As training camp enters the second week, The New Orleans Saints held their first scrimmage Saturday at The Greenbrier. But not on the field was Drew Brees. While the fans in the stands wore the number nine jersey it was for precautionary reasons held out the franchise quarterback.
“He strained his left oblique,” said Head Coach Sean Payton. “We didn’t want to put him out there… that’s going to require a bit of rest.”
With no Drew Brees, the Saints Offense still clicked with Quarterbacks Luke McCown and Ryan Griffin splitting snaps, wreaking havoc on Rob Ryan's defensive unit.
Nobody was brighter than rookie receiver Brandin Cooks who is starting to prove his worth as a Saints first round pick especially with his ability to pick up yards after the catch.
“I see that he’s 0-60 real fast,” said Linebacker David Hawthorne. “That’s why I guess we took him with the first-round pick. He’s a young guy with a lot of potential.”
Payton added, “He’s a guy you can get it to in space and he’s got a chance to give you some run after the catch.”
The offense didn't stop with Cooks. Several rushing touchdowns and a few screen passes got past the defensive unit. But a touchdown from Luke McCown to Tight End Jimmy Graham brought the crowd to their feet when he slammed the football through the uprights in celebration.
The defense did pick up an interception off McCown by Marcus Ball who was picked up from the Canadian Football Leauge.
Up next for the the Saints, a few more days of practice before the team plays its first preseason game Friday in St Louis against the Rams.