Saints’ first offseason work sharpens focus on new faces
Patrick Robinson spied Drew Brees stepping up to throw deep down the middle, sprinted back toward his own end zone and made an outstretched interception of a ball that initially looked to be thrown beyond anyone’s reach.
Impressive, was how Saints coach Sean Payton described the play by Robinson, a cornerback who is one of several recent additions aimed at strengthening a club that nearly advanced to the NFC title game last season.
The onset of offseason practices this week has provided Payton and his staff a chance to begin forging roles for players such as Robinson, as well as fellow newcomers such as linebacker Demario Davis, safety Kurt Coleman, receiver Cameron Meredith and first-round draft choice Marcus Davenport.
I’m going to work, do everything I can to learn the playbook and just grind, Scott said. By the time preseason rolls around, I’ll be ready.
The Saints hope they’ve bolstered the passing game by adding receiver Cameron Meredith during free agency. Meredith led Chicago in receiving two seasons ago, but is coming back from a major knee injury that wiped out his 2017 season.
On defense, the Saints cannot yet be sure how well 2017 starting end Alex Okafor will come back from his torn Achilles.
In the meantime, Davenport is expected to get a lot of offseason work as the Saints try to refine his pass-rushing skills in time for the fall.
He’s a tremendous worker, Payton said. He’s coming along really well. There’s a strength element you feel.
The Saints expect the linebacker group to be strengthened by Davis, a former defensive leader with the New York Jets, as well as the return of second-year pro Alex Anzalone, who started four games as a rookie before the rest of his season was cut short by a shoulder injury.
Both can play multiple roles.
I’m down with whatever my coaches want me to do, Davis said. I’m here to win.