- Jul 9, 1999
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talks about building rapport with Drew, continuing his aggressive playing style, and Payton's belief in him. but mostly it's just a teaser for the upcoming matchup against the Giants.
A Year Later, Shockey Is Fitting In
By GREG BISHOP
METAIRIE, La. — It took one year, two injuries and zero touchdowns for tight end Jeremy Shockey to feel comfortable here.
In 2008, after the Giants traded him to New Orleans, Shockey suffered from a sports hernia and an ankle injury and a touchdown drought. He still caught 50 passes in 12 games, but he was not the player that Sean Payton, the offensive coordinator in New York for Shockey’s rookie season in 2002, had traded for.
“This game’s hard enough,” Shockey said Wednesday in the Saints’ locker room. “If you’re not healthy, it makes it superhard. Being hurt last year, it wasn’t a good feeling. But in the same sense, I got to step back.”
Then Shockey pointed at the group of reporters surrounding him. He picked one in particular, zeroed in, looked him in the eye.
“That’s the way the game is,” Shockey said, laughing by that point. “If everyone was healthy the whole time, you’d probably be playing.”