Deke: Saints are right on schedule before heading to Indy
by Deke Bellavia,posted Aug 18 2014 5:40PM
The unpredictable Louisiana weather put a damper on the Who Dat Nation this morning as the originally scheduled practice was altered was forced to their indoor facility on their second day of practicing at Black and Gold Headquarters on Airline Highway.
"I thought it was a pretty good practice," said Saints Color Analyst Hokie Gajan. Hokie said that the Saints defense continued to look good when facing the Saints offense during the Inside Drill. The Inside Drill focuses on rushing the football and stopping the run. "There was not a whole lot of room for the 'backs to run through. I thought the defense did a solid job of stuffing the run."
Hokie said that TE Ben Watson had a nice practice this morning, and RB Travaris Cadet did a nice job of picking up yards after a reception as well. Hokie feels like the Saints are right where they are supposed to be.
"I'd say they are right on schedule as far as installation and putting in their playbook. So far they have been able to work on just about every phase of the game going into the third preseason contest."
Hokie told me he will be interested to see the Saints face the best QB they have seen thus far in the Colts' Andrew Luck. "The defense has done a good job of getting pressure on the quarterback in their first two games. Andrew Luck is one of the best in the game, and getting consistent pressure on the opposing QB is something the Saints have been working on this camp."
The Cajun Cannon was glad to see #9 back in form again today. "Drew connected with several different players today and he looked good." Brees hit WR Robert Meachum for a 50 yard gain and later #9 would hook up with WR Marques Colston for a 20 yard gain.
"Colston beat CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste. To me right now, Baptiste is the weak link in covering for the Saints secondary," Hebert said.
On defense, linemen Glenn Foster and Tyrunn Walker were both active today. Foster caused a fumble and Walker did a nice job of getting in the backfield as he recorded a sack.
Bobby gave kudos to safety Kenny Vaccaro as the second-year man from Texas had a sack this morning. Other highlights that caught the Cajun Cannon's eye included a nice 20 yard sweep run by RB Khiry Robinson, QB Luke McCown hit WR Robert Meachum for a 20 yard gain, and QB Ryan Griffin found RB Travaris Cadet for a nice pick up.
Bobby thinks that young WR Brandon Coleman had his best practice as a Saint today. "He made a great catch this morning and he was in on a few other grabs today too."
Bobby said that it was nice to see the Saints offense run a good screen play with RB Mark Ingram. "The timing was good, the blocking was executed and Ingram had about a 30 yard gain. It was one of the best screen plays the offense has had this camp."
The Saints will get back to work tomorrow morning with a scheduled 11AM practice. The practice goes from 11AM to 1:30PM and is open to the public.