It’s Friday, and nine days of Saints in the Books training camp. After tomorrow’s session, the team will have a day off after completing a week of six-day work. The practice started indoors for a while, but then moved outside and gave us plenty of goodies to check out. Here are all our observations and observations from Day 9.
Notes and notes
Attendees: CJ Gardner-Johnson, Marshon Lattimore, Dylan Mabin, Smoke Monday (knee), D’Marco Jackson, Jerald Hawkins and Jaleel Johnson were among those not spotted in training today. The smoke of the two was placed on the reserve of the injured. Latimore It said Dealing with a slight muscle strain, and these things happen. It should be seen as secondary.
Tysom Hill and Rashid Shahid were spotted out doing one-on-ones with a coach. The hill wasn’t fully lined, but the martyr was for the second day. Marcus Davenport was spotted indoors doing individual rehab work.
Kiko Alonso joined the team yesterday, and was there for training wearing No. 47.
Notes on aggressive behavior: There were no changes here. As we’ve seen for a while now, Landon Young gets delegates during mentorships as the right tackle. However, today he got extensive work as the right intervention initially during the team’s rehearsals. James Hearst, Andrews Pete, Eric McCoy, and Cesar Ruiz were the other operators. Beginners, Beginners, and Alternates include Abram Smith, Adam Trautman, Ryan Ramchic, Adam Prentice, Alvin Kamara, Mark Ingram, Triquan Smith, Jarvis Landry, Chris Olaf, Nick Vanette, Joan Johnson, Kevin White, and Deonty Harty.
Defensive notes: The Saints worked out their defense base today, with no changes along the defensive line with Cam Jordan, David Onimata, Shea Tuttle and Karl Granderson. Caden Ellis, Demario Davis and Pete Werner were at centre-back, with Paulson Adepo and Bradley Robbie in the corner. Marcus May and Terran Mathieu were safe. Subs included Kiko Alonso, Tanoh Capasanion, Taco Charlton, Kentavius Street, Albert Huggins, and Eric Wilson.
Michael Thomas: It seems like we keep talking about him every day, but that’s only because of how awesome he is to show up there. Thomas did a 7 on 7 for the first time today, and he didn’t disappoint. He won both ways against Paulson Adepo, being very physical and looking like him. His second win was to drop above the middle after an impressive display. Thomas is Thomas, and that’s all you need to know.
1-ON-1 FEATURES: Tons of great movement today, as we saw wide receivers head into corners for this workout.
- Jarvis Landry vs. Bradley Robbie – A good choice for Andy Dalton to start things off with Robbie. Excellent coverage by a veteran.
- Michael Thomas vs. Paulson Adepo – Thomas went 2-0 today, winning both tracks against Adepo. The first was getting out to the sideline after hitting him outside the line physically to get rid of Adebo.
- Marquis Calaway vs Vincent Gray Calaway caught a lackluster road to a hit on the right.
- Kirk Merritt vs Paulson Adepo – He had a great one-handed grip on another path to score.
- Dai’Jean Dixon vs. Vincent Gray – Had a landing on the right side after a good road.
- Michael Thomas vs. Paulson Adepo – Thomas has reached the finish area on Breed Road. Once again, he was more out of line than Adebo, and that led to a positive result.
7-ON-7: The saints put the works of the red zone today. Defensively, the first sight here included Tiran Mateo, which was big news in the Condensation Period for him. Joining him in training is Justin Evans, PJ Williams, Demario Davis, Bradley Robbie, Pete Werner and Paulson Adepo.
James Winston went 2 of 3, hitting Michael Thomas underneath to work against Justin Evans for an opening. The second play saw the play explode after stellar coverage from the defense. The third play was to topple Adam Trautman in the end zone, but Winston responded by finding Malcolm Brown on an elective landing route.
Second defense appeared Kaden Ellis, Eric Wilson, Bryce Thompson, Pete Werner, GT Gray, Vincent Gray and Alontay Taylor. Andy Dalton went 3 of 3 as the big play finally came on a road near Michael Thomas’ touchline leading to a touchdown.
