AFR: Byrd watching & red zone work. Saints practice recap

AFR: Byrd watching & red zone work. Saints practice recap

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV (WVUE) - With a hoodie tightened firm around his head and no jersey on, Saints safety Jairus Byrd made his first public appearance at a
morning practice today at the Greenbrier. Byrd went through some conditioning off to the side with some other injured players while the rest of the team practiced. Not long after, he went back inside.

Coach Payton called it a step in the right direction.

"There's a progression to it, land-based movements, walk-throughs," Payton said. "He is on schedule so, I said this yesterday, that there hasn't
been any setbacks and I think that's encouraging."

I have to ask, what is going on here? 

Byrd was at full strength for most of OTA's and minicamp. When did this mysterious injury occur? And how bad has it gotten to where
we are actually saying that him being out on the practice field for no more than thirty minutes doing some light jogging and conditioning work is progress?

I have no idea how close Byrd is to a full recovery, but I do know that what we've now labeled as 'progress' are things Byrd was doing well earlier than this stage of camp last year.

Injury Report:

S Jairus Byrd- did not practice
WR Brandon Coleman- did not practice
CB Keenan Lewis- did not practice
TE Josh Hill- did not practice
LB Dannell Ellerbe- limited 
OLB Anthony Spencer- appeared to be limited
LS Justin Drescher- did not practice
CB Damian Swann- did not practice
CB P.J. Williams- did not practice
G Mike McGlynn- did not practice
OLB Davis Tull- did not practice
TE Kevin Brock- did not practice
DL Tavaris Barnes- did not practice
OT Terron Armstead- limited
TE Jack Tabb- left practice

Play of the Day

The day was filled with touchdowns as the team worked on red zone for most of practice. The best came from Ryan Griffin who fired
a laser to tight end Orson Charles on a deep corner route. Griffin's throw was strong and incredibly accurate, exactly the kind of plays he needs to make to beat out Luke McCown for the backup quarterback job.

Other Observations: 

- I thought Garrett Grayson had his best sequence of camp during red zone today. On one play he stood in the shotgun, looked right,
then left, then hit Ben Watson in the middle of the field for a touchdown. On the very next play, with three wide receivers lined up to his left, Grayson accurately fired a quick slant to R.J. Harris for a touchdown.

- Watson's touchdown catch from Grayson was one of three touchdowns for him today in red zone.

- Marques Colston got his first team work of training camp during red zone. By my count, he had one catch.

- Willie Snead IV once again had a great practice. Snead beat Kenny Vaccaro on a corner route from Drew Brees and scored with ease.

- Andrus Peat filled in at left tackle in place of Armstead during team drills with the first team.

- A funny moment occurred during special teams work when coach Greg McMahon was run over during a play.

- Stephone Anthony had another solid outing. He made a fantastic play during team drills when he dropped back into coverage and knocked away a Brees' pass. What was most impressive was how deep Anthony was able to get on his drop to make the play.

- Seantavius Jones had two red zone touchdowns. He also mixed it up with Brian Dixon earlier in practice and had to be restrained. 

- Speaking of Dixon, he was flagged twice today for pass interference.

- Jack Tabb left practice early after an incompletion during red zone work. After falling to the ground, Tabb grimaced in pain and was eventually carted off.

- Payton wouldn't confirm the report that the team worked out cornerback Alfonzo Dennard, but did say the team worked out three cornerbacks. They eventually signed Travis Manning.

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