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pakowitz 07-26-2003 03:21 PM

Jackson slimed down and suited up

The Associated Press

New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Grady Jackson was on the field when the team went through its first training camp practice on Saturday.

Jackson, who had been criticized for being overweight and out of shape during the season last year, and missing the offseason work this year, missed the mandatory 6 p.m. meeting Friday night. He had called coach Jim Haslett and told him he would be late for personal reasons.

Jackson was demoted from his starting spot after he weighed in at 366 pounds in the first minicamp in May.

"I've just got to work my way back up," Jackson said. "It's no problem."

Jackson said he weighed 343 pounds after spending the time before camp working out and working with a nutritionist.

He worked very little Friday morning, but Haslett said Grady would get back into the lineup.

Jackson refused to elaborate on his personal problems, but said he was not overweight or out of shape last season. He skipped the offseason work because of the talk about his contribution to team problems last season.

"The rumors were that it's all Grady and Norman's fault that there are problems with the defense," Jackson said. "I didn't feel like I was part of this team."

Norman Hand was traded during the offseason. The Saints also drafted defensive tackle Johnathan Sullivan and on Friday added veteran defensive tackle Henry Ford.

"I hope I'll be starting for the Saints," Jackson said. "But I think I'll be starting somewhere when the season opens."


ARRON'S ARM: Quarterback Aaron Brooks said he thinks the lingering effects of his offseason shoulder surgery on his throwing arm are behind him.

"I don't feel there's any problem, any discomfort at all," Brooks said after morning practice.

If anything, Brooks said, his arm is stronger after 18 weeks of intensive training.

"I heard a couple of balls whistle," Haslett agreed. "When you hear a ball whistle you know he has his velocity."

Brooks said he is still adjusting, however. Not to his job, but to being a married man. Brooks and Tisa Parker were married on June 29.


HAPPY FANS: Between 1,500 and 2,000 fans sweated out the morning practice with the players.

"They were so close I was talking to some of them between plays," said cornerback Dale Carter.

And the fans were talking to the players, too.

"Hey Hollywood, make it happen baby," a group in the bleachers shouted at wide receiver Joe Horn.

"He's Hollywood because he likes that spotlight," a man said.

"Come on Hollywood, it's all Sunset Boulevard," another yelled.

pakowitz 07-26-2003 03:55 PM

Jackson slimed down and suited up
norman? u mean grady?

tweeky 07-26-2003 04:38 PM

Jackson slimed down and suited up
Good news, but if he can get down to 325 or lower, he can be a flat out stud.
18 lbs in 5 weeks isn\'t that hard to do when your 343 lbs to start with.

With the addition of Ford, a hot shot rookie Sullivan, along with a motivated Smith (who can play all four spots on the line), perhaps a Grady that brings his A-game, the DT spot seems to be as solid as we\'ve had in years, and now appears relatively deep. We may not be the TB Bucs yet, but we look a lot better than last year.

I\'m sure Grady\'s hurt feelings will heal when he busts somebody in the mouth and all the players start hootin and hollerin and Haslet gives him that quick little grin of approval.

saint5221 07-26-2003 05:34 PM

Jackson slimed down and suited up
Glad to hear he\'s in camp hope he gets it together. The local news covered the first practice and showed Grady huffing and puffing pretty bad. He had to take himself out of some of the drills being run, so he still has a way to go before he is ready to play.

BillyCarpenter1 07-27-2003 02:24 PM

Jackson slimed down and suited up
This is what Grady looks like.

tweeky 07-27-2003 03:08 PM

Jackson slimed down and suited up

This is what Grady looks like.
Oh my, not a pretty sight. Thats slimmed down??? I suddenly feel sick.
No wonder Haslet was worried about him.

BillyCarpenter1 07-27-2003 03:12 PM

Jackson slimed down and suited up
LOL tweeky,

The important thing is he\'s back with the Saints now. You know I didn\'t realize that Grady had 5.5 sacks last year until I read it yesterday. That\'s not bad for a DT. If they bring him along slowly and find a way to motivate him, he could be a big help to the defense this year.

tweeky 07-27-2003 03:16 PM

Jackson slimed down and suited up
Please don\'t let Sullivan\'s agent see this picture. It\'ll cost us an extra million.

tweeky 07-27-2003 05:35 PM

Jackson slimed down and suited up
Oh Pak, I\'m surprised B&B didn\'t hammer you yet on the typo...
Who exactly applied the slime to Grady???

pakowitz 07-27-2003 09:40 PM

Jackson slimed down and suited up
what u talkin bout?

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