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Saints Training Camp (Practice #11): Saints Defense Ready For Action in Jacksonville

The New Orleans Saints are approximately 72 hours away from their first Pre-Season game against the Jacksonville Jaguars this coming Thursday Night; and after today's last full practice before flying out to the Florida Atlantic coast on Wednesday, the team's defense appears to be more than ready for action at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville.

For the 3rd consecutive practice, safety Marcus Williams intercepted QB Drew Brees; while his secondary mate and fellow 2017 draft pick Marshon Lattimore had his best day of Training Camp so far.

As reported by ESPN beat writer Mike Triplett: the defense once again was a big part of what stood out at Saints practice; including an INT by CB De'Vante Harris that sent the whole defensive unit screaming downfield to celebrate; along with some other nice plays by veterans DT Jay Bromley and linebacker AJ Klein — who made a big time hit in the backfield on Trey Edmunds.

Other highlights from an otherwise quiet but productive Saints practice inside the team's Indoor Practice Facility:

An impressive TD catch by WR Michael Floyd and rookie WR Tre'Quan Smith "turning on the jets" after a short pass; while punter Thomas Morstead had what would have been a 25 to 30 yard gain on a fake punt.



2nd year RB Alvin Kamara gets THE QUOTE of Training Camp thus far, with this gem of a line to reporters a short while ago:

Photo courtesy of Michael C. Hebert

When asked if he saw all this success coming last year, Kamara smiled wryly and said: “Nah, I ain’t Miss Cleo.”



The Saints got a little bit healthier today, as offensive guard Larry Warford, tight end Benjamin Watson, WR Cameron Meredith, CB Kamrin Moore and CB J.T. Gray were all back at practice after extended absences. 



Photo courtesy of Matthew Hinton, The New Orleans Advocate

Rookie defensive end Marcus Davenport missed his 6th straight practice, and the speculation continues to grow around the team's top draft pick.

His absence has since prompted speculation among fans and media alike, and some of the more "wilder" ones include.....

That either the Saints organization was hiding another injury other than the surgery he had back in June for a partially torn thumb ligament; or even more unfathomable:

Was completely overwhelmed mentally while his head swims in a sea of information and terminology that comes with learning an NFL defensive scheme; and subtle but perhaps not-so-easily-made changes to his playing technique (like learning how to rush the QB with his "hand in the dirt").

Whatever the case might be, until Sean Payton decides to tell us what's going on, the "guessing game" by both the fans and the media, will continue onward.

BREAKING NEWS / UPDATE (11:55 P.M.) New Orleans Advocate beat writer Nick Underhill reports that Davenport has been sidelined due to what a source called a minor muscle pull. Any missed time could be viewed as cause for concern for a rookie player, but "the team does not view it as a dire situation because of how Davenport conducts himself in meetings".

Davenport is unlikely to play vs, the Jaguars.

The team is off of practice tomorrow (Tuesday), and will have a "walk-through" practice Wednesday Morning before flying over to the Florida Atlantic coast to face the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field on Thursday Night, in the 1st game of the 2018 Pre-Season......


Big Easy Magazine contributing writer and Saints News Network columnist Barry Hirstius is a 51-year old semi-retired journalist, former New Orleans-area sports editor, and writer previously with several sites that exclusively cover the New Orleans Saints football team. Additionally, he is a recurring guest on a variety of local Sports Talk Radio programs. Barry is also a New Orleans native who grew up as a fan of the team while attending games as a young boy at the old Tulane Stadium in the early 1970’s, originally following and now covering the team for a span of over 40 plus years. And perhaps most importantly of all: he is the Grandfather of two beautiful young girls, Jasmine and Serenity.....

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