The 2014 New Orleans Saints training camp is in the books. “Overall I think the Saints got in a lot of good work, and they accomplished some of the things they wanted to improve on,” said Saints Color Analyst Hokie Gajan.
The Saints practiced for over two hours Tuesday and will now wrap up their preseason schedule Thursday night as they host the 3-0 Baltimore Ravens. Hokie said that there has been real progress towards the Saints goal of creating more turnovers. “I know it’s preseason, but you can sure tell that the Saints have gotten better in that department. If New Orleans can keep this up during the regular season that would make the defense even better.”
The Saints have forced eight turnovers going into the final preseason game, and New Orleans is ranked 1st in the NFL with a +5 in the turnover margin. The Cajun Cannon Bobby Hebert also liked what he saw during Saints camp. “Even in the OTA’s you could tell by the coaches yelling on the field that the Saints wanted to create more turnovers. I think the Saints will create more turnovers based on what they are doing in the preseason.”
Bobby said that Saints DB Corey White had another productive day, as White forced a fumble by punching the ball out of the hands of WR Nick Toon. Bobby also gave high marks DB Brian Dixon. “Dixon has made some plays this camp and today he broke up two passes. I don’t know if Dixon will make the 53 man roster but I do think he will make the practice squad.”
The Cajun Cannon said that other new faces that could land on the Saints practice squad include DB Pierre Warren and TE Nic Jacobs. Bobby’s notes also had WR Joe Morgan beating S Jairus Byrd for a 15 yard gain from QB Drew Brees.
“I’m more than satisfied with what I’ve seen. You have to take into account that the Saints did not have OG’s Ben Grubbs and Jahri Evans and Drew Brees the entire time and Jairus Byrd did not begin practice until the last portion of camp. And all of them were impressive to me. I liked being up in West Virgina and being able to come home and give the fans here a chance to see the team was a good way to wrap things up.”
“The addition of Jarius Byrd looks like it is going to be a big one for the Saints. I think the addition of Byrd and what I’ve seen out of Kenny Vaccaro this camp leads me to believe that the Saints will have one of the best safety tandems in the league this season.”
Bobby was also excited about this year’s group of free agents and undrafted rookies that have made an impact at Saints camp. “The Saints cut a couple of players (DE Rufus Johnson and DB Rod Sweeting) that were on the team last year because they feel like they have better players now. I think we will once again see some players that were considered long shots or camp bodies that make the team.”
I have never seen the saints this talented at safety . Both at SS an FS. Kenny Vaccaro an Jerius Byrd. Then as backups you Rafiel Bush an Vinny Sunseri. This should help the defense even be better than last years
I think that we have an awesome team this year. This could be our year to