Day two of Saints mini-camp saw the defense bring a lot of pressure on the offensive squad. "I don't recall seeing this type of pressure brought this early," said Saints Color Analyst Hokie Gajan. During the two and a half-hour practice, the Saints defense confused the offense using blitz packages.
Crowd noise was piped in to help the younger players get more of a real game atmosphere. Coach Payton did say afterwards that this is the earliest that he has had crowd noise factored in at a practice.
"I thought the running backs and the offensive line struggled at times with the pressure. The defense was bringing the house out there today," Hokie said. Gajan said that the Saints look like they are at a faster pace implementing different phases of their defensive playbook. Hokie also thought that WR Robert Meachum, TE Ben Watson and RB Travaris Cadet all had good showings this morning for the Saints offense.
The Saints worked in one-on-one drills. “It is a drill in which the wide receivers are going straight up against the defensive backs,” said the Cajun Cannon Bobby Hebert. WR Robert Meachem beat CB Kennan Lewis, and WR Nick Toon got the best of CB Patrick Robinson in one on one drills.
“Drew’s timing was great with WR Marques Colston, but the timing did look off on several plays during the drill.” said Bobby. Drew's best pass of the day came when he hooked up with TE Ben Watson for 30 yard gain. Watson beat DB Rafael Bush to make the long grab. Bobby said that backup QB Luke McCown looked good during the drill.
The Saints worked on kickoff coverage and return in the special teams portion of practice today. WR Charles Hawkins and WR Seantavius Jones both stood out in kickoff returns according to the Cajun Cannon.
The Saints defense got off to a great start in seven on seven drills, focusing on Red Zone offense and defense. The first two plays saw safety Kenny Vaccaro bat down a pass, and LB Curtis Lofton broke up a pass on the next play. Lofton broke up two passes overall during today’s practice.
“The Saints defensive nackfield had good pass coverage on the back end. They covered well making the QB’s hold the ball longer than they would like to,” Hebert said. Drew Brees did hit WR Robert Meachum for a 10 yard TD. Then, CB Kennan Lewis defended a pass later in the Red Zone period.
Backup QB Ryan Griffin threw three TD’s in Red Zone work. Griffin tossed one TD to TE Ben Watson. And then the former Tulane product hit WR Kenny Stills down the middle for a 20 yard scoring strike.
Griffin would also hit pay dirt by hitting RB Mark Ingram on a short route in the flats. Other highlights included CB Patrick Robinson stripping the ball from WR Marques Colston in the back of the end zone, keeping the veteran WR from scoring.
Bobby gave the catch of the day to TE #86 Je’Ron Hamm. Hamm hauled in a great catch over his head as he dove to make the reception. Be sure and check out the Cajun Cannon’s practice re-cap today at 4PM on Sports Talk.