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Reaction from Day 2 of Saints Training Camp

Bobby, Deuce, & Deke sound off

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Well the two days of knocking off the rust and prepping for the full padded practices are in the books.  And this weekend the Saints will get into full gear for the first time since the team’s final game of the 2016 regular season in Atlanta.

“Man football season is here.  And whenever the Saints put on the pads I do get excited.  It gives us more to talk about,” said the Cajun Cannon Bobby Hebert.  Bobby said that the Saints have done what he’s pretty much expected up to this point.  And now that the pads go on other phases of the game will be easier to judge.

Bobby said that the Saints Offense did not look as good on day two.  But Drew Brees did have a nice TD toss to WR Brandon Coleman.  “Coleman got by Delvin Breaux and then Brees had the ball right there.”

Brees also hit TE Colby Fleener.  And Brees would later hit WR Ted Ginn Jr. on a 20 yard out route.  Ginn took advantage of CB P.J. Williams using his speed to get away from the young CB.  Back up QB Chase Daniel hit RB Daniel Lasco for a twenty yard gain, Daniel hit WR Willie Snead on a corner route.  Bobby said that things that are somewhat questionable when it comes to telling if plays are successful or not will be easier to recognize with full gear. 

The second day of Saints Training Camp was not as sharp as the first day according to our own Deuce McAllister.  “I thought the offense took step backwards today.  They (offense) was not as sharp, they looked a little sluggish and there were some alignment issues.  These are things they need to and will clean up.”

Deuce said that Saints Coach Sean Payton is never happy when he has to call on his team to repeat something.  Payton started the entire period over when the offense was facing the defense during the second day of practice.

On the defensive side of the football Deuce was pleased with the defenses effort at times when getting to the football.  But the defense also gave up some TD passes on the day.  “You strive for consistency.  You just don’t want to go up and down.  The goal is to be consistent and make positive plays more often than not,” Deuce said.

Deuce pointed out a nice play when WR Brandon Coleman beat CB Delvin Breaux for what would have been about a 50 yard TD reception from QB Drew Brees.  Deuce said the Saints Offense did have their moments at practice but they have to clean a few things up before the pads go on Saturday. 

Defensively Deuce liked what he saw from Safety Kenny Vaccaro and rookie Safety Marcus Williams.  And LB Stephone Anthony and DE Cam Jordan both blew up Screen plays.  “Cam and Stephone did a nice job of disrupting Screen Plays and that is a sign of the defender reading the plays well.”

Deuce is looking forward to seeing the Black and Gold put on the pads this weekend.  “Things tend to liven up some when the pads go on.  And with the practice having fans watching players do want to go out there and play well.”

The Big Chief says

Well honestly I could sit here and write out many things for the sake of giving an opinion from practice.  But truth be told there has not been much happening the first two days.  I did find an interesting soundbite so to speak come from the mouth of rookie DB Taveze Calhoun.

While Deuce and I were going over our practice notes, Taveze came over to say hello to Deuce.  You could tell that Calhoun was hot and glad to be coming in out of the heat.  And then the former Bulldog from Mississippi State looked at me and Deuce and said “I should have went to medical school”

That was a good one! 

Looking ahead

The Saints will be in full pads this weekend and the Cajun Cannon is fired up.  “The team being in pads is something that you look forward to.  I’m going to be looking for who stands out in one on one situations.  I want to see who can block well in pass protection and which defenders can blow by the offensive linemen in getting to opposing QB’s,” Hebert said.

Bobby also said he’s paying close attention to the Inside Drill.  “The Inside Drill is where you can really tell how well the defense is doing against the run.  And you can tell if the RB’s are really gaining yards or if they are stopped soon after they receive the handoff.”

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