Hey, Saints fans! Welcome back to the gifs from the game series where we look at notable and interesting clips from Saints games. In case you missed it, check out gifs from the game against the Patriots last week. Game 3 against the Texans was the Saints dress rehearsal game where Sean Payton et al wanted to evaluate team depth to see who makes the 75-man roster cutoff Tuesday afternoon.
Rookie RT Andrus Peat played the most snaps on offense at 61, only five fewer than starters Brees/Armstead/Evans/Strief/Unger/Cooks combined, according to PFF. On defense, Lewis and Hicks saw 10 snaps each; Cam Jordan and Delvin Breaux played 16 and 33, respectively. 2nd year CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste led the defense with 62 snaps. Rookies Stephone Anthony and Hau'oli Kikaha played 35 snaps each.
Byrd/Browner/Vaccaro/Ellerbe/Spiller/Robinson saw no action.
Shout outs to Kikaha, Snead, and particularly Marcus Murphy. Yet another gem to add depth in a deep backfield and a new weapon on special teams. The Saints lost again, but not to despair - this game was meant to be strictly evaluative. For this post, we have a whole lotta Murphy, some more Kikaha doing his thing, Kelemete "dead weighting" on Edwin Baker, Swann's song, Coleman's catches, the Snead snatches a snipe, and more!
As before, let the page load and gifs need a couple repeats to get up to speed. Enjoy!
1. Kikaha and Anthony stop Blue at the goal line
//Blue scores the very next play against a lackluster defense//
2. Clemson rookies Tavaris Barnes and Stephone Anthony on the stop
3. Kikaha flattens Hoyer on a free release
4. Very next play, LT Witzmann holds Kikaha
//Oh, #$%&z mann!//
5. Brandon Coleman's first catch of the preseason
6. Murphy with a nice scamper
//Snead has 8 catches for 117 yards so far in the preseason//
8. Swann break up intended for #82 Keshawn Martin
//Does a "no good" gesture; should do like a "swan flapping its majestic wings" gesture//
9. Andrus Peat gets beat and gives up a sack
//Gives his man an entire head of steam with that buffer he created//
10. Kikaha bumps, picks up #22 Chris Polk in coverage
11. McCown hits Murphy on the check down
//Murphy does his thing//
12. Zach Hocker - Clean from the 53
//The kicker battle with Dustin Hopkins continues//
13. Tyeler Davison bull rush, savages Savage
//Barnes also gets in on the action//
14. Grayson connects with Josh Morgan for a nice gain
//Morgan's lone reception is good for 26 yards//
15. Brandon Coleman's second catch of the preseason
//Doesn't need his helmet or nuthin//
16. Edwin Baker takes it to the house
//Key blocks thrown by Bryce Harris, Joe Morgan, and Mike McGlynn//
17. Bro. Senio. You've got 90 pounds on Baker.
//And 300 pounds on him, literally//
18. Murphy beasting as usual
//Payton has already said Murphy is "making this team"//