WWL radio crew from Saints OTAs

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Bobby Hebert & Deuce McAllister sound off on Saints OTAs

Deke Bellavia
June 01, 2017 - 8:30 pm

Sure it’s only one practice, technically it’s not even a practice it is an OTA.  But veteran Wide Receiver Tedd Ginn Jr. showed exactly why the New Orleans Saints acquired him this off-season.  “If I had to give a game ball today it would be to him (Ginn),” said Bobby Hebert.

Although Ginn did drop one pass at today’s Saints Organized Team Activity, the speedy veteran had four other grabs that put him over 100 yards in receiving on the day.  “His big play capability is still there and you can see that.  The Saints feel like he can help the offense stretch defenses even more this season,” said Deuce McAllister.

Both Bobby and Deuce gave thumbs up to Ginn and they agree that Ginn adds another dimension to the already potent Saints Offense.  Another player brought in during the off-season to add more skill to the Saints Offense also came up big at today’s OTA.

Rookie Running Back Alvin Kamara was on the receiving end of a big gainer for the Saints Offense.  The former Volunteer from Tennessee got open on a wheel route and then was hit in stride by QB Drew Brees.

“I think as we continue to see practices we will learn more on how the Saints are going to do a variety of things to get Alvin the ball in space.  He has such tremendous speed and his ability to run well after he gets the ball in his hands makes him a threat each time he gets the football,” Deuce said. 

Saints Coach Sean Payton was not at today’s OTA as he and GM Mickey Loomis were out of town attending the services of Hall of Fame Defender Cortez Kennedy.  Kennedy and Loomis had a long relationship that dates back to their days together in the Seahawks Organization.  And Cortez became close to Coach Payton and many other coaches and players in the Saints Franchise over the years as Kennedy was around the Black and Gold a lot.

Former Saints Wide Receiver Lance Moore was in the house today.  And Moore spoke to the media following practice.  “That was definitely something that, as my career started to wind down, I had in the back of my mind. I was not sure exactly when it would happen or if it would happen. Thankfully for me, Mickey (Loomis) reached out to me last year during the season to see if it was something that I would want to do, and I said, ‘Absolutely.’ He and Sean (Payton) were gracious enough to bring me in and allow me to spend some time with the guys and to get the contract done. So, I feel like it is the proper ending for sure.”

Moore was elaborating on his signing a one-day contract with the Saints to officially retire as a member of the Black and Gold.  On the defensive side of the football, the Black and Gold Defense was more active in getting after the QB’s today.

“I thought they (Defense) did a lot of blitzing.  I counted four, maybe five different players that came up with sacks today.  I thought the defense did a better job of putting pressure on the quarterbacks today,” Hebert said.

Veteran LB Darryl Tapp, DL David Onyemata, DB Damien Swan and Safety Kenny Vaccaro were among some of the Saints Defensive players that had a sack.  Although the defense had their moments, Bobby said that the Saints Offense had the upper hand at today’s practice.

“The defense did not come up with any turnovers and I thought that back-up QB Chase Daniel had a much better day today than he did a week ago when we were able to watch.”  Deuce thinks that the Saints are right on schedule thus far this off-season.

“We’re seeing a lot of installation and that is the main focus right now.  The coaches want to make sure that they have as much of their plans installed going into to training camp.  And we will be able to get a better feel of how training camp will go when we see the mini-camp in a couple of weeks.

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