After Further Review: Rankins dazzles in Saints-Patriots practice

After Further Review: Rankins dazzles in Saints-Patriots practice

FOXBORO, MA (WVUE) - Sheldon Rankins has had a very good  camp thus far, but on Tuesday, Rankins was magnificent. He started his day with an interception off Tom Brady on a screen pass and returned it for the score. Later, he used an interior spin move to sack Brady. But the play that was most impressive came when he faked one way then cut under the Patriots' guard. As he was moving past him, the guard had no choice but to hook him to the ground. The play would've certainly drew a holding call during a game.

As I mentioned in my roster projection, I'm starting to become a believer in the interior of the Saints defensive line. Efforts like Rankins' Tuesday only enhances that belief.

Cooks vs Butler

Malcolm Butler and Brandin Cooks were matched up on each other all practice. For the most part, Cooks won the battle. During individual drills, Cooks beat Butler three different times. Butler got Cooks during team when Drew Brees tried a fade route to Cooks in the corner of the end zone but Butler was able to knock the ball away. Cooks battled back in the final period when he and Brees connected a back shoulder throw at the goal line for a touchdown. 

Play of the Day: 64 eligible

Zach Strief went back to his roots on the play of the day. He wasn't exactly reporting as an eligible receiver as in years past. Instead, on a fake field goal, he went out on a route and caught a pass from Thomas Morstead on a fake field goal. 

Other observations

- Brees was highly efficient Tuesday though the majority of his passes were completed to running backs. The best connection came when he hit CJ Spiller on a wheel route. For a visual of the play just think game-winner versus Dallas a year ago.

- Dannell Ellerbe remained active in coverage. He d ropped what could've been a pick six off Brady.

- Undrafted cornerback DeVante Harris had a good day. He picked off Jimmy Garropolo and had a nice pas break up.

- Aside from Rankins, I counted two other sacks from Tyeler Davison and Bobby Richardson, respectively.

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