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Lewis: What we’ve learned after 10 days at Saints camp

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You may be ready for some football.

But for Saints players, a brief respite after 10 straight days of training camp is undoubtedly welcomed.

It’s welcomed for those of us who feel wiped out after just watching them go at it in the heat and humidity, as well.

But that’s our job, and accordingly, here are 10 things we’ve learned 10 days in:

1. That conditioning test must have been a doozy.
The CrossFit-based drill the team went though when it reported July 26 (Drew Brees called it “a 10-minute wrestling match”) has already reached legendary status for its intensity, although the details have been about as available as the combination to Tom Benson’s safe.

Whatever went on, it certainly proved that the bulk of the players were in outstanding shape. The energy level has been high, and the number of players out of commission relatively low.

The fitness level is a good indication of the team’s motivational level.

2. Rob Ryan has accomplished what he was hired to do.
So far. The proof will come out on the playing field, but Saturday’s Black and Gold Scrimmage saw plenty of aggressive play, resulting in and handful of sacks, two interceptions and a fumble recovery.

Turnovers and other big plays marked the defense in the Super Bowl XLIV season (the Saints were plus-11 in turnovers and plus-15 in sacks that year).

They’re vital if this team is to contend again.

3. Junior Galette is looking more and more like the man.
Rewarded with a new contact this spring, Galette is showing exactly the kind of ability he’d displayed in flashes in the past. Victor Butler might have had the initial edge at outside linebacker, but he’s probably out for the year, and Martez Wilson will make his presence felt once he gets back from injury.

But his performance Saturday (two sacks and another tackle for loss) showed that soon, we’ll be calling him Senior Galette.
4. Left tackle looks like it might be a problem.
The best thing that can be said about Charles Brown is that he’s still upright after 10 days. Rookie Terron Armstead is just that — a rookie. And Jason Smith better have saved his bonus from being the No. 2 pick in the 2009 draft.

Sean Payton’s comment that he “wants to look at the tape first,” rather than give a quick evaluation after the scrimmage, is telling.

5. Keenan Lewis and Kenny Vaccaro are going to have big impacts.
Both are big, versatile and aggressive — qualities sorely needed in the secondary.

Lewis makes one wonder why the Steelers didn’t do more to keep him, and if Vaccaro treats opponents like he has his teammates in practice, he’ll prove a better first-round investment than any of the available rush ends or linebackers who were available at No. 15.

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Old 08-04-2013, 07:14 AM   #2
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Nice.....soooo ready for this season!
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Vaccaro and Lewis look like the real deal. Eric Martin? It looks good for the boy.
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Sounds good. Except for the LT situation. But we knew about this a while ago & many of us have worried about it.
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I imagine another tackle will be drafted early in next years draft.
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I imagine another tackle will be drafted early in next years draft.

Well, Strief and Brown (and Smith) will be UFAs next offseason, so unless the younger guys can step up - Armstead and Jones in the forefront - the Saints need to make more moves at the tackle position than just drafting one high.
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Rookie - this can be trained out of him.

The other two.... Time to go.
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