METAIRIE, La. – Competition for one of the most important positions on the field continues, left tackle.
New Orleans Saints head coach, Dennis Allen, said on day three of training camp that veteran James Hurst as of right now is practicing with the starters.
First round draft pick Trevor Penning is soaking up Hurst’s knowledge while also competing against him for the starting spot.
“I’m always going to work on my craft and to focus on my deficiencies and what I need to work on. When I’m not getting the reps I’m going to watch him and try to help him because at the end of the day if you have two really good left tackles,” said New Orleans Saints left tackle James Hurst.
“We’re going to find a way to get people on the field. Obviously at times we may have injuries, so we’re going to need someone to step up so whoever those people are it’s going to make our team better and that really makes it easy when you have that kind of mindset about it.”
“The league we play in is a back up league,” said New Orleans Saints head coach Dennis Allen.
“You’re going to need back up players and right now James is the starter, so Trevor needs to prove that. Does he have the ability to come in and be the back up? He has that ability. He can push himself to become a starter,” said Allen.
“It’s a team sport,” said Hurst. “We have 11 guys but as we know will have 20 to 25 different starters throughout the season. Getting every player to be the best player they can be before we play the Falcons, that’s our goal.”
It’s imperative to choose the right player for this position because you’re typically up against the best pass rusher. Regardless who starts on September 11, Dennis Allen knows he has depth at left tackle.