With NFL football starting, we are experiencing Saints preseason football yet again. The HOF game and the first day of football is over, but it is time for the rest of week one preseason games to wrap up. The New Orleans Saints are ready to start their season already but must go through the Minnesota Vikings in week 1 of the preseason to get there.
This game does a lot for both sides, but the Saints need this time to evaluate some players on the team. Chauncey Gardner-Johnson is one of these players; the 4th round pick out of Florida. He is a Safety playing behind Marcus Williams and needs to improve if he wants to take that starting job. Both relatively young players, they have a lot of potential to improve over their career.
Teddy Bridgewater started this game vs. the Vikings and threw for 139 with 14 completions and a touchdown. He played pretty well, but the Saints did end up with a loss 34-25. The rookie out of Texas Lil’ Jordan Humphrey went 2-2 for 42 yards. He came into the game with low expectations but exceeded them as the game went on.
On the rushing aspect of the offense, Latavius Murray ran for three rushes for 14 yards but had three receptions for 22 yards to add on. Dwayne Washington had eight rushes for 36 yards as well, showing that they can get yards but need to get more per rush to stay with Kamara.
On Defense, Demario Davis had four total tackles through around a half. Chauncey Gardner-Johnson had two solo tackles along with Kaden Ellis’ 3 solo tackles. Another Rookie Saquan Hampton only had one assist tackle, but expect to see more from him later on. Marcus Davenport did record a tackle on his very short time playing on the field as well.
To summarize, the saints had a pretty slow game overall, need to get quicker on their feet and get to the quarterback faster. The Saints recorded no sacks over the entire game. This isn’t good, and they need to get sacks against the Los Angeles Chargers next week.