It's hard to believe but Lance Moore is the elder statesman of the Saints wide receiver corps. Moore joined the Saints back in 2005 as an undrafted free agent out of Toledo and has been mainstay since the 2006 season as perhaps the Black and Gold's most reliable receiver.
I spoke with Moore as he and his teammates are about three weeks into offseason condition at the Saints training facility on Airline drive.
"We're all focused on the 2013 season, and not thinking about what happened last season," Moore told me. Saints fans, and Moore, don’t need to be reminded that New Orleans finished 7 and 9 and missed the play offs for the first time in three seasons. Moore told me there is "renewed sense of focus" and "energy level' during this off-season.
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Moore and Marques Colston are the only two veteran playmakers at wide-out for Drew Brees. The rest are talented but unproven. Joe Morgan caught 10 balls last season, and flashed deep speed, but those totals must improve this season. Nick Toon was drafted in the fourth round in the 2012 draft, but spent the season on Injured Reserve in what amounted to a "redshirt season."
The Saints also drafted another receiver this year in the 5th round in Oklahoma's Kenny Stills, a player that #16 says he’s ready to help develop. "He's an exciting player, I'm anxious to work with him and get him in our offense," Moore said.
The wide receiver position is an area to keep an eye during training camp. Devery Henderson is not in the plans at this point, so someone has to step up and play that 3rd WR role. Veteran special tams ace Courtney Roby is also in the mix for some playing time, but Toon, Morgan, and Stills have the edge.