New Orleans Saints get early evaluation in HOF Game; head to New England next

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Aug 5, 2012; Canton, OH, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Joe Morgan (13) looks for running room in the first quarter against the Arizona Cardinals during the pro football hall of fame preseason game at Fawcett Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-US PRESSWIRE

Two bonuses for the New Orleans Saints on Sunday night in the Hall of Fame Game was that they got a small victory for hungry fans and also were given an extra evaluation of current and future talent on their team before heading to Foxborough, MA. to face the New England Patriots.

Yes it is preseason but the 17-10 victory over the Arizona Cardinals last night gave the fans of the Saints and arguably the team a much needed boost after a dark cloud of an offseason.

The Saints also got a bonus fifth preseason game that interim head coach Joe Vitt promised would be used to help evaluate positions that are player heavy on both offense and defense.  Here are a few that were noticed:

  • Rookie running back Travaris Cadet(#39) has been touted by the coaching staff and been having a good camp.  He can not only run the ball but is good at catching as well with 8 receptions for 80 yards and one touchdown.  Saw the term, “the next Chris Ivory” used in describing him.
  • Speaking of Chris Ivory(#29), the running back in his third season didn’t look too crisp and wasn’t running like we are used to seeing.  You can try to blame blocking but he just didn’t have those brute runs and made several mental errors resulting in Cadet being brought in several times.
  • Wide receiver Adrian Arrington(#87)…well there was no evaluation on him because he was held out due to a knee injury suffered on Friday.  Fellow receiver’s Joe Morgan(#13) and Andy Tanner(#14) made the most of their time given last night.
  • Fans wanting sacks or interceptions on every other play were treated to a somewhat conservative defense last night from coordinator Steve Spagnuolo.  Still, they looked re-energized and had a different attitude with safety Malcolm Jenkins(#27) intercepting a pass on the Cardinals first series.
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