Deke: Bobby & Hokie think Saints O is off to great start
by Deke Bellavia,posted Jul 27 2014 4:01PM
Anyone who knows football has heard a coach or a player yell "we are live and in color." That means that the players are in full pads, and real contact is about to happen.
On a cool overcast morning at the Advocare Facility, the Saints donned full pads for the first time. "This ain't no rookie over here," yelled Saints DE Junior Gallette. Gallette was yelling to new Saints FB Erik Lorig as the offense and defense squared off against each other during the inside drill.
The inside drill focuses on running the football and stopping the run. I'd give the Saints offense the win in that exchange, as RB's Mark Ingram, Khriy Robinson and Tim Flanders all reeled off big runs.
After stretching, the Saints then worked in position groups warming up for the first padded session. The Saints D-linemen were on the far end of the field in a corner hitting the sled. After everybody hit the sled, DE Cam Jordan asked "Bill, can we get another rep?" Jordan wanted to hit the sled one more time before the team went into live action.
The inside drill then took place and special teams work followed right afterwards, with another session of team offense versus team defense following that. As practiced continued you could see dark clouds approaching with the threat of rain getting stronger.
It does not take much to get his motor running, but when the Saints put on the pads, the Cajun Cannon is full throttle, wide open. “I always look forward to padded practices. The players know it’s a different level out there and padded practices are much more physical than others.”
Bobby said that the offense got off to a good start in one-on-one drills and during the inside run drills. The wide receivers made nice grabs and got good separation.
WR Seantavius Jones had a good day with a nice grab. Jones is off to a good start at camp and has taken advantage of his opportunities in off season work.
In special teams works, the Cajun Cannon pointed out the importance of covering kicks. “I know it seems not as action packed as other parts of practice, but covering kicks is very important. Coach McMahon is looking to make sure that all the players are in their lanes covering kickoffs. If you are not in the right place, you could get burned on a kickoff.”
Bobby also gave kudos to Rafael Bush and Ramon Humber. Both Bush and Humber forced turnovers in the morning practice. Humber picked off QB Luke McCown - Bush knocked the ball back in bounds and Champ Bailey was the recipient.
Hokie’s gave the Saints O-line the edge against the Saints D-Line during the inside drill this morning: “The offense had several nice runs, and the backs were able to gain some good yards.”
“Players look forward to putting on the pads. I thought the defense responded well after not looking so good yesterday,” he continued. Hokie said it was good to see the Saints defense force a few turnovers.
Heavy rain forced Coach Sean Payton to hit the final horn a little earlier than expected, but Hokie says that the Saints were able to accomplish what they were looking to do. “All in all, I thought it was a good day. The rain did cut the practice short, but I thought the team was able to get in some good work in pads.”
The Saints will practice two times on Monday. The first practice is from 8:50 to 11:40AM and then the Saints will have an afternoon walkthrough.