WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV (WVUE) - A new day brought a new location for Saints practice number two. The Saints went down to the lower turf field and put in a little over two hours of work. For the second straight day, the energy was high with plays being made on both sides of the ball.
Play of the Day I
Call it 'the catch.'
Rookie wide receiver Michael Thomas once again showed he is ready for the show. On the play, Luke McCown d ropped back and went deep to Thomas, who was covered by Ken Crawley. The coverage was decent but Thomas located the ball, ran past the defender and lunged forward to snag the ball with one hand.
Whether it's catching the ball in tight traffic or running past a defender forty yards downfield to make a unhanded grab, what's impressed me most about Thomas is when the ball is intended for him he is going to do all he can to make sure it will not hit the ground. It's like he takes it personally if it does.
Play of the Day II
Thomas wasn't the only receiver to make a big catch deep. Drew Brees went deep to Brandin Cooks during team drills. Delvin Breaux was in coverage on the play and was able to catch up the ball and appeared to make an interception, but Cooks was able to wrestle the ball away of the big gain.
- Sheldon Rankins spent the majority of practice with the first team at defensive tackle alongside Nick Fairley at defensive tackle.
- Speaking of Fairley, he had a nice day as well. He was credited with a sack during team drills and batted down a pass at the line of scrimmage.
- Rookie Vonn Bell came up with another nice play Friday. During team drills, he was able to swipe a pass away intended for Brandon Coleman. It was a nice play by Bell but was also the type of play that frustrates coaches with Coleman. By running a post route, his 6'6 frame shielded Bell from the ball but rather than reach out and attack the catch, he waited for the ball to get closer to his chest which allowed Bell to come across for the PBU.
- Roman Harper made a nice play during seven on seven when came across a Coby Fleener route to knock down the pass. Erik Harris also had one during the same drill.
- Hakeem Nicks made his Saints debut today wearing #15.
- After a rough start where he had two consecutive poorly thrown balls, Garrett Grayson recovered to make some nice throws. He threaded the needle on a pass to tight end Garrett Griffin and hit Tommylee Lewis on post route. Lewis was able to make a nice run after the catch.
- Damian Swann nearly picked off Grayson during team drills but couldn't come up with the interception.
-When the Saints' defense went nickel, P.J. Williams got the majority of the snaps there with Swann on the outside. Kenny Vaccaro got some reps there as well. In base, Williams was on the outside.
- It's early, but tight end Rashaun Allen has now made three impressive catches in two days.
-Davis Tull recorded a sack on Grayson. Right now, Tull is running mostly with the third team but could possibly ascend when the pads come on.