Wide receiver Corey Fuller put on a show Saturday, which marked the first day of training camp the New Orleans Saints were in pads.
During one-on-one drills, Fuller flashed speed and easily beat cornerbacks De’Vante Harris and Delvin Breaux on go-routes, including a one-handed catch on Breaux, down the right sidelines to the delight of the crowd.
He also commanded attention on the first day of training camp, displaying athleticism and concentration in the middle of the field during 11-on-11 drills to haul in a pass in traffic after initially bobbling the ball.
While it would be easy to overlook the early camp performance, what shouldn’t be ignored is how Fuller has consistently produced going back to organized team activities (OTAs) and mandatory minicamp.
Fuller’s rising comfort level in the offense since joining the Saints from the Detroit Lions practice squad in Week 16 of the 2016 regular season is a primary reason.
“I’m a little more composed,” said Fuller, who was inactive for the Saints’ final two games the past season. “I’m confident, so I can just go and play fast without having to think about anything.”
His head-turning catches on what is becoming a daily occurrence also has his teammates’ attention.
“I tell you what – that guy is making plays right now,” quarterback Chase Daniel said. “He’d be the first to tell you it’s just Day One in pads, but he’s making plays when he gets the opportunities, and that’s the big thing in this league. When your opportunity comes, no matter what the situation is, you have to be ready, and he’s making plays right now.”
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