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Bobby & Deuce: Saints WRs impress at today's OTAs

Michael Thomas looks hungry heading into his second season

Sports Talk with Bobby Hebert
June 08, 2017 - 5:52 pm

The Saints held their final OTA at their facility on Airline Drive.  The Black and Gold wrapped up three straight weeks of OTA’s and will now get set for their three day mini-camp next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

WWL Saints Radio’s resident pro’s Bobby Hebert and Deuce McAllister were both at practice and give their thoughts on how the Saints looked at their final OTA.  The Saints top Wide Receivers all had a productive day at practice. 

WR’s Willie Snead, Michael Thomas and Ted Ginn Jr. all had impact plays at practice.  Saints second year Wide Receiver Michael Thomas had a nice day hauling in two TD passes.  “Thomas looks like he’s picking up where he left off from last season.  He catches clean and if the ball is anywhere close he’s (Thomas) coming down with it,” Bobby Hebert said. 

Willie Snead had four catches on the day.  Snead had a six yard grab, a 15 yard gainer on a slant route and the speedy wide out tacked on another 15 yard reception at Saints Practice.  Newly acquired speedster Ted Ginn Jr. once again had a nice day as he showed why that speed kills.

Drew hit Ginn on a shallow slant route.  The Saints Defense was in a Zone Coverage and Drew saw that Ginn was in a mismatch as LB Craig Robertson was trying to keep up with Ginn but it wasn’t happening.  Ginn blew by Robertson and raced up the sideline for a sizeable gain.

The Saints Defense did have some bright moments as CB Ken Crawley came up with an interception at the end of the practice session.  And new LB A.J. Klien was able to break-up two passes while in coverage.

“So far it looks like our coverage from the Linebackers position is better.  I think this group will be in position to make some plays on the ball and if they can the defense stands a much better chance to be improved this season,” said Deuce McAllister.

Deuce was also entertained by the Saints Team period when Coach Sean Payton put his team in certain game like situations.  You could hear Coach Payton yelling to his team that the first situation he put them in was the offense facing a First and Ten, down by three points with 1:30 left in the game.  So what does this drill do for the offense as well as the defense?  Deuce explains.

“It allows you (team) to be in a game like situation at practice.  Those situations are designed to see how well you can practice in a pressure like situation with the offense trying to score and the defense wanting to get off the field,” Deuce said. 

Coach Payton also addressed the current status of Saints Veteran Defensive Lineman Nick Fairley.  Payton said that right now Fairley is seeking more medical advice from several doctors.  But as of right now Fairley is not practicing with the Saints.

The Saints will wrap up off-season work with their annual three day mini-camp.  All practices (weather permitting) are open to the public.  Practice times are set for 11AM to 1:20PM each day with practice being held Tuesday June 13 through Thursday June 15. 




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