WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. — Notes and observations from Sunday’s practice:
Swann rises: Rookie cornerback Damian Swann continues to built momentum as camp wears on. He had an interception during Thursday’s preseason game (as well as two flags), and picked off another pass during skeleton drills. He has an opportunity to show his stuff with several cornerbacks fighting injuries.
Jahri looks good: Remember when Jahri Evans was being left for dead yesterday? He came back today and won both of his reps in pass rushing drills. It’s too soon for panic. Evans is a veteran player, who, if we’re being honest, is closer to the end than the beginning. Still, let’s see how he looks once games start.
Smith shines: It was a big day for Alex Smith, who took full advantage of Ben Watson not being in practice. Smith twice made big catches up the seam. One of them, a pass from Garrett Grayson, was a particularly nice play. The depth chart is tight at that position, and Smith remains a longshot, but his odds will improve if he keeps showing up.
Toon iffy: The Saints appear to be giving Nick Toon every opportunity to lock down the No. 3 spot. While he’s had positive moments in camp, he hasn’t shut the door on the other contenders. He dropped a pass during skeleton drills Sunday and then failed to connect with Brees on a deep pass that hit his outstretched hand.
SJB climbing: There should be no more talk about whether or not Stanley Jean-Baptiste will make the team. He’s played well during the offseason and continued to show it Sunday. His break up on a pass to Brandin Cooks down the sideline proved he can hang with quicker receivers. It was an impressive moment.
Young defensive linemen: It wouldn’t be a surprise if any of the young defensive linemen make the team. Kaleb Eulls, Ashaad Mabry, Bobby Richardson and Tavaris Barnes have all looked good at various points in camp and continue to play well. Tyelere Davison, who was drafted and is a step of the others, is also coming on strong and had a great day Sunday.
1. Incomplete to Nick Toon
2. Complete to R.J. Harris
3. Complete to Marques Colston
4. Complete to Brandin Cooks
5. Incomplete to Nick Toon
7. Incomplete to Brandin Cooks (broken up by Jean-Baptiste)
8. Complete to Marques Colston
9. Complete to Orson Charles (diving catch)
1. Incomplete (batted down by Tyeler Davison)
2. Complete to Brandon Coleman
3. Fumble forced by Davison, recovered by Barnes
4. Incomplete to Tim Hightower
5. Complete to Seantavius Jones
6. Complete to Alex Smith
7. Complete to Seantavius Jones
1. Complete to Edwin Baker
2. Complete to Tim Hightower
3. Complete to Willie Snead IV
4. Complete to Willie Snead IV
1. Complete to Alex Smith
2. Complete to Alex Smith
3. Incomplete to Edwin Baker (thrown behind
4. Complete to Lance Lewis