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Deke Bellavia

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Deke: Hokie says "that was the best Saints practice I've ever seen"

Saints practice moved quickly today, as the team had a longer than usual walk-through prior to stretching. "I thought today was the best practice I've seen under Sean Payton!" said Hokie Gajan. "It was fast paced, the practice was crisp, and I'd say it was 50-50 between the Saints offense and defense." 

Once practice began, the Black and Gold got down to business. During position group work the Saints D-line hit the sled. Then, after the horn sounded, the Saints went into their first team period. 

The Cajun Cannon noted a few highlights from the morning's practice. Veteran cornerback Champ Bailey had a nice interception this morning and Bobby thinks the future Hall of Fame player is having a productive camp.  "I'd definitely say he's in the top four cover CB's right now. He's making plays and his wisdom makes him real valuable."

Bobby used Saints CB Patrick Robinson as an example of the difference between having a good camp and a great camp. "P-Rob is doing all the right things and he is having a good camp.  But he'd would be having a great camp if he would make the interceptions he's supposed to." 
One player that just continues to look un-rookie-like is Brandin Cooks.  The WR is having as good of a camp as anyone, and he gains more confidence and gets better each time he's on the field of play. Today #10 hauled in a deep ball from Drew Brees on a back shoulder throw.  

Cooks was also the recipient of a middle screen that would have netted him about 70 yards. "I telling you Cooks, is no ordinary rookie," said Hebert.  "He's catching everything that is thrown to him, he's got good chemistry with all of the QB's - he's the total package."

I focused in on the Saints D-line once again.  In one-on-one drills against the offense, OT Zach Strief looked solid against DE Cam Jordan, LT Terron Armstead definitely held his own against DE Junior Gallette. OG Jahri Evans was solid in pass protection drills.

#97 Glenn Foster stood out as he bull rushed his way into the backfield over #69 Manase Foketi. And big Tyrunn Walker looked good in three exchanges as he had the upper hand going up against #65 Senio Kelemete.  Overall in the drill, I thought the O-Line looked better in one-on-one drills.  

So now the Black and Gold will have their first day off tomorrow, as the team has gone through five days of practices including three days of full pads.  Be sure to listen to our pros Hokie and Bobby break down today's practice beginning at 4pm on WWL Radio.


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07/29/2014 1:41PM
Deke: Hokie says "that was the best Saints practice I've ever seen"
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