Kristian's Quick Hits from MA: Saints mix it up with Pats
Different look: The Saints will hold two joint practices with the New England Patriots on Tuesday and Wednesday. Assistant Head Coach Joe Vitt said that the Black and Gold is looking forward to the quality work against a quality team.
“When you take a look at the body of work of this organization, they’re like the Microsoft of our industry,” Vitt said. “The head coach, the scouting department, the class players that they draft. In the early stages of our program, we wanted to try to emulate them some by bringing in the right people and practicing the right way. So we look forward to it.”
The Saints practiced against New England in the 2010 pre-season before playing the Patriots in an exhibition contest in Gillette Stadium. The two teams will do it again on Thursday night.
What if: What if middle linebacker Jonathan Vilma has his suspension reduced by the NFL or wins the appeal in court? If so, is he still in the plans this season? Coach Vitt said, “I think a system like this is tailor-made for Jonathan Vilma. It’s a system where linebackers do a lot of checks. Jonathan Vilma is obviously one of the smartest players that I’ve ever been around. This is really kind of tailor made for him.” Vilma was suspended for the entire 2012 season for his alleged involvement in the Saints’ alleged ‘bounty’ program. He’s also coming off knee surgery in the off-season, and last week said he was about 85% recovered.
Double A: After missing the Hall of Fame Game with swelling his knee, wide receiver Adrian Arrington is visiting with orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews to get a further evaluation. Arrington “tweaked” his knee in practice last Friday and did not make the trip to Canton, and is not with the Saints in Foxboro. The fifth-year pro has had one of his better camps so far, and appears to be in command in the battle for the fourth wide receiver position.