The media was allowed to watch the Saints practice this morning, as the Black and Gold had another OTA. After stretching, the Saints broke off into position groups for work. The bulk best part of practice came when the Saints went into team drills as offense faced defense.
Drew Brees opened team drills by completing a swing pass to the near side of the field to RB Travaris Cadet. Brees then completed what would have been about a six yard pass to WR Kenny Stills. Next, Drew looked down field for WR Marques Colston, but the pass was overthrown, falling incomplete. On his last play at the helm, Brees completed a pass to WR Andy Tanner, but the Saints D had good pressure on their QB, and in a game, he might have been sacked.
“I saw good coverage at times this morning. CB Corey White did a good job. But then White got beat by WR Robert Meachum on a third down situation,” said Bobby Hebert.
Hebert was also impressed with the play of Saints RB Travaris Cadet. “He was very active! He caught a couple of swing passes that would have been for first downs, and he did a good job of running the football as well.” Bobby said that Cadet’s elusiveness and vision are two things that make him a very versatile back.
Hebert said the catch of the day was made by WR Nick Toon. Toon hauled in about a 12 yard pass from QB Drew Brees. “The longest pass play came when QB Luke McCown completed a pass to WR Seantavius Jones for about 20 yards.” Bobby pointed out that Toon was more involved in today's OTA than the previous one the media attended.
Bobby said that the Saints defensive secondary did a good job in coverage overall, and he was impressed with the Saints downfield coverage on long pass plays attempted by the offense.
Rookie CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste got some work in with the Saints first team defense, but he also worked with the second team defense.
Hokie Gajan says that the OTA's are more important to the new faces to the Saints team. “To me, this time of year is more about the new faces and the young guys,” he said. During OTA’s, coaches are looking to make sure that the new additions to the team are picking up what is being handed to them. “This is a small part of the playbook installation going on right now. When players and coaches get into film session, that is where you can really tell how much progress is being made.
Be sure and check out today’s Sports Talk beginning at 4, as our pros Bobby Hebert and Hokie Gajan break down today’s Saints OTA.
The Saints will hold their 2014 mini-camp next week June 10-12.