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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Anyone hear or see anything out of the LB'ers. In particular the following three: Scott Fujita Jay Foreman Tommy Polley Thanks for any info.........

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Old 08-04-2006, 03:11 PM   #1
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Any good news at LB?

Anyone hear or see anything out of the LB'ers. In particular the following three:

Scott Fujita
Jay Foreman
Tommy Polley

Thanks for any info......
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Old 08-04-2006, 03:39 PM   #2
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According to the excerpt from the following article, Polley seems to be the front-runner to replace the recently retired Simmons:

The 6-foot, 240-pound outside linebacker was expected to boost a unit for the Saints that had struggled to perform last season. Tommy Polley, another off-season free-agent signee, could move into the role Simmons was expected to fill.

Payton said Polley, in his sixth season out of Florida State, has caught on quickly to the Saints scheme. Polley has played with Baltimore and St. Louis before joining the Saints.

“He’s getting a ton of reps,� Payton said. “He’s in a lot better shape than when we signed him in the spring. All those things are pluses. The more work he gets in, the better off he’s going to be.�

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Old 08-04-2006, 06:00 PM   #3
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Here's an excerpt from an article pertaining to Simmons' retirement, which includes something positive IMO:

Simmons' replacement in camp has been Tommy Polley, another newcomer who signed with the Saints in early June.

Polley, 28, has been a starter for most of his five years in the league, four with St. Louis and last year with Baltimore. He started 15 games for the Ravens last season and finished with career highs of 134 tackles and four sacks.

Polley said he would have been projected as a backup if he returned to Baltimore, which wouldn't have sat well with him after last season. But he did not get much interest on the open market, which he said was a surprise.

"I was surprised. I'm still surprised. But what can you do?" Polley said. "Go out there and show everybody they made a mistake, like I've been doing."

Payton said he was glad the Saints grabbed Polley when they did, because of the unexpected need at the position and because Polley has performed well.

And here's an article about Kuale:

JACKSON, Miss. — Former LSU linebacker E.J. Kuale, an undrafted free agent, is making an impression on the New Orleans Saints coaching staff after one full week of training camp.

Kuale, who’s been working as the second-team weakside linebacker since practice began a week ago, received praise from coach Sean Payton after Thursday’s second practice.

“It’ll be exciting to watch him in the upcoming weeks,� Payton said when asked about Kuale’s progress so far. “He understands that he’s got a great opportunity at linebacker and a guy like him, with his ability to play on special teams, that’s going to be crucial to him.�

“I feel like I’m doing OK, but I’ve got a lot more things that I can improve on,� Kuale said. “I have to eliminate the mistakes and practice perfect. If I do that, they’ll notice me a lot more than they are now. It’s hard to make a 53-man roster, but the fewer mistakes you make the more they notice you.�

I haven't heard anything about Foreman or Fujita, but I would like to hear a progress report on them. I expect that Fujita will be the starter no matter what. He just seems like a solid player.
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Old 08-04-2006, 06:04 PM   #4
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I really don't understand why Polley didn't get more interest. Here's a guy who racks up 134 tackles (in only 15 games) on that Ravens defense, I think he led the team in tackles, and nobody really wants to pick him up? What? That's more tackles than Urlacher. I'm pumped that he's here. Last season we had three LBs who wouldn't have started on any other team in the NFL, and now I believe we have at least two that are solid starters (and Polley could be more than that).
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Old 08-04-2006, 06:10 PM   #5
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Me either but I'm glad we signed him. He was better than anything we had and hopefully he can ring up 100 tackles for us.
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Old 08-04-2006, 06:57 PM   #6
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relax guys. we are better than last year.
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Old 08-04-2006, 08:54 PM   #7
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relax guys. we are better than last year.
I sure hope it show in reguler season!

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Old 08-05-2006, 05:27 AM   #8
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Believe me, we are much better at linebacker this year. Polly,Fujita,Fincher and Kuale have been impressive in camp. As I said in another thread, Colby is down on the depth chart right now but don't count him out. This kid has speed to burn for a linebacker. He's working hard to improve in all areas of his game.
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Old 08-05-2006, 09:11 AM   #9
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We are way better, and I see us making more plays this yr...Polley is superoverrated so I wouldn't count him, neither would I count out Colby...I've heard that Kuale is making the most progress, pretty good to hear from a UDFA...And Fincher will play hard, hes a Romanoski type player, and he surely has a motor
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Old 08-05-2006, 10:38 AM   #10
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I had a chance to talk to Fincher for a short time yesterday. He says he's busting his azz trying to learn the defense and wants to be the starter. This guy is very intense. After talking to him , I have no doubt that he will do exactly what he says he'll do.
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