We wasn’t as lucky today as this past Monday weather wise – the humidity returned in force, it was hot as hell out there today. A few things that caught my eye early on – It wouldn’t be a full padded practice today but at times they hit like it was one.
Adrian Peterson decided to wear full pads though, not sure why. Terron Armstead was hanging around the field today as was Max Unger – who once again got in some light work off to the side, I have to think he’s almost ready to go. No sign of Marshon Lattimore but after practice Sean Payton did say it was a knee tweak and wasn’t serious. Delvin Breaux was present also and whatever it is that is ailing him doesn’t seem to be too bad as he wasn’t rehabbing anything.
Senio Kelemente is out here doing work meaning he’s off the PUP list.
Running back/Linebacker pass drill.
- Adam Bighill with a nice pass breakup on a ball intended for Alvin Kamara.
- Stephone Anthony was step for step down the sideline with Travaris Cadet forcing the incompletion.
- Bighill again with great coverage – this time with the PBU on Mark Ingram.
- Cadet beats Craig Robertson down the sideline.
11 on 11 team drills start – this portion is run heavy.
- The 1st play and Sheldon Rankins blows up C Josh LeRibeus pushing him five yards into the backfield, that disruption caused the run play to go nowhere.
- The next play Mark Ingram bust one up the gut for eight yards.
- Kenny Vaccaro shoots the C gap and pops Adrian Peterson for no gain.
- Peterson bounces back the next play with a nice cut back that goes for about seven yards. Peterson is running hard today.
- #34 is not listed on the roster but I do remember him from mini camp – anyways he bust a nice run up the left sideline for about 20 yards.
- Stephone Anthony showing that burst hitting RB Trey Edmunds in the back field.
They now move on to individual drills – the QB’s work on their footwork in the pocket, the WR’s and RB’s work on protecting the football.
Field goal unit time. Will Lutz makes good from 30, 33, 37, 44, 48, 51 – he has his first miss of camp a 54 yarder that bounces off the goal post, inches away from staying perfect.
7 on 7 drills begin.
- This drill gets off to a great start (for the defense) Brees thinks he has Alvin Kamara wide open down the sideline when out of nowhere S Marcus Williams comes flying across with a leaping interception – play of the day in my opinion. This guy is going to turn some heads this year and be what the Saints haven’t had in the secondary for years – a true ball hawk.
- The next play Ken Crawley continues his good camp with another pick off Drew Brees on a crossing pattern, Crawley jumped the route.
- A.J. Klein breaks up a pass over the middle intended for Ted Ginn Jr – it would have probably drew a flag because he looked to get there too early.
- PJ Williams with a diving sideline pass breakup intended for Jake Lampman.
- Nice catch and run by Brandon Coleman after he sheds his first tackler he tries to stiff arm safety Chris Banjo who is having none of it as he grabs Coleman’s face mask and wrestles him to the ground – Coleman was all smiles coming back to the huddle, he knows it was payback from Monday.
11 on 11 team drills crank up again.
- The drill starts with the all too familiar Willie Snead medium crossing pattern – Snead and Brees could do this pitch and catch route in their sleep.
- Ted Ginn Jr gets behind the safety and has a step, Brees under throws the deep ball badly by about five yards – it may have slipped out of his hand.
- Trey Hendrickson with the pressure causing Chase Daniel to tuck the ball and run.
- Jake Lampman with good hands to hold onto the ball as he took a hard lick going over the middle.
- #34 draws loud cheers from the crowd as breaks a few tackles that resulted in a long run.
- #59 another player not on the roster drops a tipped ball that should have been caught.
- I’m still amazed at the speed of Tommylee Lewis.
- Willie Snead drops an easy one – Vonn Bell on the coverage.
- Snead bounces back the next play with….you guessed it, a catch running his favorite crossing pattern.
- Josh LeRibeus with the over the head snap.
- Cam Jordan making his presence felt in the backfield.
- Another bad snap by LeRibeus.
- Tommylee Lewis drops an easy one.
- Marcus Williams on the blitz – would have had the sack in my opinion.
- Chris Banjo tattoos Michael Hoomanawanui but he holds onto the ball.
- Travin Dural with the drop – could have been a better throw by Ryan Nassib.
- Blown coverage as Jake Lampman is wide open crossing underneath.
- Physically Alex Okafor looks the part.
- Kikaha would have had the sack but Brees gets it off to Tommylee Lewis for a substantial gain.
- Kikaha again with the pressure causing a dump off to Daniel Lasco.
- Chase Daniel over throws Willie Snead by inches on a deep sideline route – good coverage by Damian Swann.
- Chase Daniel still packs good speed for a quarterback.
- Obum Gwacham with the pressure on Chase Daniel (sack?) who hits Tommylee Lewis with a great leaping deep ball between two defenders – if it wasn’t for the Williams pick earlier this would have been my play of the day – just a really good catch by Lewis.
- Manti Te’o with the backfield stuff on Travaris Cadet – it was a little swing pass.
- Brandon Coleman wide open on the crossing pattern with nobody around and he fumbled – Damian Swann scooped it up and went the other way for the score.
- Marcus Williams lays into Willie Snead, that was a nasty hit – Snead has to take a knee for a few moments before returning to the huddle.
- Brandon Coleman beats PJ Williams with a nice out and up move.
- Brees misses a wide open Willie Snead on the sideline.
- Michael Thomas with the nice catch but PJ Williams lets everyone know it wasn’t enough for the 1st down.
- This is the scenario – last play, the offense must get a 1st down (it looks to be 7 yards or so) the defense must hold. The loser is going to have to run wind sprints over and over – the defensive players on the sidelines are loud yelling “DEFENSE!” they know what’s at stake. The offense fails to convert with pressure from Cam Jordan and good coverage from Craig Robertson. The offense has to run and it is excruciatingly hot out here.
Well that’s a wrap for today, I’ll be back out there Saturday morning (weather permitting) On a side note, usually I do these reports by myself or with help from Christy at WDW or Judy Boggin from Saintsreport.com. Today I had my nephew with me who was attending his 1st practice (he’s 11) I’m usually all business at the practices but today I got to see it through a child’s eyes, what a joy that was. I also want to give a shout out to Travin Dural for taking the time to make his day a little more special and all the players who stopped by to talk today.