Monday, June 7, 2010

Saints Nation: Patrick Ramsey to Saints a Foregone Conclusion?

Former Tulane standout quarterback Patrick Ramsey (pictured) seems to be destined to become the backup quarterback to Drew Brees this upcoming season. ESPN analyst Chris Mortensen had this to say on his twitter account:

"2 things you can basicallly bank on : Mark Brunell to the Jets & Patrick Ramsey to the Saints come mid-July as backup QBs."

Ignoring the fact that Mortensen adds too many L's to the word "basically", the guy does know what he's talking about. We already know the Saints host both Ramsey and veteran Josh McCown early this offseason. The timetable for signing him makes sense, because mid July is when the top 8 rules on signing unrestricted free agents are lifted. Ramsey must have outperformed McCown in those recent workouts, which means he'll likely make a return to New Orleans after spending his undergraduate days playing in the Superdome for the Green Wave. It sounds like 2nd year quarterback Chase Daniel hasn't been lighting things up in mini-camp, either, so I'm sure that's done little to make the Saints re-consider bringing in Ramsey.

Ramsey is a solid backup that I believe would represent an upgrade over Mark Brunell at this point in their respective careers. The Ruston, LA native is entering his 8th season in the NFL, playing as a starter for the Washington Redskins, and a backup for the Jets, Broncos, Titans and Lions. Ramsey was originally the 32nd pick overall in the first round by the Redskins in 2002.