Saints OTAs

Kristian: Ginn shows off speed at OTA's, Ingram and Fairley absent again

Kristian shares his biggest takeaways from Saints OTAs today

Kristian Garic
June 01, 2017 - 7:30 pm

Need for speed:  When the Saints traded WR Brandin Cooks this off-season, immediately you wondered how they're going to replace the speed lost with the trade.  That speed will come via veteran free agent WR Ted Ginn Jr.  Ginn, showed off his speed on a few deep balls today during practice.   "I could not be more impressed with him. He can fly" explained Quarterback Drew Brees.  Brees hit Ginn on a perfectly thrown ball down the sideline victimizing CB P.J Williams in coverage. "The coverage wasn't that bad, but P.J can't run with him, not to many players can.  Plus, the ball was thrown on a dime" said Saints Color analyst Deuce McAllister.  Ginn did have an easy drop on an "over" route during practice perhaps tarnishing an otherwise impressive showing.

Kikaha: LB Hau'oli Kikaha was dressed and participated in some individual drills, but didn't partake in the team portion of practice.  Kikaha is coming off ACL surgery and as I've said before the Saints aren't rushing things back with him.  In the drills that I saw, he was moving around pretty well.  I would expect the Saints to continue to gradually bring him back and won't be a full go until training camp.

Mark Ingram & Nick Fairley:  Saints running back Mark Ingram missed practice today, and wasn't spotted on the practice field. Sean Payton wouldn't comment last week on if his absence was injury related last week.  Sean Payton was not at practice today, he was attending the funeral of Hall of Fame Defensive Lineman Cortez Kennedy who passed away last week.  Same goes for Nick Fairley, last week during OTA's the media was allowed to attend Fairley wasn't present.

One play: Saints WR Brandon Coleman had one play in today's practice that really encapsulates his career thus far with the Saints.  Coleman was wide open on an out route, with the ball thrown perfect he tried to run up field before securing the catch.  The truth is he's had a few moments like that in games too, and that's why it's frustrating to watch.  Coleman is in a roster battle, and can not afford those moments. "You can't drop those balls in practice, you just can't. You're expected to make those routine plays in practice and games," shouted a fired up Cajun Cannon Bobby Hebert after the play.  Coleman is often trying to make the big play before having the ball in order make the big play, it's sometimes a lack of concentration.

Tyler Davidson: Saints defensive lineman Tyeler Davison off-season work has been dialed back after off-season shoulder surgery immediately after the season ended. "I'm only doing individual drills,  not doing team stuff yet" he explained after practice.  Davison also said he expects to be ready to go for training camp at the end of July.  He's entering his third season with the Saints after being drafted in 2015 in the 5th round out of Fresno state.  Davison has played a pretty solid roll in the Saints defensive line rotation he had 15 starts last season, was solid against the run but didn't register a quarterback sack. 

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