Kristian Quick Hits: Greer has surgery & Toon hurts his foot
Under the Knife:
Saints defensive back Jabari Greer underwent surgery on his groin injury in Philadelphia. Greer injured his groin two days ago. Assistant Coach Joe Vitt said Greer "will definitely be ready for the start of the regular season." Greer had the same injury 2 years ago. Vitt expects Greer to start getting some work on the practice field by the end of this month. DB Patrick Robinson remains sidelined with a sore shoulder. I would expect Robinson to miss Sunday's Hall of Fame game. Offensive lineman Ben Grubbs returned to practice today after leaving early yesterday, team officials didn't say why. After having his best practice of camp, rookie wide out Nick Toon left early today with an apparent foot injury. Vitt said Toon would be evaluated.
After the whole bounty scandal assistant Coach Joe Vitt said he won't be as boisterous and loud during practice. You can still hear Vitt over everyone else at practice. He's not saying as much as he did last season, and it's not profanity laced… but it's still loud. You will hear him say things like "Body Language" or "Tempo, Tempo, Tempo" these days. He's constantly reminding players to pick it up, positive body language, don't slump your shoulders, etc.
The last two days the Saints have worked extensively on "situational football." By that I mean red zone, third down, goal line, etc. The Saints offense got the better of the defense in the red zone drills. It's really an unfair match up with all the weapons and Drew Brees pulling the trigger. Don't get discouraged, several defenses will struggle against the Saints offense this season, especially inside the 20 yard line. Pick your poison. Graham? Colston? Sproles? Moore? Get my point?
The Saints place a large emphases on condition and QB Chase Daniel told me that this might be one of the harder training camps he's been through. After practice today and yesterday, the Saints ran roughly 10 "gassers" (sideline to sideline sprints).