The New Orleans Saints wrapped up their three day mini-camp today with two hour and 15 minute practice. The Black and Gold worked on special teams, and had three team periods in which the offense faced the defense.
"Today was a culmination of the previous two days. I thought that the camp was run at a faster pace, and I think they got in a lot of work in three days," said Saints Color Analyst Hokie Gajan.
Hokie was pleased with the progression of the Saints defense, and several players stood out to Hokie. "I thought WR Robert Meachum had a nice camp, as did TE Ben Watson. Watson got more balls thrown his way with Jimmy Graham not being here, and he looked good." Hokie said that WR Charles Hawkins is a fast, shifty player that looks like he can compete this training camp with the other wide receivers.
During the first team period, RB Mark Ingram reeled off a nice run. "He had good vision and made a nice cut for about a 10 yard gain," said the Cajun Cannon Bobby Hebert.
All kickers nailed their field goal attempts, and after special teams work, the Saints then went into seven-on-seven drills.
Drew Brees hit WR Nick Toon for a 15 yard gain and would later hit WR Robert Meachum for about 25 yards. And Brees hit WR Kenny Stills for a 20-yard gain later in the drill.
"That drill provided long completions by the Saints offense. It was the most completed passes that were of longer gains during mini-camp," Hebert said. Back-up QB Luke McCown completed the longest pass of the mini-camp when he hit WR Charles Hawkins for a 60 yard bomb...
"He (Hawkins) blew by the defender and got wide open." Later in seven-on-seven drills, QB Ryan Griffin hit WR Andy Tanner for 20 yards. DB Ty Zimmerman picked off a pass that was tipped by WR Kenny Stills.
Then later in practice the Saints worked on team offense versus team defense. "I thought Vaccaro (Kenny) made a nice play," Hebert said, after Vaccaro picked off Saints QB Drew Brees on the first play of team offense and team defense. But Brees would bounce back two plays later with a 25 yard strike to WR Marques Colston.
Other highlights included Brees connecting with TE Ben Watson for a nice 15 yard gain. "Ben Watson is a complete player. He can block and Ben can still catch the ball at a very high level. He looked legit," Hebert said. Saints CB Kennan Lewis had a nice pass break up as he batted the ball away from WR Robert Meachum.
You can listen to the Cajun Cannon give a full breakdown of the Saints mini-camp by listening to Sports Talk today at 4PM.