There was a lot to be pleased with but some corrections that need to be made in the New Orleans Saints at New England Patriots preseason game.
Michael Thomas is money. Thomas Morstead is healthy and has hang time again. Defense is looking vastly improved. Good play by Erik Harris, Nate Stupar, Nick Fairley, Kasim Edebali, Dannell Ellerbe, and Roman Harper. Daniel Lasco played well and made some strong runs. Tommylee Lewis will make some team happy. Willie Snead is still slippery good. Luke McCown had some great throws, and Garrett Grayson fought hard to play well. Team played with effort and energy.
Too many penalties. Andrus Peat struggled in coverage. Luke McCown made some bad decisions. Four–yes, four turnovers by the offense. Ken Crawley made a huge mistake on a punt return and did not play as well as reports would indicate. No one seemed to be injured but Stephone Anthony disappeared from the sidelines after leaving on a cart. Sean Payton was not happy with the level of play but happy with the level of effort.
Much of the poor play came from units other than the first unit; however, Kai Forbath
had a horrible shank of a kick. Does not appear to be solid in pressure situations for a player the team will count on if he is selected as the kicker for the year.
We will have more thorough analysis later but these are my quick thoughts.