Saints quotebook: Ted Ginn Jr. (July 29, 2018)

Wide receiver talks about his leadership role on the team

New Orleans Saints Wide Receiver Ted Ginn Jr.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Can you talk about the weather in training camp in comparison to other teams?

“Hot. Very hot. I’m very excited, very upbeat. Pushing the tempo and with this heat, it’s making us do a little extra, but it’s been great.”

What do you see about Tre ‘Quan Smith so far?

“Oh, he’s going to be a great player. Just getting into this league, he has a lot of learning to do. He's going to come along and as a veteran I’m going to help him. We are going to continue to make plays.”

It seems like there is a lot of competition between receivers and DB’s out there?

“Always, you can never really go without having competitions. These one-on-ones, the outside drills that you do just try to get the best out of everybody.”

If you’re gameplanning against this secondary, how difficult have they been?

“They’re very difficult, you have Marshon [Lattimore] who is very, very patient, [inaudible], You have 43 [Marcus Williams] in the back that goes from sideline to sideline, he’s a ball hog. Then you have 24 [Vonn Bell] and 20 [Ken Crawley] coming down and they could do whatever they want in that box. It’s a great secondary, you just have to keep coming out and iron sharpens iron that’s really it.”

You had an Instagram post about Tony Sparano the other day, what did coach mean to you?

“Sparano was a big person in my life. Coming into this league and being able to get with a guy like Sparano, who had a lot of character, who stood behind me in a lot of ways that people didn't really understand. A real true head coach, a player’s coach, rest in peace to him. He was a great guy and I learned a lot from him.”

Where do you think you all are in the punt return game as returners, yourself and the whole group in general?

“We just have a lot of work to do. We have a lot of young guys, I’m like the oldest guy. We have a lot of young guys that just have to go back and get confidence. That’s the most important thing is to get the confidence.”

Is [Thomas] Morstead one of the more difficult punters?

“For sure, at least three or four years now (when he was with the Panthers), going against that guy he’s one of the best punting on the sideline guy ever. With the cover team that we have, he should be able to come down and make some big plays for us in that department.”

What can it mean to already have a full season in this offense and working with Drew [Brees] going into this year for you?

“It means everything. When I came in last year I was no different than a rookie, even though I was 11 years in. I came out here, just put the hard work in and paid attention. That’s something I try to show these young guys, that if you come in and you just pay attention to what Drew says, what Sean [Payton] says, or CJ [Curtis Johnson] you can go a long way in this offense.”

You came pretty close to some career numbers last year, what are some of your goals going into this year?

“I’m really not a goal-setter. I just go out and play football. However the year goes, is how it goes. I go week by week and that was just something I was taught as a kid, I just go out and let the game come to me.”

You spoke a lot about being a veteran leader, do you have a lot of guys coming up to you and asking questions?

“Oh yeah for sure. On the offensive side and special teams. ‘How did you do it? What makes you keep doing it?’ You get out all those questions and it’s up to me to get the right answers to the right guy, to help him out. That’s what training camp is all about, to help one another.”

Is that something you kind of embrace?

“Yes for sure, I mean that’s just how I was raised. I've been a coach’s son my whole life. I don’t know any other way but to bring my teammates along.”