METAIRIE, La. (AP) - The Saints' defense has made takeaways its top priority after forcing an NFC-low 19 turnovers in 2013.
Near the start of a workout in late May, New Orleans rookie cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste stripped wide receiver Andy Tanner after he made a short reception. Defenders have continued to punch and slap at the ball in the first two practices of minicamp.
Now, offseason workouts are not necessarily the best predictors of the future - and New Orleans did finish fourth in yards allowed under new coordinator Rob Ryan last season after yielding the most yards in NFL history a year earlier - Ryan won't be happy until he sees more turnovers.
Ryan says, "That was a glaring weakness ... to be great, you have to take the ball away."