Saints’ on the bubble: Travis Beckum

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Saints S Jairus Byrd (31) jogs off the field after the morning Saints Training Camp practice Saturday in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.
Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Saints S Jairus Byrd (31) jogs off the field after the morning Saints Training Camp practice Saturday in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

On The Bubble

Travis Beckum

Position: Tight end.

Years in the NFL: 5.

Acquired: Free agency (2014).

College: Wisconsin.

Career highlights: The 2009 third-round draft pick caught seven passes for 45 yards in the 2011 playoffs for the Giants, who won the Super Bowl that season. He tore an ACL in the title game and hasn’t played since.

Strengths: Pass-catching skills that call to mind two-time Pro Bowler Owen Daniels.

Must improve on: Like many pass-catching tight ends, he’s been dinged for lackluster blocking by his critics.

Projection: Steep uphill battle with Jimmy Graham, Ben Watson and Josh Hill entrenched as Saints tight ends. However, the veteran opened eyes Tuesday with two red-zone TD grabs.

Ramon Antonio Vargas

Say What?

“Yeah, mine — mine shrunk down a little bit. Maybe it’s because my eyes are better, but I wear glasses, so I don’t know.”

Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr. on how his play-calling sheet is smaller than coach Sean Payton’s.

“I’m expecting to play. My mindset is that I am going to play.”

Saints safety Jairus Byrd after being asked whether he will play at Indianapolis following a late May back surgery.

Injury report

Out: B. Cooks, K. Lewis, P. Robinson, T. Frederick, R. Sweeting, A. Tanner, E. Lorig, T. Zimmerman, T. Nsekhe, V. Butler, B. Grubbs

Limited: C. Bailey, A. Hicks

Next three up

WEDNESDAY’S practice:

7 p.m.-9 p.m. (Mandeville High School)

THURSDAY:

11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Saints facility)

FRIDAY:

11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. (Saints facility)

NOTE: Practices are open to the public, but weather or other factors can change the schedule. Visit NewOrleansSaints.com for updates. The Advocate will tweet observations from practice: Follow @RVargasAdvocate and @UnderhillAdv.

Getting set for Indy

Game day:

The Saints visit the Indinanapolis Colts at 7 p.m. Saturday. The game will be televised by CBS.

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Going digital

For more coverage, visit us at TheAdvocate.com/sports. Here’s a sampling of what you’ll find today:

ä MORNING BRIEFING: We recap Tuesday’s practice and run down what to watch for Wednesday night at Mandeville High School.

ä VIDEO: Watch Saints safety Jairus Byrd express his thanks that he’s healthy enough for contact drills again.

ä BLOG: More we couldn’t fit in the paper at blogs.theadvocate.com/blackandgold