Saints on the bubble

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Saints tackle Marcel Jones (70) provides pass blocking during the Saints' training camp practice before last season.
Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Saints tackle Marcel Jones (70) provides pass blocking during the Saints' training camp practice before last season.

Marcel Jones

Position: guard/tackle.

Years in the NFL: 2.

Acquired: Draft (2012, seventh round).

College: Nebraska.

Highlights: Spent all of 2013 on the Saints practice squad after being on injured reserve (knee) all of 2012. As a college senior, he was All-Big Ten honorable mention while blocking for a rushing attack that was No. 15 in the country and third in the conference.

Strengths: He is comfortable playing both tackle and

guard, and he’s bulky at 6-foot-7, 320 pounds.

Must continue to:

Deepen his understanding of the Saints protection

schemes, to which he has been exposed for three preseasons now.

Projection: The Saints love their offensive line backups to be able to play more than one position. He played well in preseason opener filling in for guard Jahri Evans and has a chance at depth spot.

Ramon Antonio Vargas

Say what?

“If you’re heart’s not in it, then this job is hard to do.”

— Saints coach Sean Payton, discussing TE Richard Quinn’s decision to retire mid-training camp.

“I’m excited to get back to New Orleans. I’m not really

excited about the weather, but we’ve got to do what we’ve got to do.”

— Saints S Rafael Bush on leaving the cool temperatures of The Greenbrier in West Virginia on Thursday for the sweltering heat of New Orleans.

Injury report

Limited: D. Brees, C. Bailey, T. Welch, R. Powell.

Out: P. Robinson, R. Sweeting, E. Lorig, T. Zimmerman, D. Hawthorne, J. Evans, V. Butler, K. Stills

Going digital

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

REMINISCING: Watch our Nick Underhill and Ramon Antonio Vargas run down their favorite moments from practices at The Greenbrier.

GRUBBS THE TEACHER: Watch Pro Bowl guard Ben Grubbs explain how he’s comfortable mentoring young players.

GOING FOR THE GOAL: Listen to coach Sean Payton’s thoughts on the Saints’ goal-line drills Wednesday.

BLOG: Find more we couldn’t fit in the paper

at blogs.theadvocate.com/blackandgold