Saints, Redskins Week 5: Observations from the cheap seats

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Observations from the Cheap Seats: Part 1

P.J. Williams
NEW ORLEANS, LA – OCTOBER 08: P.J. Williams #26 of the New Orleans Saints leaps for the ball during the second half against the Washington Redskins at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on October 8, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images) /

The Saints have run the screen pass play with moderate success so far this season. Ingram’s return seems to have bolstered the screen game. On his first screen, he rambled for big yardage. Whether it’s the spacing or timing is unknown, but they just seem to perform that one better with Ingram.

Speaking of Ingram’s return, it was very comforting to see the team seem to fully embrace him. Sometimes when players are suspended, the team is angered by it, feeling betrayed by a player’s inconsiderate action or selfishness. Ingram didn’t seem to be the recipient of any animosity by players, and of course the fans were happy to have one more tool for the tool belt.

Here’s a name you don’t hear mentioned much: Zach Wood. He’s the Saints’ long snapper. Mentioning him because he had two poor snaps Monday night. The first caused the timing issue that led to a missed PAT. The second was on Wil Lutz’ second PAT attempt. Holder Thomas Morstead rescued that one and they got the kick in. After the kick, you could see Wood’s disappointment as Lutz came and give him some encouragement. Wood and Morstead retreated immediately to the sideline, moving people to work a bit more on that exchange.

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Morstead had to be excited to be out there for those kicks – otherwise he wouldn’t have gotten on the field. No punts in this game for the Saints. In 10 possessions, two were end of half and game, one was a fumble, and the other seven resulted in points.

Former LSU defensive tackle and Louisiana native Booger McFarland was the sideline analyst for last night’s game. After a successful NFL career, Booger has turned to the broadcast side of the game.

The entire Superdome went silent as Marshon Lattimore went down with an injury. He collided with teammate AJ Klein on a tackle and went into the concussion protocol. It’s his second NFL concussion. Hopefully he’ll be healthy after the bye week. More importantly, hopefully he’ll be healthy period.

Klein was later hurt himself, but he was able to return to the game. He’s one of several defenders who have turned their game up a notch. We also lost Taylor Stallworth in the game. Hopefully his injury was not serious, as he’s become a valuable member of that front rotation.