Saints OL Will Clapp faced former Brother Martin teammates in back-to-back weeks

Clapp focused on doing little things right this preseason

Amos Morale III
August 22, 2019 - 9:10 am
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It’s not uncommon for Will Clapp to see a former teammate on any given gameday.

As a former LSU standout, the New Orleans Saints second-year offensive lineman sees former Tigers weekly.

But Clapp has faced a couple players this preseason that he goes back a little further with than his days in Baton Rouge.

In consecutive weeks, he’s played against fellow former Brother Martin standouts Irv Smith Jr. and Roderic Teamer.

“It’s always nice to see familiar faces,” he said. “Most of the time, it’s college faces. But you see some guys from high school and it kind of brightens you’re day up. Back then the NFL wasn’t even really in the sights yet and now its here and it’s great to see those guys.”

Smith was a second-round pick of the Minnesota Vikings and played well in his team’s preseason opener against New Orleans while Teamer signed with the Los Angeles Chargers as an undrafted free agent in May.

“Those guys are playing great and I think they have great shots to make their respective teams,” Clapp said.

The 23-year-old offensive lineman is currently focused on making sure he also has a good preseason. So far he thinks he’s done a good job but knows he still has “some stuff to clean up.”

He does feel like his experience last year which saw him play in 118 total snaps has helped him in making improvements this year.

“Last year, I was still learning everyday,” Clapp said. “I’m still learning here, in my second year, but I feel like my head's above water this year. 

“I’m starting to really work on the little things instead of just trying to get the whole big picture.”

He’s worked at both guard and center this preseason and said his versatility is something he takes pride in.

“If you’re not going to be a starter you got to be able to play through spots,” Clapp said. 

He credited his college coaches with helping him be able to do just that. LSU’s offensive staff had him work at both guard and center thought his career in Baton Rouge.

“Since I got here, that’s just been the name of the game,” Clapp said. “You got to be a swing guy and, hopefully, I’ll just keep being able to do that.”

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