May 24, 2018; Metairie, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Tre'Quan Smith (10) during organized team activities at the Ochsner Sports Performance Center.

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Grading the Saints rookies

Who's impressed, who hasn't

Kristian Garic
August 12, 2018 - 6:56 pm

Two weeks into Saints training camp some Saints rookies are impressing and some need to get on the field fast or they might run out of time.  As I did after the first week, I'm going to tell you how a handful of rookies are progressing or regressing in training camp. 

DE Marcus Davenport:  He's been out of practice for over a week now after suffering a groin injury early in camp.  He's missing valuable reps in practice, for a player that is raw he needs every rep he can get.  Mentally he'll be fine once he returns but the physical reps he's missing are extremely valuable.  I would expect we might not see him this week either before the second preseason game. 

WR Tre'Quan Smith:  He's been the star of all rookies in camp so far.  You can that he just fits in with what they want from him.  Not to mention he's grasping the very expansive and complex offensive playbook rapidly which helps tremendously.  He's made several really good catches in camp and usually has one or two moments in every practice that makes you raise your eye browse. 

CB Natrell Jamerson:  The Saints might have some tough decisions to make in the secondary.  Jamerson has at times looked like a rookie and other times had his moments making plays.  He's working into the kick returner battle with reps on special teams.  "That's where he's going to have to make the roster, it's on special teams.  The Saints are so loaded at corner he's gotta stand out on special teams," explained Deuce McAllister. 

CB Kamrin Moore:  Hasn't practiced in over a week as well.  He's already burried on the depths chart.  Now he's falling way behind missing valuable practice reps. I wouldn't be surprised if a week from now if can't get back on the field he could be placed on injured reserve.  

G/C Will Clapp:  Is taking advantage of his reps with Cameron Tom missing some time.  Will has done well at guard and center in practice.  I'm not sure if he's ultimately going to make the Saints final roster, but he's certainly making the practice squad. 

RT Rick Leonard: Is improving day by day, and his athleticism is pretty impressive.  Keep in mind he's only played offensive line for one season prior to being drafted by the Saints.  "He's willing to learn, and he wants to learn he's constantly asking questions and that is a good sign," said the voice of the Saints Zach Strief. 

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