Saints tight end Jeremy Shockey says he’ll take part in the Saints final eight voluntary workouts and wants to turn the focus on him back to football. He spoke to reporters between practices at the teams mandatory minicamp.
He missed much of last season because of a hernia injury and failed to score a touchdown in the NFL’s top-rated offense. He did not attend the first four of the team’s voluntary offseason practices and was back in the news two weeks ago when he was treated at a hospital for dehydration after being found unconscious at a pool party at a Las Vegas resort.
He offered few specifics about the Vegas incident, but seemed to confirm that excessive consumption of alcohol mixed with the desert heat led to the dehydration. “If you’re halfway intelligent you can read what everybody wrote,” Shockey said. “You know what they say, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. That’s in the past. I’m looking forward to the future.
“I still haven’t been here a year so I can mature a long way and tune up my game,” he said. “The most important thing is to know Drew and know what we’re trying to get accomplished and knowing each other’s game. It’s still a new offense for me. I’m going to treat it as a rookie like anyone else in this locker room that just got here.”
Shockey was third on the team with 50 receptions, but didn’t have the kind of impact New Orleans envisioned even as Brees passed for the second-most yards ever in an NFL season.
“I think everyone knows I’m here to try to help this team win,” Shockey added. “I’m not here to sell jerseys or anything like that. I’ll have the time this year to show people I’m healthy and different from last year.”