By Clay Smith
Photograph by Clay Smith
Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and the Saints' defense brought their lunch pales with them to the second half of today's OTA's. The Saints' reconstructed Defense went to work on the NFL's number one ranked offense but not before giving up big plays over the middle of the field to tight end Billy Miller and deep threat wide receiver Devery Henderson.
Williams was not excessively vocal, but offered encouragement to his swarming defense. Every ball that hit the ground was treated like a fumble, being sprinted into the end zone by an enthused Saints "D."
Coach Sean Payton's offense was refreshingly balanced, committing to the run and giving his stacked arsenal of running backs an opportunity to compete. Pierre Thomas ran the ball well, but suffered a bruised wrist toward the end of the day. Thomas would return but could be seen noticeably favoring his injured left wrist. Jammal Brown also left practice early do to dehydration.
Injuries aside, the day obviously belonged to the new guys-the Saints' secondary. Despite failing to catch a single interception the first day of OTA's, New Orleans' defensive backs punctuated the day with three.
Drew Brees threw the first to former bills corner back Jabari Greer. Then rookie corner back Malcolm Jenkins grabbed a tipped ball thrown by back up quarterback Mark Brunnel. And finally veteran Saftey Darren Sharper capped off the scrimmage handing Brees his second interception on the last play of the day. It was defiantly a "good news bad news" scenario, with the Saints expecting considerably less of the latter for the upcoming season.
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