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strato 09-04-2011 09:15 AM

Long shots Isa Abdul-Quddus, Joique Bell react to making New Orleans Saints roster
 
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I spoke with New Orleans Saints safety Isa Abdul-Quddus and tailback Joique Bell, two of the biggest "Cinderella stories" to make the team's opening 53-man roster. Naturally, both players were excited, but they insisted they won't take they opportunity for granted.

Abdul-Quddus was probably the longest long shot of any current Saints player at the start of camp. Not only is he the only undrafted rookie to make the roster this year, but the Fordham product appeared to be buried on the depth chart a month ago behind veterans Prioleau, Reis and Paul Oliver.

"I didn't even worry about that. I just knew if I played my best, I'd have a shot," Abdul-Quddus said. "My whole thing was to try to learn from the vets as much as I could in a short time, especially since we didn't have any OTAs or minicamps."

Abdul-Quddus said he was attracted to the Saints for a number of reasons - including their history of giving undrafted rookies a chance.

"I knew about Pierre Thomas and Junior Galette and those guys," Abdul-Quddus said. "But I also knew this would be a good fit for me, to be around a lot of great veteran leaders like Jonathan Vilma and Drew Brees."

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Danno 09-04-2011 09:20 AM

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Isa Abdul-Quddus
Probably the biggest surprise to me. I seldom noticed him in any of the games. He must have made quite an impression in practice.

papz 09-04-2011 09:32 AM

Neither did I. Good for him.

TheDeuce 09-04-2011 09:43 AM

Must be an indictment on how bad Oliver, Prioleau, and Reis played...

homerj07 09-04-2011 01:44 PM

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Originally Posted by Danno (Post 326317)
Probably the biggest surprise to me. I seldom noticed him in any of the games. He must have made quite an impression in practice.

Maybe that is a good thing. If he was in on gang tackles we woud not know BUT we would know if he was torched on a normal basis

papz 09-04-2011 02:02 PM

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Abdul-Quddus said he was attracted to the Saints for a number of reasons - including their history of giving undrafted rookies a chance.
I love knowing that this is acknowledged around the league. With the bonus limitations given to UDFA now, having this reputations should continue to help us getting the pick of the litter.

neugey 09-04-2011 04:35 PM

I think Bell is the only Wayne State player in the league. Congrats!

And congrats to Isa "The Iguana"!!!

http://www.funlineanimation.com/dora...b/isa001th.jpg
Isa

VillainAgain 09-07-2011 04:51 PM

If you guys hadn't noticed him im not sure what you were doing, Isa when he was in was always around the ball. Not many if any passes went deep his way no outrageous run plays where he whiffed horribly (cough oliver cough) I think you'll be pleased with him out there and on ST


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