Jun 11, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints linebacker Khairi Fortt (54) during minicamp at the New Orleans Saints Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

All Things New Orleans Saints: Your Daily News 6/23


I hope everyone had a great weekend. It’s that time again for some news articles, Who Dat Nation! In case you missed it, be sure to check out TMZ’s video of running back Khiry Robinson being shot in the face while playing paintball. It’s not funny, but funny. Thankfully, he’s just fine.

Julie Boudwin | The Times-Picayune | Jim Kelly thanks the New Orleans Saints for words of encouragement message

Kelly captioned the photo, “And then the FedEx truck pulls up and out comes this huge box with a message of HOPE and prayer from the entire #NewOrleansSaints team WOW! Thank you @neworleanssaints JK is feeling extra loved and blessed right now!”

It brings chills to see our franchise get behind someone, especially a player who has nothing to do with the Saints. Kelly has already had a long battle, and it’s far from over. He and his family should continue to receive all of the encouragement from any person in the football world.

Sam Spiegelman | The Times-Picayune | Saints PK Shayne Graham discusses competition, camaraderie with Derek Dimke

Well, me and Derek don’t look at it as a competition. Really what the other person does doesn’t necessarily play into our own performance. So we just both go about our days, both work hard and get along with each other well, and at the end of the day we know it’s only going to be one of us, but we don’t necessarily treat it as a me against the other person kind of thing.

Those of you know have followed us for a while know that I’m fairly high on Dimke emerging as a starter. I went as far as to say that he’ll beat out Graham in the pre-season. It’s good to see the kickers stick together, especially when you’re talking about a long-time veteran with a younger, less experienced kicker. Dimke could learn a great deal from Graham, and whether he wins the job is ultimately on him.

Alex Cassara | The Advocate |  Players on borderline put in extra work to earn spot with Saints

There’s a real possibility they won’t feel Thursday’s camaraderie returning to a locker they can call theirs. That little laminated football with their number printed on it might not be there hanging much longer. Stuck up with tape, some at haphazard angles, the tags are as easy to take down as they were to put up.

“Not vacations for me, man,” Tavon Rooks said. “Especially for a rookie. I’m just trying to get better.”

It’s great to see players putting in extra work to make the roster. Nothing is a given these days in the NFL, and there are a lot of players that can be easily replaced. Rooks is a great example of a player who knows he won’t be the starter this year, and likely won’t even be a backup. However, the Saints drafted him as a ‘project’. The extra work he puts in is crucial to him ‘surviving’. Rooks could be something special, but he’ll only get out of this what he puts into it. I like for Rooks to be a practice squad tackle.

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