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|Veteran receivers Brandon Tate and Michael Floyd joined practice at New Orleans Saints training camp on Wednesday http://www.chiefsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-armani-watts-jersey , bolstering a receiver corps thinned by injuries and adding to the mix of players competing in the return game.
New Orleans also has activated veteran tight end Michael Hoomanawanui, who began training camp on the physically unable to perform list.
The 30-year-old Tate played in 13 games for Buffalo last season, when his most significant contributions came in the return game. He returned 28 kickoffs for 548 yards and 20 punts for 193 yards.
"He had a good workout. We're familiar with the player, just with his experience," coach Sean Payton said of Tate, who also has played for New England and Cincinnati during his nine-year career. "We'll have a chance to take a look at him both in the punt and kick return game, and then also at receiver."
Payton has described competition for return roles as "wide open."
"Our return game is kind of like 'The Bachelor' right now," Payton said recently, referring to the popular reality TV series. "We have about 12 contestants all with roses. We don't know who our returner is going to be. And if she doesn't like any of them, we will bring in more.
"They have to do anything they can to become the returner. ... Limousine, whatever. Paris."
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Payton said the return game is not necessarily causing him more anxiety than usual, but stressed, "We just want to be better in that area."
Meanwhile, Payton said he wants to see how a receiver with Floyd's skill set and 6-foot-3 frame fits New Orleans' offense, which has thrived in the past with big receiving targets such as the 6-4 Marques Colston, who retired after the 2015 season as the club's career leader in receiving.
Floyd is "someone that's big and we think we've got a good vision for what his strengths are," Payton said.
The 28-year-old Floyd played for Minnesota last season, but caught only 10 passes for 78 yards in 11 games after serving a four-game suspension by the NFL for using a banned substance.
Floyd was among Arizona's premier receivers earlier in his career, but was released by the club following a 2016 drunken driving arrest. Payton indicated Floyd would not have much room for error off the field.
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The decisions to bring in new receivers this week came in part because three who were on the active roster to open camp are injured.
Travin Dural, a second-year pro out of LSU, is going on injured reserve. Payton says injured undrafted rookies Josh Smith and Eldridge Massington have been waived.
"It's a hard position group to be in camp with, with a lot of guys not practicing," Payton said. "That's just how it is."
The Saints also have added veteran offensive guard Don Barclay, who played in three games for Detroit last season and started 24 games with Green Bay over five seasons.
Tom Coughlin had one complaint about his first season back with the Jacksonville Jaguars: Watching games from the press box.
”The window in front of me got messed up a few times,” Coughlin said Tuesday at the NFL Meetings.
The 71-year-old former coach turned fiery executive might need to find a new seat, especially given the ultrahigh expectations that will follow Jacksonville into the season.
After making the AFC championship game in January – and leading New England by 10 points in the fourth quarter before losing 24-20 – the Jaguars will be a popular pick to win their division and make another run to the Super Bowl.
”Non-negotiable expectations from within,” Coughlin said. ”That’s how we look at it. Our expectations are very high and anybody that comes on board has to understand there’s a way to accomplish what we’re trying to accomplish. It’s through team, it’s through individual improvement and it’s through a relentless drive through team success.”
It was the same way during Coughlin’s first stint in Jacksonville. Coughlin essentially built the franchise from the ground up in 1995. He was the head coach and the one voice that made every decision – from who threw the passes to who ran the calculator for the salary cap to what color paint was on the walls.
Anyone who believes he’s a figurehead in his return would be mistaken.
He even had his hand in the Jaguars new uniforms.
The team spent part of last year designing new uniforms. The revamped ones will be unveiled April 19 at the team’s annual state of the franchise address. Most notably, the Jags are adding more teal to the jerseys and eliminating the two-tone helmets that had become as much a reason for ridicule in recent years as the team’s woeful record. The first version of the helmet was matte black.
Coughlin vetoed that color Cheap Christian Kirk Jersey , instead opting for an old-school, shiny-black look.
”It was just a feeling of who we are, what we represent,” Coughlin said. ”That’s a very good look. It’s a solid look. As I said at one point in time, we have some guys that will be in the Hall of Fame and the connection will be very similar as we go forward. We just wanted a little bolder statement, and I think we got it.”
The Jaguars made a statement on the field in 2017. They won the AFC South for the first time in franchise history and earned a postseason berth for the first time in a decade.
The success coincided with Coughlin’s return, but it was far from a coincidence.
Team owner Shad Khan credited the two-time Super Bowl-winning coach with bringing some much-needed leadership to a franchise that had won 17 of 80 games across the five seasons before his return.
”And with that comes a sense of values and a sense of expectations and ability to deliver results,” Khan said.
Even though Coughlin has final say over all football decisions, his role alongside coach Doug Marrone and general manager Dave Caldwell has evolved.
”I was basically on the practice field for every practice and I was in the Saturday night meetings,” Coughlin said. ”I did everything just like I normally would do (as the coach). I prepared just as if I was in that spot, the coaching spot Steelers Chukwuma Okorafor Jersey , and I would do some things. Like Doug might ask me to look at something and prepare a tape for him to look at, and I would do that. I enjoy all of that.”
Winning surely helps, even in the press box.
Now, the Jaguars will try to build on their success amid external expectations that haven’t been part of the franchise in a decade and haven’t been an annual occurrence since Coughlin’s heyday.
”Expectations are the easy part,” Khan said. ”Delivering, that’s the hard part. I think what’s fun going forward is it’s expectations, but then a high degree of confidence that we’re going to deliver.”