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Bobby Hebert & Deuce McAllister early impressions after Saints OTAs


By: Kristian Garic

Team WWL got a first look at the Saints this off-season, as the Black & Gold wrapped up the first week of Organized Team Activities.  With no pads, it’s hard to truly get a read on some players, but Bobby Hebert spent some time watching the “skill” players and walked away with some thoughts.  “Running back Latavius Murray is impressive.  He’s lean…kind of like former Rams running back Eric Dickerson,” observed the Cajun Cannon.  Hebert was also impressed by another Saints running back, rookie Devine Ozigbo.  “He does a really good job of catching the ball out of the backfield with his hands, and not letting it get to his body,” added the former Saints quarterback.  

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Defensive back Chris Campbell almost turned in a nice interception on a Teddy Bridgewater pass, but the ball went right through his hands.  Fellow defensive back David Simmons, Jr. did come up with an interception off QB J.T Barrett IV.  Quarterback Taysom Hill didn’t shine and didn’t stink up the field either.  “He’s got to learn when to take a little off on some of those shorter passes,” said Hebert.  “Taysom doesn’t throw a very catchable football at times.  He missed a throw today that a quarterback in the NFL should complete 100 times out of 100 attempts,” explained the Cannon.

Former LSU track star turned wide receiver, Cyril Grayson, caught the eye of Saints color analyst Deuce McAllister. “He’s fast, but I want to see him when the pads come on,” said Deuce.  “But, the one thing you can’t teach is speed, and that’s a good way to get on the coach’s radar,”the Saints all-time leading rusher said with a wink.  Grayson was matched up with veteran cornerback Patrick Robinson on one rep in the team portion of practice.  He caught a little out route, and quickly darted up field, leaving a couple of defenders in his wake.  Wide receivers coach Curtis Johnson yelled out, “He’s faster than you think!  He’s faster than you think 21,” directing trash talk at Robinson.

A handful of veterans missed practice today.  OTAs are voluntary and Coach Payton doesn’t provide reasons for a players’ absences.  Defensive End Cameron Jordan and offensive guard Larry Warford are two players who weren’t spotted on the practice field today.

Watch Hebert and McAllister react to today's OTA practice in the videos below.  

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