May 23, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints rookie quarterback Ryan Griffin (4) during organized team activities at the Saints training facility. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
The New Orleans Saints have a variety of positional battles to watch as training camp approaches, but the one to watch may shock you—at quarterback.
Don’t take Drew Brees’ health for granted.
Be sure the Saints coaching staff certainly isn’t. There’s a reason they brought in Luke McCown, Seneca Wallace and a promising undrafted free agent in Ryan Griffin.
All three will do battle to act as Brees’ backup assuming the Saints are only set on keeping two quarterbacks on the roster.
The favorite at this point has to be Wallace, who has the most experience of the three. Jeff Duncan of NOLA.com brings up some great points about the experience Wallace brings to the table:
"The 32-year-old Wallace has the most experience of the backup trio. He started 21 games with the Seahawks and Browns and has playoff experience as a backup to Matt Hasselbeck in Seattle. Still, he’s only won one of 10 games as a starter since 2008. He was out of football last season after being released by the Browns."
Better yet, all accounts say Wallace is doing well in picking up the offense. His speed with his feet will also help him earn the job because versatility means a lot when fighting for the right to act as a backup.
Don’t count out the undrafted youngster in Griffin either. He comes in at an advantage already knowing the Saints offensive system because it was the same one former Saints receivers coach Curtis Johnson implemented at Tulane. If the Saints choose to go with extreme potential at backup, Griffin is the man.
McCown is like Griffin in that he already has some experience in the system because he spent some time with the Saints this time last year before the team ended up cutting him. He seems to be a bit of a long-shot for the job because he doesn’t really represent the savvy experienced veteran like Wallace or the untapped potential of a youngster like Griffin.
As you can see, the quarterback position is littered with talent not named Brees and will quietly be one of the bigger battles happening throughout the duration of camp. Believe it or not, quarterback is the positional battle to watch.