Photos: Practice action at N.O. Saints training camp _lowres

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS Saints outside linebacker Ronald Powell reads the offense before a play during Saints training camp practice Monday morning in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

A few minutes with ... Ronald Powell

The Saints’ rookie outside linebacker and fifth-round draft choice reflects on his NFL transition, his football idol and his beard:

The Advocate: What is the transition from college football to the NFL like? Does it compare to moving from middle school to high school? Does it compare to moving from high school to college?

Ronald Powell: As far as being the young guy, the small guy on campus, it’s definitely the same. Just like when you get to college, you are the freshman. You’ve got to learn your special teams, you’ve got to learn your role on the team and you’ve got to earn your spot. Nothing is given to you.

TA: Who was your football idol growing up? What parts of that player’s style did you most admire, and why is that?

RP: Bo Jackson. Just because of the physicality he ran the ball with. Just his drive and want-to was big for me. And he played baseball and growing up (Inland Empire in California), I started off playing baseball (left field, center field), so that was a cool thing for me to see.

TA: Is there any pressure on you to grow your beard out like veteran Junior Galette? (Galette’s beard is famous among fans and media for being long and bushy).

RP: You know what? There’s no pressure. If you go back and look at my college photos, I always have a beard. I like to switch mine up. I do one thing, especially during the season. Whatever I feel like.

Gary Estwick

Injury report

  • Injured list: S Jairus Byrd, NT John Jenkins, T Tavon Rooks
  • Did not participate: WR Kenny Stills, WR Robert Meachem

Next three up

TUESDAY’S practice:

7:50 a.m.-10:40 a.m. CDT



THURSDAY’S practice:

7:50 a.m.-10:40 a.m. CDT

Until Aug. 13, practices are held at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. The Advocate will tweet observations throughout practice. Follow @RVargasAdvocate, @UnderhillAdv, @RabalaisAdv and @EstwickSaints.

Going digital

For more coverage, visit us at Here’s a sampling of what you’ll find today:

MORNING BRIEFING: We’ll get you up to speed with a quick recap of Monday and a preview of Tuesday’s practice.

VIDEO: The Advocate explains why S Pierre Warren and CB Keenan Lewis are hot at Saints training camp, and C Tim Lelito talks about an unlikely ally.

BLOG: We’ll provide live updates from practice. Go to blackandgold