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2017 New Orleans Saints Training Camp Countdown No. 12 - Return of Hoo-Man

Posted Jul 14, 2017

Michael Hoomanawanui is No. 12 on our countdown to 2017 New Orleans Saints Training Camp presented by Verizon.

Missing all of 2016 due to a leg injury, Michael Hoomanawanui, also known as the “Hoo-Man,” is back and healthy for the 2017 New Orleans Saints season. Entering his ninth year in the NFL, the veteran tight end is looking to produce as he did in 2015 for the Black and Gold.

In his first season with the Saints, which started in week four of 2015 due to a mid-season trade, the 6-foot-4, 260-pounder caught three touchdowns in 12 games. A valuable blocker and pass catcher, the “Hoo-Man” will be an important piece of the offense this season.

In an offense that likes to use the tight ends, targets to Coby Fleener, Josh Hill and Michael Hoomanawanui’s will be there. Also, in an offense that now has (and will lean on) Mark Ingram and Adrian Peterson, expect the “Hoo-Man” to be on the line helping to pave the way and open holes.

The Saints tight end has played with Drew Brees and Tom Brady and spoke about that recently.

"Not many people can say they played with two of the greatest of all time, so it's a huge honor," Hoomanawanui said. "I learned a lot from both of them and I'm happy to be in New Orleans with Drew Brees and look forward to the season."

Besides being a great football player, the "Hoo-Man" is very active in the community, having worked on behalf of the Special Olympics and other initiatives.

Top 25 reasons to get excited about Saints training camp presented by Verizon:

No. 25 - QB Challenges

No. 24 - Sheldon Rankins

No. 23 - Speed of Ted Ginn Jr.

No. 22 - Changes on special teams

No. 21 - Undrafted free agents

No. 20 - Return of Rafael Bush

No. 19 - Zach Strief

No. 18 - The new linebackers

No. 17 - Return of Chase Daniel

No. 16 - Healthy Delvin Breaux

No. 15 - New guard combo

No. 14 - Listening to Darryl Tapp

No. 13 - Safety Marcus Williams