- Pat Yasinskas, ESPN Staff Writer
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Aside from running back Mark Ingram, we haven’t heard a lot about or seen much of New Orleans’ rookie class. That apparently is about to change a bit.
Coach Sean Payton said he’s seen some good things in practice from third-round pick Martez Wilson. With the Saints having some injuries at linebacker, Payton said Wilson likely will get a lot of snaps on the strong side in Sunday’s preseason game with Oakland.
“For him, it’s the every-down discipline with assignment and technique,’’ Payton said.
The Saints have a recent history of not asking too much of their rookies right away. That’s a luxury you have when you have a veteran roster. Malcolm Jenkins, a 2009 first-round pick, was a backup cornerback as a rookie before becoming the starting free safety last year. Patrick Robinson, last year’s first-round pick, didn’t play a lot as a rookie, but is expected to be the nickel back this season.
Payton said defensive end Cameron Jordan, a first-round pick this year, also could get a lot of playing time against Oakland.
“It would be similar to what we were just talking about with our linebacker,’’ Payton said. “It’s just the every-down consistency. He’s physical and he shows up on the one-on-one rush snaps. He’s a guy that I think has picked things up fairly quickly and yet all the details that go into playing that position on every down is something he has to work on and improve on.”