Kristian: Saints were sloppy today

The Saints were in L.A. for a join practice with the Chargers

Kristian Garic
August 17, 2017 - 5:46 pm

Chalk it up to traveling two time zones, or camp fatigue or the Chargers just having a little more advantage on their home turf in Orange County California.  Whatever the reason, the Saints didn't look to sharp today on both sides of the football.  "I didn't think we looked real sharp. It just didn't feel like we had a lot tempo or rhythm," said QB Drew Brees after practice.  Head coach Sean Payton called today's work against the Chargers as "Just ok". That pretty much describes it. 

Defensive woes: This stat will let you know just how it went for the Saints during practice. Chargers QB Phillip Rivers went 6 of 6 in seven on seven drills against the Saints defense.  Chargers wide reciever Keenan Allen abused the Saints secondary in team drills and seven on seven.  In particular CB P.J Williams had a really rough day, getting flagged for two pass interference penalties, and dropped an easy interception in team drills.  Williams wasn't the only corner to struggle.  De'Vonte Harris had a rough practice along with Ken Crawley. 

Defensive positives:  Cam Jordan was virtually un-blockable at times during the team portion of practice with the Chargers.  Jordan would have recorded at least two sacks against Phillip Rivers.  Rookie Defensive End Al-Quadin Muhammad also would have registered a sack against the Chargers back up QB Kellen Clemens.  Against the Chargers rushing attack the Saints defense was extremely stingy not allowing big runs. 

Offensive woes: Similar to the defense the offense just didn't look to crisp for the better part of practice.  The offensive line had their issues dealing with the Chargers dynamic pass rushing attack of Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram.  On one play Bosa took tackle Zach Strief and bascially put him in the lap of QB Drew Brees for a would be sack.  In team drills the Saints wide receivers were having a hard time getting separating from Charger defensive backs. 

Offensive positives: The Saints rushing attack looked really good against the Chargers with a couple of nice runs from RB's Mark Ingram and Adrian Peterson.  By in large the Saints offensive controlled the line of scrimmage in the run game. Tommylee Lewis continues to flash, having another solid practice making a few nice catches that moved the sticks. 

Injury report:  Twelve Saints players missed practice today, with various undisclosed ailments. WR Ted Ginn jr, TE Coby Fleener, LB Stephone Anthony, TE Josh Hill and TE Clay Harbor were among the headliners to miss practice. 

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