The New Orleans Saints had just ended their season the day before, an abrupt ending after the infamous no-call in the NFC championship game against the Los Angeles Rams.

J.T. Barrett, like the rest of his teammates, cleaned out his locker that day in preparation for the offseason.

For Barrett, this was really nothing new.

The fourth-string quarterback was in and out of the Saints' locker room throughout his rookie season.

It happened so often, in fact, that he lost count of just how many times his name appeared on the waiver wire as he yo-yoed back and forth.

One week he was on the practice squad.

The next week he wasn't.

"I believe it was about 12 or 13 times," Barrett said.

It was actually 12.

"It was just different," Barrett said in January about the seesaw experience. "I don't know how to explain it. It was one of those unique things. It was just understanding that it wasn't a place for me at the time and just being able to work through that and still be able to learn and grow from that. I feel like I did grow mentally. It was a blessing to be able to do that."

Now Barrett is back for his second season.

He got a chance to be the main quarterback during the Saints' rookie minicamp last weekend. That was quite different than during the season, when he'd get a few leftover crumbs after Drew Brees, Teddy Bridgewater and Taysom Hill got most of the snaps in practice.