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Resident Pros: Saints and Texans two-step through joint practice

Bobby & Deuce give their thought's on today's joint practice


For those of you looking for a scuffle, fight or some sort of skirmish to breakout –  too bad, because that did not happen.  In fact, the closest thing to any kind of altercation took place early on when Saints DB Rafael Bush put his shoulder into Texans FB Dare Ogunbowale, causing #44 to thrust to the ground, which looked more like a hard core collision instead of the minor bump it actually was.  You could hear a few Texans players talking under their breath expressing disapproval.  But, no fight at practice between the Saints and Texans.

In Deke's opinion the Saints defense took another step forward in their practice with the Texans.  New Orleans did a good job applying pressure on all Houston QBs.

LB A.J. Klein, DB’s Sterling Moore and Vonn Bell looked sharp.  And, kudos has to be rightfully given to rookies Marcus Williams and Malik Foreman.  In fact, if there was an award for “Saints player of the practice,” it would be hard not to go with Malik Foreman.

Foreman was very active, and that impressed Bobby Hebert.   “He (Foreman) had a great day.  He had interception in the Red Zone and he broke up two passes.  He’s a rookie and has a tough road in making the team, but he’s fast and he has been taking advantage of his chances on the field,” said the Cajun Cannon.


Saints RT Zach Strief held his own versus the Texans J.J. Watt in one on one action between New Orleans and Houston. Deuce said offensive guards Larry Warford and Andrus Peat both had some good exchanges, but both also got beat on exchanges in one on one action

“I think that overall I would give the edge to the Texans with our offensive line trying to pass protect against the Texans defensive line, said Saints color analyst Deuce McAllister.  “We (Saints) did not get blown away.  But I would give the edge to the Texans,” concluded Deuce.

Considering the Texans had one of the league’s best defensive units and arguably the best set of DE’s in the NFL in Watt and Clowney, the Saints should be pleased with their showing in pass protection against the Texans.

Deuce also pointed out that the Saints had a good showing on two-minute defense.  “I thought the Saints showed good poise and made things difficult on the Texans during the two minute drill.  Vonn (Bell) made a nice play on the ball stopping the Texans scoring threat.”

Saints second year Safety Vaughn Bell picked off a Tom Savage pass ending the Texans scoring chances in two-minute work. 


The Cajun Cannon’s Highlights

As always the Cajun Cannon was writing down notes in a way that only he can keep up with.  Bobby’s notes yielded that QB Drew Brees hit WR Michael Thomas for about 20 yards, but in a real game Thomas would have scored. 

Drew Brees hooked up with WR Brandon Coleman on a 30 yard TD.  “Coleman got wide open on the far side and Drew put the ball right in Coleman’s hands,” Hebert said.  Bobby was pleased with Rookie DE Al Muhammad, who recorded a sack as did Ashaad Mabry. 

Bobby also gave high marks to Vonn Bell for his productive day that featured an interception and a pass break-up.  “Overall I think the Saints got better as a team and the way the defense finished up in two-minute drills was impressive.”

The Saints and Texans will have a walk through Friday inside the Mercedes Benz Superdome and the two teams will end the week when they square off Saturday night in the first home game before the Who Dat Nation.   

Be sure to listeen to wall to wall Saints game day coverage on Saturday, starting at 3:00pm, on your home for the Black & Gold WWL 870am/105.3fm!   


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