METAIRIE, LA (WAFB) - As the New Orleans Saints get ready for next week's minicamp, head coach Sean Payton complimented a former LSU wide receiver Thursday.
During the Sean Payton-Drew Brees era, one of the toughest positions to make on the team is wide receiver. Former Tiger wideout Travin Dural, now in his second year with the black and gold, is certainly fighting for his spot.
"Anything to keep me in line, whether it's the practice squad or active roster," said Dural. "It might be the practice squad for a couple of weeks and get caught up. Whatever it may be, I'm just trying to help the organization out as much as I can."
"Well look, he's in better shape; he's stronger in the lower body," said Payton. "That was an area we felt he could improve a lot on. I would say just during the OTAs, he's done a lot of good things. So, he can run. I expect to see a big step or a big jump from a player like him. So far, he's done a number of good things, so I'm encouraged."
"I'm definitely getting my hamstrings strong again. That was my main focal point and losing a couple pounds. That's something I focused on. Everybody's giving it their all, whether it's just guys getting here or up the tier. Everybody's giving it their all. Everybody wants to contribute. Everybody wants to showcase. Everybody wants to make plays on Sunday," Dural explained.
And, after years of not drafting any LSU Tigers, Dural was an undrafted free agent, the Saints took offensive lineman Will Clapp in the seventh round this season. Dural is happy to have Clapp around.
"Yeah, definitely. He's a great guy. We get to talk now. I get to talk to a guy about my LSU memories rather than kind of keeping them in. So, it's great having Will here, especially somebody I played with for a couple years. That's always great," Dural added.
The New Orleans Saints begin minicamp on Tuesday.