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Charting every Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill pass from Saints practice #3

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(Staff photo by David Grunfeld, | The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate)

By Sean Fazende

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The roles changed for both quarterbacks in practice No. 3. Jameis Winston commanded the first team for the first time this camp, while Taysom Hill ran with the second team.

Here’s a breakdown of each pass during the team periods.

Jameis Winston

Final Stats 3/7

Team Period #1 (2/3)

Winston opened up the first session with a nice throw on a fade to Tre’Quan Smith. Smith wrestled for the ball, came down with it, but was not able to get his feet down inbounds. Ken Crawley had nice coverage on the play.

Following a false start penalty by Nick Vannett, Winston ran a short bootleg and hit Vannett underneath on a flat route. Vannett fumbled the ball after running after the catch.

On the next play, Winston connected with Deonte Harris on a peculiar route for about seven yards. Harris ran a jet motion at full speed and on the snap ran a curl route.

Team Period #2 (1/4)

Winston opened up the second team period with a nice connection to Lil’ Jordan Humphrey for about 10 yards.

He struggled from that point on. His next pass, he overthrew Alvin Kamara in the flat. Kamara had Pete Werner on him in coverage.

His next throw was a bit of bad luck when he looked to Smith on a comeback route. Smith fell out his break, and the pass fell incomplete.

Winston closed out his day with a bad overthrow to Deonte Harris who was running a deep post route. It was a throw Winston said he would like to have back. ...

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Saints' Davenport emerges from offseason of introspection

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New Orleans Saints defensive end Marcus Davenport (92) stretches Friday during NFL training camp in Metairie. - Photo by Derick Hingle of The Associated Press

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METAIRIE, La. -- Marcus Davenport adopted a new diet and dove into an introspective summer reading list as he prepared for a potentially pivotal season in his career.

The New Orleans defensive end and 2018 first-round draft choice is cognizant of how a breakout year could help him achieve "generational wealth" as he enters the final two years of his first NFL contract. He's also well aware the Saints need their pass rushers to make up for the free-agency departure of 2020 sack leader Trey Hendrickson. But Davenport sounds decidedly unburdened by such factors.

Football "becomes your identity and then you start taking offense to everything people say," Davenport said, describing his former outlook. "I used to put a lot of pressure on myself and I used to think that I had to live up to certain things, (but) I started realizing that when you relax, you can just be. And I think that's helped me."

The 6-foot-6, 265-pound Davenport, who describes himself as an avid reader, mentioned three books he's paged through recently -- one that relates specifically to performance ("The Mindful Athlete," by George Mumford), one about Zen Buddhism ("The Way of Zen," by Alan Watts) and one that delves into personal identity ("The Book," also by Watts). ...

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New Orleans Saints reach one-year deal with RB Devonta Freeman

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By Mike Triplett | ESPN

METAIRIE, La. -- The New Orleans Saints bolstered a position of strength on Saturday, agreeing to a one-year deal with former Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman.

Freeman's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, confirmed the deal to ESPN's Adam Schefter after Freeman tried out for the Saints on Saturday.

The Saints' current backfield is led by veterans Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray -- both of whom have been healthy and participating in training camp. So it's not immediately clear why they felt a need to add depth to the position.

But few teams appreciate Freeman's potential to make an impact more than the Saints, who spent so many years playing against him in the NFC South. No running back has gained more yards from scrimmage against New Orleans over the past decade than Freeman (691 rushing yards, 319 receiving yards, seven touchdowns). ...

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New Orleans Saints Training Camp Highlights 7/30/2021

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Highlights from New Orleans Saints Training Camp day two (7/30/2021).


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