6 Things to Do While Watching the New Orleans Saints in the Hall of Fame Game
The New Orleans Saints play the Arizona Cardinals Sunday at 8 p.m. ET in the 2012 Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio. Here are six things you should do during the game:
1. Don't expect a lot from the starters
Interim head coach Joe Vitt said he would treat Sunday's Hall of Fame Game the same way he treated the 2007 Hall of Fame Game when the Saints played the Steelers, according to the Times-Picayune. Quarterback Drew Brees threw six passes in that 2007 game.
2. Keep an eye on the WR4 battle
Since the starters aren't going to see a lot of snaps, the battle down the depth chart a bit will get to play out. Adrian Arrington, Joe Morgan and rookie Nick Toon are all locked in competition. These guys should see some considerable playing time, except for Toon, who is out with a foot injury. Who will make the most out of their first audition?
3. Watch the Saints' secondary
Both starting cornerbacks, Jabari Greer and Patrick Robinson, will sit out Sunday's game. This is going to open the door for all the corners battling for playing time and consideration as the team's nickelback to be under the lights for quite some time.
4. Temper expectations on rookie DT Akiem Hicks
Not only was Friday Akiem Hicks' first padded practice of camp, but reports say that the young lineman plays with a chip on his shoulder because of his background as a small-school Canadian football star. He ran with the third-team defense Friday, which means he'll see a fair amount of time on the field if he's healthy enough. He's only been through one practice, so his snap count may be limited.
5. Get used to a linebacker corps without Jonathan Vilma
Curtis Lofton is the new middle linebacker in New Orleans as Jonathan Vilma continues his legal battle against his year-long suspension. Fans should get used to Lofton in the middle and the likes of David Hawthorne and Chris Chamberlain. This unit will look much different in 2012; Sunday night is the first glimpse.
6. Find out if Martez Wilson can play defensive end
Martez Wilson made the much publicized move from linebacker to defensive end in the offseason. Now the Saints find out how effective Wilson can be. Wilson has good speed on the edge, and the Saints could definitely use a boost in their pass rush.
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