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AFR: Saints maintain steady camp attitude

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Eleven practices have come and gone here at Saints training camp and one positive thing I can say for certain is this team has truly embraced the work.

Every practice seems to have a purpose. And the on-field action reflects that. They're working like a team that knows they were embarrassed last year and wants to get better. Thus, we haven't seen much loafing around or wasted practice periods that typically happens during this stage of camp. 

That's refreshing to see. It was a huge point of emphasis this offseason for the organization where complacency and a lack of leadership were identified as key culprits to the 7-9 finish. It's still early, but this team looks like a self-motivated group.

In saying all of that, it doesn't necessarily mean this team will be any better. We won't know that until the season begins. But for now it appears they've adopted the correct training camp mindset.

Play of the Day I

Stanley Jean-Baptiste made a great play in the end zone when he batted down a pass intended for Josh Morgan. Jean-Baptiste has grown by leaps and bounds this training camp.

Play of the Day II

Ryan Griffin had a nice afternoon. His best pass came during two-minute drills when he fired a strike to Josh Morgan on a post corner route inside the five yard-line. 

Injury Report

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

Other Observations

- It had been a while since I'd recognized cornerback Kyle Wilson but he's shown up these last two practices. Wilson did solid work Monday during 7-on-7's and followed that up today with two pass break-ups in team drills. 

- Another day, another sign of growth for Garrett Grayson. Grayson hit Brandon Coleman in the corner of the end zone during red
zone drills. Later in the practice, he hit Seantavious Jones down the field on the numbers with a great pass. 

- I go back and forth with wide receiver Nick Toon. He looks the part and SOMETIMES plays the part of a legitimate NFL wide receiver.
He just doesn't do it consistently enough. Today was the perfect example of why I get frustrated with him. On the final play of first team red zone, Drew Brees spotted him near the goal line. After scanning the field and moving out of the pocket, he flung one to him. The throw was hot but it had to be, because Keenan Lewis was draped all over Toon. Somehow, Brees found the window to put the ball in. But Toon let the ball get on his chest and was not able to make the grab, ending the drill in disappointment. 

- Willie Snead had another head-turning play when he caught a pass in the end zone for what appeared to be a touchdown. Coaches thought otherwise and ruled him out of bounds. I went back and checked the still photo and would have given Snead the six.

-Singer Jimmy Buffett attended practice today and I had the chance to interview him afterwards. He is a very friendly guy who happens to be a die-hard Saints fan. He also shared an awesome story about how he met Sean Payton. Payton was an assistant coach at Dallas when Buffett did a show there. During the show, Buffett passed a shark through the crowd. All of a sudden, a group of guys were trying to take the shark down. He looked over and it was Payton, Troy Aikman and Butch Johnson. Buffett sent his security over as all the guys were laughing. He met Payton later that night and the two became friends. 

 

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