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ScottyRo 05-21-2005 12:44 PM

Official Site Blog
 
I'M NO EXPERT, BUT: Some observations from Coaching Sessions this week: While I am admittedly an untrained eye, rookie safety Josh Bullocks looks like he could give Lewis or Donte' Stallworth a run for their money in a footrace. The second rounder from Nebraska is F-A-S-T...Another safety, Dwight Smith looks like the playmaker the Saints envisioned upon signing him as a free agent from Tampa Bay. Though the team is just in shorts and helmets at this point, Smith just "looks the part" and is so versatile that it wouldn't shock me to see him get a little time at cornerback...Tight end should be an interesting position battle in training camp. With Ernie Conwell, Boo Williams, Lamont Hall and Zack Hilton returning, and new free agent signee Shad Meier added to the mix, the position has come a long way in the five seasons that I have worked for the Saints. My first season we had guys like Dave Stachelski make the active roster at tight end. No knock on Dave, but we have a five-way battle going on right now that's as deep and diverse as any I've seen...I don't handle weigh-ins, but several guys look to have really worked on their bodies this offseason. Charles Grant seems even more barrel-chested than in past years, and Jon Stinchcomb also looks more muscular -- must be a University of Georgia thing. Rodney Leisle, on the other hand, looks more slim and fit than he did in his rookie season a year ago -- perhaps he's ready to compete for more time at defensive tackle this season. If Leisle keeps it up, he may not live to the "Swoll Daddy" moniker he has hung on himself since arriving from UCLA.

--Paul Corliss

http://www.neworleanssaints.com/news...articleid=1442

Again, it's hard not to get too hyped with these sorts of comments flying about. I, for one, can't wait until camp starts!

papz 05-21-2005 01:18 PM

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"Charles Grant seems even more barrel-chested than in past years"

Goodness... I didn't think Grant could get any better. He had a very good season last year... so I'm guessing 14 sacks and 80 plus tackles (with him being in better shape) isn't out of the question.

I still remember on draft day so many people dogging on Bullocks being drafted... MWUAHAHA... just wait and see! The idea of moving Smith back to corner with Brown holding out doesn't look so bad after all. Bullocks and Smith both play at the same position... moving one to corner and starting the other looks pretty good to me. Two ballhawks on the field at the same time and Bellamy can move up and play in the box. Leisle was a workout warrior at the combine last year, but he wasn't able to contribute anything for the team last year. Hopefully he'll be able to give us a big strong body up front for a decent DT rotation.

Hopefully this is just hype and all of this talk about them looking good in camp is the real deal.

saintswhodi 05-21-2005 02:22 PM

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I still remember on draft day so many people dogging on Bullocks being drafted... MWUAHAHA... just wait and see!
Still feeling the sting of endorsing that Lyman pick huh? :wink:

JKool 05-21-2005 02:33 PM

Good find Scotty.

I always like the camp reports. Though they rarely translate into much difference on the field, they certainly serve to increase my optimism and excitement for the season.

I'm very much looking forward to training camp! It can't get here soon enough, as far as I am concerned.

papz 05-21-2005 02:34 PM

For the 302347028390482309480234 time... BITE ME!!!! :(

JKool 05-21-2005 02:37 PM

Damn, papz, that is a big number.

turbo_dog 05-21-2005 04:26 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by ScottyRo
Charles Grant seems even more barrel-chested than in past years, and Jon Stinchcomb also looks more muscular -- must be a University of Georgia thing.

Let's hope that Sullivan was in on that Georgia workout program.

papz 05-21-2005 05:18 PM

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We can only hope turbo... :|


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