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Deke: Bobby Hebert & Hokie Gajan break down day 3
by Deke Bellavia,posted Jul 28 2013 2:27PM
Day 3 recap - The Cajun Cannon says: "Overall, I thought it was back to business as usual for the Saints offense. The offense was more in rhythm and the defense did not stand out as much as they did on the first two days."
Who looked good: "Drew Brees was more like Drew Brees. Drew was more accurate today and he made several nice throws." Hebert said that the Saints offense came up big in the first three plays.
"The offense would have picked up about 50 yards on three plays. Drew hit TE Jimmy Graham and WR Lance More for some nice yardage." Bobby also praised the practice that back-up QB Luke McCown had. "Luke has had two good days in a row. I thought he threw the deep ball well and he has looked the best of the back-up quarterbacks the last two days at practice."
The Saints again ran the screen well, as RB Pierre Thomas picked up good yards on a screen play. Bobby also said that DB Malcolm Jenkins had good coverage on WR Courtney Roby.
Hebert also gave a big thumbs-up to WR's Andy Tanner and Nick Toon. "Tanner always makes plays. I have high expectations for Nick Toon and he did pretty good today."
WR Preston Parker hauled in a nice pass from QB Seneca Wallace, while DE Tyrunn Walker batted down a pass in team action. Saints Safety Roman Harper had a sack on back-up QB Ryan Griffin.
Bobby said that right now, one of his dark horse players to make the team is LB Eric Martin. "He could be the next Jonathan Casillas or Jo Lonn Dunbar. Martin is doing a good job against the run and he has rushed the passer well at practice."
From the mouth of the scout: Hokie Gajan watches practice in a way than no one else attending practice does. After all, Gajan has been around for over 30 years as a player, scout and analyst.
Hokie's priority on the first day of full gear was to check out the battle at left tackle on the Saints offense. The former #2 overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft is off to a shaky start.
"Jason Smith has not impressed me at all. I just don't see that fire and I don't see a mean streak in him," Hokie said. Smith was a former first round pick by the St. Louis Rams that many consider a disappointment in the NFL thus far.
Hokie kept a close eye on the battle at left tackle on the Saints offense this morning. "Terron Armstead is looking like a rookie. He's indecisive at times and he's trying to pick things up like a rookie would." He also said that no one in the battle for the LT starting job stood out and Charles Brown also had an average day at the position this morning.
Hokie's highlights: Gajan said that WR's Nick Toon and Andy Tanner both did well at practice today. "Nick Toon has been working with all the QB's and that leads me to believe that he is developing a good working relationship. The QB's are starting to trust Toon more. And Andy Tanner just keeps on catching the football."
Gajan also praised the play of RB Mark Ingram. "He ran the ball well. Mark hit the hole with explosiveness and you could tell he made some nice cuts during inside drills."
Hokie also gave kudos to RB #29 Khiry Robinson, saying that Robinson continues to run the ball well and that #29 does a god job of blocking in pass protection on the Saints offense.
In the teepee with Big Chief: Well folks, I went to the other side of the field to check out the run offense versus run defense drills. And, I was able to check out every snap during the one-on-one drills between the Saints offensive and defensive linemen.
In run drills, LB David Hawthorne blew up two plays back to back. Hawthorne took on the led blocker on his first play that stood out forcing RB Darren Sproles to go outside.
Then on the very next play, Hawthorne shot in the backfield and would have had a tackle for about a two yard loss. #95 Martez Wilson blew by OT #78 Jason Smith, so did DE Tom Johnson. Smith did not fare so well in pass protection one on one drills, and that's putting it mildly.
#74 DE Glenn Foster came up with two nice plays in team drills. And LB #55 Eric Martin did well in pass rushing drills and was solid again in team action on day three.
Hall of fame sightings: Former Colts and Rams RB Marshall Faulk was covering camp this morning for NFL Network. Faulk got more jeers than cheers as autograph seekers let Faulk have it when he turned down signing items. Faulk was working. But fans thought he could have signed a few things. Hey, it was what it was!
Former Saint sighting: Former Saints DB Ashley Ambrose was at practice this morning. Ambrose played for the Saints in 1999 and again during the 2003 and 2004 NFL seasons. The former Mississippi Valley Delta Devil is now coaching DB's at Cal.
Up next: The Saints get back to work Monday at 8:50AM