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New Orleans Saints: 4 players who had us talking after Day 9 of camp

Jul 31, 2021; Metairie, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints assistant strength and conditioning coach Charles Byrd slaps hands with defensive back J.T. Gray (48) during a New Orleans Saints training camp session at the New Orleans Saints Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 31, 2021; Metairie, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints assistant strength and conditioning coach Charles Byrd slaps hands with defensive back J.T. Gray (48) during a New Orleans Saints training camp session at the New Orleans Saints Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports /
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New Orleans Saints defensive end Payton Turner (98) – Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports
New Orleans Saints defensive end Payton Turner (98) – Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports /

New Orleans Saints who popped – No. 2: Payton Turner

It was a surprise when the Saints opted to spend their first-round pick of this year’s draft on Payton Turner, a lesser-known name out of Houston. The Saints had a similar player in the form of Marcus Davenport (whose fifth-year option they shockingly picked up) and they had far bigger needs than defensive end.

Yet, Turner was the pick and even though the Saints might have reached to nab him, he’s showing up big in training camp thus far.

Mike Triplett’s tweet above pays compliments to both Turner and Roach (who we discussed earlier). With Turner, Triplett discussed how Turner kept Alvin Kamara contained, which is no easy feat by any means.

Nick Underhill had the tweet of the day regarding Turner, noting that he’s “really come to life since the pads came out” and this is exactly what Saints fans want to hear. Turner was likely brought in to challenge Davenport and light a fire under him and we’ve seen that it’s been working so far.

Not only that, but Turner is playing extremely well too. Could it be possible that both Davenport and Turner start on the d-line and become the next dynamic duo? One can only hope.

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