Deke: Bobby & Hokie impressed by Toon, Saints RB's
by Deke Bellavia,posted Jul 31 2014 12:56PM
After their first day off at training camp, the Saints returned to practice at the Greenbrier with a walkthrough, stretching and position groups, the team did the inside drill, which is focused on rushing the football for the offense and stopping the run for the defense. Saints LB Curtis Lofton made a play that stood out as #50 had a nice stop on RB #22 Mark Ingram during the drill.
Later in practice, Lofton got into a fight with Saints RB Khiry Robinson. Saints DL Brandon Deaderick made fumble recovery after a botched snap between QB Luke McCown and Center Tim Lelito.
WR Nick Toon drew cheers from the crowd as he hauled in a long reception from QB Drew Brees during team drills later in practice. Toon beat S Kenny Vaccaro and CB Champ Bailey to haul in a 50-yard reception.
"Toon has been impressive this entire off season. He did well in OTA's and mini-camp and he's doing well here at training camp," said Hokie Gajan. Toon also hauled in a 20 yard pass from QB Ryan Griffin on a corner route.
What else did Hokie see today? "Well, first of all the officials were out there today, and that stood out at times," Hokie said. NFL officials attend training camps around the league as part of implementing any new rules, and the refs will be calling Saturday's Black and Gold scrimmage. "There were a couple of times in which the special teams got flagged that would have nulified a return. That's something to clean up," Hokie continued.
The Cajun Cannon thought all the Saints RB's had a good day. "Pierre Thomas, Mark Ingram, Travarius Cadet and Khiry Robinson all had nice runs in team offense," said Bobby.
The Saints worked on third-down situations in seven-on-seven and team drills today. "What happens is, the Saints coaching staff sets up a third down and distance situation, and they are looking to see if the offense can convert, and if the defense can hold," the Cannon explained.
Drew Brees hooked up with WR Marques Colston on a 12 yard gain down the middle of the field for a first down. Brees then hit WR Andy Tanner on a drag route for about 25 yards, and later hit TE Ben Watson on a crossing route for 17 yards.
A fight highlighted today's practice when defensive captian Curtis Lofton got into a scuffle with RB Khiry Robinson. "I have never seen a fight between a linebacker and a running back in seven-on-seven drills. I've seen fights, but not like that," Hebert said. "You could hear Lofton yelling to Robinson 'you better bring it, boy!' Things like that happen on the football field. Drew stepped in and calmed things down between the two."
DB Vinne Sunseri picked off a pass that popped off WR Andy Tanner. QB Ryan Griffin had Tanner open and the WR attempted to make a touch catch. But when the ball popped out, the former Crimson Tide standout picked off the pass.
LB David Hawthorne would have had a sack on QB Drew Brees -DE Victor Butler would have had a sack on QB Ryan Grffin -CB Patrick P-Rob Robinson picked off a pass from QB Drew Brees. Robinson made a diving catch to pick off the pass.
QB Ryan Griffin hooked up with a WR Brandon Coleman for a 50-yard TD Grab. The 6'6" Coleman beat DB Rod Sweeting to catch the pass.
So far (after six practices) the following players have had impressive training camps:
CB Patrick Robinson - He's playing like he's fighting for his job. P-Rob made a diving pick today that was highlight-reel worthy.
WR Nick Toon - Has been consistent since off season work started.
OT Zach Strief - Zach is building off his best season in the league with a good camp.
WR Brandin Cooks - He don't miss anything, he's fast, and he's for real.
CB Kennan Lewis - Lewis is a solid CB in this league. And he should be in the running for a pro-bowl spot this season.