METAIRIE, LA (WVUE) - Entering his third year, it's no different from the first. Tommylee Lewis is battling for a roster spot as hard as ever, especially after the Saints drafted another receiver, Tre'Quan Smith, and another undersized returner in Boston Scott.
"You definitely take it as motivation because everybody wants to win a job," says Lewis. "So you just go out there and put your best foot forward everyday and just give what you got."
And what Lewis has is heart. He doesn't shy away from the fact that it's his size that has him scrapping for a roster spot once again. Unfortunately, no matter how productive he is, it will probably always be this way.
"I'm going to have to fight for it all my life," says Lewis. "I'm 5-foot-7. I'll have to fight for it year and year out. Ain't no pressure."
So that said, the recipe for making this team remains the same for Lewis. Use your speed. Show that you can make the tough catches. And above all, don't give the Saints a reason to let you go.
"I've just got to come out and be a guy that's reliable and be a trustworthy guy, especially in the return game," says Lewis. "That's a very important facet of the game. Basically just come out here and be reliable, be consistent and a guy that you can count on."
Because the competition certainly doesn't get any easier with more free agents like Michael Floyd and Brandon Tate coming into camp. The position battle at receiver will remain arguably the toughest throughout the preseason.