Deke Bellavia: Hebert & Gajan size up Saints camp Day 5
by Deke Bellavia,posted Jul 30 2013 3:48PM
Once again “the Big Chief” Deke Bellavia went one-on-one with our WWL resident pros Bobby Hebert & Hokie Gajan about STC Day 5:
Bobby on the Saints offense: The Cajun Cannon says wide receivers Joe Morgan and Nick Toon were the standouts, “I thought this was Joe Morgan’s best practice. He had at least four good catches. Nick Toon also had a very good day. Toon caught the ball in team drills and he had some nice grabs in one on one drills.”
Speaking of one on one drills, Hebert says Jahri Evans is like a fine wine that only gets better with age. “You can see why he’s a pro-bowl type player,” said the Cannon. “Evans was dominant in pass protection drills.” Evans handled everyone he faced including defensive end Cam Jordan.
Who else impressed the former Saints quarterback? Bobby was excited about the Saints rushing attack. In the earlier nine on seven rushing drill, Mark Ingram, Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles reeled off nice runs.
Hebert’s notes on defense:
Bobby thought defensive end Cam Jordan performed well in one-on-one drills later in practice. “I think Cam Jordan can have a double digit sack year,” beamed Hebert. “You can see he’s gotten better each season and he’s off to a good start this training camp.” Jordan’s biggest challenge according to Hebert? Facing guard, Jahri Evans.
Also impressive: DB Kenny Vaccaro. The Cajun Cannon loves his passion. The defensive back has shown he does not like to lose any battles. Vaccaro has been more physical than not at times and according to Bobby Hebert the Saints rookie top draft pick “has some swagger.” “He plays with a chip on his shoulder which is good,” Hebert said. Bobby thinks Vaccaro is going to be a legit defender in the NFL. “Ultimately time will tell, but right now he’s playing with confidence out there and not shying away from contact,” said the Cannon.
Listen for Bobby Hebert’s full take on STC (Saints Training Camp) so far today at 4pm.
Now, it’s time to get Hokie Gajan’s perspective on STC Day 5. As a former Saints running back and scout…and Saints color analyst Hokie’s got a special way of sizing up the team. Here’s his conversation with Deke: Hokie’s call – “It was brutal out there this morning; it felt like the hottest day of camp so far,” said Gajan. Hokie told me the Saints offense, which started camp a little rusty, is starting to come around.
“Watching the nine on seven (running drill) I saw a lot more out of the run game this morning,” said Gajan. “Running backs Darren Sproles, Mark Ingram and Pierre Thomas all had nice runs. Without question a good outing for the offense in that drill. And, I thought the Saints O-line got the best of the D-line. The Defense had their moments, but I’ll give the nod to the offense in that drill.”
Hokie has been impressed by the play of Saints defensive lineman Tyrunn Walker. “He made his presence known in some games last year and to me it kind of looks like he’s ready to step up and get more playing time. He’s having an all around good camp,” observed Gajan.
Hokie also pointed out that WR Chris Givens had a nice day in one-on-one and seven-on-seven. And, punter/kicker Thomas Morstead was booming kicks this morning on special teams play. Hokie said the Saints ended today’s practice working on 3rd down situations. “Those are game like situations and at practice today in that period…the offense worked on screen plays and hook routes. “ Don’t miss Hokie’s complete breakdown today 4 to 8pm on Sports Talk live from Saints Training Camp here on WWL Radio.
The Big Chief Deke Bellavia’s Final Word:
Today we spoke to Kenyon Coleman. Coleman is entering his 12th season in the NFL this fall. Saints Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan says Coleman is the best defensive end against the run in a 3-4 scheme.
“I’ve been with Rob a while now and I really enjoying playing for him,” said Coleman. Kenyon has high hopes for the 2013 Saints defense. “The ceiling is so high for us. We’ve got a lot of players with so much potential and if we all come together we can be a very good defense this season.”
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