Today was the first day of Saints mandatory minicamp. These three days are open to the public and if you would like to attend tomorrow or Thursday the practices are being held at the Metairie facility and begin at 11:00 A.M. Here are some short takeaways from today's practices.
1.) According to Ian Rapoport, John Jenkins has missed OTAs and today's minicamp due to minor surgery on his pectoral muscle. He is expected to be back soon.
#Saints DT John Jenkins has missed offseason workouts after minor pectoral surgery, source says. Will be ready for training camp or sooner.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 10, 2014
2.) With Cooks still finishing school, Stills and Strozier are fielding the punts.
#saints WRs Kenny Stills, Charles Hawkins (practice squad last year), RB Derrick Strozier (rookie UDFA) fielding Thomas Morstead punts.— Ramon Antonio Vargas (@RVargasAdvocate) June 10, 2014
3.) There are two kickers fighting for the roster spot, Shayne Graham and Derek Dimke. Today, Graham missed one field goal while Dimke has made all of his during kicking drills. (Graham went 2/3, Dimke 3/3)
Consensus among media is K Shayne Graham went 2-3 in drill just now, missing wide right from 39 and connecting from 32 and 37 ...— Ramon Antonio Vargas (@RVargasAdvocate) June 10, 2014
4.) Defense continues to impress forcing quite a few strips early in drills, intercepting Brees in 7 on 7s.
Interception for #Saints S Rafael Bush vs Drew Brees in 7-on-7 drill in red zone. Followed immediately by Keenan Lewis PBU.— Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) June 10, 2014
5.) Travaris Cadet making several big plays today, drawing "ooohs" from the crowd.
Cadet with a nice TD grab with twos as McCown threaded needle to find him.— Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) June 10, 2014
6.) This week's starting CB rotation has been Lewis matched up with Champ Bailey, Corey White in the Nickel role. This of course could continue to shift as camps progress.
1st team CBs have been Champ and Lewis... With White at nickel #saints— Sean Fazende (@SeanFazende) June 10, 2014
7.) Lelito/Goodwin splitting time with the 1s
Goodwin taking first team snaps in team drills. As is Victor Butler for a couple. Toon started with a nice grab, but dropped an easy one.— Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) June 10, 2014
8.) At the moment, Nick Toon seems to be silencing doubters (such as myself).
Won't predict breakout year for #Saints Toon since he hasn't translated good offseasons to reg. season yet. But don't ignore him, either.— Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) June 10, 2014
9.) The Saints new fullback is getting targets in the passing game.
Nice grab from Lorig on a pass from Brees #saints— Sean Fazende (@SeanFazende) June 10, 2014