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Highlights from Saints heart Erik McCoy’s press convention

New Orleans Saints heart Erik McCoy met with reporters after Day 6 of coaching camp.

McCoy began his press convention by speaking concerning the warmth and the follow being moved inside after the primary interval of the day. McCoy stated “It was nice. It was actually laborious to maintain the juice flowing outdoors. This was in all probability the most well liked day we had…being inside was good.” The warmth has been an issue for the crew throughout coaching camp as there have been a number of events of gamers having to stroll off for a break from the excessive temperatures.

The Defensive Line

When requested concerning the new additions to the inside of the D-line, McCoy praised his new teammates. “Three new faces, Khalen [Saunders], Bresse, and Nathan Shepherd, all three of these guys can go. All of them have actually good transfer units; they rush the passer and play the run very well. Up to now, I’ve been impressed by all three of them, tremendous proficient guys.” After dropping David Onyemata and Shy Tuttle throughout free company, the Saints signed veterans Khalen Saunders and Nathan Shepherd whereas additionally drafting Bryan Bresse within the first spherical of this 12 months’s draft.

McCoy continued to appraise rookie Bryan Bresse, “Along with his measurement and stature, I figured he’d be extra of an influence man, however he has obtained an array of strikes that I wasn’t anticipating… the blokes obtained an array of strikes that I believe are actually spectacular.” When a reporter requested if he thinks Bresse strings collectively his strikes very well, McCoy solutions “I believe that is one in all his higher qualities.”

Persevering with to appraise the inside line as a gaggle, McCoy talks concerning the explosiveness of the revamped D-line. “I believe all three of these guys can play, together with [Malcolm] Roach. I believe Roach is a hell of a participant as properly. I believe we have now a very dynamic inside. Guys are flying off the ball. Guys are flying to the ball, getting out of the stack. And truthfully, Khalen can run. I wasn’t anticipating that. He’s obtained out on some screens, obtained out of the stack, and I used to be like ‘dang, he kinda rolling.’


When requested about his management function with the offensive line, the 5-year veteran replied “I would not say [I’m the] man. I believe we have now lots of guys within the room. I simply really feel snug round them, and I simply need to be the perfect we might be… I need us to take a step ahead this 12 months and actually simply be explosive on offense, and I believe that begins with us.”

Nick Saldiveri

The Saints traded as much as the primary choose within the fourth spherical of this 12 months’s draft to pick offensive lineman Nick Saldiveri. When requested about his early impressions of him, McCoy responded “Nick can play. Nick can play very well. nonetheless studying the playbook slightly bit, that is high-quality, I really feel like when he will get sat down, he’s rolling.

Transition to Derek Carr

Responding to a reporter’s query concerning the transition to Carr, McCoy stated “I’m not saying this as a adverse, I’ve been via six completely different quarterbacks since Drew left, so I really feel like transitioning is sort of simple for me. At first, it was laborious, proper after Drew left, however now I am like ‘Come on, let’s get it rolling’ We’re prepared.” McCoy continues, “Simply studying completely different cadences. I’d say that is all the time the latest factor…We switched the cadence up slightly bit from final 12 months. Introducing new two-count. Exterior of that, nothing too new particular for me.”

On Derek Carr, “Primary, he’s an superior man off the sphere. I’d say that is an enormous factor. You need to be round a quarterback you’ll be able to relate to as properly. On the sphere, he is all the time optimistic. That’s a very spectacular high quality out right here on this warmth. He brings the juice on daily basis, and I respect the hell out of that.’

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