Deke: Saints finish OTA's hungry for training camp
by Deke Bellavia,posted Jun 13 2012 1:42PM
The New Orleans Saints are done with their off-season program. The Saints held their final OTA workouts today, which were open to the media. Now, the team will take some time off before the start of training camp which begins on July 25th. The Black and Gold will have a fun day tomorrow as they will hit the golf course in what has become kind of an annual event to end the off-season work.
Assistant Head Coach Joe Vitt talked to reporters following practice, saying, "We’re not only excited about what took place and happened in the OTA’s, we’re really, really looking forward to getting to training camp. This might be the most talented football team since we’ve been here."
Coach Vitt said that Saints back-up QB Chase Daniel was out of practice due to a thumb injury. Vitt said that Daniel would not be able to throw the football for about two and a half weeks due to a hairline fracture, but said that Daniel would be ready for the start of training camp.
Vitt said that all players will be ready to start camp on time with the exception of Jonathan Vilma and Greg Romeus.
The Cajun Cannon has three things that interest him as question marks for the Black and Gold going into training camp:
First up is the battle for the fourth wide receiver. Players like Adrian Arrington, Rookie Nick Toon, Joe Morgan and Chris Givens are all in a good battle to make the Saints WR Corp this season.
Another other thing that the Cajun Cannon tells me he is eager to see is how the defensive back rotation will shake out during camp. Johnny Patrick, Patrick Robinson, Elbert Mack, Marquis Johnson will be competing for time and Hebert thinks that others players like Corey White, Jose Gumbs, Jericho Nelson and Cord Parks could be in the mix during the defensive back battle this summer.
And finally, the Cajun Cannon wants to see which player steps up on special teams. In past years players have been able to contribute and make a name for themselves by making plays on special teams. If a lesser-known player is going to make the Saints roster again this season, they will more than likely have to do well on special teams.
In his final press conference before the start of training camp, Coach Joe Vitt said that he thinks that Coach Sean Payton would be proud of his entire staff and how they have all worked this off season.
Tune in for SportsTalk today from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. to listen to Coach Vitt's entire press conference, as well as get the off-season breakdown from our pros Bobby Hebert and Hokie Gajan.