After an incredibly eventful day of Saints training camp on Wednesday, the team returned to action on Thursday for their eighth practice. What’d we learn from Thursday’s practice?
Wednesday’s practice was interesting for the New Orleans Saints and the highlight was obviously when Trevor Penning and Malcolm Roach were kicked out of practice for fighting. Penning had been in a scuffle for three straight days and Dennis Allen was not happy about the fists getting thrown. He noted that the team didn’t have time for that.
Let’s start with Penning for Thursday’s takeaways.
Penning taking reps with first team
Despite getting booted from Wednesday’s practice, Penning still got playing time with the starters and no fists were thrown. Penning is a very emotional player and the team knew he had that fire in him when they drafted him but he definitely needs to dial it back a lot before the season begins.
As for as Penning getting first-team reps go, it’s not surprising. Putting James Hurst in as the starter for the first game of the season probably is the smarter move but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Penning starting at some point.
Another solid day for Adebo
At this point, I’m not even sure that I need to include Paulson Adebo having a good day because it’s just expected. The second-year cornerback out of Stanford entered the offseason as the expected CB2 next to Marshon Lattimore but when the Saints drafted Alontae Taylor in the second round, he was obviously in the mix to win that job.
Adebo has definitely shown that he’s not giving up his starting job from a season ago without a fight. The job should be his unless he starts to drop off astronomically in the coming weeks.
Hill back at practice
A few days into practice, offensive weapon Taysom Hill sustained a rib injury and hadn’t been back on the field since then. Fortunately, he was back at it on Thursday, which is a good sign.
After practice was over, Allen spoke to the media and said there wasn’t much to update with Hill, but he’s getting better. It’s important for Hill to be healthy because when he’s at his best, this offense is a heck of a lot scarier.
Big day for Landry
Newcomer Jarvis Landry is expected to play a huge role in the offense this year and fortunately, he’s living up to the hype in camp. Mike Triplett mentioned on Twitter that Landry was Thursday’s standout because he was able to make “tough catches look easy”.
The Saints wide receiver position lacked heavy hitters last year but they’re not in that boat now. Landry is one of many names who can pack a major punch in this offense in 2022 and it should be a lot of fun to watch.
With eight days of practice in the books, we’re getting a better idea of what this team can look like in 2022.
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