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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Originally Posted by lee909 What is everyone expecting from Hicks? Short term and in the future. Nothing. I'm prepared for him to be yet another bust at defensive tackle. That way, if it happens I won't be disappointed. And if ...

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Old 07-25-2012, 04:45 PM   #11
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What is everyone expecting from Hicks?
Short term and in the future.
Nothing. I'm prepared for him to be yet another bust at defensive tackle. That way, if it happens I won't be disappointed. And if he does well, I'll be doubly excited.
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Old 07-25-2012, 06:06 PM   #12
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I do honestly think that Hicks could be a great DT for the Saints going forward, something that we all expected Ellis to be when he got picked, but one that he has never really manifested into... yet.

Hicks has all the tangibles, but he needs a lot of coaching and practice time on the field. Spags is probably one of the best DCs at coaching up D-linemen, so in that regard Hicks couldn't be in a much better place than he is at the moment. I guess ultimately a lot is determined by how quickly he can get accustomed to the NFL level, having played at the Canadian collegiate level, and if he'll have Spags coaching him for more than a single season - because if and when the Saints win the SB some teams are going to invite him over to interview for a HC position.

The ever changing DCs have probably been one of the key reasons why Ellis' development hasn't really gone as planned, and the possibility of that is something that shouldn't be disregarded in Hicks case either.

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With Hicks being out it might give someone undrafted a look at what they can do, Hicks will heal but I would sure like a gem to step in at that position the most of all.
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Old 07-26-2012, 08:41 PM   #14
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Mark Ingram (knee, toe) and Chris Ivory (hamstring) were "pretty much full blast" as the Saints opened training camp Thursday.

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