Bobby, Deuce and Kristian discuss intrigue in preseason game 1 for the Saints

Kristian Garic
August 09, 2019 - 8:01 am

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Hello football, it’s good to see you again! 

It’s been 200 days since the “No Call” in the NFC title game.  The wounds are still fresh, but tonight we usher in a new season.   Last year is just that, last year. 

Preseason games can be tough to get geared up about, but they can also tell you a little bit about some of the young players and key free agent acquisitions.  After two weeks of hitting each other, the Saints will finally hit someone else.  They take on the Vikings in the Superdome tonight at 7:00pm.

In the preseason of 2006, most of us didn’t know we were watch a budding star in WR Marques Colston in game one.  In 2007, most of us didn’t know we were watching a major player in the Saints Super Bowl season as an undrafted free agent running back in Pierre Thomas.

That is what I love about the preseason.   The unknown! The Intrigue!  Intrigue?  Of course I use that word because we see it in practice, but can they apply in it the game?  That’s always fun to watch.   I know it’s not the real thing, but it’s still interesting to watch. 

Here are a couple of things Saints color analyst Deuce McAllister, Cajun Cannon Bobby Hebert and yours truly are looking for tonight in the preseason opener against the Minnesota Vikings. 

  • Deuce McAllister:  “A lot of things intrigue me. The first thing you look at is the opportunity for some of these guys.  I want to see what WR Travin Dural can along with fellow wide out Simmie Cobbs Jr.  Rishard Mathews is another guy that I want to evaluate.  At some point somebody has to start stepping up.”
  • Bobby Hebert:  “It’s the first preseason game, so temper your enthusiasm a bit.  However, I want to watch the guys on special teams.  That’s how you get an idea of who’s got a shot to make the roster.   Guys like LB Kayden Ellis, WR Cyril Grayson, RB Devine Ozigbo and others.  How do they do on special teams?  That will go a long way in telling me who’s got a true shot of making the team.”
  • Through my eyes:  Rookie Safety Saquan Hampton hasn’t looked like a sixth round pick thus far in camp.  He’s played like a third or even second round pick level.  I want to see if that applies to the game.  Can he apply what he’s done in practice and do it in the game?  Also, I want you to see what we’ve seen out of defensive Marcus Davenport.  He’s been explosive in his first step during training camp. 
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