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Sean Payton quotes after the game include high praise for UDFAs

Important quotes after the game.

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Sean Payton

On Marcus Davenport’s performance:

“I thought he played well. I thought, overall, we played well defensively. I thought we handled some short fields relative to field position. We started a couple times either on our end of the field or at midfield. But, overall, I thought it was solid. We did a lot of things well defensively.”

On Juwan Johnson’s performance at tight end:

“Pretty good. We’ve seen that too out here [in training camp].”

On Tony Jones, Jr.’s rollercoaster night:

“Well, you’re encouraged with some of the reps, but it’s not a good night. In other words, it can’t be a good night (when you fumble). Runners that continuously fumble, there’s an old saying, “they’re going to become someone else’s runners.” I’m sure that he’ll be able to, like the others, will be able to work on ball security this week. When you’re suddenly in a game-like setting, it’s not the ball security in a four-minute drill or when you’re at the end of the game, it’s how you carry the ball when it’s just in your one hand and the ability for all those guys to see that. Obviously, you never want to see that (lost fumbles), it’s better to see it now in the preseason, but it has to be addressed. It has to be improved.”

On Marquez Callaway taking a step forward:

“Like I said, we saw this out of him a year ago. I don’t know that anyone was truly paying that much attention, but if you went back and looked at some of those games from him last year late in the season, we began to see his growth and confidence grow. I think that’s paid off for him in training camp now with his improved confidence level. Last night was encouraging.”

On Paulson Adebo:

They went after Paulson a few times and I thought he handled it well. He also played well in the kicking game. By and large, I was encouraged with the defensive performance last night.”

On Zack Baun playing outside linebacker:

[T]hese guys have flexibility. When you go into a game with five or six linebackers, your fourth best linebacker might have to enter the game and play a different spot, as opposed to having guys stick at specific positions. We cross train these guys and we’ll do the same for this week’s game. We might even flip a few guys.”


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