Jan 14, 2018; Minneapolis, MN, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Taysom Hill (7) against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium.

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Taysom Hill impresses at Saints camp

News and notes from OTAs

Kristian Garic
May 24, 2018 - 2:59 pm

Hill climbing: We've heard and been told the Saints are really high on back up QB Taysom Hill.  We didn't get a chance to see him actually throw a football last season after the team claimed him off waivers after the preseason.  Hill worked with the second team at QB, and he was impressive according to the Cajun Cannon Bobby Hebert.

"Taysom Hill doesn't look like a special teams player trying to play quarterback.  He had the pass of the day today, a 35 yard strike down the sideline." 

You could see the arm strength that the Saints are impressed with.  Also, his foot speed is at a legit level.  On the opposite end of the spectrum un-drafted rookie QB J.T Barret was NOT impressive.  Barret tried to squeeze a pass over the middle between two defenders and was picked off by rookie defensive back Kamrin Moore out of Boston College. 


Energy and confidence:  You can tell the players had some juice.  The defense stood out to me, harrasing the passer and contesting tight throws getting their hands in there on the pass for some incomplete passes.  Tempers flared a bit during practice, defensive lineman David Onyemata got after left tackle Jermon Bushrod after a play.  The skirmish was quickly broken up. I mentioned the defensive success, and a large part of it seems to be the speed and intensity of the defense today.  Deuce McAllister says the defense looks faster and there is a reason.

"They know what they're doing.  It's more second nature. So they look faster when actually they just know the system better and they look like they are faster.  They are just playing faster."

There is an heir of confidence with this Saints defense. 


Pro's notes:  CB Patrick Robinson made the play of the day, and perhaps the best interception that Bobby Hebert has ever seen.

"Drew Brees was simply trying to throw the ball away towards the back of the endzone and P-Rob closed on it, and made an athletic interception over his shoulder and kept two feet in bounds.  It was the best interception I've seen in practice or a game," Hebert explained the play. 

Saints color analyst Deuce McAllister says RB Trey Edmunds caught his eye, as the Saints are trying to figure out who will be the second RB in the offense while Mark Ingram serves his four game suspension to start the season. 

"They're going to give every opportunity to Jonathan Williams to win that job.  However, I liked what I saw from Trey Edmunds today.  He's leaner than he was last year and I think that improved his speed," McAllister said. 

Bobby was also impressed with the play of Safety Kurt Coleman

"I don't think the Saints are going to miss Kenny Vaccaro," Hebert said after watching Coleman at practice. 


No Shows:  DE Cameron Jordan, OL Andrus Peat, LB A.J Klein, WR Brandon Coleman, RB Daniel Lasco and TE Benjamin Watson did not practice today.  The Saints do not discuss injuries during the off-season work outs. 

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