By Christopher Dabe | NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
Brandon Silvers grew up close enough to New Orleans for the Saints to be a logical choice as his favorite NFL team.
Silvers, who hails from Orange Beach, Alabama, also is known among many Louisiana football fans as the former Troy quarterback who helped spring an upset of LSU last fall inside Tiger Stadium. [Silvers is the son of Orange Beach City Councilman Jeff Silvers.]
Silvers now will have another connection to the state as he joins the Saints for a rookie minicamp in less than two weeks. He reportedly had planned to be with the Philadelphia Eagles for their rookie camp.
"Change of plans!" Silvers tweeted Monday (April 30). "Headed to Nola for the @Saints Rookie mini camp in 2 weeks! Grateful for the opportunity for the team I grew up rooting for! #GodsPlan"
Silvers will join former Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett at the minicamp. Ohio State announced Barrett he will be at the minicamp for a tryout.
Silvers ended his college career inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome when he threw four touchdown passes and rushed for another to beat North Texas 50-30 in the New Orleans Bowl.
While at Troy, Silvers threw for 10,684 yards and 71 touchdowns. He averaged an interception once every 51.9 pass attempts and ranked 15th nationally with one interception every 63.3 pass attempts as a senior in 2017.
He also drew notice from Archie Manning by working as a counselor at the midsummer Manning Passing Academy. The two exchanged texts before the New Orleans Bowl and after the upset of LSU.
"Go into Tiger Stadium; a smaller school, a smaller conference and knock off a top-20 team, that's really commendable," Manning said in December. "You don't do that without good quarterback leadership."
The Saints currently have Taysom Hill and Tom Savage as their backups behind Drew Brees, but Silvers could earn a chance in training camp if he impresses during the rookie minicamp.
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