If fans were looking for the New Orleans Saints defense to take strides this offseason, then yesterday’s practice was a good sign. The offense however was not it’s usual crisp self and quarterback Drew Brees and Co. will attempt to do better today.
The defense got a boost with starting cornerback Patrick Robinson back in the fold after a being out with a shoulder injury. Robinson struggled a bit at first but got his feet under him and intercepted Brees later in practice on an under thrown ball.
Free safety Malcolm Jenkins also intercepted Brees during the course of practice after being abused by tight end Jimmy Graham on a few passes. Strong safety Roman Harper also had an interception during the beginning of practice.
Linebacker Jonathan Casillas almost picked one off as well but was credited with a pass deflection as was defensive end Cameron Jordan. The defense almost had several sacks against Brees as well as numerous pressures.
Running back Chris Ivory continues to have a curious up an down camp. While running with the first team offense he had a great start but fumbled the ball on a later play. He also false started on a fourth down play as well as missing a blocking assignment on another.
Fellow running back rookie Travaris Cadet is constantly gaining ground on Ivory as the days pass. Cadet noted that Brees has actually taken him under his wing to help him progress.