After Further Review: Redshirt rookies step up in day two for Saints

After Further Review: Redshirt rookies step up in day two for Saints

METAIRIE, LA (WVUE) - It's often hard to get a gauge on offensive and defensive linemen during non-padded mini camp practices. However, that was not the case Wednesday where redshirt rookie Davis Tull's quickness of the edge was evident during back-to-back team drills. Lining up mostly with the second team across undrafted free agent Ryker Matthews, Tull registered at least two sacks and possibly three. Hopefully, he'll get some first team reps once training camp begins to see how he would fare against one of the best left tackles in the game.

Meanwhile PJ Williams, the Saints other redshirt rookie, has remained consistent. He once again played outside with the first team and had two pass break-ups on throws from Drew Brees to Brandin Cooks. You can see Williams getting more confident by the day, which is exactly what a young cornerback needs in this league.

Williams and Tull were both wild cards coming into this offseason given that they weren't able to show much last year. It has to be encouraging to the Saints to see them both flash the skill sets that got them drafted. We'll see if it holds throughout training

 Other Observations

  • If I were coaching Garrett Grayson, I would tell him to just let it rip. The last few practices he’s looked like a quarterback who is thinking too much on every play. He was picked off by Dillon Lee on a pass he telegraphed to Mark Ingram. Grayson needs to just let loose and play free right now.
  • Wednesday’s practice ended with a first. For the first time since we’ve been able to witness practice, Drew Brees was intercepted. It wasn’t his fault, the ball bounced off Tim Hightower’s hands where Nate Stupar was there to pick it off.
  • Tulane product Royce LaFrance came free on two blitzes and sacked Grayson twice.
  • Tim Lelito and Senio Kelemete once again rotated at left guard with the first team.
  • #12 was back at practice for the Saints but it wasn’t Robert Meachem. Kyle Prater was sporting the number while Meachem was nowhere to be found. Sean Payton said Meachem had a foot injury that kept him out.
  • One of the few offensive bright spots today came from wide Tommylee Lewis, who flashed some impressive speed when he took a short route and outran defenders for a big gain.

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