Deke: Defense shines at Saints mini camp, Jenkins out
by Deke Bellavia,posted Jun 10 2014 2:48PM
During practice the media learned new information about second year Saints defensive linemen John Jenkins. Jenkins had surgery on a torn pectoral muscle, and will be out until training camp, according to various NFL reports. Saints Coach Sean Payton would not talk about Jenkins' reported surgery.
The first day of mini-camp was a successful one by the Saints defense. From the beginning of practice until the end, the Saints defense seemed to have the upper hand on the offensive squad. “I’d say that the defense did have the better practice this morning,” said the Cajun Cannon Bobby Hebert. Hebert said that the Saints defense continues to show an emphasis on taking the ball away. Early on in practice the Saints Defense forced a fumble on RB Mark Ingram. Safety Rafael Bush had a nice interception on Drew Brees. The defense would later take the ball out of the hands of RB Khiry Robinson. “I thought the defense looked good, but it’s hard to tell when they are not tackling... but they looked good during that drill!” Hebert said.
The Saints then went to work on special teams, and after that, worked on Red Zone offense and defense, when Bush picked off Drew Brees. Bobby was impressed with the way the Saints defense made the QB’s hold on to the ball. RB Travaris Cadet hauled in a TD pass in Red Zone work, while Brees connected with WR Nick Toon for a score. TE Josh Hill also hauled in a TD grab during Red Zone work.
FB Erik Lorig got open on play action during team drills. Drew Brees ran play action and hit Lorig for a nice gain. WR Nick Toon did a double move and beat CB Rod Sweeting during team drills. Rookie RB Derrick Strozier continues to make plays. The former Green Waver hauled in two nice catches for scores. The QB throwing Strozier the football was also a former Tulane player, QB Ryan Griffin.
“I thought the defense did some good things,” said Hokie Gajan. “The defense was flying to the football... you can tell this team has 'getting the ball out' on their mind all the time.” Hokie said that Saints DE Glenn Foster had a nice practice with a sack today during team drills.
The defense did have a few lapses, as safety Kenny Vaccaro dropped what should have been an interception, and RB’s Robinson and Cadet both had a couple of nice runs today.
Be sure to get Bobby Hebert’s complete practice breakdown and Hokie Gajan’s analysis today on Sports Talk beginning at 4PM.