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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; A year ago this week, cornerback Reggie Jones was carted off the New Orleans Saints' practice field with an Achilles tendon injury, forcing him to spend his entire rookie season on injured reserve. But the undrafted free agent from Portland ...

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A year ago this week, cornerback Reggie Jones was carted off the New Orleans Saints' practice field with an Achilles tendon injury, forcing him to spend his entire rookie season on injured reserve.
But the undrafted free agent from Portland State has been making up for lost time in camp this year, making a number of impressive plays.
He made two nice pass break-ups on deep balls during Saturday's scrimmage - one of them on third-and-long against the dynamic duo of quarterback Drew Brees and receiver Marques Colston.
Earlier this week, Jones forced a fumble by tailback P.J. Hill and intercepted passes by Patrick Ramsey and Sean Canfield.
"I'm really just happy to be out here, you know. I'm just excited about playing football again," said Jones, who was ever-present at the Saints' practice facility last season, trying to gain as much as he could from being around the team - and often being confused for veteran cornerback Mike McKenzie because of those familiar flowing dreadlocks.
"I sat out the entire year, and I'm just watching everybody do all these things," Jones said. "And I'm just like, 'I'm gonna learn what I can now so when I get out there I can do what I see them doing and have fun.'"
Jones (6-0, 193) began his college career as a receiver at Idaho before transferring to play cornerback at Portland State for one season. He is a considerable long shot to make the Saints' roster because of the depth at both cornerback and safety, though he has a great shot at making the practice squad.
He insisted that he's not worrying about any of that right now, though.
"No, like I said, I had a year to watch how everything went down, so I realize that this year if I worry about who's going home, who's staying, I'm gonna stress myself out," Jones said. "And that's when injuries occur, and I got injured last year. So now I'm just having a good time, having fun and just playing ball and making plays when they come."

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