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Sean Payton says Saints “hit a little bit of a wall for first time”

Steve Geller
August 11, 2019 - 2:06 pm

Two days after their first preseason game, the Saints didn’t have the same pep in their step at the start of practice on Sunday according to head coach Sean Payton.

“Thought we hit a little bit of a wall for the first time today. We’ve got to manage that and be smart about it,” explained Payton.  He added, “The key is the correction. Finding a way to respond and fighting though it.  I thought it got better towards the end.”

Not seen at today’s practice were:

LB Alex Anzalone

RB Alvin Kamara

TE Garrett Griffin

WR Keith Kirkwood

FB Michael Burton

TE Alize Mack

T Terron Armstead

OL Ethan Greenidge

DB Saquan Hampton

CB/RS Marcus Sherels

The Saints top corner Marshon Lattimore took part in the team’s stretching portion and was wearing a red no-contact jersey, but did not take part in any drills. 

Emmanuel Butler back to 100%

The much talked about undrafted rookie showed no signs of having an injury as he showed-off his ability to separate from coverage, along with having great hands.  Butler talked to the media after practice and proclaimed he was back to being 100%. You could tell he was anxious to get into the game Friday night in the Superdome as he paced up and down the sideline with his helmet on; tossing the ball to himself. Butler is looking forward to going up against different DBs this week when the Saints have joints practices with the Chargers in LA ahead of preseason game #2 on Sunday.


Marcus Williams 1st INT of camp

The 3rd year safety got a gift courtesy of Ted Ginn after a Drew Brees pass bounced off the receivers hands and Williams was there to snatch it out of the air. It was surprisingly his first interception of training camp.  A year ago, it seemed Williams was getting one a day.  He also had a really nice pass break up when Brees tossed one to Michael Thomas across the middle. Williams made an excellent read on it and was able to the ball away.


Trey is trouble

The pass rush was a problem against the Vikings in the preseason opener.  The Fleur-Di-Lis D ended up with no sacks, and notched just one pressure on the QB; which was provided by defensive end Trey Hendrickson. A healthy Trey has been a handful this training camp and continued to be disruptive in today’s session.  The 2017 3rd round draft pick plays with a bad attitude, which you want on defense.   


Brees doing Brees things in 2 minute drill

The old man at QB showed was he’s still one of the best in the NFL during the team’s 2 minute drill. The 40 year old Drew Brees marched the offense down the field completing passes to Ted Ginn, Michael Thomas and a real beauty to tight end Josh Hill. Corner Patrick Robinson was in good position, but Brees threw a 15 yard dart. Then with 20 seconds left, Brees hit Cant Guard Mike in the endzone for a 10 yard TD. Safety Vonn Bell seemed to have Thomas blanketed, but again Brees found the opening in a small window.

That period ended with Teddy Bridgewater trying to duplicate what Brees did.  But, with 3 ticks left on the clock, his pass was broken up in the endzone by safety Chis Banjo

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