After Further Review: Five takes from Saints vs Cardinals

Published: Aug. 18, 2018 at 3:07 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 18, 2018 at 8:18 AM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Take One: Taysom Tumbles

Ball security. Ball security. Ball security. Taysom Hill will have to say it in his sleep because it cost him Friday night.

Hill accounted for four turnovers against Arizona. Three of those turnovers killed promising drives. His first one was an interception that should have been caught by Cam Meredith. Instead, it was tipped in the air and picked. Then, another promising drive was killed when the ball just simply slipped out of his hand on a bootleg. It happened again on his final drive of the game when he couldn't hold on the ball after going 5-5 on the drive.

Those glaring negative plays took away from any positive he had against the Cardinals. Hill took a step back in the battle for the backup job.

Take Two: O- Line E-Lite

The Saints starting offensive line played the first quarter Friday and dominated the line of scrimmage. Mark Ingram ran the ball seven times for 36 yards behind Max Unger, Larry Warford, Andrus Peat, Terron Armstead and Ryan Ramcyzk.

This unit looked elite and was the best thing about preseason game #2.

Take Three: Jonathan Williams stays consistent

Behind the starting offensive line, Williams picked up where he left last week. His tough between-the-tackles style fit in nicely with the massive holes created by the line. In the race to replace Mark Ingram for the first four games of the season, Williams has stepped to the forefront.

Take Four: Tate gains edge as returner

Tate took the opening kickoff forty yards, and that's all I needed to see. He's natural in this part of the game and should absolutely be considered the frontrunner in this battle.

Take Five: Other Observations

  • Devaroe Lawrence once again showed up and is forcing himself in the reserve defensive tackle conversation.
  • Tre’Quan Smith can run every route on the route tree. He caught a dig, an over and an out Friday.
  • Trey Hendrickson has a quicker burst off the edge that many realize. His effort Friday was impressive though he was called for a bogus roughing the passer penalty.
  • Tom Savage’s night wasn’t as disastrous as Hill’s, but I certainly call it a quality effort Friday.
  • Boston Scott had a few nice runs and returns.

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