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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Bradley Handwerger / WWLTV.com Sports Writer METAIRIE, La. ― A lot of talk this preseason has been about linebacker Martez Wilson, the Saints’ third-round pick out of Illinois. But the more I’m out at practice – which actually will be ...

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Bradley Handwerger / WWLTV.com Sports Writer

METAIRIE, La. ― A lot of talk this preseason has been about linebacker Martez Wilson, the Saints’ third-round pick out of Illinois.

But the more I’m out at practice – which actually will be coming to an end tomorrow as the Saints move camp to Oxnard, Calif. – the more seventh-round pick Nate Bussey, also out of Illinois, catches my eye.

Bussey has been working with the third-team at weakside linebacker behind Scott Shanle and Jonathan Casillas.

Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has both praised him during practice and called him out for doing the wrong thing. But Williams is paying attention.

On Wednesday, during 7-on-7 drills, the juxtaposition of the two rookie linebackers stuck out.

With the first-team out working against the first-team offense, Bussey stood by Williams, turning to him after each call to inquire about the coach’s thoughts. Meanwhile, Wilson was away from Williams, watching the plays and occasionally asking another coach for answers.

Wilson obviously has the greater upside athletically. But Bussey appears to have more “want to,” as coaches say, and in this game, sometimes that’s enough.

Bussey might not make the 53-man roster; he likely won’t. But he’s a perfect candidate for the practice squad and could be a diamond-in-the-rough pick.

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Old 08-18-2011, 09:34 PM   #2
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Don't play him too much......we don't want our PS raided.
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If he's doing this well, why wouldn't he make the team?
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If he's doing this well, why wouldn't he make the team?
True, we'll likely keep 7

Vilma
Shanle
Casillas
Dunbar
Herring
Wilson

and then Bussey?

He's got a good shot.
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Can the Saints Strike Gold in the 7th round again. Black Gold New Orleans Tea. Ya'll get the point.
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I like th sound of that, good NFL teams have to be able to finde the hidden gems in the lower rounds.

With Tory Humphrey injured, the tight end group was down a player so the Saints moved long snapper Kyle Nelson there. He played tight end in college at New Mexico State. Can’t imagine that means good things for him in regard to making the roster, though it does show versatility.
I would say it does mean good things. There's a competition for the long snapper job right? If I was a coach I'd choose a guy who could help out in other places too.
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True, we'll likely keep 7

Vilma
Shanle
Casillas
Dunbar
Herring
Wilson

and then Bussey?

He's got a good shot.
and then Clint Ingram?
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Clint Ingram can't stay healthy it seems. Would not be surprised to se him cut when time comes for that.
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I think Shanle is a ock, just too much experience to get rid of this year. Next year however....
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The Saints fornt office obviously has some good scouts out there & we pick up some good gems in the later rounds.
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