New Orleans Saints offseason: Left tackle to have fierce competition

New Orleans Saints Rookie Run-Down: Kenny Vaccaro and Kenny Stills

His 40-yard dash, broad jump, and vertical jump were tops among lineman. Armstead is a freak athlete with the highest Women’S Drew Brees Jersey White of ceilings, however, he is still very raw and probably isnt ready to play as of yet. With that said, history has shown the Saints are not afraid to throw young players into the fire, especially offensive lineman. Just look at Bushrod, Jahri Evans, and former Saint Carl Nicks, who all played very early. Regardless of what happens in the competition this year, one way or another Armstead will be a future starter. His case parallels with a guy like Jimmy Graham who played on a limited basis his first year and then took the league by storm the next year.

New Orleans Saints Linebacker Martez Wilson held his 2nd Annual “You Are The Future” Youth Football Camp in Chicago June 21st and 22nd, 2013

New Orleans Saints Linebacker Martez Wilson held his 2nd Annual “You Are The Future” Youth Football Camp in Chicago June 21st and 22nd, 2013

Not only was it impressive that he took the time to fly in, but what I found to be most impressive was the way in which he interacted with the campers. He treated them and spoke to them as if they were any of his usual NFL trainees, not condescendingly in any way, but as if they were already pros themselves. We have assembled another all-star cast to teach our young campers about the great game of football, Wilson says. The skills we teach have been used by Pro Bowlers, Super Bowl champions and Hall of Famers. Among the pros on-site for camp were: Terriun Crump, WR for the Tampa Bay Bucs, Dallas Cowboys Josh Brent, Mikel Leshoure Sr, RB for the Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars DE JD Griggs, Pittsburgh Steelers CB Terry Hawthorne and New Orleans Saints players Corey White, Travaris Cadet and Cameron Jordan. Not even the rain could dampen the campers spirits, as they were eager to meet their idols. One of the parents told me that her sons hadnt slept for two nights prior to the camp, in sheer excitement. I wondered who benefitted more the pros that had the opportunity to directly give back to their own local community, or the children, who had the opportunity to toss the football and learn from those they are growing up watching on tv? This is a great opportunity for us to share skills with the kids that not only will help them on the field, but also how to make it in life, Glenn Foster remarked. Travaris Cadet agreed, adding this is such a crucial moment in these kids lives high school is where decision making becomes the most crucial, the decisions you make now set you up for the rest of your life. Pilar Ellis and Wilson made a point to only invite players that not only had the humility and urge to give back to the campers, but also ensured the pros were all college graduates.

Terron Armstead

Once the regular season begins, I will provide a weekly update on how the rookies are performing. This will also be an opportunity to compare these rookies to their first-year counterparts on other teams, based on playing time, meaningful snaps, and actual role on the team. This week, we take a closer look at the new Kennys, Vaccaro and Stills! Kenny Vaccaro Let’s get started with the No. 15 overall pick. Vaccaro is 6’0″ tall, weighs 214 pounds and was drafted from the University of Texas. Considered a versatile defender, Vaccaro is listed as a safety with no designation between being a free safety or strong safety.


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