Saints’ Tommy Stevens is a TE now. Jared Cook sees ‘a lot of improvement’ early in his transition | Saints

The New Orleans Saints drafted Mississippi State quarterback Tommy Stevens as, well, a quarterback.

And in the days and months since April 25, Stevens has made a few changes. For one, he was originally set to wear No. 2, but three days later, the Saints signed quarterback Jameis Winston, who also wanted to wear No. 2. Stevens then switched numbers to No. 1. 

That was also short lived, because according to the roster, Stevens is now wearing No. 85 and is lining up at tight end.

Saints tight end Jared Cook said it would be “pretty tough” for anyone to go through that transition right now, but Stevens is catching onto things quickly.

Cook said Stevens has been catching the ball well — something Stevens did some of in college. Stevens caught 14 total passes when he was at Penn State in 2017 and 2018.

Though, Cook said Stevens needs more time to get used to the releases off the line of scrimmage, but that’s something both tight ends coach Dan Campbell and offensive assistant Declan Doyle have been helping him with.

“Tight ends are all about the mindset,” Cook said. “It’s about what you bring to the table, how dirty you want to get your nose. And I think that’s one of the biggest things he has to get used to as playing tight end.”

“… He actually had a lot of improvement today. So hopefully, he continues to improve.”

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