AFR: Breaux shines, Peat returns, Galette uncertain; OTA#9 recap

AFR: Breaux shines, Peat returns, Galette uncertain; OTA#9 recap

Delvin Breaux stole the show for Saints OTA #9. The former McDonough 35 product was easily the most impressive player for the Saints.

First off, Breaux was with the first team with Brandon Browner taking the day off to nurse a minor tweak. The Saints have nine cornerbacks on their roster, for Breaux to be second on depth chart, even with a few injuries, is a significant development for him.

He took full advantage of the opportunity. The play of the day came when Drew Brees was throwing a back shoulder fade. It's a difficult pass to defend because the defender has to stop, regain traction, reverse field and find the ball. Usually by that time, it's too late to make a play.

Breaux was able to stop, turn, track the ball and make an incredible one-handed snag to secure the interception.

It was a very impressive play, but he didn't stop there. Breaux also had four pass break-ups, including one where he knocked the ball away from Brandon  Coleman on a fade route in the end zone. Coleman has six inches on Breaux and he ended practice with another break-up at the goal line.

As I've stated several times, I don't get too invested into what I see on the field in June. However, Breaux's performance today was impossible to ignore.

Peat returns

Andrus Peat was back for the first time with his full team today. Physically, Peat is impressive. At 6'7, 315 pounds, Peat looks the part. On the field he ran with the second team at right tackle. At this stage of OTA's it's very hard to  get a true read on offensive lineman without pads, but there was one draw play with C.J. Spiller where he was ran right behind Peat for a big gain.

Interestingly enough, Zach Strief was running to and from every drill. Strief may be the best mentor Peat could ever ask for, but there is no way Strief is just going to hand him his job. And rightfully so.

Not Participating

Without too much injury information given at this time of year, it's hard to tell who is actually injured versus who is just taking the day off.  All in all, ten players missed practice today.

Cam Jordan- excused absence

Akiem Hicks

Brandon Browner- minor injury

Junior Galette- pec injury

Marques Colston

Brodrick Bunkley

Davis Tull- injury

Damian Swann- injury

Jamarca Sanford- injury

Ryan Griffin- excused absence

Other Observations

-If I have to name an offensive MVP for today it would be Brandin Cooks. Cooks' route tree is so diverse and he looks very comfortable and confident right now. He caught five passes from both Brees and Luke McCown.  His best came on an absolute dime from Brees where Cooks beat Breaux for a 30-yard gain on a deep route. For all those that foolishly jumped off the Cooks' bandwagon last year, now is the time to jump back on.

-One play I'm certain we'll see in the offensive arsenal all season is the wheel route to C.J. Spiller. They ran it a couple of times for big gains, including what would have been a sure touchdown with Spiller's speed.

- Cornerback Kyle Wilson had an impressive day as well. Playing the nickel role, Wilson had two pass breakups including one where he went real high to swat one from Brandon Coleman.

- Keenan Lewis also had an interception today. He was playing on the outside and undercut a seam route run by Coleman to pick off the pass. Interestingly enough he fumbled the ball out of bounds on the return and Kenny Vaccaro came over to him and shouted ‘get down.'

-Hau'Oli Kikaha got some work in at strongside today and even made a nice play when he tipped a pass intended for Josh Hill. The only problem was Hill stayed on the ball and hauled in the pass on the sideline.

-Coach Payton confirmed Junior Galette has a pec injury and that they are waiting on a final opinion to see on how they should go about treating it. His timetable is unknown at this time.

 - Most interesting personnel note was undrafted rookie Kaleb Eulls saw first team reps at defensive tackle with Brodrick Bunkley and Akiem Hicks out.