Woodbury hopes move will help his career

Updated: July 31, 2003, 8:37 PM ET

NEW ORLEANS -- Recent acquisition Tory Woodbury is eager for a fresh start with the Saints after a bitter end to his two-year career with the New York Jets.

Woodbury never really found a role in New York after signing with the Jets as a rookie free agent out of Winston Salem State in 2001. He played third-string quarterback, wide receiver and was a standout cover man on special teams during his two seasons there.

Jets coach Herman Edwards moved him to quarterback during the offseason and Woodbury saw his stock plummet as the No. 4 man behind Chad Pennington, Vinny Testaverde and Brooks Bollinger.

The Saints claimed Woodbury after he asked the Jets to release him Monday.

Woodbury reported to camp Wednesday and participated in the evening workout. To clear a roster spot for Woodbury, the club released tight end Mario Jackson.< ------

ONE MAN'S FORTUNE: The signing of No. 1 draft pick Johnathan Sullivan spelled the end of training camp for Steven Smith. Smith, a cornerback from Oregon, was cut Thursday to make room for Sullivan on the roster.< ------

INSIDE Out: A heavy rain Thursday morning left the Saints' practice field soaked, so the team worked inside in the afternoon. Fans hoping to get a look at the workout had to wait and hope for better weather Friday. Outside practices are open; inside ones are closed because of the lack of sideline space.< ------

PRACTICE TV: Saturday night's Black and Gold Scrimmage, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette's Cajun Field, will be televised by Cox Sports Television. After the scrimmage, Cox Sports will air a 30-minute show titled "Saintsations: Cheerleaders in Paradise," about the making of the squad's swimsuit calendar in Destin, Fla.

For those who want to actually be at the event, which is essentially another practice, tickets for the scrimmage are still on sale at the Saints Ticket Office in Metairie, all Ticketmaster locations and at the ULL ticket office. Tickets are priced at $20, $15 and $10.

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