Progress staff reports
Jacksonville Daily Progress
METAIRE, La. —
METAIRE, La. — Jacksonville's Luke McCown is in a battle down in the bayou and as of Thursday morning he was winning the quest to back-up New Orleans Saints all-pro quarterback Drew Brees.
McCown, who is entering his 10th season as an NFL signal caller, is currently competing with another NFL veteran, Senaca Wallace, for the first position behind Brees on the Saint' depth chart. Wallace has been slowed by a groin strain the past few days, according to reports out of camp, which is being held at the Saints complex in the suburbs of New Orleans.
Naturally everything is fluid this time of the year in NFL training camps, but as of Thursday morning McCown was ranked ahead of Wallace on the depth chart.
McCown's edge over Wallace at this juncture could be due McCown having been in training camp with the Saints last season — he eventually found a home with the Atlanta Falcons.
McCown and Wallace are both well school in the ins and outs of the Saints' West Coast offense and each man has been given equal time with the second-team offense, which has made the competition a fair one.
McCown was interviewed by Terrance Harris of NOLA.com/The Times Picayune earlier this week and what he revealed in that one-on-one should not come as a shock to McCown friends, family and supporters in East Texas.
McCown shared with Harris the fact that since the eighth grade he has kept Proverbs 16:9 (A man's heart pave the way, but the Lord directs your steps”) written on his wrist tape.
“I always go back to my faith,” McCown said in the post-workout interview. ”It has been 10 years of a lot of uncertainty in my career. The one thing that remains true no matter what is that God controls it all.”
The final verdict for McCown, as well as Wallace, is still several weeks away as the Saints' first pre-season game isn't until Aug. 9 when New Orleans hosts the Kansas City Chiefs at 7 p.m. at the Mercedes Benz Superdome.
Indications from Saints officials say how well McCown and Wallace perform in the team's exhibition games will probably go along way in determining their respective status.