Shockey ready for fresh start
Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas
|AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis|
|New Saints tight end Jeremy Shockey (left) spent extra time with quarterback Drew Brees after morning practice at Millsaps College on Thursday.|
JACKSON, Miss. -- There's still an offense to learn, but Jeremy Shockey made all the right moves Thursday as the New Orleans Saints opened training camp at Millsaps College.
Shockey, acquired earlier this week in a trade with the New York Giants, talked publicly for the first time since the trade after morning practice. The Pro Bowl tight end went out of his way to be nice to his former team.
"They won the Super Bowl last year,'' Shockey said. "They really deserved it. I'm going to miss my teammates and my coaches, the owners, everything.''
But Shockey said he's anxious to put New York behind him and is glad a trade, rumored since before the NFL Draft, finally went down.
"The last thing I wanted was to go back to the Giants,'' Shockey said. "If I had went back, no matter what, it would have been a circus. The last thing I wanted to do was be a distraction. That's one of the reasons I didn't want to go to the Super Bowl. I wasn't healthy. They did a great job. I didn't want to be a distraction to that team. If I went, I was a distraction. If I didn't go, I was a distraction.''
Shockey said he believes he was portrayed inaccurately by the New York media.
"I'm not as wild and rebellious as some say,'' Shockey said. "That's the media. They build you up to knock you down. If you know me, you know me. If not, the rumors fly. You've probably heard it all. I've heard it all. What you see is what you get. I wear my emotion on my sleeve. I'm a true person. I'm not going to be fake or fabricated to anybody.''
Shockey said he's recovered from the broken leg he suffered last season, but the Saints plan to bring him along slowly. Shockey said he'll work to learn the playbook as quickly as possible and spend time getting to know quarterback Drew Brees.
"I'm starting from ground zero and working my way up as if I'm trying to make this team,'' Shockey said.