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Saints 2019 Training Camp (August 2nd): Season’s Still a Month Away ⁠— But Saints Ready to Play Right Now

Today’s Practice earlier for the New Orleans Saints saw the team focusing most of its attention on “fine-tuning” their running game and Special Teams play, but one thing continues to stand out especially when the team has its 1st Team players out on the field.

And that one thing is how crisp and efficient that the team looks on both sides of the football. for a team that has been so very close to winning a Super Bowl title for the past two seasons.

Many observers and analysts consider the Black and Gold to be favorites to represent the NFC in Super Bowl LIV in Miami, Florida after this season. and given the intensity and focus of this year’s Saints squad, there’s no reason to think that they can’t finally accomplish that goal.

It’s apparent to anyone that follows this franchise closely, that they are “in it to win it” ⁠— and that lingering bad attitude or “chip on their shoulders” that they were left with after their devastating loss to the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Championship Game a few months back, is something they’re using as a source of motivation.

Barring any unforseen events such as a CATASTROPHIC injury to one or more of their key veteran players. it’s easy to believe that this year’s team can win its 2nd Super Bowl title in franchise history.

The Saints are ready to play the 2019 Regular Season RIGHT NOW if they had to; and its a testament to just how bad that collectively. they want to bring home a World Title for themselves and passionate “Who Dats” everywhere.

“PLAY OF THE DAY”

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Saints QB Drew Brees, standing in the shot-gun formation, faked a reverse to wide receiver Simmie Cobbs. before handing the ball off to RB Alvin Kamara on an “end around”, which the Saints defense bit on hard; and thus allowing Kamara to turn on his speed and out-race ALL of the Saints linebackers and defensive backs in the secondary, down the right sideline for what would have been at least a 60-yard touchdown run.

 

OTHER NOTES AND OBSERVATIONS:

Sitting out today’s Practice was fullback Michael Burton, WR / kick returner Deonte Harris, wide receivers Emmanuel Butler and Keith Kirkwood, TE Alizé Mack, offensive tackles Derrick Kelly and Ethan Greenidge, and DT David Onyemata. Both RB Latavius Murray and safety Marcus Williams returned to Practice, but worked off to the side with trainers.

Defensive backs Eli Apple and Justin Hardee both made sensational PBU’s (pass break-ups) in 11-on-11 drills.

Both starting WR’s Michael Thomas and Ted Ginn, Jr. along with TE Jared Cook, all caught TD passes from Brees during Red Zone drills.

In a possible sign of things to come at the Center position on the O-Line, rookie and top 2019 Saints Draft pick Erik McCoy started off with the 1st Team offense, for a 3rd straight day and seemingly appears to have the “upper hand” at becoming the starter when the season kicks off next month.

And speaking of things still to come: with Onyemata sitting out Practice today, the team had nose tackle Malcom Brown and defensive end / tackle Mario Edwards, Jr. playing in the interior in his absence. One would imagine that the coaching staff is getting them prepared for the scenario they’ll face in the 2019 season opener at home against the Houston Texans on ESPN Monday Night Football (September 9th) ⁠— when Onyemata will be serving a one-game suspension and with Sheldon Rankins still on Injured Reserve until October……

 

 

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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