Mar 20, 2019; Notre Dame, IN, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish tight end Alize Mack runs a drill during Notre Dame Pro Day at the Loftus Center.


Saints rookie wants Drew Brees to know he’s ready

Kristian Garic
May 11, 2019 - 6:15 pm

One of the first comments from Alize’ Mack is a message for Drew Brees: “I want him to know I’m here, ready to work.”

After falling to the 231st selection in the NFL draft, Notre Dame tight end Alize’ Mack, wound up in the perfect place, when the Saints selected him in the final round.  Mack was projected to go much higher but is more than happy to be chosen by a team defined by enthralling and empowering leadership. “There is no other place I’d rather be, and that’s the honest truth,” said the Saints young rookie, who stands 6’ 4” and weighs in at 240lbs..  “I love how they are using me to stretch the field. It’s just being a mismatch problem. Coach Payton is a master at that,” he said. 

Mack’s determination and drive leaves no room for rearview mirrors, “I’m just trying to prove myself right and proving the Saints organization right for drafting me.”

It’s only a matter of weeks until Mack will catch passes from one of the NFL’s most prolific passers, Drew Brees, during the Saints OTA’s and Mini Camp practices.  The rookie tight end admitted he might be a little star-struck the first time he meets Brees. “It’s going to be great. I’ve got to earn his trust first, though.  When I watch him on film I laugh.  This dude is a beast. I know he’s going to make me better,” said an enthusiastic Mack.  

Alize’ hasn’t formally met or talked with Brees but is humbly confident in telling the respected league veteran, “I’m here! I want him to know I’m coming to work. I wanna be a part of this team. I’m serious about this! I really am,” explained Mack.

Mack was the top tight end recruit in the country coming out of high school. Unfortunately, he never really lived up to his potential with the Fighting Irish.  I’d like to believe that will change under the guidance of Sean Payton and Drew Brees. Mack could end up playing a big role in this offense as a rookie.

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