New Orleans Saints minicamp: Joel Erickson’s top three thoughts from Wednesday _lowres

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--NNew Orleans Saints defensive back Erik Harris (30) runs a drill with New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Michael Mauti (56) at the Saints training facility during minicamp in Metairie, La. Wednesday, June 15, 2016.

1. DOMINANT DEFENSE. The defense has turned in two very solid days during the mandatory minicamp, largely led by a secondary that has forced all three quarterbacks to work hard for anything they can get. And the defense might have turned in its best day of the open summer practice sessions Wednesday. The defense racked up seven unofficial “sacks” in team drills, picked off two passes and repeatedly forced the quarterbacks to check down over the middle.

2. LINEBACKER LEAPS. So far, the overhauled linebacking corps has looked better in coverage. Free-agent signee Nate Stupar picked off a Drew Brees ball that bounced off of Tim Hightower‘s hands to end a two-minute drill at the end of practice. Undrafted free agent Dillon Lee snagged a ball thrown a little behind the running back by Garrett Grayson during team work. But all the linebackers have made plays in the underneath passing game so far.

3. STRINGING PLAYS TOGETHER. On a fairly rough day for the offense, wide receiver R.J. Harris came up with another big play to burnish his summer credentials. Harris, a former undrafted free agent from New Hampshire, turned heads at times during training camp last year with his ability to make contested catches deep down the field. He did it again Wednesday, leaping to make a catch down the sideline between two defensive backs.