Steve: No Meachem, no Stills, and now, no Grubbs for Saints
by Steve Geller,posted Jul 28 2014 12:49PM
Another day, another name added to the list of players not taking part in practice. First it was Kenny Stills with a injured quad (still out), then Robert Meachem was absent yesterday due to his back (also still out), and now offensive lineman Ben Grubbs was just in shorts today; not taking part in any on the field work.
Head coach Sean Payton just said, “Both Ben and Robert will be back here, I think, in the next day or so, but in regards to injuries, as always, we never get into detail with them.”
Asked about day two of pads, Payton added, “I thought we had good tempo at practice. I thought it was crisp. We’ll see the film. And again, it kind of goes back and forth. I thought the kicking game, as well, we did some good things. But after our second padded practice, there were a lot of things we can coach up and get corrected.”
Saints head coach is an ANIMAL folks. Running cross fit drills after practice.
Second-year player Tim Lelito is battling veteran Jonathan Goodwin for the starting center position currently, but says Goody is being a great mentor despite the fact they are fighting for the same job. “When we’re at lunch and dinner, I sit down with him and talk about 'hey what are we doing on this, and if the shifts here then what do you think?'” Lelito said. “We have a good rapport on and off the field.”
Offensive guard Zach Strief says that is the norm around this team. Veteran Saints helping out young players, even if they are fighting for the same gig, has always been a consistent aspect of this team.
“Having that in a team is what creates a culture of success,” Strief says. “That knowledge you gain by playing is invaluable, and as good as our coaching staff is, there are certain things you only get from experience. To be able to pass that down I think keeps this team competitive. Really, it’s a testament to Mickey Loomis and Coach Payton and the kind of guys they’ve always brought in here. I think everyone loves coming to work because they’ve brought in good guys, guys that try to do the right thing. And really, the right thing is to do is to help the guys behind you.”