We’re quietly approaching some major positional battles as training camp for the New Orleans Saints approaches. This means there is plenty of news and rumors circling the Saints in regard to position battles and more as we start a new week looking toward the future.
Today we’ll talk position battles, old coaches and more in this edition of the Who Dat Dish.
Let’s take a look.
Per Dave Cariello of Canal Street Chronicles:
An anonymous player stated back in January:
He does have that good-guy persona, but he is a control freak and treats people like crap,” the player said. “(Spagnuolo has) no patience and zero personality. (He) has a way of pissing players and our defensive coaches off with how he says and does things. (I) think it’s even harder after having (former defensive coordinator) Gregg (Williams), who guys enjoyed.
Per Dave Cariello:
Payton likes that Vaccaro has shown the ability to defend slot receivers as a nickel back, as he often did against spread offenses in college. This past week, general manager Mickey Loomis addressed the possibility of having Jenkins, Vaccaro and strong safety Roman Harper on the field simultaneously.
Before the draft, when we were talking about different scenarios,” Loomis said on WWL Radio, “one of the scenarios was that Malcolm could move into the nickel position because he has done that before and he does have good coverage skills.
Per Pat Yasinskas:
“It’s going to make me better,’’ Jenkins said. “It’s going to make me push myself and I think it’s going to make our team better.”
That’s a healthy attitude. Besides, it still is unclear how the Saints plan to use Vaccaro. They have Jenkins at free safety and Roman Harper at strong safety. Vaccaro could end up starting in place of either one of them. Or the veterans could remain as the starters with Vaccaro taking a role in the nickel package.
Although Jenkins never quite has played up to his enormous potential, I don’t think the Saints are quite ready to give up on him. By not giving up on the Saints the way Bush did, Jenkins still could have a future in New Orleans.
Per Brad Biggs:
“It makes it an awkward situation in the locker room,” Jenkins told the Baton Rouge Advocate. “If you kind of look back at history, you see when we drafted Mark Ingram, how Reggie handled it … it was kind of the opposite.”
The Saints may not start Jenkins at safety any more, but they will have a plan to use him and he could occupy the position in the nickel package. The moving parts will be sorted out as the offseason and training camp role along. Jenkins is entering the final year of his rookie contract and the former cornerback knows he needs a solid season before entering the open market. He’s taking the right attitude with competition added to the mix.