Kristian@wwl.com - Kristian Garic reporting In all, 64 rookies were at team headquarters this weekend for five practices.
"It was an indoctrination for all our rookies," Saints Assistant Coach Joe Vitt said. “Overall, the weekend was great,” Vitt explained.
The Saints coaching staff say they were impressed by the rookies’ “attention to detail.”
Akiem Hicks drew the praise of the Black and Gold coaches, but defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo admitted it was more difficult to evaluate defensive lineman without pads. “He had lots of energy, he was very in tune to what were doing. He did not get overwhelmed with volume of plays,” said Spags.
Toon-ed up: Saints fourth round pick Nick Toon stood out as well. "I thought Toon had a good weekend,” Vitt Said. Toon was also praised by offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr for his route-running ability and his ability to grasp multiple positions on offense. Toon figures to be the rookie who can come and contribute right away. “He’s a ‘now’ player, he can come and help you today, not tomorrow, but today,” explained NFL analyst Mike Detillier.
Drew Brees progress: It doesn’t seem like there has been much, but we simply don’t know what we don’t know. I mean, I know there are reports out there that they haven’t talked in over a month…and while that might be true, only Brees and the Saints know what the real deal is. “I’m no accounting major and have no advice to offer Mickey (Loomis)…This is going to get done," Coach Vitt said of the Brees deal.
In the event Brees is not signed by the time the team opens organized team activities next week, the Saints will bring in another quarterback. “The only thing he has missed (so far) is the weight training, and when Drew shows up here, he’ll be the best-conditioned athlete on the team” Vitt explained.