Saints training camp Day 3: The pads finally come out, Tre'Quan Smith shines, more (1 Viewer)

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By Nick Underhill | The Advocate

Notes and observations from Saturday's practice.

Dress code: Pads

Attendance: Wide receiver Brandon Coleman and tight end Michael Hoomanawanui were out of action.

Overview: The first day of pads did not disappoint. This practice provided the first look at the pass rush, a better barometer on where some of the running backs stand, and more physical battles in the passing game. It has the hottest and muggiest day of camp so far, but it did not put a damper on what happened on the field.

Mixing and matching: The Saints are going to keep rotating players on defense. This was the second day with defensive tackle David Onyemata taking some first-team reps at defensive tackle alongside Tyeler Davison, and Vonn Bell played safety next to Marcus Williams. At linebacker, it was back to Demario Davis, Manti Te’o and A.J Klein in the base package. It is still too soon to read into any of the tinkerings.

Davenport watch: Every single thing Marcus Davenport does during practices will be analyzed and hyped. So, the advice here is to realize that each moment is part of a data collection process and not to make too much of anything. There will be ups and downs, and that was perfectly illustrated during one-on-one drills with the offensive line. On his first rep, he used a bull rush to move his blocker off his spot. On his second rush, Jermon Bushrod blocked him into the dirt. Davenport had a couple of nice moments during team drills. One of them came when he used an inside move to get by John Fullington to create pressure on Drew Brees. Another came when he used the shield of a defensive tackle to slip inside, unblocked, for a sack. ...

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