Parys Haralson is playing a different position in training camp than where he spent last season.
Used as a strong-side linebacker in his first two seasons in New Orleans, Haralson has worked exclusively at defensive end.
Haralson is still listed on the team roster as an outside linebacker, but he warms up with the defensive ends and lines up with his hand on the ground in New Orleans’ base defense.
“Defensive end, outside linebacker, one stands up, one puts their hand down,” Haralson said. “It’s the same thing.”
New Orleans brought Haralson back on a one-year deal, but the Saints clearly envisioned moving him to defensive end, given that the team signed veteran free agent Anthony Spencer and drafted both Hau’oli Kikaha and Davis Tull, all of whom fit on the strong side along with Ronald Powell.
Haralson says he already had experience on the defensive line.
“Not really, because I played both of them last year, playing the majority of it this year,” Haralson said. “We run a bunch of different kind of things, we use a bunch of different packages, and I just hope to be ready when I’m called.”