Even if Cameron Tom hadn't missed last season with an injury, the New Orleans Saints offensive lineman figures his status pretty much would be the same as it is right now.
Tom, who re-signed with the Saints on Wednesday, is preparing to enter his fourth NFL season, was an undrafted rookie in 2017. So he understands the struggle it is to make a roster, and stick with a franchise.
"That's the thing. I think every year it's always the same, regardless of whether you were hurt or not," Tom said Thursday. "It's a battle every year to make the team, especially for a guy like me. So I've just got to keep working, just try to be as versatile as I can and be ready to work when training camp starts."
Tom suffered a season-ending injury during the 2019 training camp. But he'd displayed his versatility in 2018, when he started one of the 11 games he played and had snaps at both guard positions and at center.
"It was pretty frustrating, especially during training camp," he said. "Not being able to play on the field. I worked so hard in the offseason, for it to end like that was pretty brutal. But I'm healthy now and I'm just ready for this season coming up."
Tom said he'll be prepared to fill any role he's required to fill.
"They kind of have their starters in place, but whatever way I can help," he said. "I'm going to be working at the interior position, center-guard. So any way I can help the team."