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Running back DEVINE OZIGBO on his preseason experience:
"It was a huge learning experience as it is for most rookies. I learned a lot. I got to see the speed of the game on a great team. Overall, I enjoyed it."
On growing as a player:
"I definitely did. I learned a lot and I am better for it. It is something that I plan on taking with me the rest of my career."
On earning a spot on the roster:
"I definitely gave it everything that I have. It's in their hands. I tried to put my best foot forward every day. I am definitely happy with what I did. There are some things that I need to work on and I will work on."
Receiver EMMANUEL BUTLER on his touchdown reception:
"I was very happy. It was just a simple fade route in man to man coverage. Teddy (Bridgewater) gave me a great ball and I just went up and made a play."
On growing as a player:
"I've grown up so much. This is such a great program with so many veterans that have been around the league for so long. They have given me a lot of guidance. They helped me focus on a lot of different things that I didn't use to focus on. I feel like I have matured as a player and as a person."
Receiver CYRIL GRAYSON JR. on getting returns:
"It felt good being back there. I got a bunch of funky balls early. I didn't want to split hairs early. I wanted to look at them and see how they were coming. I happen to make something out of the one. I had the mindset that I was going to take whatever they gave me."
On his preseason:
"Personally, it's the best preseason that I've had out of the last three years. I am excited about seeing the growth. It was great being around the guys and learning from them. I am excited to see what's going to happen."
On his confidence:
"I feel good. He threw me the ball and I caught the ball. I returned the ball pretty well when I did return it. I'm good. I'm just like everybody else and anticipating tomorrow. It'll be great to see where it goes. It's all out of our hands now and I feel like I put my best foot forward."
Quarterback TEDDY BRIDGEWATER opening comments:
"It was a great experience this offseason, all spring, and training camp, being a part of this organization, coming together, and seeing what really made us a special team last year; and to see the foundation be laid all offseason and throughout the spring. It was great to be a part of it, but now we know that it's for real now. Every game counts..We use the preseason as a tool to continue to sharpen our ship. It was great for a lot of guys to get a lot of playing time. This was the longest that I have played in the past couple of years, so it was great to just be out there and move around with guys, and continue to show that we all can play in this league. I'm excited to move forward. We've got a big opener Monday night against Houston back in the Dome. We know that we have to get to work. Coach mentioned that, I think, the last five years (the team) lost the opening game. So, we need to see what we can do to change that."
On if he knew that he would lead the pregame chant:
"Not really. Drew (Brees) looked at me. I looked at him. He just gave me his shoulder and said, 'Hey, go ahead.' Of course, it was my first time. It was a little uncomfortable. I wasn't prepared, but it was great."
On Jermon Bushrod retiring as a Saint:
"Bushrod, he's a great guy. He was one of the first guys that I actually had the opportunity to sit down with when I first got here. He and I actually share the same barber, so if you see a nice wave on his head, that's a credit to our barber. He is a great guy, a family guy. I had the opportunity to joke around in the locker room with him. It was fun. He would be around a lot, shooting the basketball. He had a great career. I am honored to have been able to play a year here with him. I wish him the best going forward."
On the touchdown pass to Emmanuel Butler:
"EB. I call him EBay. We got him on EBay for a bargain price. He's a guy who has shown flashes all throughout training camp. (We) just had a one-on-one matchup. You talk about giving guys an opportunity to show that they can make plays in this league. That's all that I wanted to do for him. I got a clear release, and I just threw it to the spot and he made the catch. We were all there to celebrate."
On his impression of Emmanuel Butler and Lil'Jordan Humphrey:
"Man, those guys, to come in and to be able to do what they've been able to do during training camp (is great). We have asked a lot of those guys…It's their first training camp, so they got to see what it's like to be a pro, to have to juggle demanding schedules, overload information, to be able to apply (all of that), I think that those guys have done a good job of just applying themselves and approaching each day with their hard hat on"
Quarterback TAYSOM HILL on his growth from coming to the Packers to being with the Saints today:
"I think being an undrafted guy, making that transition to the NFL, you really don't know what to expect. Everyone talks about when you get to the NFL and everyone is bigger, faster stronger. You don't really know what to expect and how your role will fit in (somewhere). I will say that I had moments in Green Bay where I felt like, 'Man, I fit in'. Certainly, I came to New Orleans and I felt like I fit in. As far as my development as a quarterback, I feel like every year I am getting more comfortable in my ability to play the position at a high level. Two full offseasons and training camps with the Saints have been really big for my development. Being able to learn and watch Drew (Brees) play and as he prepares for games, I have been able to take all of that and put it into what I do as I prepare to play games. I would certainly say that as I prepare to play a preseason game, it's nowhere near what it is to prepare for a regular season game, but just the embodiment of all of that has certainly led to me being more proficient in the position."
On if this is his best training camp:
"Yeah, I think so. I felt really, really comfortable. In 2017, my rookie year, I got here so late, the focus and emphasis was putting together a team that was ready to play week- in and week-out. In reality, I just wasn't an emphasis in that. In 2018, I was able to learn the system from the ground up, which was really big for me. And, fast forward to now, I just continue to build on the foundation that I've had from '17 to '18. I feel like my understanding of the offense and being able to manage a huddle, go through different checks, and various responsibilities that are put on a quarterback in the offense, I feel a lot more comfortable doing that. I think that I am able to play faster (because of it)."