Joseph Addai could very well be the steal of the NFL Draft at least considering that he hung around long enough to drop into the lap of the Indianapolis Colts.
This video you're about to see shows a running back with a great combination of size and speed, who not only can catch out of the backfield, but has done this deep downfield several times. He's not as quick as Reggie Bush in the video, but check the competition: Arizona State, Miami, and other speedy teams. Bush had his best games against teams like Fresno State. I'm not taking anything away from Bush at all, just putting things into perspective.
Also note that Addai played in a system very much like that of the Colts: single-running-back formations, runs out of the shotgun formation, and so on. If I'm Head Coach Tony Dungy, QB Peyton Manning, and Colts Offensive Coordinator Tom Moore, I'm excited.
Here's the video:
Sunday, July 30, 2006
Posted by Zennie Abraham at 10:48 AM
The Saints Joe Horn talks to the local media. Here is the transcript...
Q: Can you discuss your first impressions of this camp?
Joe Horn: "I've been in this game 11 years now, so it was camp. The first day of camp is usually like that. We ran a little bit this morning, so it was kind of hard, the evening practice. It's football; it's all a part of training camp."
Q: What was the first practice like under Coach Payton as opposed to Coach Haslett?
Joe Horn: "It was fun. I was more happy for Coach Payton, because in his first year as a head coach he gets to show the world what he can do as a head coach. I was more happy for him. It was too hot and I wasn't thinking about Coach Haslett. He's doing his thing in St. Louis."
Q: Do you think Drew Brees is progressing?
Joe Horn: "Sure, he's getting more reps and obviously his arm is strong enough to throw the passes that people didn't think he'd be able to throw right now. He got through today throwing the ball very well and I'm sure they'll be highlighting that a lot tonight on ESPN."
Q: What does he bring to this team that Aaron Brooks couldn't bring?
Joe Horn: "Next question."
Q: How is this team offensively different aside from the addition of Drew Brees?
Joe Horn: "Obviously we added some talent in terms of drafting Reggie Bush and some other guys we got on the roster. We'll see. You can always talk about guys you got on your team, but until that first snap on Sunday when the bullets start flying, you really can't tell, but we definitely have some talented guys that we drafted and some free agents that we brought in here."
Q: What do you think of Reggie Bush not being here?
Joe Horn: "He has to do what he has to do. Every guy is blessed to get drafted, they have to take their time and weight out their options. Reggie Bush is not the first one who sat out training camp being the second pick in the first round. I understand. Reggie was here in the off-season and OTAs and the mini-camps, so he showed New Orleans, Mississippi and the whole world that he wanted to be with the New Orleans Saints. I'm sure he'll be here soon."
Q: How important is it that he be here sooner rather than later?
Joe Horn: "I think it's more important for him because he wants to show the world what he can do. He wants to get in here and learn the plays. He wants to show everybody that he's ready to go. We definitely want Reggie here, but he has to take his time and sort out his options and get the best deal for him and his family."
Q: What kind of impact has Drew Brees had on this team?
Joe Horn: "Big-time leadership from day one when I met Drew, he was 150 percent downhill ready to go. Then when he got on the football field, knowing he couldn't throw the ball, he was still involved. He was still trying to be the general, still trying to be the leader and I like that. I expected that out of Drew and he showed it once he started throwing the ball. He basically told the guys what he expected as the leader of this football team and that's what he stated. He wanted everyone to know that he was the captain; he was the leader of this football team. We didn't have to vote on who the captain of this football team would be, because we all knew Drew would come in here and made that a fact."
Q: Did that happen yesterday?
Joe Horn: "Yes."
Q: What do you think of holding the camp in Jackson as opposed to Metairie?
A: "I think the fans there in New Orleans, they've had us there so many years, and after Katrina, the people in Mississippi and New Orleans, a lot of people suffered and I think for us to be here, you should tip your hat off to the fans in New Orleans. We're here in Mississippi. We're giving the Mississippians a chance to come out and see us practice and be a part of the New Orleans Saints. Some of them couldn't go down to Airline Drive to see us after they get out of work for us on Friday and Saturday. It's good for us to be here and Mr. (Tom) Benson is definitely showing his love here to the fans in the Mississippi area. They should be grateful and I'm sure that they are."
Posted by Zennie Abraham at 10:31 AM
And he did so, just as Profootballtalk.com reported that White was "supposedly" taking the whole deal of where he was going in the NFL Draft with a grain of salt, hanging out with Snoop Dog in the process.
Profootballtalk.com's staff is so busy trying to afect that African American slang that blacks like me see through, they miss the story, again and again.
I'm not going to go on a rant, ....but maybe these guys will get a story right, eh?
Makes you wonder what they care about.
Posted by Zennie Abraham at 2:18 AM
Profootballtalk.com reports that Indianpolis Colts First Round Pick, Running Back Joseph ADDAI signed for The deal pays $4.7 million in guaranteed money and has a total value of $11.165 million. That's a steal, because Addai is as fast as Reggie Bush, has hands as good as Bush, and is going to a team that's better than the one Bush's on. Period. There's no learning curve that everyone's going through, unllike that for Bush and the Saints.
It takes time to field a winning team. If Head Coach Sean Peyton does it in his first year, he's a genius. Hey, Jon Gruden came from another system that he brought to the Bucs in Tampa, and had the added advantage of seeing that West Coast / Bill Walsh Offense nomenclature repeated around the NFL.
So what? Come on! It means that Jon Grudent had a ready-made set of veterans to call on for help, that's what!!
That was less true for Jon.
Posted by Zennie Abraham at 2:01 AM
The single best journalist in sports reports on the top deal; Fox Sports Jay Glazer says that the New Orleans Saints Running Back Reggie Bush signed a deal for six-years and $60 million.
The agreement guarantees that Bush will not only be in Saints camp, but playing for the organization during the regular season, making several thousand season ticket holders and ticket scalpers happy in the process.
I figured that Bush would sign a deal after Vince Young did, just because the QB arguably outplayed the USC tailback in the 2005 National Championship, and already secured a deal with the Tennessee Titans.
Posted by Zennie Abraham at 2:00 AM