Saints prep for minicamp day 2

Running backs took center stage on day 1

Mark Menard
June 13, 2018 - 10:06 am

Saints minicamp day two gets underway today at the team's facility on Airline Drive. Yesterday's action featured some good work for the team's running backs, as well as the return of a familiar face.

The Black and Gold have brought Tim Hightower back into the fold as they prepare for a season-opening four-game suspension for Mark Ingram, and Saints Radio color analyst Deuce McAllister said Hightower looked ready to roll.

"It's a look-at deal," McAllister said of Hightower's appearance at practice. "They want to get a good gauge of where he's at. You know, we talked a little bit about Mark being suspended the first four games. Not to say that they're not comfortable with the guys they have in-house behind Alvin Kamara, but to be able to have a veteran that, one, has been in your system and, two, has carries in the NFL. I think that's key. And whether you're talking about short-yardage situations and/or red-zone situations, or just blitz in general, he's had snaps in this offense. So I think it's good for them to be able to get a look and see what he has. And to be honest he had pretty good legs."

The Saints are expected to bring former Chiefs rusher Jamaal Charles into practice today as well.

Meanwhile, the other half of the Saints' star running back tandem had a very good day, according to Sports Talk co-host Bobby Hebert.

"I have it where basically he had four plays for 60+ yards," Hebert said. "So you know, touches whether pass receiving or running the ball. He showed nice vision. He had one cut - I don't care if they were playing tackle, he had eight yards and I don't know what would have happened after that. And this is great for him to be aggressive in traffic: Demario Davis had great coverage on him down the sideline, and it was like a 30-yard gain. It was great ball placement by Drew and a great catch by Kamara. He had a nice screen play for about 15 yards. But you still don't want to overuse him in those first four games."

Hebert said Kamara's sweet spot would be about 15 touches a game - around three more per game than last season.

The Saints will be back on the practice field today for another workout that will be open to the public, weather permitting. Practice starts at 11am. You can hear the full audio of Bobby & Deuce's minicamp takeaways by clicking the podcast link.

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