Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Saints links: Sproles, Galette and more
By Mike Triplett
It sure sounds like former New Orleans Saints running back Darren Sproles has found a great new fit with the Philadelphia Eagles. Sports Illustrated’s Don Banks said Sproles “sounded almost giddy at the prospect of finding his all-purpose role in Philly's fast-paced, up-tempo attack.”
Likewise, the Eagles are excited about the prospects of adding such a dynamic weapon. And Banks had some strong words about how the marriage seems to be working out so far, writing: “As I survey the mid-June NFL landscape, the offseason addition that comes as close to can't-miss as any is the Eagles' savvy acquisition of running back/return man Darren Sproles.”
As I wrote when the Saints first traded Sproles to Philly, it was a head-scratcher since he is still such a dynamic player and matchup headache for opposing defenses. And I have no doubt he’ll thrive in a similarly-creative offense in Philadelphia.
But I do understand why the Saints made the move since they have so many weapons at their disposal on offense – especially after drafting dynamic receiver Brandin Cooks in the first round.
So it’s quite possible this could turn out to be one of those win-win sort of deals … well, until they meet up in the playoffs, that is.
Worth a click:
The Times-Picayune’s Larry Holder did an excellent job of capturing Saints outside linebacker Junior Galette’s passion and outspoken personality in this column – especially when he asked Galette about his creative use of Twitter. Galette can be over the top sometimes, but he’s refreshingly honest and unfiltered – and feverishly passionate about being a great football player.
The Advocate’s Ramon Antonio Vargas had a nice piece on how the Saints’ young defensive linemen John Jenkins and Glenn Foster can’t remain content after impressive rookie seasons.
The Times-Picayune’s Jeff Duncan pointed out what a nice gesture the Saints are creating for Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly as he battles cancer – an autographed poster print from the organization.
Check out NewOrleansSaints.com for a ton of videos from interviews with players and coaches following Tuesday’s first minicamp practice.
What a crushing blow for the Atlanta Falcons and standout linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, who suffered a major injury for the second straight year. He’s out for the season after rupturing his Achilles on Tuesday.
On the other end of the spectrum, former Saints guard Carl Nicks is hoping to finally start getting back on the practice field with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in training camp after his nightmare year of battling a toe injury and a debilitating MRSA infection that followed.