After week one of the preseason, the Saints fall short to the Vikings; the final score was 34 to 25. However, we did see several standouts during the game.
One player who seemly sealed up his first string spot was rookie Center Erik McCoy. The pass protection overall was absolutely great with McCoy standing out. Although, there was sack trouble when the second and third stringers came into the game. This was particularly on Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater during the first half.
Another player who was trying to earn a second string spot behind Tight End Jared Cook is Dan Arnold. With less than a minute in the first half, Bridgewater connects with Arnold for 6. That was easily his best play all game.
On the contrary, early in the 3rd quarter, he couldn’t hold onto a short pass from Taysom Hill, leading to a pick 6 for the Vikings. It looked as if he “tossed” it to the rookie Vikings Cornerback Nate Meadors.
Just to reassure everybody, the whole special teams unit hasn’t lost a single step. Wil Lutz nailed all four of his field goals, even a 52 yarder as his longest for the night. Thomas Morstead had two punts totaling 91 yards with 45.5 as an average.
There were also two breakout returners, Cyril Grayson Jr. and Deonte Harris. Grayson Jr. had two returns for 61 yards with an average of 30.5 yards a return. Harris, however, had an overall better game, returning wise. He has three returns for 90 yards, 30 yards a return.