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Deke: A 'mixed bag' at Tuesday morning practice
by Deke Bellavia,posted Jul 31 2012 12:55PM
The Saints practice this morning was highlighted by two spectacular catches made by wide receiver Joe Morgan and more impressive play by defensive back Marquis Johnson, as the Black and Gold practiced on the outdoor fields at their facility on Airline Drive.
The Saints also announced that the Wednesday morning practice session will be open to the public with the gates to the field opening at 7:50 a.m. and practice running from 8:50 to 11:30 a.m.
I got the Cajun Cannon’s thoughts on what he saw on the field. “I thought it was kind of a mixed bag at practice today,” said Bobby Hebert.
“At times the offense looked good and at times the defense looked good. I’d say that of all the practices thus far, today was the most sloppy,” Hebert said. The Saints jumped offsides a couple of times and Chris Ivory and Darren Sproles both fumbled the ball at the morning practice.
In one-on-one drills which featured the Saints offensive and defensive linemen going at it, Sedrick Ellis got the best of Jahri Evans on one exchange. However, the big plays were made most consistently by #95 Martez Wilson and #94 Cam Jordan.
Both Jordan and Wilson blew by the linemen in front of them during the drill. In team drills the Saints worked on third-and-short yardage situations. Darren Sproles had a four yard gain, then Drew Brees completed a nice pass for a first down to TE Jimmy Graham.
Marquis Johnson then broke up a pass on the next play, and so far he has stood out during training camp for the Saints secondary. “I’m just trying to make plays. The players have really taken me in and shown me the ropes and right now, we are all just trying to make the team,” Johnson said.
Drew Brees then completed a 25-yard pass to Adrian Arrington, followed by a nice 20-yard completion to WR Marques Colston. Martez Wilson and Tyrunn Walker both did a nice job of getting pressure on the QB in the team session.
Later, wide receiver Joe Morgan made two great catches. The first catch that Morgan made was just an all-out battle. Rookie A.J. Davis had excellent coverage on Morgan as both leaped in the air for the football. Davis looked to have the ball on the way down, but Morgan wrestled it away for a nice completion.
Then moments later Morgan hauled in a 40-yard reception, beating Elbert Mack and Isa Abdul Quddus. “He had 90 yards receiving on two catches. He’s really playing well right now,” Bobby Hebert said of Joe Morgan.
Hebert also noted that Rookie WR Nick Toon had his best practice thus far during camp but Hebert thinks that Toon still has a ways to go to catch up with the other receivers.
Coach Joe Vitt also said that CB Jabari Greer injured his groin at practice and that Greer would be evaluated. The Saints will have meetings the rest of the day and then get back on the field in the morning.
Be sure and tune in to SportsTalk today as our pros Bobby Hebert and Hokie Gajan break down today’s practice.
I hope Joe Morgan can make the team as a 4th or 5th wideout, he's definitely got potential. It's gonna be a interesting race between him, Courtney Roby, Adrian Arrington, and rookie Nick Toon. I like Roby, but with Morgan's explosiveness, he can handle special teams duty and be a quality 4th or 5th wideout. I think it'll be (besides Colston, Henderson, and Moore) Morgan and Toon to make the final cut, could be wrong though.