The New Orleans Saints "broke even" with the Los Angeles Chargers a short while ago, as the two teams participated in the 1st of 2 scheduled Joint Practice sessions to today and once again tomorrow, in advance of Saturday Night's nationally-televised game between the two teams on CBS.
Both veteran QB's Drew Brees for the Saints and Phillip Rivers of the Chargers had some highlight plays while leading their respective offenses, though both were intercepted and had some not-so-good moments as well.
On the other side of the ball, Drew Brees is carving up the Chargers ‘D. Three consecutive nice completions to Ben Watson, TommyLee Lewis and Mark Ingram.
— Jeff Duncan (@JeffDuncan_) August 22, 2018
Conversely, there were times in today's session in which each team's pass defense looked like it was struggling a bit at times, only to make a good (or even spectacular) play several snaps later.
Back to back picks by both teams. … Then we get both teams posing on one another
— Nick Underhill (@nick_underhill) August 22, 2018
Marcus Williams picks off a tipped pass and the Saints D starts posing for photos before the Chargers break it up.
— Josh Katzenstein (@jkatzenstein) August 22, 2018
Desmond King with the pick 6 on Brees during 2 minute
— Sean FazendeFOX8 (@SeanFazendeFOX8) August 22, 2018
Besides the two QB's, both team's #1 WR's took center stage, as both Saints WR Michael Thomas and Chargers WR Keenan Allen had some "marquee moments" early on during 11-on-11 team drills.
— Luke Johnson (@ByLukeJohnson) August 22, 2018
Joint practices just means new CBs for Michael Thomas to embarrass pic.twitter.com/9ORaPzpxIv
— AllSaintsConsidered.com (@AllSaintsBlog) August 22, 2018
Additionally, both rookie first round pick Marcus Davenport and 5th year veteran defensive end Alex Okafor returned to action for New Orleans; and Okafor's return in particular was a pleasant surprise, since he had been expected to miss these sessions originally with a bruised bone in his knee and a sprained ankle; that he had suffered after exiting practice just a week ago last Wednesday.
Back to back plays, hard to tell Davenport missed time - helped pressure QB, then jacked up RB on pass protection
— John DeShazier (@JohnDeShazier) August 22, 2018
Not practicing for the Saints: CB's PJ Williams and Arthur Maulet, TE Michael Hoomanawanui, and WR Keith Kirkwood.