NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Take One: Taysom Hill progressing
In our first chance to see Taysom Hill operating as a quarterback, I thought Hill looked good.
I see why Sean Payton likes him. He seems to have a good grasp of where to go with the football. When he throws it, he has nice zip and accuracy. His athleticism is obvious too when he moves around. His best pass came on a nine route to Eldridge Massington.
He also connected to an open receiver on a post route.
Let's not get too carried away, it was only an OTA. But at least for one practice, Hill stood out in a positive way and has a legit shot at the backup quarterback position.
Take Two: Depth is standing out
As I was watching practice and scanning the roster, the depth of the 2018 Saints Team started to jump out at me.
It's hard to find a legitimate hole on the roster and not just the starting lineup. Other than maybe reserve defensive tackle, the Saints look to have a solid two-deep at just about every position on offense and defense.
Take Three: Davenport is a physical specimen
With Alex Okafor out, first round pick Marcus Davenport ran with the first team. Immediately, his size stood out. While looking at the defensive line between plays, I was immediately taken back by how much Davenport towered over Tyeler Davison and Sheldon
Rankins. Clearly, he looks the part. Now, he must play the part.
Take Four: Participation Report
Okafor, A.J. Klein, Daniel Lasco and Cam Jordan were in attendance but did not participate Thursday. Mark Ingram, Andrus Peat and Ben Watson did not attend.
Wide receiver Cameron Meredith was limited, which was welcomed news. Sean Payton said he is ahead of schedule in his recovery.
Take Five: Other Observations
Rookie Kamrin Moore had an outstanding interception when he stepped in front of a JT Barrett pass on a seam route to Dan Arnold to pick off the ball.
Trey Edmunds made the team last year mostly as a special teams player. With Ingram out, he has an opportunity to get some running back reps. On Thursday, his ability to catch the ball stood out. On one improv play, Hill rolled out of the pocket. Edmunds broke off his curl route and drifted downfield to open space. Hill lofted the ball, Edmunds caught it near his ankles. It was an impressive catch.
John Fullington got the start of left guard with Peat out. Demario Davis and Alex Anzalone were the first team linebackers in the defense's nickel look Thursday.
Tempers flared when David Onyemata appeared to throw a punch at an offensive lineman. I couldn't make out who the lineman was.