Deke: Bobby & Hokie agree defense won the day at Saints camp
by Deke Bellavia,posted Aug 19 2014 7:12PM
The New Orleans hit the practice field at 11AM this morning for their third practice of the week. The Saints will continue preparing for this week’s game at Indianapolis with a night practice from 7PM to 9PM at Mandeville High School.
Today, the Cannon liked the physical style of safety Jairus Byrd. “He came up on one run play and had a nice thump on RB Mark Ingram. I think that Byrd and Kenny Vaccaro will be two of the more physical safeties in the NFL,” Hebert said.
Bobby pointed out several defensive plays that stood out to him. CB Corey White caused a fumble on a handoff, LB David Hawthorne blew up an attempted throwback screen play and rookie CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste made perhaps the best play of his young career
“Baptiste did a real good job on WR Marques Colston. Drew was attempting a back shoulder throw to Colston, and Stanley Jean-Baptiste got to the ball at its highest point and broke up the ball. It was a good coverage.” LB’s Kyle Knox and Parys Haralson both had sacks today, and on back-to-back plays #56 Ronald Powell and #59 Rufus Johnson recorded sacks during team drills. “I thought the defense looked good today, but the offense did look better at the end of practice.”
Bobby said that the longest pass play of practice occurred when QB Ryan Griffin hit #87 Tobias Palmer. Palmer hauled in a 40 yard bomb from Griffin as the WR got by DB Derrius Brooks.
Bobby also pointed out some offensive highlights: WR Seantavius Jones had a nice 15 yard gain on a reverse, RB Mark Ingram had a 10 yard gain during team drills, and WR Joe Morgan made a nice grab over the middle during 7-on-7 drills. And QB Drew Brees hit WR Marques Coslton for a big 20 yard gain on a seam route.
Saints Color Analyst Hokie Gajan noticed the play of Saints WR Joe Morgan. Hokie thinks the speedy wide out is starting to come into his own this camp. “To me, Joe Morgan is starting to separate himself from some of the other wide receivers he’s battling. It seems like he’s in a good rhythm. I think he’s pulling away from some of the other receivers.”
Hokie went on to say that although he’s been in limited action at practice, safety Jairus Byrd is a playmaker. “He (Byrd) gets around, and when it comes to finishing a play he’s going to make a tackle.”
Hokie said that the return of Saints LB David Hawthorne makes the linebackers more of a complete group. “Hawthorne is a very consistent player. You know he’s going to make a hundred tackles for you in a season, and when he’s in there, the Saints LB’s play well as a group.”
Hokie said that the Saints offense did not have their best day at practice. “I saw too many dropped balls, busted routes and bad throws today from the Saints offense. It’s not that the defense looked great - to me it was more of the Saints offense not looking so good." Hokie thought that as today’s practiced progressed, the offense did look better, especially in Red Zone work later in practice.
Otherwise, the legendary Archie Manning was at Saints practice today. He is long considered one of the greatest ever to don a Black and Gold uniform! You could see Sean Payton and Archie talking soon after the team was done stretching. And after the practice, Archie, Payton and Saints GM Mickey Loomis were all enjoying a chat.
Reserve TE Travis Beckum had a whale of a day too... he’s a long shot at best to make the Saints roster but had back-to-back TD grabs this morning from back-up QB Ryan Griffin