No new Saints kickers, no Reed and Viccaro spoke too soon
No New Faces:
The Saints worked out a handful of kickers, but none were signed to the roster... at least not yet. Garrett Hartley remains the lone place kicker on the team despite shanking 4 of his last 6 attempts. This upcoming game against San Fran could definitely be decided by a field goal, and another miss could have the Saints kicking Hartley to the bench even though Coach Sean Payton says he still has the utmost confidence in the kicker.
Besides working out kickers Payton also mentioned they brought in some safeties for a look see. Rookie Kenny Vaccaro suffered his 2nd concision in the last 3 weeks and posted on Instagram that he is out for Sunday's contest. He said today though that he spoke too soon and just assumed he was out. C'mon Kenny! Never assume, it makes an ass out of you and me (ass-u-me). Meanwhile Malcolm Jenkins and Roman Harper have been battling knee injuries and their status is uncertain.
Still no word on the Ed Reed front. He did clear waivers and is now a free agent. While the Saints are hurting at the position, Reed's skills have diminished to the point where many believe he is done, put a fork in him. The St. Rose native is undoubtedly a first ballot Hall of Famer, but father time looks to have won this battle. The 35 year old still may get a shot somewhere, but it likely will not be in New Orleans. This isn't another Darren Sharper situation, even though most Saints fans wish it were the case.
Sunday's boos quickly turned to cheers for running back Mark Ingram. He posted a career day, rushing for 145 yards, while scoring his 1st TD of the season. He deflected most of the credit to the offensive line for opening up running lanes for him, but can Ingram and the rest of the backs have similar success against the dreaded 49ers defense?
Ingram feels that as long as everyone sticks to the game plan and executes, everything will be fine. San Fran is a tough, physical D but ranks middle of the pack versus the run. The 49ers defense is allowing an average of 105 yards per contest. If Ingram were to put up more big numbers this weekend, the fans perception of the frequently banged up back could change drastically.