Through eight days of training camp, the Saints have built a solid foundation, and coach Sean Payton likes the overall progress heading into tomorrow morning's team scrimmage.
"I think it is going well," Payton said. "I think we have stayed healthy, which has been important. We will have a chance tomorrow to see how these guys handle a scrimmage setting. But it has been a good opportunity for all of us now to see these guys in pads for a week, and going through all of spring, it is always a challenge because there is so much that is different when you finally get the pads on. So, so far it is going well. We still have a lot of work to do. I am anxious to see what these young guys do tomorrow."
-Nola Native Impresses
New Orleans native Keenan Lewis is feeling right at home, making plays each practice in the Saints secondary. The first-year member of the Black & Gold is always around the ball, and he wants those pass deflections to eventually become interceptions come gamedays.
"It's very important to be stopping a guy from catching it, but an interception is what you look forward to," said Lewis. "Those the turnover plays so the offense doesn't get an opportunity to score so that's the thing we'll be working on."
-Rob Ryan's Impact
The players are also becoming more and more comfortable with Rob Ryan as their defensive coordinator. The 3-4 scheme is a hit so far, and Ryan has gained valuable confidence from his leaders.
Junior Galette gave Ryan his vote of support. "He likes to keep it alive, live wired I guess environment, so I really like Rob and like how much he expects of me.
-Fan Arrested At Camp
In a bizarre scene, 59-year-old David Mobley of Houma, made his way onto the practice fields without authorization. Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office deputies were notified and quickly retrieved Mobley, who was combative and forced a brief struggle. Mobley was taken into custody and booked for resisting arrest, battery of a police officer and remaining at a location after being forbidden. According to the saints, kudos go out to their security at practice.
Junior Galette: "I didn't get to see it, but the guy got arrested before getting to the field, so we have some tight security out here. Fans drinking, it's hot out here, but I don't know what he was thinking, just too much booze."
Sean Payton: "Been a while since I can recall, I didn't realize, just looking over, who it was. You saw a tussle from a distance and security did a good job of getting him off."
Malcolm Jenkins: "I don't really know why, I guess he wanted a closer view, and the gate was too far. He decided to come onto the field, which was probably a bad idea."
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