Kristian?s Quick Hits: Saints offense still a ''machine''
by Kristian Garic,posted Jul 27 2012 12:23AM
Rusty? #9 Drew Brees rusty from missing the entire offseason? Hardly! Brees was incredibly sharp in his first day back in nearly 6 months. “ He looked like the same guy to me. He was on the money with several throws today hitting recievers in stride with great ball placement,” Bobby Hebert said. The receiving corps was obviously sparked by having Brees back, and were making plays all over the field. Lance Moore had the catch of the day after a contested long pass down the sideline. Moore hauled it in while falling to the ground after getting twisted up with the defender.
Sproles: Darren Sproles starts training camp on fire. He looks every bit as quick as he did last year, breaking off a nice long run to start the team portion of practice. The Saints absolutely stole one with this guy. Sproles in his second year looks like he should pick up from 2011.
In Charge: Joe Vitt is clearly in charge. From the moment the horn sounded to start practice, Vitt was barking out orders and setting the tempo to practice. The precision the Saints operate with in practice is spectacular. If you weren’t watching for Sean Payton’s absence, you wouldn’t know he was gone. “I think Vitt’s doing a great job with handling everything,” offensive lineman Jahari Evans said after practice.
Secondary thought: The Saints defense is still settling in. And, after all, they faced Drew Brees all afternoon…but all in all they faired out well. Cornerback Patrick Robinson looked really solid. “Robinson might have had his best practice in a Saints uniform,” said Bobby Hebert. Robinson got his hands on a number of footballs, breaking up the pass. “The real disappointment from today was Malcolm Jenkins, he didn’t look too sharp,” explained The Cajun Cannon. Jenkins got beat on a couple of passes, and dropped an interception that hit him right in the hands.
Spaggs defense: You can clearly see the difference in the scheme from Steve Spagnuolo to Gregg Williams. The defense is still aggressive, but it’s more of a controlled aggression with a lot of different looks…A “Zone Blitz” scheme with defenders looking at the quarterback instead of playing man to man coverage.
Health report: Running back Mark Ingram looked fluid, showing no signs of trouble following his off-season knee surgery. Chris Ivory moved really well and showed a really good burst. WWL Saints Radio color analyst Hokie Gajan agrees. “He looks faster than he did last year. He showed good bust through the hole, and looks really light on his feet,” Hokie said.