METAIRIE, La. — Chris OlaveDay one of New Orleans SaintsThe first day of rookie camp technically took place Friday. Although the 11th pick in the NFL draft was technically Friday, he has spent the majority of the last two weeks getting to grips with his new running partner. Michael ThomasThey share a home in Southern California.
Thomas welcomed Olave, an ex-Ohio State receiver, over FaceTime soon after he was selected.
Olave said, “I couldn’t turn it down.” She spent over a week with Thomas before flying to New Orleans for the weekend’s rookie minicamp.
They had been working out together before. Thomas and his partner shared a picture from the last time they did this thing one year ago.
Olave stated, “It feels like it was exactly one year ago.” “It was cool to be out there with him. It's going to be great to finally be on the same team. I can't wait.
“He showed some love for me since college. So we would text each other every now and again. … We have the same mentality, I think. Both want to win. Both of us are competitors. We become different people when we step on the field. It's just knowing him and knowing that he's there on the other side of it all that will make us better and push us harder.
Olave mentioned that Thomas' “dog mentality” is something he likes and laughed when Olave admitted that he had witnessed it up close during the past two week.
“I see the man. Olave stated that he sees the way he works. He can get mad when he loses a pass. But that's the kind of person you want around. This is what I believe will make you a better person. He'll call out your b.s.
“So Mike is a good teammate. I get his point of view and understand him as a person. He is so dedicated.
Already Olave counts Washington CommandersStar Terry McLaurinAs a mentor and “big bro” that he emulated from their time at Ohio State.
He can now add Jarvis LandryTo his impressive list mentors following the five-time Pro Bowler agreed to a deal with the SaintsFriday
Olave stated that he heard the “huge news” as he was leaving the practice field.
Olave spoke highly of Thomas Landry and Olave stated that they were “excited to learn from them.” “I've just started playing receiver since my junior year in high school. Arriving here and being Mike ThomasJarvis Landry, help me! I have so much potential and can't wait for it to be fully developed.
Jarvis is a short-moving, fast-moving character that I have seen a lot of. In college, I saw a lot of him and tried to learn some things from his game. Mike is one the most gifted receivers in the game so it was natural to watch him. It's going to help me tremendously to meet them in person and see their work.
The receiver room in New Orleans has undergone one of the biggest transformations in any position group of the NFL this offseason. The Saints finished 32nd in the league last year in passing offense — largely due to injuries sustained to quarterback Thomas. Jameis Winstonthe offensive line.
Thomas, Olave, and Landry are expected to return to the team after being sidelined for the entire season due to an ankle injury.
“(Landry has clearly been a very good player in the league. He is a man who can move the chains. We feel like he is a guy that can move the chains. Tyrann Mathieu.
Allen replied, “Well, yeah, my entire neighborhood I think sent me a message in some fashion.”
Allen stated that Olave is not a representative sample and two days of rookie camp are too short. The 6-foot-1, 189-pounder has so far been “what we expected him to be.”
Allen described Allen as “a guy that is really quick, smooth in transition and a good route runner.” “And let's face it, he is the kind of person we wanted in our building. That's what I believe is as important as any other.