New Orleans Saints Training Camp Profile: Akiem Hicks
Brown last year filled in nicely for right tackle Zach Strief and would have probably kept the job but sustained a season ending injury and was placed on injured reserve. Brown certainly knows that despite his talent, the Saints will be more than willing to put in somebody else in his place if he cant stay on the field. And that somebody else could be Smith. Smith is hoping to resurrect his career after a thoroughly disappointing start with St. Louis and the New York Jets after being drafted second overall in the 2009 draft by the Rams. He had some serious concussion issues his rookie season which he seems to have gotten over. Word out of camp is that he looks rejuvenated from the change of scenery. And Coach Sean Payton said that he sees the work ethic and talent that made him the second overall selection. If Smith continues his impressive ways and stays healthy, there is chance he will see the field in some way or another, even if it isnt at left tackle.
Friends for life, despite often competing against each other, Martez had 9 of his former University of Illinois teammates at the camp. This group included Mikel Leshoure Sr. (Detroit Lions), Glenn Foster (New Orleans Saints), Josh Brent (Dallas Cowboys), and Terry Hawthorne (Pittsburgh Steelers). Wilsons New Orleans based trainer, Sonic Booms founder Wyatt Harris, headed up coaching the camp. 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.
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14: DE Will Smith Last Year’s Rank: 7 Season: 10; Age: 31* (32 on July 4); Height: 6-3; Weight: 282 Smith is no longer a dynamic pass rusher. He had just six sacks last season and 18 over the past three years. But he still packs a lot of power, and he remains a handful Authentic Drew Brees Jersey for opposing left tackles against both the pass and the run. Three of Smith’s biggest plays last year came against the run – two outstanding efforts on goal-line blog stands and one backfield stuff of rising Tampa Bay Buccaneers star Doug Martin. Many were surprised to see the Saints move Smith to outside linebacker in their new 3-4 scheme, since his skill set seems like a better fit for the 3-4 end position. But based on early indications, his role won’t change too much.
Ranking the New Orleans Saints’ players: No. 14, Will Smith
Gates will open to the public 45 minutes before each practice starts. Fans will enter the practice fields at the gate located on the corner of Elise Drive and Airline Highway. Bleacher seating is available along the north and west sides of the teams training facility; please note – there is no reserved seating. Standing room along the fence line is permitted. There is no admission charge for watching training camp practice and parking is free. Public parking is available in parking lots close to the team facility off of Airline Drive in Metairie. In the event of inclement weather, the team may move practice indoors with little or no advance warning.
New Orleans Saints Linebacker Martez Wilson held his 2nd Annual “You Are The Future” Youth Football Camp in Chicago June 21st and 22nd, 2013
Hicks biggest competition will be rookie defensive tackleJohn Jenkins. Jenkins is even bigger than Hicks at 6-foot-4 and a whopping 346 pounds. Jenkins might get the first go at nose tackle, even as a rookie. However, if Hicks loses the starting nose tackle job that would be okay because he could become a force to be reckoned with on the outside as a defensive tackle. With increased playing time next season Hicks will become a very good player for the Saints and could be key to the teams defensive turnaround.