Kristian: Get familiar with Saints safety Pierre Warren
The Saints have tremendous depth at safety, and an undrafted rookie free agent would be hard pressed to make this team at that position.
Even so, that didn't stop Pierre Warren from choosing to sign in New Orleans after he went undrafted out of Jacksonville State this spring. Kenny Vaccaro, Rafael Bush, Jairus Byrd, Marcus Ball and Vinnie Sunseri have the upper hand on making the Saints final roster, but Warren has done nothing but make plays early in camp.
"I just finished talking about this with the whole team: when you’re looking at the safety position, linebacker, tight end… all of these players that are trying to make an impression are having a chance to do that now. Certainly they’re going to have to do that when we start (playing) the preseason games. Every year there are going to be two guys that make it because of the kicking game. Either they cover kicks, they block a kick, (or) they’re smart and know where to be. He’s a player that would fall into that category," Coach Sean Payton explained.
Warren came up with a nice interception in Monday's practice and continues to flash: "He has good ball skills and it appears to be good reactions and someone who’s beginning to pick up what we’re doing. We just keep giving him reps, giving all these guys work. He’s one of those players though where the kicking game is going to be important" Payton added.
The preseason will be huge for Warren, and if he makes some plays on special teams that's when we'll see him get more chances on defense. Pierre Warren has an uphill fight to make the final roster, but so far he's on the right track.