Tre'Quan Smith steps up in Saints first preseason game

Tre'Quan Smith steps up in Saints first preseason game
Tre"Quan Smith made a fantastic catch in traffic Saturday. (Photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)

METAIRIE, LA (WVUE) - Sometimes training camp standouts are only that: players that don't make the same type of plays once the bright lights come on. However, that's certainly not what we're seeing from wide receiver Tre'Quan Smith.

"He's making plays," says head coach Sean Payton. "It's cleaning up all the details and nuances of playing receiver in this league and learning the system."

Smith echoes those same thoughts. He's gotten a taste of what it's like to play full speed against an NFL opponent, but he knows there's more to learn.

"Instead of learning one position, I can learn another spot in the formation," says Smith. "Just being able, when the quarterback calls something, to not think about it too much and already having my mind set up on what I'm going to do and how I'm going to work the guy in front of me."

And on his best play of Thursday night, not only did Smith work one guy in front of him, but several on a run after the catch that set up a black and gold touchdown.

"After I made the play, I know the next play Taysom (Hill) ran it in," says Smith. "Coming on the sideline, everyone was like, 'Great catch!' And it felt so good knowing that I did something that helped us score. It's just a great feeling."

Not to be overlooked in Smith's debut, the Saints won the game. For him, that's nothing new after going undefeated during his junior season at Central Florida. In fact, Smith says it's hard for him to even remember the last time he lost a game. The Saints hope he's not reminded of that feeling anytime soon.

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