Although it’s just training camp, the first day in pads for the Saints did not disappoint. They’ll be making up for lost time as Week 1 is under a month away.
The New Orleans Saints starters put on pads and competed for the time since training camp commenced. It was an exciting day as players like Emmanuel Butler, Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill looked to show that they belong in high-usage roles.
While the team was without a few familiar faces, all players are expected to be healthy for the team’s fan-less Week 1 matchup with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The two that New Orleans really needs to be healthy is Drew Brees and Michael Thomas.
The future Hall of Fame quarterback connected with the league’s best receiver during the training, and, with the 2019 season feeling ages ago, it helped fans reconnect with their love of Saints football.
Here’s the video from NOLA.com’s Amie Just.
This is a duo that will be well versed this season after a terrific 2019 campaign. Despite missing five games early in the season, Brees didn’t miss a beat with 2019 Offensive Rookie of the Year Thomas as the season progressed.
MT had a historic 2019 campaign, beating out Marvin Harrison‘s previous record for most single-season receptions. He also recorded the NFL’s most receiving yards. After a nine-figure extension the previous offseason, Thomas continued to prove his value.
The former Buckeye should be grateful for the former Purdue Boilermaker Brees as well as the star quarterback notched the league’s highest completion percentage for the third straight season.
Both stars in the NFL, they’ll captain what should be one of the best offenses in the NFL. The Saints were top five in points per game last season. With Emmanuel Sanders and an enhanced offense, they’re expected to be even better in 2020.
Despite not having an offseason training, the Saints don’t look to have missed a beat throughout the first few days of training camp.