The first round of roster cuts are looming for NFL teams and one of the Saints' key rookies is working to cut back on his mistakes before the team cuts back on quarterbacks.
Garrett Grayson's progression took a dip in the Saints' second preseason game. He attempted 13 passes against New England, the most of any Saints quarterback that night, but Grayson completed just seven of them.
"I definitely don't think I played as well as I did in the Ravens game," Grayson said. "There's a few throws I wish I had back. That roll out I had to the right ... tried to force it in there. It's not a smart football play, just throw it away, live to play another down. Just things like that, gotta clean up and play smart football, it's something Coach Payton harps on all the time, so I'm just going to take it in and correct that."
As the Saints move into the second half of their preseason, with the third game on Sunday considered the dress rehearsal against the Texans, Garrett Grayson is preparing for more limited snaps. The rookie consulted another younger teammate on how to best handle that challenge.
"That's something I talked with Griff (Ryan Griffin) quite a bit and how he handled it during a season," Grayson said. "He told me you just have to be mentally into it. Even though you're not physically getting the reps, you have to stand behind Drew and look at the defense and say what you're going to do here ... if we have a check or let it ride, things like that. Mentally you just have to be in it because that's the only kind of reps you're going to get. That way when OTA's and fall camp come next year, you'll be that much further along."
With initial roster cuts set for Tuesday, Grayson admits that nothing is guaranteed in the NFL, even if he is a third round draft pick.
"It's in the back of everyone's mind, and you gotta make the team," Grayson said. "So I think it just forces you to go out every single day and try to perfect your craft and be perfect out there, then at the end of the day, just go out there and play football, because they have you here for a reason. They know you can play, so just go out there and do what you can and try to enjoy it."