August 7, 2010

Saints defense handles offense in Black & Gold scrimmage

In the most telling stat of the day, QB Drew Brees completed his first four passes, then only one of his next eight attempts as the Saints defensive squads outplayed the offenses during the Black and Gold scrimmage this morning at Saints headquarters in Metairie, La.

Reggie Bush did manage to score on a one-yard plunge on the first possession of scrimmage, against a mix of first and second team defensive players.

Brees' 6/16, 76 yard performance wasn't the only problem for Saints offenses. LB Jonathan Vilma forced a fumble from rookie TE Jimmy Graham, which was recovered in the end zone by DE Jimmy Wilkerson. Even WR Lance Moore, who has been sensational so far in training camp, had a drop on a Brees pass during the scrimmage.

Rookie DE Junior Gallette collected a sack, and second year LB Stanley Arnoux made multiple plays behind the line of scrimmage.

Veteran Patrick Ramsey got lots of play with the second team offense and a handful of snaps with the first team. Payton forced Ramsey into running lots of hurry-up offense, the results of which weren't great with Ramsey collecting multiple virtual sacks. Chase Daniel took snaps with the second and third team offenses, and rookie Sean Canfield shared snaps with the third team. Daniel continuing to show off his athleticism and mobility.

Even special teams found some difficulties, with rookie WR Larry Beavers muffing a kickoff return. The Saints also practiced their "ambush" onside kick, of Super Bowl XLIV fame, which worked for the kicking team.

The Saints will be at the White House on Monday, hold joint practices against the Patriots on Tuesday and Wednesday, and open their preseason schedule in Foxboro on Thursday.

Sean Payton reported no injuries in the hot-weather scrimmage, harping on pre-snap penalties.

First round pick CB Patrick Robinson, starting weakside linebacker Scott Shanle, WR Rod Harper and TE Tyler Lorenzen were held out with injuries, as well as the three players remaining on the Physically Unable to Perform list: WR Robert Meachem, FS Darren Sharper and LB Clint Ingram.

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