The Saints are moving forward in their first week of training camp and things are definitely looking good as time moves forward and the season draws ever closer. The following is a closer look at some of the highlights (and lowlights) coming out of camp so far as the Saints gear up to defend their NFL title in 2010.
With Sharper sitting out, the Saints have been using second year player Malcolm Jenkins at the safety position and reports say that he’s been doing very well there. Is it possible that Sharper could lose his starting spot? If he doesn’t get back from his surgery soon that is very possible.
So far, wide receiver Lance Moore has had a great camp after missing a lot of the 2009 season due to a variety of injuries. He has been tearing up camp with his play and making himself look good.
Reggie Bush is also having a pretty solid training camp and is looking like he really wants to play. He has been playing hard and has made some good plays in training camp. Will this be the year that Bush finally lives up his status as a number one draft pick and helps the Saints out a lot on offense. Stay tuned.
The Saints have gotten tight Jeremy Shockey back in practice and he’s going at full speed now. It looks like he’s much healthier now.
Safety Darren Sharper is still sitting out with a surgically repaired knee and hopes to be back on the field soon.
There have been a few players that have sat down at times in practice either because they are being rested or because of minor injuries. Some of those players include linebacker Scott Shanle, cornerback Patrick Robinson and cornerback Tracy Porter.
Some other players that are injured include wide receiver Robert Meacham (toe), linebacker Clint Ingram (knee), defensive end Jimmy Wilkerson (knee) and tight end Tory Humphrey (hamstring).
Both the offense and the defense have been showing each other up at times in camp. There have been times when the defense stops the offense cold and other times where the offense completely blows away the defense. It’s interesting to note that a lot of the success that we are seeing, at least on defense, is coming without both safety Darren Sharper and cornerback Tracy Porter in the lineup.
In our last look at Saint’s training camp we saw that the Saints didn’t have a real adequate backup quarterback in case Drew Brees went down with an injury. So far, the best quarterback, behind Brees, appears to be Chase Daniels who has shown some poise in the pocket and the ability to get the ball down field well. He just might be able to take over the number two spot by the time it’s all said and done.