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After Further Review: Saints day two recap


The clouds gave the team and crowd some relief from the steamy conditions today as the Saints went through practice two of training camp.

The practice went a little longer than Friday but moved at a good pace.

The overwhelming sense I got after practice concluded was this team has done just about as much as they could do without pads. Tomorrow, they will be in full gear and then we will really start to see who separates themselves.

Play of the Day I

Ryan Griffin and Kenny Stills completed a rookie connection when Griffin hit Stills on a deep post that would have been a score.

Play of the Day II

First round pick Kenny Vaccaro was all over the field today. His best play came during position drills when he ran with his Oklahoma rival Stills on a deep route and knocked away the pass at the last second. His effort drew applause from the crowd.

One thing that stood out to me was how many first team reps first round pick Kenny Vaccaro was getting. During team drills, Vaccaro played the nickel slot.

It's clear they are counting on his versatility and if the first two days are any indication, Vaccaro is someone they expect to contribute right away.

Other Observations

-         Defensive end Kenyon Coleman was back at practice after suffering from the flu Friday.

-         Interesting note in the outside linebacker competition, undrafted rookie Eric Martin was with the second team along with Martez Wilson.

-         Jonathan Vilma flashed some athleticism when he jumped up high and batted away a Drew Brees pass.

-         The Brees to Jimmy Graham connection was solid. Brees hit Graham on a vertical seem route and Graham caught it with Curtis Lofton in front of him and Malcolm Jenkins behind him. The two do this play with such ease, I don't think the general public understands how difficult that play is to complete.

-         The defense didn't force four turnovers today, but they did get one when Ramon Humber stripped Ben Watson. The ball fell right in the arms of outside linebacker Baraka Atkins.

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