Pierre Warren doesn’t feel like he’s doing his job.
When he steps on the field each practice or game, he goes out there with one goal: Get a turnover. When that doesn’t happen, he doesn’t feel like the day was a success.
And there’s been too many days like that lately for his liking.
“I always want to have turnover at least every day,” Warren said. “Sometimes it just doesn’t go that way, but it’s still the goal.”
Warren contended for a spot on the roster last training camp and stood out by creating turnovers and making several good plays. He didn’t initially make the roster and spent some time with the Vikings, but returned last season after injuries robbed the Saints of depth at safety.
He’s now fighting to keep his job. It currently appears that he’s behind most of the other safeties on the roster. The majority of his snaps have come with the third-team defense.
But he helped his cause during Saturday’s 26-24 loss to the Patriots by intercepting a Jimmy Garoppolo pass and breaking up another pass later in the contest. The performance might have helped Warren’s cause, but he’s aware that he could miss the cut and have to hook on with another team coming out of camp.
“For the most part you’re already on a team, so you want to make the team that you’re on,” Warren said. “If things don’t go as planned it’s always good to have 31 other teams.”
If Warren can’t crack the team on defense alone, he’s hoping that his work on special teams, including his role as a personal protector on the punt team, will help him make the team.