New Orleans Saints training camp practice

Resident Pros: Physical practice wraps first wave of training camp

Bobby Hebert & Deuce McAllister sound off

Sports Talk with Bobby Hebert
July 31, 2017 - 12:57 pm

By Deke Bellavia, @dekebigchief

Well the first portion of Saints Training Camp 2017 is in the books.  "Pretty good day," said Deuce McAllister.  "Coach put them through some live periods that got physical and coach made thing competitive at the end to see how players would respond."

The Cajun Cannon Bobby Hebert liked some of the things he saw.  But the most basic play in football is hindering the Saints Offense right now. 

"Listen if you can't get the football to the quarterback that is bad.  And if you can't get the football to the quarterback on this level it's far worse."

For the fifth day of camp noticeable high, bad snaps were evident.  And it's not just one Center.  "I know Coach Payton is frustrated and the quarterbacks have to feel more cautious from what's taking place," Hebert said.

Inconsistent snap exchanges have been far too common for the Saints dating back to OTA's and Mini-camp. 

The team wrapped up their first five days of camp with a lively segment that pit the offense against the defense.  If you are in the mindset of those that feel like practicing in Metairie means something then you would be pleased so far.

On the final two plays of Monday's practice Saints Safety Kenny Vaccaro stuck TE Josh Hill much to a vocal pop that was heard and followed by ooo's and ahh'a from those in attendance.

And on the final play the offense would end on a high note as WR Brandon Coleman quickly hauled in a short pass and turned upfield into the arms of Safety Vonn Bell.

Coleman switched the ball over into his other arm to free up one arm to stiff arm Bell tossing him to the ground.  And more ooo's and ahh's followed that final play. 

"There were still some pre snap mistakes and a few bad snaps,  but overall I thought it was a good way to end the day," Deuce said. 

Some of today's top plays included:

  • Saints Rookie CB Tavaze Calhoun impeded the path of WR Mike Thomas and picked off a pass from back-up QB Chase Daniel. 
  • Saints Safety Vinny Bell got physical with TE Colby Fleener on one play.  Let's say Fleener wasn't too happy when Bell checked his grill.
  • Saints DT Justin Zimmer had two sacks today.  Zimmer had a consistent outing with nice pressure on QB's early in practice.  And the Ferris State Alumn got to QB Ryan Nassib later in team drills.
  • Rookie WR Travin Dural had his first catch of camp.  The former LSU Tiger hauled in a slant from Ryan   Well at Dural saw his noticeable action.  At least the ice is broken now.

If you are looking for an indication of which two players are neck and neck in the best camp so far I'll nominate WR's Corey Fuller and Brandon Coleman.  Seemingly everyday both are making noticeable catches.  Fuller had a nice reception in 7-on-7 drills at Monday's Practice

Ahh Snaps!  Talk about something we've been dying to see is some back to back jacks.  Some snap,crackle and popping.  And some hard nose football.  Well the wait is over.  On back to back plays Safety Kenny Vaccaro stuck TE Josh Hill.  Hill should have caught the ball.  But soon as he was dropping the ball Vaccaro lit him up.  HELLO.  But not so fast young whipper snappers.  Cause on the very next play WR Brandon Coleman caught a quick slant and then old school stiff armed S Vonn Bell.  Simply put Coleman punked Bell and tossed him to the ground like a shelled P-but! 

Bobby Hebert thinks the coming practices may produce similar style.  "I think Coach Payton wants to wisely put the players through some tougher practices with more physical periods.  Outside of Goal Line work this practice was one of the more physical ones in some time.  I hope it makes a difference."

The Saints will take their first day off on Tuesday and get back to work on Wednesday.  For the latest on the Saints continuing training camp coverage stay logged on to


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