METAIRIE, LA (WVUE) - While Tre'Quan Smith had a chance to back up what we've seen in practice with some solid plays against the Jaguars, Boston Scott's chances were more limited. He had just one carry in the fourth quarter. And unfortunately, even if you have the talent, it doesn't do you much good if you can't get it on the field. Going into Friday's game against Arizona, Scott would love a bit more of an opportunity to prove his worth.
"You know, I would like a carry," says Scott. "But it doesn't matter how many opportunities there are. It's the quality of the reps. So whatever opportunities I get, I'm going to maximize on them."
He lived up those words on special teams, averaging 26 yards per return with a long of 35. But there's still a ways to go before anyone wins that job.
"We're not even halfway through camp yet," says head coach Sean Payton. "We have played one preseason game. So we have, hopefully, a lot of return opportunities to where it is clear to all of us. Right now, it is early. These guys are working on it."
As for establishing himself as an every down back, which Scott believes he is, that's where he'll be facing the biggest uphill battle. Jonathan Williams' hard running late in the game earned high praise from his teammates and coach Payton. Should Scott get the opportunity, he'll have to not only prove that he can be a strong runner and pass catcher, but handle pass protection, which is obviously a tougher feat given his stature.
"It's just been staying in the playbook," says Scott. "Studying and making sure that I stay on top of that. That's how I'm able to play a little bit faster than when I first got out here. Just staying on top of it, studying and those things take care of themselves."
What Boston Scott really hopes works in his favor is the time he put in with Drew Brees, Michael Thomas and former Saint Darren Sproles, who he's been compared to, over the summer in San Diego. Scott says he was able to develop some chemistry with Brees. Now, it's just about earning those first team reps to show his coaches.