Kaden Elliss was hoping he’d have a chance to shine in 2019 with the New Orleans Saints, but a knee injury cut his season short. Although the Idaho product isn’t back to full strength just yet, he’s excited for what’s in store next season.
Earlier this week, Elliss appeared on my podcast, “Straight-Up Saints,” to discuss his rehab and several other topics regarding his team.
During Week 3 of the regular season, Elliss suffered an injury against the Seattle Seahawks. It was a tough blow for the rookie linebacker, but he’s optimistic that he’ll be ready for OTAs.
“I’m working down here with the staff and they’re doing an awesome job helping me get better than I’ve ever been,” Elliss said. “It’s been a goal of mine to be ready for OTAs. We’re still working toward that goal, but we’ve got a little while longer to see how a couple more things go.”
Saints LB Kaden Elliss joins the show to discuss his injury recovery, share his initial reaction when Drew Brees announced his return and give a little insight on linebackers coach Michael Hodges.
— Chris Rosvoglou (@RosvoglouReport) March 6, 2020
When Elliss returns to the field, he’ll be led by a new linebackers coach. After Mike Nolan received the defensive coordinator role for the Dallas Cowboys, the Saints promoted Michael Hodges, who served as assistant linebackers coach last season.
Elliss had a glowing review for Hodges, who has large shoes to fill in New Orleans.
“I’m so excited about Coach Hodges getting that promotion. He’s an amazing guy and has such a hunger and passion to get better everyday. The move (Nolan to Dallas) is what it is – it’s a business. But I’m also very excited where we are. I’m super excited to have Coach Hodges running this room and I know the other guys are too.”
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— New Orleans Saints (@Saints) February 24, 2020
New Orleans should be poised for another playoff run this year, especially since Drew Brees will be back for his 20th season. Some people never entertained the idea of him hanging up his cleats, but Elliss truly wasn’t sure if the future Hall of Famer would be back.
“See I don’t know him as well as other guys, but I wasn’t sure. I felt like he was being honest when he said he would take some time to make his decision. I was in the weight room when he made his decision, and me and all the coaches started celebrating and high-fiving over the news.”
The Saints could use Elliss at linebacker for next season. Outside of Demario Davis, there isn’t much stability at the position right now. A.J. Klein is a free agent and Kiko Alonso tore his ACL back in January.
We’ll see if Elliss can take that second-year leap this offseason.