The Saints had a fairly brief practice on Tuesday afternoon following their preseason victory over the Jaguars in Monday Night Football. The team had an impressive start and performance from its starting squads, which mainly included connection Jameis Winston and Marquez Callaway. Here’s a look at what we saw for day 20 of training camp.
Summary of training camps: Day 19 | Day 18 | Day 17 | Day 16 | Day 15 | Day 13 | Day 12 | Day 11 | Day 10 | Day 9 | Day 8 | Day 7 | Day 6 | Day 5 | Day 4 | Day 3 | Day 2 | Day 1
Presence and transactions
For starters, Saints Wil Lutz, Tre’Quan Smith, Dwayne Washington, Ken Crawley, Garrett Griffin, Will Clapp, Nick Vannett, Adam Trautman, Malcolm Roach and Payton Turner were missing.
As far as deals go, the Saints have placed Jalen Dalton (triceps), Brian Poole and Ethan Greenidge on the injured list, while relinquishing Nolan Cooney and relinquishing / injuring Marcus Willoughby. This puts the team in line with the limit of 80 players.
On Ken Crawley, he was injured in Monday’s game, but according to a source he should be ready to go by Week 1.
Start rotation and notes
The rotation continued with alternating quarterbacks as Taysom Hill took the start.
- QB: Taysom Hill
- RB: Latavius Murray
- WR: Marquez Callaway, Ty Montgomery
- TE: Juwan Johnson, Ethan Wolf
- OL: Terron Armstead, Andrus Peat, Erik McCoy, Cesar Ruiz, Ryan Ramczyk
Sub-notes: Chris Hogan, Easop Winston Jr., Alex Armah and Tony Jones Jr. were among those who rotated with the first team during the walkthroughs and small 11-on-11 spells. Later they placed Deonte Harris as wide receiver during exercises in the red zone. This session also included Lil ‘Jordan Humphrey.
Defensively, the Saints opened in nickel formation. In the red zone exercises, they went to 3-3-5.
- FROM: Cam Jordan, Marcus Davenport
- DT: Albert Huggins, Christian Ringo
- CEO: Kwon Alexander, Demario Davis
- DC: Paulson Adebo (left), Marshon Lattimore (right)
- Niche: CJ Gardner-Johnson
- S: Malcolm Jenkins, Marcus Williams
Sub-notes: The Saints didn’t have a lot of rotations until the red zone period, which put Kaden Elliss on the line for their 3-3-5 look. Huggins was the nose tackle.
Rhythm, flow and observations
Today’s practice was more of a walkthrough for the Saints. The team had worked on several job-specific exercises, with the normal accent we are used to. The Saints had just two 11-on-11 periods, and worked on a punt return team to deal with safety, return lane work and kick return blocks. .
Notes 11 of 11: For both periods, only Taysom Hill and Jameis Winston participated. Hill finished the first set 3 of 3, while Winston went 1 of 2. In the second set operating in the red zone later in practice, Hill went 2 of 3 while Winston finished 2 of 3 and passed for a touchdown to Easop Winston Jr. Overall, Hill went 5 of 6 and Winston went 4 of 6.
Hill’s passes in the first drill were all aimed at the running backs, including a short pass to the middle for Tony Jones Jr. and two more short ones for him and Devonta Freeman. In the second heat he started with a nice intermediate win to Deonte Harris on a curl course. Two games later, Hill knocked Devonta Freeman out of the backfield on an angled road for a good win. His last pass was a throwaway, rolling right.
For Winston, he missed Kawaan Baker on his first pitch because he was off target. He connected with Latavius Murray in the flats for his second pitch. In the second set, Winston started by hitting Chris Hogan at an angle for an intermediate gain, then touched Winston Jr. The last pass was in the end zone for Kevin White, but Grant Haley pulled off a nice pass break.
Noticeable void: The Saints had two tight ends, Juwan Johnson and Ethan Wolf, for all practice. Garrett Griffin missed the game with an injury, while Nick Vannett and Adam Trautman were injured Monday night and were out of practice. A quick call to Josh Pederson could come up, depending on what’s going on with the others.
Hogan Back: Chris Hogan returned to training the same day after being out for a few days, including the game. It’s very tight in the wide receiver battle right now, and seeing Lil’Jordan Humphrey bounce back from a tough week of training has helped his stock.
Werner participates: Pete Werner had trained, but had not participated in the team drills. That has changed today as we saw him be in the mix for contact. It’s a good sign for him and he could see some action on Saturday.
We will be back on Thursday for the team’s next training session.