Kristian's Quick Hits: Saint have plenty to work on Monday in Metairie
Stretch run: The Saints enter the final week of training camp Sunday with some final installations on defense and offense. Assistant Head Coach Joe Vitt says this team still has plenty to work on.
“It’s critical that we get some of the final things done that we do throughout the year,” Vitt said. “We give our football team those critical stats of what wins for us. We’re talking about the takeaway battle, winning the big play battle. We talk about pressuring the quarterback and things like that from an offensive and defensive standpoint. We have a lot of things to do this next week coming up as we prepare for Jacksonville and get through the next two days of evaluating the 53 that we have,” Vitt explained.
On the mend: The Saints should be a healthier team when they take the field Monday morning. Defensive back Patrick Robinson (shoulder), Linebacker David Hawthorne (hip), and Tight End Jimmy Graham (back) are all expected to be back at practice, according to Vitt.
However, rookie wide out Nick Toon will not be in that number. “No, he probably will be sooner than later, but he will not play this weekend (against Jacksonville),” Vitt said.
Vitt also said defensive back Jabari Greer is also making progress from sports hernia surgery, and is a bit ahead of schedule. “He’s moving better every day and the rehab has gone well. I don’t know that I’ve ever said the Houston game, but he’s on schedule and he’s doing well.” Wide receiver Adrian Arrington is still waiting on a second opinionabout his injured knee.
Film review: After taking a look at the film (funny how we all still call it “film"), Vitt walked away pretty pleased with several aspects of the game. “To be honest with you, I’ve looked at all the defense, all the coverage teams on special teams. I’ve watched the first unit of the offense, so I still have more film work to do tonight. I thought we did improve defensively. We played with better pad level.”
Vitt also liked the progression from the Hall of fame game through the Patriots pre-season game. “Our decision-making process was better. Our communication on defense was better. The intent to do some of the things that Spags (Steve Spagnuolo) emphasized all week long in practice was there with our gap control, with what we call our match principles.”
The Saints are back on the practice field Monday morning at 8:50, and the practice session is scheduled to be open to the public. I’ll be there tweeting updates – follow me on Twitter at @kristiangaric1