Bradley Handwerger / WWLTV.com Sports Reporter
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METAIRIE, La. – Less than a week ago, Luke McCown was Texas, throwing footballs to high school-aged players and trying to stay in shape by running around with his five children.
By Tuesday morning, he was in a white Saints jersey, taking snaps with the third-team offense and throwing passes in front of New Orleans fans.
And it’s all partly due to his time in Tampa Bay, where in 2007, he helped guide the Buccaneers past the Saints.
But that’s not the only reason the Saints gave him a three-day tryout. With quarterback Drew Brees still holding out for a long-term contract, New Orleans was looking for a little experience in the quarterback room, something they will get with McCown.
“He has got a little bit of knowledge with this system,” Saints interim head coach Joe Vitt said. “He was under (Jon) Gruden in Tampa Bay so he kind of knows the same things that Sean wants. He’s athletic. He has got a good arm. He has a live arm.”
Chase Daniel, who has never started a game, and Sean Canfield, who hasn’t played in an NFL regular season game, are the other two quarterbacks participating in minicamp.
McCown has flashed success in his eight years in the NFL, starting nine of the 20 games he has played in. Most recently he played in Jacksonville from 2009-11, throwing for 296 yards with four interceptions in four games this past season.
In 2007, with the Bucs, he completed 67.6 percent of his passes for 1,009 yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions.
He spent Tuesday morning just trying to get used to the Saints system, which is similar he said to the one he ran in Tampa Bay under Gruden.
“Pretty similar,” McCown said. “The terminology is both the same and different with just little ins and outs of it. Altogether you can piece together what it used to mean back in my Tampa days.”
McCown said he hadn’t had any firm commitments from another team until the Saints came calling a week ago.
But with Brees not with the team, he felt like the Saints provided him with an opportunity, at least in minicamp.
“I think anytime you’re invited, they’re saying, ‘Hey, we want to take a look at you and see if what we’ve heard, what we’ve seen on tape confirms what we’ve seen on the field in person,” McCown said.
Though just through one day of work, McCown has already caught Vitt’s eye.
“He’s athletic,” Vitt said. “He has got a good arm. He has a live arm. He did a good job today getting guys in and out of the huddle, getting guys lined up.”