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Midpoint Review of Saints Preseason

Now that the first two preseason games are out of the way, we have a preseason game against a quality opponent where the starters will probably play until the 3rd quarter. While the game still doesn’t count, it will give us the closest look we’ve seen during training camp as to what the Saints can\will look like once the games start counting.



Brees is on schedule to start and while you would think that he’s the one player that doesn’t need a practice game to be ready for the regular season, the timing and live game speed will help in getting him back in the saddle. Injury aside, I thought it was smart on Payton’s part to keep him on the sideline in the games against the Rams and Titans. Although Brees was coming back from an injury I wonder if in the future teams won’t do the same to keep the risk of season ending injuries to valuable players down.




The receiving corp has seen a good mix of playing time. Colston and Graham have put in their time to get ready but we’ve also been able to get a look at Cooks, Morgan, Toon and others. In my mind Colston and Stills are locks to start but Cooks will see just as much time on the field. Morgan showed his ability to take the top off a defense during the game against the Titans thus in my opinion giving him a legitimate shot at making the cut and see significant playing time. The only other receiving spot open will come down to Meachum and Toon, I give the advantage to Meachum based mainly on his experience.


Running Game


Ingram, Robinson and Cadet were impressive in the game against the Rams. Not so much against the Titans, not sure if that was part of the game plan, but for the Saints to be where they want to be at the end of the year the running game needs to be front and center. Thomas hasn’t played to this point, but it’s nice to have him there if and when Ingram or Robinson stumble.




The big story for the upcoming game against the Colts for me will be how the defense performs, especially the defensive backfield. While the starting front seven have looked good so far, we haven’t had the chance to check out the new and improved DB unit. Bailey and Byrd are due back and it will be interested to see them along with Vaccaro and Lewis for the first time. The fact that they are going against Luck and the Colts offense is a plus.


Getting Close!!!


We’re getting close, I don’t know about anyone else but I’m ready for the games to start counting. Bring on the Dirty Birds!!!!




Bill Stephens, SaintsGab writer, Follow Saints Gab on twitter @SaintsGab
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