Years in the NFL: 2.
Acquired: Draft (2012, seventh round).
Highlights: Spent all of 2013 on the Saints practice squad after being on injured reserve (knee) all of 2012. As a college senior, he was All-Big Ten honorable mention while blocking for a rushing attack that was No. 15 in the country and third in the conference.
Strengths: He is comfortable playing both tackle and
guard, and he’s bulky at 6-foot-7, 320 pounds.
Must continue to:
Deepen his understanding of the Saints protection
schemes, to which he has been exposed for three preseasons now.
Projection: The Saints love their offensive line backups to be able to play more than one position. He played well in preseason opener filling in for guard Jahri Evans and has a chance at depth spot.
Ramon Antonio Vargas
“If you’re heart’s not in it, then this job is hard to do.”
— Saints coach Sean Payton, discussing TE Richard Quinn’s decision to retire mid-training camp.
“I’m excited to get back to New Orleans. I’m not really
excited about the weather, but we’ve got to do what we’ve got to do.”
— Saints S Rafael Bush on leaving the cool temperatures of The Greenbrier in West Virginia on Thursday for the sweltering heat of New Orleans.
Limited: D. Brees, C. Bailey, T. Welch, R. Powell.
Out: P. Robinson, R. Sweeting, E. Lorig, T. Zimmerman, D. Hawthorne, J. Evans, V. Butler, K. Stills
For more coverage, visit us at TheAdvocate.com/sports. Here’s a sampling of what you’ll find today:
REMINISCING: Watch our Nick Underhill and Ramon Antonio Vargas run down their favorite moments from practices at The Greenbrier.
GRUBBS THE TEACHER: Watch Pro Bowl guard Ben Grubbs explain how he’s comfortable mentoring young players.
GOING FOR THE GOAL: Listen to coach Sean Payton’s thoughts on the Saints’ goal-line drills Wednesday.
BLOG: Find more we couldn’t fit in the paper