We finally got our first taste of football on Sunday with the Hall of Fame Game and we will now have football every weekend until late January. The New Orleans Saints have had a week of training camp and will play their first preseason game in four days.
Plenty of plays have been made, albeit against each other with limited contact. But who has stood out the most from the masses?
Nobody wants to overreact to training camp where there is no real contact, but from what it is looking like, Brandin Cooks is really good at football. So far, the Saints’ front office looks they made the right decision in trading up in this past draft to snag him. His speed has been unreal and it seems like he is making a big play every day in camp. He has been seeking high praise from not only Drew Brees and the offensive players, but the first team defensive players have all said that the Saints’ offense has something special on their hands.
The most crowded and competitive position battle training camp is the cornerback spot opposite Keenan Lewis. Champ Bailey was signed during free agency and Stanley Jean-Baptiste was drafted in the second round. However, neither of them have looked as strong as Robinson.
The embattled corner was drafted in 2010 because of his supreme athleticism. After mixed reviews in the beginning of career, he suffered a season ending injury early last season after a solid start. However, it doesn’t look like he has been discouraged as he has made play after play in camp and received plenty of praise from Rob Ryan. Robinson has always had the athletic tools, and now it seems like it is finally coming together as he is in the driver seat for that number 2 spot.
Every year in training camp and preseason, there always seems to be a diamond in the rough in the form of an undrafted free agent. That trend looks like it is going to continue with Jacksonville State’s Pierre Warren.
With Jairus Byrd sitting out most of training camp, many younger players, including Warren, have been getting opportunities. Warren has been making play after play forcing turnovers seemingly every day. He is going to make it really difficult for the coaching staff as the Saints already have a plethora of talent at the safety position. However, now that he has caught the eye of staff, if he can show some special teams prowess he may be able to sneak onto the roster.