Kristian: Sean Payton watches over day 2 of Saints Camp
by Kristian Garic,posted Jul 27 2012 11:09PM
He is still here: Before anyone calls the NFL office and says Sean Payton is in violation of his season long suspension issued by commissioner Roger Goodelll, slow down. Payton was in the indoor practice facility, but not physically. The Saints, at the urging of Mr. Benson. erected a 30 by 30 foot photograph of Sean Payton in the rafters on the 50 yard line of the team’s indoor practice facility. It’s a picture of Sean is in the Super Bowl with his visor and head set staring right at the field. His lips are puckered and eyes are squinted with intense concentration. "I think everyone has gotten that look," said Center Brian de la Puente. Assistant head coach Joe Vitt said, "I think that was during the Super Bowl and Dallas Clark had a bunch of catches and I think he was looking at me." The symbolism here is powerful. Oh, and by the way, the caption underneath the large picture of Payton, "Do your Job.” Those were the last words from Payton to his team before he started on his season long suspension in April. "Scary" is a word that running Pierre Thomas used to describe the photo.
4th wide receiver:
Don't be so quick to hand the job to Nick Toon, or Joe Morgan. Wide receiver Adrian Arrington had 3 outstanding catches today. Arrington looks motivated by the competition at the wide receiver position. He's had really good days before; we've seen him do it in the pre-season. However, can he do it on a consistent basis? Can he do it when it matters? Plus, he's not a special teams ace, and that might be the difference maker. Toon and Morgan also had solid days, but by far Arrington put his name in the hat for that spot today.
Outstanding cornerback play:
That is the word assistant head coach Joe Vitt used to describe the play of third year veteran cornerback Patrick Robinson. "He's making plays all over the place. Every time he's lining up against the big play makers like Colston and Moore and making plays against all of them. “He's got ball awareness. Tracy Porter is going to be forgotten quickly," said Saints color analyst Hokie Gajan. Robinson made an excellent interception down the sideline taking the ball away from TE Jimmy Graham. "He's having as good a camp as I've seen anyone have," Gajan explained. Hokie also cautioned that it is early, but Robinson has looked really good.
Ingram: Running back Mark Ingram sat out of today's practice. Coach Vitt explained it was planned, and that it's a way of easy Ingram back into practice. Ingram is still recovering from off-season knee surgery.