Here are a few notes on the 24-10 win in the teams first preseason game:
- Boy, Robert Meachem looked great. How much did this guy has had to overcome in just one year is amazing. He showed big play ability, great hands and what is most important: 100% health. He played a great game and this wide receiver competition is surely heating up. His workouts with David Patten may cost Patten his starting job, which would be ironic.
- The offense looked crisp in the first series. That is great to see in just the first preseason game of the season. Drew Brees looked in complete control, which I wouldn’t expect anything less from him.
- Speaking on quarterback play, it’s great to see the Saints have a reliable backup in Mark Brunell. He looked sharp, connecting with Meachem on a long pass late in the second quarter. Tyler Palko also held his own out there and it’d be interesting to see how his situation plays out.
- Concerns about the running game could not be changed by this game. Pierre Thomas and Reggie Bush struggled running the ball, combing for 16 carries and 31 yards. Aaron Stecker looked sharp, however, and it’d be interesting to see if they can find him some touches during the season.
- The pass rush surely looked improving, with the defensive unit recording 5 sacks. Matt Leinart looked good against the teams secondary and there appeared to be a few leaks which you would like to see corrected.
- All in all it was a good first game in the preseason. Everybody appeared to get out healthy and Robert Meachem is making a case to start.