Off to see the New Orleans Saints

August, 8, 2011
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TAMPA, Fla. -- We’re about to begin another leg of the NFC South training camp tour. I’m getting ready to fly to Louis Armstrong International Airport and head over to Metairie, La., where I’ll be getting my first in-person look at the 2011 New Orleans Saints.

I’m particularly interested to see the running backs. With rookie Mark Ingram and veteran Darren Sproles, I think the Saints have a chance to be better in the backfield than they were a year ago. They also have Pierre Thomas and Chris Ivory, who is out with an injury right now, but should be back for the regular season.

Yes, the Saints let Reggie Bush go. Lots of people said he was a bust, but I disagree with that. Bush wasn’t a superstar for the Saints, but he was someone defenses had to account for every time he was on the field. Of course, part of the problem was that injuries often kept Bush from getting on the field.

Sproles brings a lot of the same abilities Bush did. Ingram should bring a whole lot of different things. Give coach Sean Payton a little time to figure out how to use everybody, but I think the Saints could have a very exciting backfield.

Keep an eye on the headlines section on our main NFL page while I’m traveling. If there’s any breaking news, we’ll have it there. I’ll check in this evening when I get settled into Metairie.

Also, our Camp Confidential segment on the Saints is scheduled to run Friday. The NFC South chat also will resume this Friday at 1 p.m. ET and, by then, I'll have had a look at all four teams and hopefully can give you some insight into who is looking good and who is not.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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