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Saints defense shines in two minute drill at practice

Kristian Garic
June 07, 2018 - 3:37 pm

2 minute drill: For the most part, the offense got the better of the defensein the team's final OTA of the off-season.  However, in the two minute drill portion of practice, the Saints defense stepped up to the challenge and beat the offense.  "We take pride in closing out games and situations like that.  We want to be on the field to close out those type of games," said defensive back Ken Crawley.  During the two minute drill, WR Travin Dural ran his slant route a little shorter than he should have; and the ball was picked off by none other than CB Marshon Lattimore.  "I know that for next time.  I ran the route to shallow," Dural said after practice.  Dural spent last season on the practice squad, but he has been getting a lot reps with the first team offense. ​

Pro Takes: Saints all time leading rusher Deuce McAllister gave his thoughts on today's practice.  "I thought the defense did an outstanding job.  They came away with two interceptions.  In the other drills, the offense did a better job. The defense finished really well."  You know who's gotten worse? The Cajun Cannon Bobby Hebert hasn't been impressed with De'Vante Harris. "Ever since that Vikings game. Tommylee Lewis burned him by 15 yards today.  Eldridge Massington beat him on a deep ball as well."  Harris went from the week one starter opposite Lattimore to the practice squad.  His roster spot is definitely in jeopardy when training camp gets underway. 

Underrated:  If you size up the Saints roster and ask yourself who doesn't get enough hype, who is the guy that people should be talking more about, you could find a handful.  Those are players like LB Craig Robertson or, to a lesser degree, C Max Unger; but Scott Alexander of Prime Time Sports brought up S Marcus Williams. I totally agree.  I'm interested to see his growth from year one to year two.  I think you will see him be a threat to lead the league in interceptions and rack up  Pro-Bowl nods starting this season. 

Early Darkhorse:  Every year there are one or two players who just stand out after going undrafted and end up finding their way on to either the practice squad or active roster.  Keep an eye on WR Eldridge Massington, who is an undrafted rookie free agent out of UCLA.  Every practice that I've watched, Massington makes a play or two that raises your eyebrows.  He did that today with a couple of nice catches.  

M.I.A:  TE Garrett Griffin and Rick Leonard were not present at the Saints OTA practice today.  

Not practicing:  Among the players who did not practice but were on the sidelines were: WR Cameron Meredith, DE Cameron Jordan, DE Trey Hendrickson, DE Alex Okafor, WR Brandon Coleman, TE Deon Yelder, and OL Andrus Peat.

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