(WVUE) - Take One: Let it rain
For the first time this training camp, the Saints got a taste of New Orleans summertime rain. About midway through the workout, the skies opened up and did not stop. But because there was no lightning, the Saints remained outside while it poured. It certainly added a different element to the practice and without question the defense handled it best.
The Saints will play five outdoor games this season where weather could be an issue.
Take Two: Defense dominates
Even before the rain came, the defense was enjoying their best practice of training camp. Once the monsoon hit, that only continued. By my count, the defense had four interceptions, a fumble recovery and several pass breakups. At some point, it looked like the defense's dominance got into the offense's head and they started to make mental mistakes. Drew Brees mishandled a snap under center from Max Unger. On a separate play both Ryan Ramczyk and Ted Ginn, Jr. jumped offsides.
This effort comes off two practices where the offense outplayed the defense. Though Sean Payton is likely unhappy with his offense, to me it's a good sign that both sides of the ball are making their share of plays.
Take Three: DeMario Davis leads great day by linebackers
While the defense excelled, the linebackers as a group had an outstanding effort. Led by DeMario Davis, seemingly every linebacker made a play Monday. Davis had an impressive PBU during seven-on-seven, an interception in the rain off Drew Brees and another PBU to close out practice. It was his best work to date.
Alex Anzalone flashed his range as well when he undercut Deon Yelder's seam route for an outstretched interception. It was impressive to see both Anzalone and Davis make plays while tracking the ball on deeper routes. It's not always easy to do for a linebacker. Craig Robertson picked off J.T. Barrett while Nate Stupar teamed up with Arthur Maulet to force a fumble on Terrance West that Maulet recovered.
Take Four: Injury report
Cam Jordan, Cam Meredith, and Alex Okafor all returned to the field for practice Monday. Terron Armstead did not participate, and Cameron Tom is out for a few weeks with a shoulder issue, according to a league source. Kamrin Moore did not practice as well. Michael Hoomanawanui and Brandon Coleman remain on PUP.
Take Five: Other Observations
- Marcus Williams had an impressive PBU when he came across a Brees rollout to knock a ball away from Michael Thomas.
- A couple of the offensive highlights included Brees hitting Ted Ginn, Jr. on a nine route for a touchdown during seven-on-seven. Later, Tom Savage executed a nice play-fake to his Austin Carr on a deep corner route.
- Kurt Coleman had one of the team’s four interceptions when he snatched the ball off a TommyLee Lewis tip. Patrick Robinson made an impressive play of reading the slot fade route from Michael Thomas and nearly came away with another interception.
- David Onyemata and Sheldon Rankins alternated first team reps at defensive tackle.
- With Armstead out, Jermon Bushrod played left tackle. John Fullington was the first team left guard.