The New Orleans Saints began their training camp practices on Friday at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va. A handful of undrafted free agents will be looking to make their case as they try and earn a spot on the 53-man roster. Pierre Warren is beginning to flip the script on a number of people who had the UDFAs entering camp as one of the team’s weaker links, including myself.
The safety out of Jacksonville State University played three years with the Gamecocks, totaling 166 tackles, eight interceptions (two for touchdowns) and 29 passes defended. Warren has started off training camp with a bang, displaying the same athleticism and aggressiveness he showed during his collegiate career.
From defending passes to forcing fumbles to making far-from-easy interceptions, the 6-foot-2 safety has been all of over the field. Warren’s game has been nothing but pleasant as he continues to leave the players, coaches and media in awe.
Before camp kicked off, WR Brandon Coleman was arguably the most anticipated 2014 UDFA the Saints had on their roster, but Warren’s best play reflected off a Coleman mishap that happened Monday morning. The former Rutgers wideout dropped a pass that was immediately intercepted after Warren made a diving attempt toward the ball. Hustle like that is what earns you a spot on the roster.
Between Jairus Byrd, Kenny Vaccaro, Rafael Bush, Marcus Ball, Vinnie Sunseri and Ty Zimmerman, the Saints are pretty stacked at the safety position. Luckily for Warren, New Orleans does have a history of giving undrafted rookies a shot who perform well at camp. Take Pierre Thomas, Chris Ivory and Khiry Robinson for example.
Pierre Warren will certainly have his work cut out for him in the remaining weeks of practice and the preseason. However, if he can continue to shine, I’m sure Sean Payton would have no problem finding him a role with the organization.