We’re still experiencing 2013 NFL draft fallout as we approach rookie minicamp this weekend. You guessed it—this means there is plenty of news still floating around the New Orleans Saints.
Today we’ll talk Roman Harper and Kenny Vaccaro, new defensive tackle John Jenkins and hand out some more grades for the Saints offseason.
Let’s take a look.
Per Pat Yasinskas:
In this lengthy feature on rookie John Jenkins, Larry Holder points out that the defensive tackle’s weight has fluctuated to as high as 360 pounds. Coach Sean Payton already has said he wants Jenkins to play at about 340 pounds. That could provide a very nice anchor to the middle of the Saints’ new 3-4 scheme.
Per Mike Triplett:
“Of course (I welcome the competition). And the biggest thing is, we needed to draft a safety at some point this year. I’m what, Year 8? Malcolm (Jenkins) is in the last year of his deal. It’s part of the business. If you don’t think that’s gonna happen, you’re wrong,” said Harper, who was cheering on some of his Saints teammates during the Black and Gold Hoops Challenge at Rummel High School on Wednesday night.
“So I’m looking forward to the competition,” Harper continued. “I’ve seen some of the things that we’re installing. Looks like we’ve got some different things that we can really make some things go. So it’s gonna be good.
“I hope he’s a very talented player. I can’t wait to get to work with this kid and teach him the ropes. And we’re gonna have a successful year. So as long as he’s ready to come in and work and get better and win some games, then he’s gonna fit in perfectly. And I’m looking forward to it.”
Per Dave Cariello:
All things considered, I’d give the Saints a B+.
Quite honestly, I can’t remember being more anxious or more hopeful for an upcoming Saints season than I am this year. I’m confident the Saints offense will continue rolling smoothly as they have been for years, especially with the return of Sean Payton. I think all this team needs is a decent defense to be legitimate contenders. Not great, just decent. And with a new defensive coordinator and completely new scheme, I think they can become that.
NFL.com’s Gil Brandt Reports the Saints Have Signed 35 Undrafted Rookies: