Kristian's Quick Hits: The heat is on at Training Camp
by Kristian Garic,posted Aug 14 2012 1:26PM
Heat and humidity: It was pretty hot out there this morning, and the heat was a factor for Saints players. A few were visibly battling heat-related issues. Three players left the field because of the heat: offensive tackle Jermon Bushrod, wide receiver Courtney Roby, and linebacker Curtis Lofton were all brought into the locker room. You could see the impact of extremely high temperatures...the play got a little sloppy at times.
Defense keeps up the heat: The Saints defense continues to look solid, getting the better of Drew Brees not once, but twice, with two interceptions. One was a really nice play by safety Malcolm Jenkins, jumping a route in the red zone. He would have scored, if it was a real game, with nothing in front of him but blades of green grass. Also, Jonathan Casillas picked off Drew in the team portion of the 3rd-down period.
I tell you one thing I've noticed...this defense is causing confusion at the quarterback position. Chase Daniel and Drew Brees at times appear a little unsure of the coverage, and that's not easy to accomplish when you're talking about one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL. This defense is really making its mark…showing the offense a lot of different looks. If it’s presenting problems for our offense; we’ll definitely confuse other teams.
Feeling the heat: Courtney Roby has had such a great camp, but he had a bad day today. Roby, on special teams, got admonished pretty good by Special Teams Coordinator Greg McMahon for a holding call. Greg told him, "C'mon VETERAN, use your technique, you've got to be better than that!” Also, Joe Morgan continues to drop passes. If he wants to make this roster, Morgan has to improve on consistency.
Looking ahead, what will we see Friday? We should see a bit more excitement in the Jags game, but maybe not a whole lot more. In terms of the front-line guys, Darren Sproles is likely not to play, battling knee soreness. Joe Vitt told us this is more like their second preseason game, not their third game, in spite of the Hall of Fame game.