints will make the tough choice and keep someone else.
08/03/2012 9:26AM
Morgan will make this team
Only way AA makes the team is if Morgan bumps off Devery. I think w Morgan's potential and special teams/return ability he is a near lock. Colston-Moore-Henderson-toon-Morgan. If we keep 6 (which I think we may) roby makes it bc of his special teams ability.
08/03/2012 10:19AM
AA over Roby
roby is done as a saint, he was a very good one, but the years of injuries especially head injuries will put him odd man out, leaving AA on the roster. i really think AA can help this club with his catching ability. if he don't he will be on someones roster for 2012.
08/03/2012 6:53PM
Bye, Bye, A.A.
I really feel bad for AA. He's fought the good fight but he's just not talented enough to crack the top 53.I know he's given it his all but he just hasn't shown up when given the opportunity.I know there hasn't been a lot of them, but you have to take advantage of any chance you're given. He will definitely catch on with someone else. Denver would really be a good fit for him and I have a feeling that the Titans will be looking for another wide receiver who doesn't imbibe a lot....
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