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Former LSU wide receiver Travin Dural fights for roster spot with the Saints

Travin Dural looks on at Saints practice (Courtesy: WVUE Sports) Travin Dural looks on at Saints practice (Courtesy: WVUE Sports)
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WLOX) -

It's only June, and we've already got a candidate for understatement of the year.

"I think the system he was (in) at LSU and the system here is two different styles," Saints wide receiver Willie Snead said of Travin Dural.

"Just a tad," Dural laughed. "Not too far off." 

It's no secret that LSU wide receivers tend to recently fly a bit under the radar in college only to blossom in the NFL. What better way for Dural to follow that trend than with Sean Payton's high-flying aerial attack in New Orleans?

"It's just completely different," Dural said of the Saints compared to LSU. "It's great getting the chance to be in this offense and be around players like (Snead), Tedd Ginn and Mike Thomas, getting the chance to play with Drew (Brees). It's great. I'm learning, taking everything in and I'm enjoying it." 

Hauling in over 700 yards and seven touchdowns his sophomore year, Dural seemed ready to become the next great Tiger wide receiver. However, a ground-and-pound system in Baton Rouge combined with a gruesome hamstring injury his junior year left Dural with underwhelming career statistics, forcing him to go the route of undrafted free agent. He's still working his way back from the injury, but Coach Payton says he likes what he sees. 

"I feel like he's close to 100 percent," Payton said. "I haven't seen signs of the injury that he had. I think he's moving around pretty well and had some pretty good practices."

From Willie Snead to Lance Moore, the Saints know how to find value in undrafted wide receivers. Dural hopes to fit that mold and eventually make the final 53-man roster.

"The key with him is just his strength, his overall conditioning, lower body strength and the speed of the game," Payton said. "But I think he's transitioned into this pretty smoothly."

"They've been taking me under their wing, all the way from Ted Ginn to the guys who just got here last year," Dural said. "They're being very motivational towards me, keeping me informed of what's going on, teaching me the in's and out's of everything, so I'm enjoying that group of great guys."

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