Ian Book finished 1 of 3, knocking Cowan Baker into the back of the end zone to start. His next play resulted in a touchdown, and Devin found Ozigbo on a corner road with Kiko Alonso in coverage. The final actor saw really good coverage from the defense, with a Bock pass being thrown at Dwayne Washington’s feet with Alonso covered, and Terran Mathew making a good shot trying to catch it after the ball veered.
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11-on-11: There were three separate periods for this again, but there were some more passes than usual to open the first exercise. James Winston went 3 of 3, hitting Kirk Merritt, Mark Ingram, and Triquan Smith in his passes.
Andy Dalton went 1 of 2, found Lucas Kroll near the touchline and missed Juwan Johnson in the next play in a very difficult throw. Ian Bock completed his only pass, all the way back to Deont Harty. He did a great job climbing into the pocket to find it. Navi Sewell and Albert Huggins stopped in the next two plays.
The second set of rehearsals came after some special teams did, which saw Winston go 1 of 3 here. He knocked out Tre’Quan Smith to start, but tied up with Jarvis Landry in a deep side game near the finish zone. Winston did a great job getting out of the pressure, completely blasting Karl Granderson’s James Hurst. Winston’s last shot was in the mail by Joan Johnson, but he couldn’t pull with one hand.
Andy Dalton completed both passes, finding Tony Jones Jr. on a wheel path for the touchdown to open with Eric Wilson in coverage. It was a great throw by Dalton. His second completion came in the play, rolling right to find Jarvis Landry for a short hook. Deonte Harty got a jet-setting sweep in the final play.
Ian Book went 3 of 3 here, connecting by mostly short ways. He hits Malcolm Brown first, then Devin Ozigbo out of play, then a wide receiver screen for Quan Becker.
The recent period focused on the work of the red zone. Winston finished 1 of 2, as he hit Alvin Camara in the net from the left side to score the score. Aesop Winston Jr. missed his second pass. Winston did a great job navigating the jeep, and he had opened Winston Jr. to score. He just missed it on a high pitch he would love to come back. We saw good running stops by David Onyemata and Tanoh Kpassagnon.
Andy Dalton finished 3 of 3 here, taking the offense in the end zone twice from the 10-yard and 4-yard line. They started at the 18-yard streak. Next, Dalton hit Tony Jones Jr. on an on-screen play he was involved in, then followed that up by finding Devin Ozigbo inside with Kiko Alonso and Eric Wilson on coverage.
Ian Book went 1 of 2 here, as Scott Bachchan broke his first pass on the scrimmage line after the streak started running. He blew up the Sage Doxtater and influenced the play. The third play saw Book keep it on a designer play option to the right, which Payton Turner stopped. Book closed team practice to quickly find Jarvis Landry from the 4-yard line.
Alonti Taylor: The correct way to pronounce his name is ALON-TEE, for those who are interested. he is He said on Twitter Just to refer to him as “Tai” from now on, which is what his colleagues call him.
On the other hand, it’s good to see how well it works. He’s very self-aware, and says he didn’t have the practice he wanted on Friday. He mentioned that he’s fallen back on his technique, but it’s easy to fix. He works a lot with Paulson Adepo.
Taylor also had a special staff working in a jammer with JT Gray. Dai’Jean Dixon looked to have early leverage after coming off the initial block, but Gray and Taylor recovered well to cancel out anything else. Taylor ended up blocking him on the floor.
Karl Granderson: He’s been much more in the spotlight with Marcus Davenport out, with first-team reps versus Cam Jordan. He’s had a nice camp so far, just building on the momentum from the OTAs and the little camp. It’s his running defense that stands out the most. He said after training that his playing weight will be 285 pounds this year. That’s a big leap for him, but he looks solid there.
Playing in the rain: We had a good period of rain, with rain falling steadily at one point. However, the practice continued. Wil Lutz got in some work and made his three field goals all despise the wet conditions, later going 3 of 3. He only missed one kick during camp, and that came indoors.
Kirk Merit: He’s constantly blinking, and among him and perhaps Scott Bachchan, some of the most prominent figures in the camp aren’t the obvious guys. Merritt is facing a tough rise with the other recipients on the team, so it will be interesting to see what happens with him in pre-season etc. An honorable mention as a rookie would go to Tony Jones Jr., who had another great day of training.
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