August 6, 2009

Notes: Saints weathering camp, outside news, OL added

  • Randall Gay's bruised Achilles' injury will hopefully slow him down no more than a week. Even veterans like Gay need time to learn Gregg Williams' new system, but its hard to imagine the veteran of the cornerbacks not being on the field for the Saints, if healthy.
  • Still more talk about Jarvis Green's comments on wanting to be a Saint, followed by a speedy retraction. Green: "That was never said. There were different questions asked. Wouldn’t it be great to be a Saint? That was one of the questions asked. I was at a camp down there. I didn’t intend for a story like that to come out. My agent does a ... free camp we do for the kids down there."
  • Four members of the Steelers' training camp roster from New Orleans all have tattoos of symbols of the New Orleans Saints: WR Mike Wallace, DB Keenan Lewis, CB Ike Taylor and S Ryan Clark. Lewis, who was a Katrina evacuee and played at Oregon State, said before April's draft that he wanted to be a Saint. He and Wallace, who played at Ole Miss, were teammates at O. Perry Walker high school in New Orleans. Clark, from LSU, grew up in Marrero and played high school ball in Slidell. Taylor, 29, is a veteran out of New Orleans via Louisiana-Lafayette, has New Orleans in script across his chest.
  • Former Saints CB Mike McKenzie has drawn interest from Seattle and was also worked out by Houston today.
  • Former Saints DT James Reed has retired from the NFL. Reed was with the Saints before the 2008 season in the offseason but was placed on injured reserve with a torn Achilles tendon in training camp with the team in Jackson, MS. He plans to do missionary work with prisons.
  • Former Saints QB Bobby Hebert's son T-Bob is coming back from injury to try and win the starting center job in Baton Rouge for the LSU Tigers. But did you know that Hebert's other son is Beaux Hebert, the starting senior quarterback and a guard on the basketball team at AA Greater Atlanta Christian? Beaux, who changed his legal name from Bo this past year, admits he's torn between basketball and football.
  • The Saints have signed one of the players eligible in last month's supplemental draft, Central Michigan OL Joe McMahon. He left the football team for personal reasons after 2008 and academic problems have taken his scholarship, so he entered the league's supplemental draft, a different system set up to catch prospects who have suddenly lost eligibility before the new college football season. Only one player, Kentucky DE Jeremy Jarmon, was selected. McMahon and all other supplemental draftees became immediate free agents. McMahon started at both guard and center for CMU, though he played juco ball before signing with Iowa State then losing a season to transfer. The Saints cut reserve OL Shawn Flanagan to make room.

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