The first practice for the New Orleans Saints is in the books and looked good from all reports yesterday. The theme for this season so far looks to be up tempo and has given birth to a featured slogan, “Do Your Job”.
The phrase was said by suspended head coach Sean Payton when he left on his last day at the Saints facility to interim head coach Joe Vitt and the staff. A t-shirt with the motto is being worn by players and coaches this season to emphasize that notion and was worn at practice yesterday.
The offense did their job as running backs Mark Ingram and Cris Ivory looked healthy and “explosive”. A good sign since both have suffered setbacks from injuries in the past.
The wide receiver corps and quarterback Drew Brees were also said to be clicking and making spectacular catches with a nod to Lance Moore and Joe Morgan. Both made “did you see that” catches while being heavily covered.
The defense did do a good job, but safety Malcom Jenkins said that they can improve. They were around the football yesterday and had passes batted down, but unfortunately had no interceptions.
The defensive line was said to look very good and even some of the local media are itching to see linebacker/defensive end hybrid Martez Wilson play with his hand in the dirt. His explosion of the line is said to be very impressive.