The New Orleans Saints may’ve lost their first preseason outing, but that doesn’t mean the exercise was a complete waste.
Facing Minnesota in their first preseason game, the New Orleans Saints opted to rest future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees. However, the rest of the Saints household names did play at least the opening drive.
This game went as expected. The Saints quickly opened up down seven and then were rescued by the heroics of kicker Wil Lutz, who converted 27-yard and 52-yard field goals to narrow the Vikings lead.
Fast forward to the fourth quarter. Entering the quarter down 27-15, the Saints did show some aggression, cutting the lead to two off a 33-yard strike from quarterback Taysom Hill, one of his best passes of the night.
A Mike Boon 64-yard run put the game out of reach, but at that point, the fireworks were already over. The Vikings controlled most of the highlights on the offensive end. After just a handful of games, this Adam Theilen catch has already been the best play of the preseason.
As for Sean Payton’s team, they saw success on the offensive end with Dwyane Washington getting the most carries. Aside from Taysom Hill, Washington was the team’s leading rusher, notching 36 yards on 8 carries.
That said, let’s take a look at who shined and who didn’t in the Saints first preseason appearance.