Cornerbacks stole the show during Saints practice today
• July 28, 2008
Usama Young, one of New Orleans’ two third-round draft picks in 2007, led the way, completing the trifecta with an interception against each of the Saints’ three quarterbacks in 11-on-11 drills.
“The ball kept on coming to my side,” Young said, “so I kept on having a chance at it.”
Young’s first pick came when he was shadowing receiver Adrian Arrington on a deep route down the right side. Starter Drew Brees tossed a long pass intended for Arrington, but Young out-jumped the rookie for pick near the five yard-line.
The Kent State alum’s next two interceptions came during red-zone drills. Young picked off second-stringer Mark Brunell on a lob on the right side of the endzone. Against the third-team offense a few plays later, Young picked off Tyler Palko with a leaping play at the five.
Corners Randall Gay and Jason Craft also intercepted passes against the first and third offenses, respectively.
Defensive end Bobby McCray had some back spasms during practice, but coach Sean Payton said it was “nothing serious.”
Receiver Devery Henderson and cornerback Tracy Porter sat out practice with hamstring injuries they suffered Sunday afternoon. Payton did not give a timetable for their return. Defensive backs Josh Bullocks and Mike McKenzie and, receiver Todd Blythe, who had his bell rung Sunday afternoon, sat out the morning practice as well.
McKenzie will be moved from the PUP list to the active roster in the afternoon. Payton said that the team would give Blythe a full 24 hours to recover.
Deuce McAllister and Brian Young fully participated in the morning session.