Go Back   New Orleans Saints - blackandgold.com > Main > Saints

For the Saints’ Tim Lelito ‘the options are endless’

this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Although the Saints cleared a starting spot for him by trading left guard Ben Grubbs to Kansas City, holdover Tim Lelito is not taking anything for granted. Lelito heard general manager Mickey Loomis’ kind words earlier this week from the ...

Like Tree6Likes
  • 3 Post By SloMotion
  • 2 Post By dizzle88
  • 1 Post By Rugby Saint II

Closed Thread
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 03-27-2015, 12:45 AM   #1
Threaded by SmashMouth
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: The Woodlands
Posts: 21,591

Blog Entries: 29
Show Printable Version Email this Page
Rating: (0 votes - average)

Although the Saints cleared a starting spot for him by trading left guard Ben Grubbs to Kansas City, holdover Tim Lelito is not taking anything for granted.

Lelito heard general manager Mickey Loomis’ kind words earlier this week from the owners’ meetings in Phoenix, when he labeled Lelito “a good find for us.” He knows coach Sean Payton said he considered him a starter. He also understands how tenuous everything is at this time of the year.

“I appreciate they think so highly of me like that, but still it’s the end of March,” Lelito said after addressing more than 200 third- to fifth-graders Wednesday at St. Margaret Mary Elementary School as part of the Rotolo’s Literacy Program Visit series. “There’s a lot more stuff to come. We haven’t even done OTAs or anything like that, so to say, ‘Hey, we like Tim’ is great, but it’s still premature. Nothing in the NFL is a for-sure thing.”

Just about the only certainty after a 7-9 season in 2014 was that New Orleans would make changes on the interior of its offensive line. Payton identified the area as a primary concern because Drew Brees received too much pressure up the middle, but the Saints appear to view Lelito as part of the solution.

Lelito, a third-year free agent out of Division II Grand Valley State, started twice as a rookie in place of injured right guard Jahri Evans. The Saints beat Arizona and Atlanta.

Last year, he started twice in place of injured center Jonathan Goodwin. The Saints beat Green Bay and Carolina.

Again, he hardly views that perfect record as a sign he has arrived.

“(Reporters) want to throw out the four games I’ve started we’ve won, but there’s a lot of stuff I still need to work on,” he said. “The first year I would probably give myself a C-minus. This year I think I did a little bit better, but I’d probably give myself a C-plus or a B-minus.”

Lelito is guardedly optimistic in part because nothing has come easily for him. He started playing football late, in eighth grade, and was on the edge of being ineligible in high school because of bad grades. He was on academic probation for a semester at Grand Valley State.

In New Orleans, he lost an open competition with Goodwin for the starting center spot last summer. The Saints then traded Jimmy Graham for two-time Pro-Bowl center Max Unger from Seattle earlier this month, locking down that position for the foreseeable future.



Lelito started at left guard all four years at Grand Valley State, but he had become comfortable at center.

read more

Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	lelito.jpg
Views:	0
Size:	57.6 KB
ID:	10434  

Views: 2815
Old 03-27-2015, 05:58 AM   #2
LB Mentallity
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 13,983
Blog Entries: 52
Re: For the Saints’ Tim Lelito ‘the options are endless’

he is a man without a position and by default is the starter.

The draft and the remaining FA period will tell us if what the FO says is true or is this year position the saints will play cute at and we all grow to regret it.

time will tell. me i am hoping for the best no matter which way this goes
hagan714 is offline  
Old 03-27-2015, 06:25 AM   #3
5000 POSTS! +
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 6,776
Blog Entries: 15
Re: For the Saints’ Tim Lelito ‘the options are endless’

...Lelito, a third-year free agent out of Division II Grand Valley State, started twice as a rookie in place of injured right guard Jahri Evans. The Saints beat Arizona and Atlanta.

Last year, he started twice in place of injured center Jonathan Goodwin. The Saints beat Green Bay and Carolina ...
Ok, call me "superstitious", but these stats, besides the obvious ones, are reason enough for me to start him, .
hagan714, SmashMouth and dizzle88 like this.
SloMotion is offline  
Old 03-27-2015, 07:00 AM   #4
1000 Posts +
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Grand Haven, Michigan by way of a little Mississippi River town in Louisiana
Posts: 4,258
Re: For the Saints’ Tim Lelito ‘the options are endless’

I think G will be better for him at C he wasn't as dominate as I like but still did just enough. I would still draft a G to compete and mainly because of Evans not Lelito.
halloween 65 is offline  
Old 03-27-2015, 09:23 AM   #5
5000 POSTS! +
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Posts: 6,486
Re: For the Saints’ Tim Lelito ‘the options are endless’

Dumbest move we made last year was sitting Lelito as soon as Goodwin got healthy

Two of our best offensive performances (especially the run game) came with Lelito at centre.
73Saint and MarchingOn like this.
dizzle88 is offline  
Old 03-27-2015, 06:14 PM   #6
Bounty Money $$$
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: 5800 Airline Dr. Metairie, LA.
Posts: 14,378
Re: For the Saints’ Tim Lelito ‘the options are endless’

The FO was smirking last offseason about how they had the center all sewed up. Lelito couldn't even win the starting job from Goodwin who was obviously a shell of himself. I have heard and read good things about him but I didn't see it last year. He is probably best at guard and will be just fine.
Danno likes this.
Rugby Saint II is offline  
Old 03-27-2015, 06:19 PM   #7
Site Donor 2014
Truth Addict
 
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Spanish Fort, Alabama
Posts: 21,161
Re: For the Saints’ Tim Lelito ‘the options are endless’

Originally Posted by Rugby Saint II View Post
The FO was smirking last offseason about how they had the center all sewed up. Lelito couldn't even win the starting job from Goodwin who was obviously a shell of himself. I have heard and read good things about him but I didn't see it last year. He is probably best at guard and will be just fine.
I'm worried about Lelito at Guard as well. To not beat out Goodwin is quite worrisome.

LG is still a hole in my opinion
Danno is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules

LinkBacks (?)
LinkBack to this Thread: http://blackandgold.com/saints/71713-saints-tim-lelito-options-endless.html
Posted By For Type Date Hits
The Latest New Orleans Saints News | SportSpyder This thread Refback 03-27-2015 01:28 AM 4
For the Saints’ Tim Lelito ‘the options are endless’ This thread Refback 03-27-2015 01:08 AM 10


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:08 PM.


Copyright 1997 - 2014 - BlackandGold.com
no new posts