New Orleans Saints Center Brian de la Puente
Post-Practice Media Availability
Monday, July 29, 2013
Do you think that the offensive line is working a little better than last year?
“We have put in a lot of hard work. Communication is very important on offense, so as a group I think we are all on the same page. Our goal is to get better every day, stack these practices together and get a foundation set for this season to have a successful year.”
How far do you feel like you have come considering the route you had to get here two-and-a-half years ago?
“For me personally, it’s always to stay hungry and to always be getting better. This team breaths competition and having the guys in the right places to be the best you can be and having the coaches to put you in the best position. The combination of those two, staying hungry and really staying focused and never taking anything for granted.”
Can you talk about Jed Collins and how the fullback position is becoming less relevant in some places around the league?
“We want to run the football and to be a tough downhill team and the fullback position is a part of that. Jed and I have been on a bunch of teams, and Jed will get down and dirty. He is an intractable part of this run game, getting in there and getting after it.”
Can you talk about the difference you have seen in this new defense and the rookie John Jenkins?
“Yeah, I think this defense fits our defense personnel really well. I know the inside guys are real stout. I know John Jenkins is a real stout guy, I’ve gone against him quite a bit. He is stout, plays with heavy leverage and he will be a good addition to the defense for sure.”