Yesterday I kicked off my series on overlooked New Orleans Saints with a check-in on second-year linebacker Travis Feeney, who the Saints signed off of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ practice squad late last year. Travis liked the article and agreed to a brief interview to give Saints fans a little more insight into what kind of guy he is. We’ll work to get more interviews like this with Saints players as the offseason marches on.
Alright, let’s get to it. Here’s five questions with the former Washington Huskies star.
1. You're working with a new position coach in Mike Nolan after getting coached up by Jerry Olavsky and Joey Porter in Pittsburgh, then Joe Vitt last year in New Orleans. What are some things you've learned from those guys?
I have already had amazing coaches from both teams. Both guys really taught me a lot of fits and alignments and gave a lot great tips. Teaching me how to study and tips from what guys can give off. Porter really helped with development of rushing gameplan and learning moves. Vitt really helped to get adjusted to Will linebacker again, hook dropping and everything.
2. Where do you feel you're strongest at linebacker? Dropping back in coverage vs holding up in your run fits, getting after QB?
I feel I can do it all, I love being able to do a little of everything. I really enjoy hitting QB and running through gaps and hook dropping and covering guys to show my speed.
3. The Saints have added a bunch of West Coast guys lately like Hau'oli Kikaha, Tyeler Davison, and Andrus Peat. Got any good stories with those guys from high school recruiting and playing college ball together?
Only Hau'oli because I played with him in college. Just dancing around at practice or doing wrestling like WWF in the locker room. Everyone would come out to wrestlers songs and fight (Ed. note: the West Virginia Mountaineers football team went viral when similar shenanigans spread on social media).
4. You've been in New Orleans a couple months now, so I've gotta know. What's your favorite restaurant? Are you a po boy guy or is gumbo more your thing?
I’m a gumbo guy and I haven’t checked out any spots yet really, so not sure. I'm gonna check more out soon.
5. Last one. Drake, Future, or Kendrick?
Kendrick over them but J. Cole is the best to me, I’m listening to him all the time.
On the whole, Travis seems like a fun, young addition to the Saints’ linebacker corps. There’s sure to be lots of competition there for playing time this summer, and I like the skills he brings to the table. Here’s wishing him success in the coming season.