Bradley Handwerger / WWLTV.com Sports Writer
METAIRIE, La. ― Matt Tennant isn’t in the soothsaying business these days.
That means he’s not going to predict what’s going to happen with veteran center Jonathan Goodwin, who sits and waits to see whether the Saints will make a move.
Until that happens, and it’s possible to say at this point if that happens, Tennant remains the No. 1 center for New Orleans in his second-year in the NFL.
And that’s how he’s going to continue approaching this first week of training camp when veteran free agents aren’t allowed to practice because the new league season has yet to officially start.
“I’m just preparing like I would any week at this point,” said Tennant, a 6-foot-4, 300-pounder who can also play guard. “I don’t know if Goody is going to be back. He may be. He may not. I just go out there and play my game and prepare like I should be.”
Tennant didn’t start any games his rookie season, but he played in all 16 plus the playoff game at Seattle, docking time mostly on special teams.
But a year into his professional career, Tennant is learning the ropes of how to do his job properly.
That includes this postseason, when his wife woke him early and dragged him to Elmwood fitness center where she forced him to take spinning classes.
To that, he smiled and said only, “It’s a workout.”
Tennant also worked out this summer with the veterans at Tulane, getting valuable experience snapping the ball to quarterback Drew Brees and learning the intricacies of that.
“You get to learn how quick he is,” Tennant said. “… He runs the huddle very fast. He says the plays extremely fast and he says his cadences very fast. I remember last year I was so slow with it. I was really falling behind and making a fool of myself.”
This week, in other words, is important for Tennant regardless of whether Goodwin is in the fold or not.
“These reps are important for him,” Saints coach Sean Payton. “He’s a player that is going to be getting as many reps as possible, and he’s handled it well.”