Kristian Quick Hits: Greer injured, Defense making offense work
by Kristian Garic,posted Jul 31 2012 2:15PM
Injury bug bites at DB:
Today Corner Back Jabari Greer suffered a groin injury. "We'll further evaluate him," explained Coach Joe Vitt. On Sunday defensive back Patrick Robinson went down with a shoulder injury, it is not believed to be serious. Greer and Robinson are the team's top 2 cornerbacks. It would probably be a safe bet neither play in the Hall of Fame game Sunday against the Cardinals. Robinson missed practice today still nursing his shoulder injury. Second year man Marquis Johnson and Johnny Patrick ran with the first team defense in their absence. Rookie Corey White played the nickel back position and Drew Brees victimized his often.
The defense is different under new coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, it's still aggressive though. In the first team portion of practice Spaggs was smiling as his defense got the better of the "Krewe de Drew" offense. In the early stages of the ones vs ones... defensive end Cameron Jordan dropped back from his end position and batted a Brees pass in the air. That allowed CB Marquis Johnson to reel it in for an INT. There were several more instances that Brees had to pull the ball down and go to his third or fourth option in the passing route. The defense probably registered two sacks in that team period, one from Jordan and one from Wilson.
You can clearly see the game plan on defense... make the Quarterback hold the football with confusing coverage's. I think the defense is going to be vastly improved this season, and I think it could happen in a short amount of time. The players are grasping the system really well.
I know I am getting repetitive here, but defensive end Cameron Jordan has the look of player ready to really have a breakthrough season. In one on one pass drills he was virtually impossible to block, with a good finesse move and power move. Jordan's athleticism is noticed when he plays defensive tackle. He uses his speed to get by offensive guards. What's more? Yeah he plays the run really well. He's hard to move, and can drop off into pass coverage in Spagg's zone blitz scheme. I guess he was right after making the comment the other day that he has "sweet feet."
Rookie Wide out Nick Toon had his best practice of camp so far. After struggling with drops in the first few days of camp, Toon appears to have settled in. He made a couple of nice grabs today, including a one hander. The play of the day was clearly made by WR Joe Morgan, who's fighting for a roster spot. Morgan hauled in two nice deep passes during the team portion of practice that provoked a big ovation from the crowd at camp. If he stays healthy, Morgan will be impossible to cut because of his deep speed.