METAIRIE, L. a.. — Chris Olave’s first day of New Orleans Saints rookie camp technically used to be Friday. The eleventh total pick out within the NFL draft, alternatively, has already spent lots of the previous two weeks getting aware of his new working mate, Michael Thomas, of their shared house base of Southern California.
Thomas welcomed the man former Ohio State receiver over FaceTime in a while after he used to be drafted — after which invited Olave to come back stick with him and figure out.
“I couldn’t turn that down,” stated Olave, who spent every week and part with Thomas earlier than flying to New Orleans for this weekend’s rookie minicamp.
It wasn’t the primary time that they had labored out in combination, despite the fact that. Thomas shared an image on draft night time from once they had carried out the similar factor a 12 months in the past.
“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 roughly confirmed like to me since faculty, so we would textual content backward and forward now and again. … I think like now we have the similar mindset. We each need to dominate. We are each competition. Simply after we get at the box, we grow to be a unique individual. Simply realizing him and realizing he is at the different facet of the sphere, that is gonna make us higher and make us cross exhausting.”
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, guy. I see the best way he works,” Olave said. “If he drops a go, he is punting the ball, he will get mad. However that is who you wish to have round you. I think like that is gonna make you higher. He is gonna name you out in 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 already counts Washington Commanders celebrity Terry McLaurin as a mentor and “big brother” that he has emulated since they had been teammates at Ohio State.
And now he can upload Jarvis Landry to his spectacular listing of mentors after the five-time Professional Bowler agreed to a maintain the Saints on Friday.
Olave stated he heard the “huge” information as he used to be coming off the follow box.
“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 have watched a large number of movie on Jarvis, simply his quick motion quickness. I watched a large number of movie on him in faculty, seeking to take some stuff out of his recreation. And Mike is without doubt one of the absolute best receivers within the recreation, so after all I watch him. However to peer them in individual, see how they paintings in individual I think find it irresistible’s gonna lend a hand me so much.”
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 clearly been a actually just right participant in our league. He is a man that may transfer the chains. And we really feel like he is man from a personality viewpoint, from a management viewpoint, we will use,” 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.
“Neatly, yeah, my complete group I feel has despatched me a textual content in some shape or style,” Allen said.
As for Olave, Allen said two days of rookie camp is a “small pattern dimension.” But so far the 6-foot-1, 189-pounder is “what we concept he could be.”
“A man this is actually speedy, clean in transition, just right course runner,” Allen said. “And glance, in the end, he is the kind of personality person who we needed to deliver into the construction. And I feel that is as necessary as the rest.”