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Saints Camp: Day 9 recap

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After eight days of practice, the Saints' Black and Gold Scrimmage was supposed to serve as an easy transition to the team's preseason opener in a week. However, in the words of Drew Brees and Sean Payton, "It was sloppy."

It began with the defense where just having the proper amount of players on the field was a problem. Twice that side of the ball had 12 men on, another time they only had ten. Payton was frustrated during practice and afterward "Don't get me started. We have to be able to handle the substitutions better. That's one thing for sure. Those are detail things and those are things that'll get corrected. Trust me."
On a positive note, the first team offense shined. On his only drive of the scrimmage, Brees went six for seven culminating with a fade route to Marques Colston in the end zone. Today was just Colston's second day of full contact but the timing between he and Brees picked up right where they left off according to Brees "We have such a great rapport and he's got such a great feel that it's one of those where it's like riding a bike." That being said, Colston is adjusting to minor tweaks "We made a few minor changes to the offense this year so just being able to get some live reps has been helpful."

Fourth string quarterback Garrett Grayson received plenty of reps and actually had a few good moments, he hit undrafted rookie RJ Harris on a deep route. Harris came up with the catch despite getting interfered with by Brian Dixon. On the other hand, Grayson also  telegraphed a pass over the middle of the field that was intercepted by Vinnie Sunseri, unacceptable by Payton's standards "It was a turnover so a turnover in the fringe or close to the red zone, it is a significant play if it happens in a game."

Mark Ingram was productive as he caught a touchdown pass on an option route while veteran Ben Watson once again caught everything thrown his way. 

All in all it was the type of performance one can expect in their first scrimmage of the season according to Brees, "Quick transitions, that happens in a move-the-chains type period or scrimmage as opposed to practice where you can stop it, make certain adjustments. So that part might have surprised some guys. I just think we weren't as sharp as we need to be."

Up next is an off day for the Saints on Saturday before an afternoon practice on Sunday. In six days they'll finally get a chance to hit someone other than themselves when they face Baltimore in the preseason opener, August 13th.

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