WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV (WVUE) - In Monday's practice, veteran Roman Harper reminded us he's still a ball-hawking safety. Fellow Alabama alum Mark Ingram knows this all to well after losing a fumble, during the session and running a lap around the field as punishment.
"I think he (Harper) is doing well. First off, he is in shape. One of his great strengths is his football intelligence," said Saints head coach Sean Payton. "That allows you a step on a route. That allows you the ability to key in and diagnose a play, run or pass, and have a half-step on a play. I think that over the years has served him well. We've watched his reps, but I think he's doing well. I think he's moving around well."
This is Harper's 11th year in the league, and second tour with the Saints. His hair is greying a little more, but he still has some fight left in the tank.
"They're not going to try and kill me, I understand that," Harper said. "I think rather let me do what I need to do in the game, but I still need to show I can play at a high level. Go out there and compete, I'm battling. Every day is going to be a grind, but you got to enjoy the grind. I don't want to just show up here, and think I have a spot. I'm just doing this, and hanging out."
We should've known Harper might return to the Saints. Even with the Panthers for two seasons, he kept his condo in the Warehouse District just in case he came back to New Orleans.