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Saints OTA Observations: Michael Thomas, Nate Stupar highlight Thursday’s action

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Some notes and thoughts from the second open Saints OTA session to the media.

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Thursday’s OTA session was moved indoors due to the heat and potential for rain in the area, and gave us some pretty nice moments.

Attendance: Not spotted were Tre’Quan Smith, Brandon Coleman, Mark Ingram, Kurt Coleman, Daniel Lasco, Alex Okafor, and Andrus Peat. Trey Hendrickson and Cameron Jordan were present, but not participating.

New Face: Sharrod Neasman, a defensive back, was present wearing No. 38 - per The Advocate’s Joel Erickson, Mykkele Thompson was waived to make room for him.

Lineup Notes: John Fullington handled first-team offensive line reps with Andrus Peat not in. Jonathan Williams once again was the No. 2 running back, with Taysom Hill also being the primary backup to Drew Brees. Hill was also handling holder duties on special teams.

For base defense, Al-Quadin Muhammad and Marcus Davenport were the defensive ends on the first-team defense, with David Onyemata and Tyeler Davison anchoring the middle. Your starting linebackers were Demario Davis, Manti Te’o, and Hau’oli Kikaha, with Ken Crawley and Marshon Lattimore at corner and Vonn Bell, Marcus Williams at safety. During 7-on-7 drills, Alex Anzalone saw primary reps alongside Demario Davis, with Patrick Robinson handling slot duties.

Highlights: There were a few good moments on Thursday, with Michael Thomas stealing the show. He and Marshon Lattimore had some very interesting clashes on the day, with Thomas primarily coming out on top. Patrick Robinson made a very good pass breakup on Thomas during early solo drills. Tommylee Lewis also stood out on the day, hauling in the majority of his passes. He had a real nice catch on a deep route from a Brees after executing a double move against De’Vante Harris.

Taysom Hill connected with Boston Scott on a well-executed wheel route. Scott left Manti Te’o behind with ease with the safety being late in coming over.

Nathan Stupar had the lone interception on the day against J.T. Barrett. Stupar made a great individual effort to leap and haul in the pick on a ball that probably shouldn’t have been thrown in the first place.

One of the other things I observed was some of the Marcus Davenport rushes. There was an instance where Davenport used a great swim move against Terron Armstead, but Armstead recovered and was able to push Davenport out of the way. Armstead wasn’t having any of Davenport today.