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Sean Payton busy getting Saints ready for Bucs

Steve Geller
September 06, 2018 - 5:28 pm
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The Saints continue their game preparations for the season opener against the Buccaneers.  Coach Sean Payton was asked about the decision to release rookie running back Boston Scott. The 6thround draft pick did go unclaimed on waivers and could return to the Black and Golds practice squad.

“We're kind of moving some roster spots around”, Payton explained “I think a lot of it had more to do with the bigger picture with how we want to go into this game. We thought he had a good training camp for us and yet one of the challenges, especially early in the season, is just trying to get all the pieces in place relative to your active roster and practice squad, so that was ultimately the main thing. He's developed and I'm sure is going to continue to.”

Currently there is just Alvin Kamara and Mike Gillislee at running back on the active roster. The Saints have never gone into a game with just 2 RBs under Payton but he did say it was a possibility.

Good news along the offensive line. Andrus Peat did not practice on Wednesday with a quad injury, but was upgraded to limited as he is dealing with a quad injury, 

“Andrus is recovering fine, he's doing well”, explained Coach. “It's just going to be day to day with him and he's had a good offseason. I'm encouraged with his progress.”

Tampa Bay has a number of offensive weapons the Fleur Di Lis D will have to contend with.  Their #1 threat is receiver Mike Evans. What stands out to Sean Payton about the 6ft5, 231 pound target?

“I think he has a great catch radius. I think he has really good hands. He's strong, he's long and he's a tough out. He is a very, very skilled player. He's had a great camp, you could tell he's in shape. Just the size and the skillset with regards to what he's doing and how he's running routes make it difficult.”

The Saints will face Bucs back-up QB Ryan Fitzpatrick on Sunday since Jameis Wisnton is serving a 3 game suspension.  The Black & Gold’s back-up situation was shored up after they trade for Teddy Bridgewater. That deal happened right before the preseason finale but Teddy B has had a little more time now to adapt and get familiar with Payton’s offense

“He is doing well,” said Payton “He is picking things up quickly. It is good to have him in the building working on it. He is a quick study. He is smart and he has come in and really hit the ground running. He is familiar with pro offenses, being he's been with two now and this is his third.”

 

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