T-Bob: Losing focus is a dangerous trap at Saints camp
by T-Bob Hebert,posted Aug 5 2014 5:52PM
The West Virginia adventures continue as the Saints are starting to enter the time in camp that resembles "Groundhog Day." The grind of camp is kicking in; it has now been almost two straight weeks of practicing against the same people, hitting the same people, fighting the same people, and talking trash to the same people every single day. It is about this time when you fall so deep into the routine, that if you let your guard down complacency can sneak up on you. Much like Old Man Willow in the Old Forest near the Shire, the routine can lull you into feeling comfortable - and this comfortability is your demise!
It is so easy at this point during camp to focus on just getting the work done and looking forward to going home so you don’t have to work - this is a dangerous trap for guys making the team. In reality, now is the time where camp heats up and the pressure starts to intensify. Very soon here, cuts will be made, and by the end, about half of the guys working their butts off right now will be without a job. In truth, everything up to this point hasn’t really mattered except for positioning yourself for more or less reps in this first preseason game. Tis now time for the men on the bubble to double down and give absolutely everything they have got to ear a spot on this team.
This is also the time of camp where nagging injuries start to pile up. Thankfully for Saints fans, the reasons players are sitting out are not serious (at least not from what we know,) and I imagine that most of the guys will still be ready to go.
I am always watching the offensive line, and these last couple days have been more interesting than usual, as there has been a plethora of different combinations that the coaches have been trying out. Tim Lelito has worked center, left guard, and right guard, showing some of the versatility that helped him to make the team last season. Perhaps more interestingly, we got our first look at Jonathan Goodwin at guard yesterday when he was taking reps on Lelito’s left in place of the injured Ben Grubbs. Who played center with the second team, you ask?
None other than my boy Senio Kelemete. Senio is a guy that I was high on during OTAs, and he has been solid if not great during camp. You could tell that he wasn’t as polished at the center position, and there was one fumbled snap, but overall I was impressed with his ability to plug in and play. The one constant throughout all this shuffling is that it is always some combination of those three guys that the Saints are using. That leads me to believe that they probably want to keep two of them possibly three with a practice squad spot.
Today got even more interesting as Jahri Evans also sat out, which meant that Goodwin was back rotating first and second team center with Tim Lelito while Kelemete found himself back with the ones at left guard. The new guy on the block was Jason Weaver. Weaver is 6’5 305 and it is his second year out of Southern Miss. The interesting part was that Weaver was taking reps with the first team and then the third team, which you rarely see. Even with Weaver entering the mix, I still think, at this point in time at least, it is the other three who have the highest chance of finding themselves on the roster come week one.
P.S. Had a wonderful day off on Sunday where I fought off my violent hangover with a rousing session of skeet shooting! One of my best friends from high school, his fiancée, and her family come up to the Greenbrier every year at this time! How fortuitous. Gotta say though… This camp life is packin on the pounds. Also, I only beat the girl by one shot. I know. I have shamed my family -_-