Metairie, La. - Perhaps the most interesting position battle at Saints is at wide receiver, where Courtney Roby, Adrian Arrington, Joseph Morgan, Andy Tanner and Nick Toon all hope for the job.
After Monday's practice, Roby and veteran Lance Moore addressed the media. Below are their transcripts as transcribed by the New Orleans Saints:
Talk about how you have grown as a receiver.
"Just working hard. The four or five years that I've been here, I just continue to work on my craft, pick the quarterbacks' (brains), and see what they are thinking. We have a great group of receivers that have been here for a long time, so (I'm) just working. That's the main thing."
Is there anything you did in the offseason?
"I always work on my craft in the offseason. It's the time to work on the things that you feel you need to work on before camp starts. I just put in the hard work, go into summer and continue to build."
Is playing on special teams or playing wide receiver your top priority?
"Everything is top priority. This is a team sport. All three phases are important. We work together for a common goal and that's to win."
Did you look at Robert Meachem leaving as an opportunity to improve your status here as a wide receiver?
"Any day you are out here is an opportunity. Any day you are out here to show these coaches your value and the work you put in to help this team is an opportunity. It's one day at a time, one game at a time. You just have to take that mentality."
How hard is it to balance the two, as a gunner and a receiver?
"I don't look at it as a challenge, I look at it as an opportunity. Whether it's on special teams or wide receiver, just showing what I can do. I take pride in that."
When you watched the film of the first two preseason games what did you see?
"There were some things that I did well, and there were some things that I need to work on. Anytime you are able to go back, watch the film and see the things you need to work on, that's what you come out to practice for. To work on those things and just keep it moving."
Talk about the offense performance against thePatriots.
"We need to get a lot better. Obviously, we only scored six points in the game. Preseason or not, we want to put up numbers. We want to put up points, and when we don't, we're disappointed. But that's why we are here. Today was a tough day, as they always are when you come back from beautiful weather to the heat and then you have a couple days off. Our goal is to try to get a little bit better each and every day and build on that."
What is something that you feel you need to work on this season?
"I think the most important think to do this time of year is to fine tone your skills. Coaches always say you try to get a little bit better each and every day and that's definitely important. Usually it's not one specific thing that guys need to work on, it's their total game as a whole. If we can do everything a little bit better, that's going to make what we do on offense move a little more fluidly and enable us to make more plays."
Talk about what you have seen out of Courtney Roby and how he can take advantage of the opportunity.
"Roby is a guy that doesn't talk too much, period. As everybody has been seeing, his play has spoken loudly. He is making plays each and every game and I have to say he is our leading receiver in this preseason so far. It's great for him because he hasn't gotten a lot of reps offensively here, he's been more of a special teams guy, but he's shown that he can step in here and make those plays. The more guys we have, the better. For him to finally get the opportunity in the game has got to feel good for him. He's doing a great job. It is definitely familiar from a couple of years ago when I was getting a lot of balls in the preseason, but that's the name of the game. (When) You get those opportunities, you have to take advantage of them, and he's doing just that."
You go up against this new defense everyday, what have you noticed that's different or that stands out?
"They have a lot of moving parts. Gregg Williams did a lot of things, but he didn't do a lot of things differently. With Gregg Williams, you knew what you were going to get. You were going to get a lot of man-to-man, pressure, and blitzes. With this defense, you are going to get a combination of everything. They are going to play zone coverage, man-to-man coverage, and they are going to bring pressure every now and again. They are just going to switch things up so you can't really key in on one specific thing, and I think that's what's been their reason for success so far for this preseason. It's fun to go against them because it's different and it can only make us better."
It is only the preseason but would you like to get in the box score?
"Want to rub it in? Of course I would like to have a catch. If the ball comes my way it's my job to catch it. If the balls aren't coming my way then there are obviously no catches to be made. We all want to touch the ball, but we all understand that the most important thing for us to do is go out there and just try to get a little bit better even if we aren't touching the ball."
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