September 16, 2009

Awesome Notage: Saints express concern about Bushrod's injury by working out veteran OT McIntosh

  • The Saints are one of a handful of teams interested in veteran free agent offensive tackle Damion McIntosh. The former Charger, Dolphin and Chief, cut by Kansas City on September 4, will visit the Saints, according to

    A former third round pick of San Diego, McIntosh, 32, a native of Jamaica and raised in Florida, started at left tackle for the Chargers in his second season in the league in 2001 through 2003, blocking for Drew Brees. In 2004, McIntosh left for Miami and started in his home state while Brees broke out and became a superstar.

    McIntosh played in Miami for three seasons and Kansas City in two seasons, starting at both right and left tackle. He visited the Seahawks earlier but left without a contract.

    Its clear that the Saints, already down to their backup with Jammal Brown hurt, are worried about their depth at left tackle. Jermon Bushrod played well in his first career start and significant playing time in the regular season opener and also played well in preseason, but a scary looking knee injury has him out of practice this week, though he returned to the game on Sunday. Behind Bushrod the Saints have veteran Zach Strief, who is also the primary backup at right tackle. Strief has started at left tackle before with Brown out.

  • In fact, the Saints' injury list was a long one today. Payton:
    Injury-wise: Jammal Brown (hip) did not participate; Darnell Dinkins (foot) did not practice; Jermon Bushrod (ankle) did not practice; Kendrick Clancy (knee) did not practice; Tracy Porter (knee) did not practice; Jeremy Shockey (ankle) did not practice; Pierre Thomas (knee) was full; Usama Young (shoulder) was full; Roman Harper (hamstring) was limited.
  • As if there was any doubt, Saints QB Drew Brees has been named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his record-setting six touchdown opening day performance.

  • A week-two opponent, Eagles WR DeSean Jackson, won NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his punt return touchdown on Sunday against the Panthers. The Saints, who played poorly on special teams against the Lions, need to really improve on their coverage teams. Adding WR Courtney Roby yesterday should help.

  • TE Billy Miller, a great locker room guy who was unfortunately lost to an Achilles tendon injury in preseason, has become an unofficial Saints spokesman of sorts. Look for his articles online at the official, and Twitter posts like this one: "What a blessing to be on the team with thee greatest quarter back in the NFL on and off the field and witness it first hand!"

  • Rookie first round pick Malcolm Jenkins, who had a bad play (beat by Calvin Johnson) and a good play (saving a touchdown by running down the kickoff returner), tweeted this after Wednesday's practice: "just had a hard practice out in the heat...just got back home bout to play Batman on the 360 to take my mind off football for a couple hours"

  • Reggie Bush, also coming off a difficult Sunday when he had problems fumbling, wrote "Another hard days reep what you put in". Monday evening he ended another post with "Tough times build tough people".

    Bush was booed in the Superdome after his second fumble on Sunday, but at least he isn't Eagles OL Stacy Andrews, who is getting an online lashing from notorious Eagles fans.

  • Free agent veteran great Derrick Brooks has signed - though not with the Saints or Patriots or Bears or any other NFL team he's been linked to. Brooks has joined ESPN and will appear on ESPN2's First Take show.

  • More attention is being called to the Saints supposedly aged roster. Apparently, not enough people have read this. Its hardly meaningful to point out that statistic when the Saints' long snapper (37), backup quarterback (39) and placekicker (45) are skewing the number, just a bit.

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