New Orleans Saints rookie Chris Olave learning on the fly with new teammate Michael Thomas

LEARNING

METAIRIE, La. — Chris Olave’s first working day of New Orleans Saints rookie camp technically was Friday. The 11th overall choose in the NFL draft, nonetheless, has by now used most of the earlier two months getting acquainted with his new functioning mate, Michael Thomas, in their shared household base of Southern California.

Thomas welcomed the fellow previous Ohio State receiver more than FaceTime shortly right after he was drafted — and then invited Olave to occur remain with him and get the job done out.

“I couldn’t switch that down,” said Olave, who used a week and half with Thomas right before traveling to New Orleans for this weekend’s rookie minicamp.

It wasn’t the initial time they experienced labored out with each other, however. Thomas shared a picture on draft night time from when they experienced done the exact same issue a year back.

“I truly feel like that was just a calendar year back,” Olave said. “That was neat currently being out there with him. And eventually becoming on the same crew is likely to be massive, I can’t hold out.

“He sort of confirmed enjoy to me since college, so we might text back and forth every single now and then. … I feel like we have the exact same mindset. We equally want to dominate. We’re equally rivals. Just when we get on the field, we turn into a unique man or woman. Just recognizing him and realizing he’s on the other facet of the area, which is going to make us greater and make us go hard.”

Olave stated he likes Thomas’ “pet dog” mentality and laughed when he mentioned he has observed it up shut about the past two weeks.

“I see it, person. I see the way he operates,” Olave claimed. “If he drops a move, he’s punting the ball, he gets mad. But which is who you want all-around you. I sense like that’s likely to make you improved. He is likely to connect with you out on your B.S.

“So I like Mike as a teammate. Even as a person, I fully grasp him, wherever he comes from. I see why he goes so hard.”

Olave presently counts Washington Commanders star Terry McLaurin as a mentor and “big brother” that he has emulated considering the fact that they ended up teammates at Ohio Point out.

And now he can include Jarvis Landry to his outstanding listing of mentors soon after the five-time Professional Bowler agreed to a deal with the Saints on Friday.

Olave stated he listened to the “enormous” information as he was coming off the follow subject.

“I can’t wait to master from them, people two legends,” Olave stated of Thomas and Landry. “I just commenced playing receiver my junior 12 months of high faculty. Coming in this article and having Mike Thomas, Jarvis Landry support me, I have a good deal of place for advancement, I are unable to wait around to max that out.

“I’ve watched a ton of movie on Jarvis, just his brief motion quickness. I viewed a large amount of movie on him in higher education, striving to acquire some stuff out of his recreation. And Mike is one of the ideal receivers in the sport, so of course I enjoy him. But to see them in man or woman, see how they perform in man or woman I sense like it is really likely to help me a whole lot.”

New Orleans’ receiver home has experienced a person of the most radical transformations of any place group in the NFL this offseason. The Saints concluded an uncharacteristic 32nd in the league in passing offense previous calendar year — in massive aspect due to big injuries to Thomas, quarterback Jameis Winston and the offensive line.

Now Thomas is predicted to return just after lacking the comprehensive period with an ankle harm, alongside with newcomers Olave and Landry.

“[Landry] has of course been a genuinely good player in our league. He is a guy that can shift the chains. And we feel like he’s man from a character standpoint, from a management standpoint, we can use,” explained new Saints mentor Dennis Allen, who was asked if he has listened to from any LSU enthusiasts in the location that are energized about the additions of Landry and Tyrann Mathieu.

“Well, yeah, my entire community I imagine has despatched me a text in some variety or manner,” Allen mentioned.

As for Olave, Allen reported two days of rookie camp is a “modest sample dimension.” But so considerably the 6-foot-1, 189-pounder is “what we imagined he would be.”

“A guy that is really quick, clean in transition, fantastic route runner,” Allen claimed. “And appear, eventually, he’s the kind of character man or woman that we wanted to carry into the constructing. And I consider which is as vital as everything.”