NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Drew Brees and the starters playing for several series will make the headlines to start tomorrow’s game. But just as important as them getting into a rhythm is Sean Payton and his coaching staff getting another chance to evaluate a few rookies and newcomers.
With joint practices now complete between the Saints and the Chargers, all that’s left is to play the preseason game and we’ve reached that point where the roster has really already started to develop. But Saturday will be an opportunity for some bubble players to prove they belong.
One player is Boston Scott who’s never been afraid to prove himself to his coaches.
He’s technically the smallest player on the roster. So every time rookie running back Boston Scott touches the ball, he knows he must go big.
“It’s a walk on mindset. It’s not about how many opportunities you get. It’s about what you make of those opportunities," says Scott. “Whenever I put my hands on the ball, I’m looking to show them ‘Y’all brought me here for a reason’."
And Saturday night’s preseason game against the Chargers will be the next opportunity to show that he belongs.
“That’s crucial. Muscle memory, repititions, nothing like the real thing. Practice reps where you adjust to practice, whatever it might be, but there’s nothing really like the game. Once you’re able to adjust to tendencies, to other players and things like that. So, I think that those reps are invaluable.”
Scott is in heated competition at running back with Jonathan Williams, Shane Vereen and Trey Edmunds. As Head Coach Sean Payton plans to give them all a chance to make their case to stick around.
“That’ll be one of the things. We hope to give him enough touches,” says Payton. “Certainly Jonathan (Williams), Shane (Vereen), giving those guys enough touches where we can continue to just put on tape the things that we feel like they can do.”
Scott will certainly get some work Saturday as a runner but if he can be consistent in the return game, he may just have a spot on this roster.