METAIRIE, La. — Chris Olave’s very first day of New Orleans Saints novice camp technically was Friday. The 11th general choice in the NFL draft, nevertheless, has actually currently invested the majority of the previous 2 weeks getting knowledgeable about his brand-new running mate, Michael Thomas, in their shared online of Southern California.
Thomas invited the fellow previous Ohio State receiver over FaceTime quickly after he was prepared — and after that welcomed Olave to come stay with him and exercise.
“I couldn’t turn that down,” stated Olave, who invested a week and half with Thomas prior to flying to New Orleans for this weekend’s novice minicamp.
It wasn’t the very first time they had actually exercised together, though. Thomas shared a photo on draft night from when they had actually done the very same thing a year back.
“I feel like that was exactly a year ago,” Olave stated. “That was cool being out there with him. And finally being on the same team is gonna be huge, I can’t wait.
“He type of revealed love to me because college, so we had actually text backward and forward every so often. … I seem like we have the very same state of mind. We both wish to control. We’re both rivals. Just when we get on the field, we develop into a various individual. Just understanding him and understanding he’s on the opposite of the field, that’s gonna make us much better and make us go hard.”
Olave stated he likes Thomas’ “canine” mentality and laughed when he said he has seen it up close over the past two weeks.
“I see it, male. I see the method he works,” Olave said. “If he drops a pass, he’s punting the ball, he gets mad. But that’s who you desire around you. I seem like that’s gonna make you much better. He’s gonna call you out on your b.s.
“So I like Mike as a teammate. Even as a person, I understand him, where he comes from. I see why he goes so hard.”
Olave currently counts Washington Commanders star Terry McLaurin as a coach and “big brother” that he has actually imitated because they were colleagues at Ohio State.
And now he can include Jarvis Landry to his excellent list of coaches after the five-time Pro Bowler consented to a handle the Saints on Friday.
Olave stated he heard the “huge” news as he was coming off the practice field.
“I can’t wait to learn from them, those two legends,” Olave stated of Thomas and Landry. “I just started playing receiver my junior year of high school. Coming here and having Mike Thomas, Jarvis Landry help me, I have a lot of room for development, I can’t wait to max that out.
“I’ve enjoyed a great deal of movie on Jarvis, simply his brief motion speed. I enjoyed a great deal of movie on him in college, attempting to take some things out of his video game. And Mike is among the very best receivers in the video game, so obviously I enjoy him. But to see them personally, see how they operate in individual I seem like it’s gonna assist me a lot.”
New Orleans’ receiver room has undertaken one of the most radical transformations of any position group in the NFL this offseason. The Saints finished an uncharacteristic 32nd in the league in passing offense last year — in large part due to major injuries to Thomas, quarterback Jameis Winston and the offensive line.
Now Thomas is expected to return after missing the full season with an ankle injury, along with newcomers Olave and Landry.
“(Landry) has actually clearly been a truly great gamer in our league. He’s a man that can move the chains. And we seem like he’s person from a character perspective, from a management perspective, we can utilize,” said new Saints coach Dennis Allen, who was asked if he has heard from any LSU fans in the area that are excited about the additions of Landry and Tyrann Mathieu.
“Well, yeah, my entire community I believe has actually sent me a text in some kind or style,” Allen said.
As for Olave, Allen said two days of rookie camp is a “little sample size.” But so far the 6-foot-1, 189-pounder is “what we believed he would be.”
“A man that is truly quickly, smooth in shift, great path runner,” Allen said. “And appearance, eventually, he’s the kind of character individual that we wished to bring into the structure. And I believe that’s as crucial as anything.”