Camp Report, Who's Hot, Who's Not, etc...
Thursday, August 04, 2005- Times Picayune
Heat index: 98.
In the spotlight: Middle linebacker
No. player | Ht. | Wt. | Exp. |
55 Courtney Watson | 6-1 | 246 | 1
56 Alfred Fincher | 6-1 | 238 | R
59 Ronald McKinnon | 6-4 | 257 | 10
Watson is the clear starter, although a recent strain to his left quadriceps is a concern. He appears much more confident in his second season. Fincher has the demeanor and attitude the coaches are looking for, but is suffering typical rookie growing pains. He'll likely make his mark on special teams. McKinnon provides veteran insurance. He's trying to play catch-up after signing with the club late last week.
GET TO KNOW:
Height/weight: 6-2, 223
College: Texas A&M.
Did you know: Joseph has lost 33 pounds since the draft. He reported to camp after the draft at 256 pounds. . . . Was a star at Lamar High School, where he was recruited by Texas, LSU, Michigan State and Arizona. . . . Earned All-District 17-5A honors as a senior. LSU running back Joseph Addai was the quarterback on that team. . . . Started his career at tailback, then gained 20-25 pounds to convert to fullback.
He said it: "Coming out of college I played running back and fullback. When Jim Haslett called me he wanted me to try out at both tailback and fullback, then he told me he wanted me to stay at running back, so I thought I would lose a little weight. I feel a lot faster, quicker, more agile. My body's in good condition. I think I'm having a pretty good camp. I'm catching the ball and running well."
WHO'S HOT: Defensive tackle Jason Jefferson is enjoying a strong camp and has moved ahead of backup Rodney Leisle in some packages. Jefferson is showing excellent strength and burst inside. At one time he was thought to be headed for the practice squad, but he's making a push for a spot on the active roster.
WHO'S NOT: Wide receiver Joe Horn is not having a good camp by his high standards. He's dropped several balls in recent workouts and has struggled to beat man-to-man coverage by top corners Mike McKenzie and Fakhir Brown. Moreover, the normally loquacious Horn declined interviews with reporters until Friday.
PLAY OF THE DAY: Aaron Brooks rebounded from a subpar day Tuesday with a strong workout Wednesday morning. The highlight of his day was a beautifully placed 15-yard touchdown pass to Devery Henderson in the back of the end zone during seven-on-seven drills. Brooks put the ball just high enough to avoid a pack of defenders yet still make it catchable for Henderson.
Pos. | Player | Injury
TE | Shad Meier | torn knee meniscus (out)
DT | Willie Whitehead | turf toe (out)
OL | Spencer Folau | sore shoulder (out)
QUOTE OF THE DAY: "Coach, do you think practices are too long?" -- Cornerback Mike McKenzie, posing as a reporter, to Coach Jim Haslett during his post-practice interview session.
TODAY'S SCHEDULE: Morning, weightlifting, 9 a.m.; evening, practice, 3 p.m. (open to public).
It's August 4th. :)
Might as well get the jabs in now. :wink:
Hrm... I guess Jason Jefferson is this year's Howard Green. If he continues to impress, I would love to have two big guys start in the middle clogging up some space freeing up our linebackers.
I agree with you papz. and bring Young in on passing downs.
Gotta like that a DT is considered hot. I wish I would see Sullys name in the hot category -- now that would give me reason to :D
Yea spirit it would be lovely if Sully was making this noise in camp, but we can't always get everything we want. I'm greatful enough he's under 325... one day at a time. :wink: I can't wait to see him during the preseason... if he isn't able to dominate 2nd and 3rd stringers, I think this will be the final season I root for him.
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