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AFR: Ten practices in, Saints keep lively pace

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(Source: Sean Fazende) (Source: Sean Fazende)

With a heavy emphasis on red zone and third down work, the Saints were back to their normal morning session for practice 10. 

The pace was very lively which was encouraging to see. Usually by this stage of camp, some lethargic practices can pop up. The
Saints have done a good job of not allowing that to creep in. As I think back over last ten sessions, only one would I call a truly bad practice.

Monday's work had a good ebb and flow with both the offense and defense making plays.

Play of the Day I

Vinnie Sunseri has quietly had a good camp thus far. He leads all defensive backs with two interceptions and got his second one
today when he stepped in front of a Luke McCown pass over the middle of the field. Much like his first interception of camp, Sunseri read the quarterback's eyes the whole way.

His two picks were not the only two times he has been around the ball this camp. His 'situational awareness', as one reporter called
it, is very high.

Play of the Day II 

I feel like I say something good about Delvin Breaux every pratice. Well, here I go again. Breaux was matched up one-on-one with
Marques Colston on a deep route, the ball went up and Breaux climbed high to knock it away. He also had the presence of mind to tip it towards Pierre Warren who couldn't come down with the interception.

Play of the Day III

Garrett Grayson is starting to show signs of life. On the final play of practice, Grayson checked off to the 'kill' play at the
line of scrimmage (the Saints have three plays at the line of scrimmage: the original play, the kill or the opposite) and threw a fade route to Lance Lewis for a touchdown. 

Grayson's throw had touch and accuracy. It also showed his ability to recognize coverage and check the offense into the right situation.

Injury Report

P.J. Williams - did not practice
Jalen Saunders- did not practice
Kenny Phillips- did not practice
Akiem Hicks- did not practice
Jairus Byrd- PUP
Davis Tull- NFI
Justin Drescher- NFI

Other Observations

- Breaux also blitzed Brees on a pass play and batted his pass down at the line of scrimmage. 

- Dannell Ellerbe returned and was with the first team at weakside linebacker. On one play near the goalline, Ellerbe made a nice
pass break-up on a pass intended for Khiry Robinson. Linebackers struggled with that route all day, Ellerbe was the only one to defend it properly.

- Orson Charles is in the lead for the third tight end roster spot. Today he had another nice play when he made an impressive catch
on a back-shoulder throw from McCown in the end zone.

- Speaking of tight ends, Josh Hill had a bad drop during team drills where he beat Stephone Anthony in coverage; he would have
a big gain on the play. Hill has had a quiet camp so far.

- Kyle Wilson made an appearance during one-on-one drills today with two pass breakups. Wilson has had a very low-key camp so far
and needs more plays like that if he wants a roster spot.

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