Kristian: Lewis misses Saints practice, Cooks out sick
by Kristian Garic,posted Aug 18 2014 3:00PM
Lewis: After suffering an undisclosed foot injury in the preseason win over Tennessee, CB Keenan Lewis practiced yesterday on a limited basis and missed today’s work out. Coach Sean Payton only offered a short explanation: “He’s working through the rehab.” Veteran Champ Bailey is slowly but surely working his way back into things; Bailey participated in the walk-through portion of practice, and looks like he’s moving significantly better than just a week ago. Saints rookie wide reciever Brandin Cooks sat out of practice today with a stomach illness but is expected to be back on the field tomorrow.
Coleman: Undrafted rookie free agent wide receiver Brandon Coleman had his best practice of training camp today, making several tough catches. Coleman has been the most inconsistent of the receivers on the roster, but today he worked in a few reps with the first team unit. The question now becomes, can Coleman build on today’s performance and make a strong push in the final two preseason games?
Nothing new to report on Byrd still getting feedback Payton hopes to have him back tomorrow #Saints
2 minute drill: Drew Brees guided the first team offense through a solid drive in the 2 minute offense to wrap up practice. Brees and company didn’t score a touchdow,n but would have gotten into field goal range if they were trailing by three or less. In this scenario it was enough, the offense needed a touchdown to win, so chalk it up to the defense. Ryan Griffin quarterbacked the second team, and also failed to get the team in the end zone. Luke McCown and Logan Kilgore didn’t get a chance to run the two minute offense.
Play of the day: You could pick from a few different throws from Drew Brees, who looked much sharper in his second practice returning from an oblique strain. Brees connected with WR Robert Meachem on a nice deep ball down the sideline. The ball couldn’t have been thrown better. The defensive back (Corey White) had solid coverage, but it was just a perfect pass from Brees.
Stan not the man, yet: Rookie CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste started camp clearly looking like a rookie, and about ten days into camp started to look more comfortable. I don’t want to call it a regression but Jean-Baptiste has struggled in the last three or four practices. The Saints love his size, and the coaching staff is teaching on every play he is in there. He’ll make the final roster, but looks like he’s destined for more of a special teams role this season, barring a rash of injuries at cornerback. “I know if I’m the QB in a game against the Saints and the moment I see Jean-Baptiste, that’s the match up I am going after. He’s just not ready yet,” said the Cajun Cannon Bobby Hebert.