What you missed this week with the New Orleans Saints
By John Hendrix
Although it’s widely considered to be the ‘dead’ part of the season, the New Orleans Saints still had plenty of things going on this week.
Let’s get you caught up on the biggest headlines and stories for the week for the week of June 19.
Dannell Ellerbe hopes to leave IR behind for good
"And he’ll spend the rest of the summer trying to make sure he gets off on the right foot this time around.“Doing what I do all the time,” Ellerbe said. “Working out, getting my flexibility right, getting my strength right, getting my stamina right, getting ready to go.”"
Kasim Edebali quietly becoming an answer at defensive end
"“He’s got nothing but an upward arrow for him,” fellow defensive end Cam Jordan said. “If he gets full-time reps, then you’re going to see full-time ability. With the amount of reps he had last year, he ended up with five sacks, so we’ll see what he gets with full-time reps.”"
Drew Brees comes in at No. 30 on the NFL’s Top 100 list
"Brees led the league with 4,870 passing yards. He was also 2nd in the NFL with 428 completions, 2nd in accuracy (68.3 percent), 6th in yards per attempt (7.77), 7th in touchdown passes (32), and 6th in passer rating (101.0). That’s not too shabby for a player that also missed a whole game and played through a painful foot injury."
The Greenbrier, the Saints training camp facility, closed until further notice
"The safety of the residents is top priority, without question. Our thoughts are with the citizens there, as well as those who help with the recovery. As Greenbrier Resort owner Jim Justice reiterated, the focus is on the safety of everyone."
Marques Colston staying busy with life after Saints
"According to the website Sport Techie.com, Colston has just been named as a Special Advisor to Sport Testing Inc, a Toronto, Canada-based company aiming to test an athlete’s abilities in all aspects of any sport, by the company’s founder, Jamie Hollins."
Assistant head coach Dan Campbell making his presence felt
"“Anybody can say what you want; the last couple years hasn’t been the way everybody wants. But I know where this team is headed and I know who’s at the top, and that was the biggest deciding factor.”Campbell’s intensity, his passion and his deep, booming voice have stood out during his early months on the job."
Film Study: Craig Robertson is poised for success
"While the stats do not jump off the screen as all pro quality, Robertson was impactful in ways that did not show up in the box score. He is a quality pass rusher and positively impacts the defense in coverage."
Safety Alden Darby is the life of the Saints’ locker room
"“ ’Cause he’s the loudest guy,” cornerbacks coach Aaron Glenn said. “If you’re the loudest guy, you’re the guy everybody wants to talk to. But yeah, he’s a character, for one. Usually, those guys are always loved by the group. You can joke with him, and he can joke with everybody. He’s not a sensitive guy, so you can bring him anywhere you want to, (and) he’s going to come back at you.”"
During commercial shoot, Drew Brees reiterates confidence that a deal will get done
"“I feel like I’ve got quite a few good years left,” Brees said. “I got one year left on the contract, but whether you have a one-year contract or a five-year contract, you’ve still got to prove it every year … even if you’re locked into a long-term deal, they can get rid of you at any time, so that’s my mindset.”"
Roman Harper looks to bring back ways of winning to New Orleans
"“He’s been there, done that,” Glenn said. “He’s able to talk to the guys through all the pitfalls, through all the ups and downs he’s had. He’s been on other teams, he’s seen how they’ve done it, and every team has their own way of doing it. And I think he has a chance to come in there and talk to the guys and say, ‘Here’s what I’ve seen. Here’s what I think it’s going to take for us to be the kind of team we need to be.’ ”"
Saints send cornerback Kyle Wilson to injured reserve
"The team also made a corresponding move by signing defensive tackle C.J. Wilson. The 29-year-old has been in the league since 2010, and was originally a seventh-round pick by the Green Bay Packers. He has 102 career tackles and 5.5 sacks, and a Super Bowl ring from his rookie season."