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Mini Camp Wrap Up: Saints sign DT McDaniel, other things to know

Kristian Garic gives us his thoughts on the 3 day camp

Kristian Garic
June 15, 2017 - 5:59 pm
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Free Agent signing: The Saints have signed veteran free agent defensive tackle Tony McDaniel after concluding their three day mining camp in Metairie.  McDaniel was in this week for camp, and provides insurance in the middle of the defense for the Saints.  He played last season with the Seahawks, and has spent time with 5 different teams in 11 seasons in the league.  

Nick Fairley:  Sean Payton said today there is nothing new to report on the Nick Fairley situation.  He was brief with the answer, but the signing of McDaniel speaks to the precaution the Saints are taking with Fairley.  In case Fairley doesn't play this season McDaniel can at leas provide them with some veteran depth. Make no mistake about it though he's not going to replace the production of Nick Fairley if Fairley can't play. 

Hau'oli Kikaha: Hasn't been participating in any team drills or individual drills this off-season coming off an ACL injury that caused him to miss the entire season in 2016.  I get asked a ton of questions about him, so I finally I caught up with him in the locker room.  Here is what I can tell you. I asked him if he could play in a game if there were one this week?  "I could have played in two games yesterday," he said. Kikaha came to the Saints in 2015 as a 2nd round draft pick out of Washington, and played really well his rookie season.  Kikaha told me a little more about his ACL injury.  He said the injury happened in OTA's last spring when he was practicing and used a spin move on an offensive lineman and stepped in a soggy muddy hole on the practice field.  Also, Kikaha got into his injury history and told me his previous two knee surgeries were not done properly and this is the strongest graft he's had of the three ACL surgeries he's had. 

Mini Camp Success:  Sure the pads aren't on and it's not training camp but by in large the Saints got some pretty good work in during the off-season explained Coach Sean Payton "I think you’re always trying to stay healthy and it’s a teaching period. I was pleased with a lot of the situations we were able to work. The weather cooperated this week. It looked like we were going to be indoors for a good bit earlier in the week. Overall, I thought they handled it well. We’ve still have a lot of work to do and yet that’s why training camp is coming. Look it’s that time of year where you know that in order to teach more of the specifics you need pads to do that," Payton said. 

Practice:  Here is what I took away from day three of camp. After a rough day yesterday Drew Brees is so competative he had one of those I'm getting the defense back for yesterday approaches to practice.  Brees was crisp dropping dimes to recievers, including a nice red zone TD pass to Tedd Ginn Jr in the corner of the end zone.   The pass was vintage Drew Brees, passing the ball to a spot where only his guy can catch it.  Safety Chris Banjo had an interception of Grayson in the team portion of practice after a deflection from rookie DB Marshon Lattimore.  Linebacker Nate Stupar made a really athletic interception off of Garret Grayson over the middle in the red zone.  This wasn't a bad pass from Grayson, or a poor decision.  The interception was simply a great play from Stupar. 

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