After Further Review: Saints work in the trenches

The final week of training camp is upon the Saints and Monday was spent working on short yardage.

The first team offense and defense lined up six times in a third and one situation. The results split right down the middle with three wins for each side.

David Hawthorne stuffed Mark Ingram on back-to-back plays to start. The offense struck back with three straight conversions. Jed Collins started things off with a two-yard gain up the middle. Next, Ingram took a pitch from Brees and faked Jay Richardson to for a five-yard gain on the left side. Darren Sproles followed that up with a burst through the line for a big gain on the right side.

The final play was a play action pass that was incomplete.

The second and third team offense dominated by converting five of the last six tries.

Play of the Day

Drew Brees went vertical Monday. First he hit Nick Toon on fly route up the sideline for a big gain. Later, he hit Lance Moore on an out-and-route where Moore ran under Andy Tanner, who ran a post route, then turned it upfield. Brees looked off Tanner then dropped it in beautifully to Moore in the end zone. Moore beat Jabari Greer on the play.

Other Observations:

-         Hawthorne had his best practice of camp. In addition to his back-to-back stuffs of Ingram on short yardage drills, he picked off Seneca Wallace and nearly picked off Ryan Griffin.

-         Speaking of Wallace, I'd expect to see a lot of him Friday vs. Oakland. He spent all day with the second team. Right now he is trailing Luke McCown in the backup quarterback competition; he needs a big game against Raiders to stay on the roster.

-         The signing of WR Patrick Crayton is interesting. I thought Preston Parker and some of the young wide receivers had done enough to instill confidence in the coaching staff on Friday night. Plus, they already have a veteran in Steve Breaston. Clearly, I was wrong. Crayton is 34 years old and didn't even play in 2012. Just another twist to what's been the most compelling position group of camp.