After Further Review: Five takes from Saints practice #6

After Further Review: Five takes from Saints practice #6
Taysom Hill is growing within Saints offense ( (Photo by Michael DeMocker, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)

(WVUE) - Take One: Practice goes indoors

Wet fields forced the Saints to move practice indoors. For fans wishing to attend practice, their ticket for Wednesday is valid for Thursday.

As for practice as a whole, it was decent though not quite as lively as some others.  I felt like the defense outperformed the offense overall, but the offense wasn't completely stifled like they were Monday.

Take Two: Participation Report

Ben Watson, Marcus Davenport, Shane Vereen and Kamrin Moore did not practice Wednesday. The Saints waived/injured Josh Smith and Eldridge Massington and placed Travin Dural on injured reserve. These were the corresponding moves to the signings of: Brandon Tate, Michael Floyd and Don Barclay.

Tate and Floyd were present at practice Wednesday. Tight end Michael Hoomanawanui officially came off PUP and practiced for the first time all camp.

Take Three: Plays of the Day

Drew Brees connected with Josh Huff on a deep post during seven-on-seven.

Taysom Hill hit Dan Arnold on a deep out route during seven-on-sevens.

Kurt Coleman nearly picked off Brees early in team drills on a pass intended for Michael Thomas.

Brees connected with Thomas a few plays later when he eluded Alex Okafor rush and hit #13 on a dig route.

Woodrow Hamilton, who's in the mix for the team's fourth defensive tackle spot, helped himself when he batted down J.T. Barrett's pass at the line of scrimmage.

On the next team drill, Vonn Bell came free on a blitz to get a sack on Brees.

Hill made his best throw of camp when he connected with Keith Kirkwood on a nine route on the sideline.

Barrett did the same on a nine route to Tate, who made the most of his first practice with the Saints.

Sheldon Rankins has been battling David Onyemata for starting defensive tackle. With both on the field in team drills, Rankins was able to get a sack up the middle.

Take Four: Lutz stays steady

The Saints did not bring in a kicker this offseason to camp for good reason. Lutz has remained steady throughout camp. By my count, Lutz went 7-8 on field goal attempts with a long of 55 yards. His only miss came off a 53-yard attempt that went off the upright.

Last season was big for Lutz, he came through with some extremely clutch kicks, particularly in the playoffs. He carries himself now with the confidence that he belongs in the NFL. For Sean Payton, it has to be nice to finally have this position solidified with someone he trusts.

Take Five: Other Observations

  • Trey Hendrickson is quietly having a strong camp. He seems quicker off the snap and came very close to a sack Wednesday. With Hendrickson, Cam Jordan, Alex Okafor and Davenport the Saints on the surface appear to have some quality depth at what’s been a vulnerable position for them in the past.
  • DeVante Harris nearly had an interception Wednesday.
  • Josh LeRibeus was back at left guard Wednesday. He also had a bad snap when he took some reps at center.
  • Natrell Jamerson had a PBU on the final team period.
  • Cam Meredith had an impressive back shoulder catch over P.J. Williams during individual drills. He also caught an out route from Hill. After a slow start, perhaps Meredith is getting comfortable in this offense.

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