Kristian's day 2 minicamp recap: Good tempo and defense impress once again
by Kristian Garic,posted Jun 5 2013 2:30PM
My takeaway: As I wrote about yesterday, the defense is clearly more aggressive under Rob Ryan. Jobs won’t shake out until August but I can see they plan on getting after the quarterback this season. In 7-on-7 drills today, the Saints defense kept the 1st team offense out of the end zone. Safety Kenny Vaccaro had a great break on a pass but couldn’t reel in the interception. Vaccaro had the ball go right through his hands.
Small school standout: It’s early, very early, but if you watch rookie linebacker Rufus Johnson, you walk away impressed. He’s getting a ton of pressure on the quarterback in the team portions of practice. Johnson is changing positions with the Saints. At Tarelton State, Johnson played in a 4-3 alignment as a defensive end. The Saints have Johnson working at outside linebacker.
Play of the day: Drew Brees dropped a 40 yard bomb on a perfectly placed pass over the shoulder of a defender. Surprised? I’m not. It’s just what he does. Brees makes two or three throws like this every day in practice. Tight End Jimmy Graham and Drew Brees are obviously a formidable tandem, but this year it looks like the duo are looking increase their chemistry even further. Brees and Graham hook up frequently during practice.
Injury news: Saints defensive Keenan Lewis returned to the practice field today after missing practice on Tuesday. CB Patrick Robinson sustained an unspecified knee injury in practice that caused him to sit on the sidelines the remainder of the morning practice with ice on the injury. Rookie offensive tackle Terron Armstead also missed practice with a stomach issue. Tight End Benjamin Watson was held out of practice for the second consecutive day.