Kristian: Evans and Ingram held out of practice
Work, work, work: The Saints are 2 and 0 and haven’t played their best football yet. They’ve spent this week trying to correct issues in the running game and red-zone while preparing for the Arizona Cardinals. It’s hard to believe the Saints have scored just 39 points in 2 games this season. 39 points is usually the norm for the Black and Gold in a single game. Nonetheless, the Saints have a chance to go 3 and 0 and take a commanding lead in the division if the rest of the NFC South cooperates this weekend.
Robinson or Cadet? If Mark Ingram (toe) isn’t able to play this week, it will be interesting to see who the Saints turn to as his replacement? Will it be preseason darling Khiry Robinson? The might seem like the logical choice, considering he’s more of the power runner the team would want in Ingram’s absence. However, Cadet has played in regular season games last season, and the coaches might just choose familiarity and experience over the undrafted Robinson. Robinson had some fumbling issues during the preseason, and that works against him if the coaches decide Ingram can’t go.
You got to see the special plan: Arizona Cardinals defensive back Patrick Peterson might just be the best cover corner in the NFL, but you could argue he’s the most dangerous punt return guy in the league as well. The Saints special teams has been leaky at times during the regular season. Coach Payton isn’t taking any chances. “We’ve gotta have a game plan, in special teams just devoted to punt coverage,” Payton said.
Expect the Saints to combat Peterson’s explosive return ability with high, angling punts to pin him into the sideline and allow the coverage unit’s good angles to keep him under control.
Bumps and Bruises: Offensive lineman Jahri Evans (hamstring), Safety Roman Harper (knee) and Running back Mark Ingram (toe) were held out of team drills on Thursday.
Nose Tackle Brodrick Bunkley (Calf) Defensive End Tom Johnson (hamstring) and Safety Isa-Abdul Quddus also sat out of practice.
Defensive ends Tyrunn Walker (knee) and Glenn Foster (ankle) were both listed as limited. Foster and Walker both missed practice on Wednesday, so that’s an encouraging sign of progress.