After Further Review: Five takes from Saints vs Patriots

After Further Review: Five takes from Saints vs Patriots

FOXBORO, MA (WVUE) - Here are five takeaways from the Saints loss against the New England Patriots in the first preseason game.

Take one: Garrett Grayson settles in

A young quarterback can't do much worse than throwing a pick-six on his very first pass. It's exactly the type of scenario that can crush confidence. But credit Garrett Grayson, he didn't let that happen. He battled back to finish 10-16 for 133 yards.

Above all else, Grayson looked comfortable in what he was doing. His awareness was obvious on two big throws to Michael Thomas when he recognized the one-on-one coverage and threw it up for Thomas to go get it. Grayson certainly didn't have a great performance but he did demonstrate growth.

Take Two: Michael Thomas is a star

The best thing about Thursday night was Michael Thomas. He's been making catches like that all camp. His effort against New England just validated those performances. He finished with four receptions for 67 yards and had a heads-up fumble recovery.

Thomas looks poised for a big year.

Take Three: Linebackers excel in pass coverage.

Linebackers that can cover are something we haven't seen much of in the Sean Payton era, until now. They've been active in pass coverage during practice and that carried over into the game tonight. Dannell Ellerbe had a nice pass break up, while Nate Stupar did the same that broke up a touchdown pass. 

Take Four: turnovers and penalties.

The Saints had one interception returned for a score, a fumble returned for a score, an interception in the end zone that negated a touchdown and a fumble inside the 30. That's at least 24 points given up or lost by giveaways. The Saints only lost by 12. 

The Saints were also sloppy in the penalty department. They had nine total for 93 yards. A lot of that is to be expected in the first preseason game. But when you combine lost yardage with lost points, it's not hard to figure out why they lost.

Take five: Players that helped themselves

TommyLee Lewis- He continues to flash. He had a two-point conversion on a jet sweep and hauled in three catches for 38 yards.

Kasim Edebali-  Edebali showed why he's taken the lead in the battle at weakside defensive end. He finished two sacks. 

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