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Deke: Big Ben is already fitting in

Back when the free agent period began, many Saints fans knew the likely hood of the club being able to sign Drew Brees to a long-term deal and retain Marques Colston and Carl Nicks was going to be difficult.  The fans were right.

But I think it’s safe to say that all the fans would have been as pleased as a peach if they knew that the loss of Carl Nicks would be lessened by the Saints front office’s ability to land a player the caliber of Ben Grubbs.

“I’m going to tell you not often in this league do you lose a player like Carl Nicks and then are able to pick up a player the caliber of Ben Grubbs,” said Saints Color Analyst Hokie Gajan.  

Ben Grubbs was acquired by the New Orleans Saints in the spring after Carl Nicks became a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  Grubbs was able to go through all of the off season workouts, OTA’s and mini-camp with the Saints but he says now is the time things get more physical.  “You can never really gauge where you are as a player until you put the pads on,” said Grubbs.
Grubbs comes to the Saints from Baltimore after the Black and Gold inked the pro-bowl offensive guard to a five year deal.  Grubbs played his first five seasons in the National Football League with the Baltimore Ravens after being drafted in the first round of the 2077 NFL Draft.

Grubbs became one of the nation’s top offensive linemen when he played in Auburn for the Tigers.  Since he has been in the NFL Ben Grubbs has built a reputation as being one of the best interior offensive linemen in the game today.

Ben Grubbs is with a new team for the first time in his NFL career and he is very thankful for those that have helped him settle in with the Saints.  “Me being in new Orleans is different.  But everyone here has embraced me and everyone here has helped make my transition better,” Grubbs said.

While with the Ravens Grubbs help Baltimore have one of the league’s most successful rushing attacks.  The Ravens offense has enjoyed three straight franchise record-setting seasons and Grubbs was a big part of the Ravens success.

Ben seems to be fitting in just fine with his new teammates here in the Big Easy.  “Ben’s doing a good job,” said fellow guard Jahri Evans.   “He’s looking good and picking up things quickly.  We’re doing a lot of talking and communicating with the different calls that we have.  He’s picking things up very fast.”

Ben has started in seventy of the seventy-four games he has played in and he’s looking to continue his durability and success here in New Orleans.  “I’m just glad to be here with a team that has so many weapons.”

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07/31/2012 11:21AM
Deke: Big Ben is already fitting in
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