With the first game of the 2011 NFL preseason in the books, the New Orleans Saints came away witha 24-3 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Friday night. While the starters did not play more than half a quarter, it was the second and third strings that truly filled the bulk of the game time. Now it is time to analyze and see just how the Saints’ offense did as a whole from Drew Brees to Sean Canfield.
Pictures of the New Orleans Saints offense Vs. 49ers
Noticeable standouts that impressed:
~ QB Chase Daniel: The quarterback who played the majority of the game and that was essentially Coach Sean Payton‘s plan. Learning behind Brees, Daniel has really been molded into his form in some ways while also having the blessing of being a scrambling quarterback. While not perfect, Daniel’s performance on Friday night was very well done as he performed with poise and accuracy while finding receivers all over the field.
Stat line: 13 of 21 for 129 yards with a rating of 79.3
~ RB Joique Bell: With Chris Ivory injured, and Pierre Thomas and Darren Sproles playing sparingly, Bell really got a chance to shine. He ran with a lot of purpose and power while showcasing some nice moves. Adding to that was his lone punt return for 28 yards which almost broke open for a long touchdown.
Stat line: 9 rushing attempts for 52 yards; 1 PR for 28 yards
~ WR Joseph Morgan: The undrafted rookie free agent really showed up big time and let it be known that he wants a spot on this team. The acrobatic 78-yard punt return for a touchdown was his highlight for the night, but he played an overall solid game throughout.
Stat line: 1 reception for 21 yards; 6 PRs for 107 yards with a 17.8 average and 1 touchdown
- WR Courtney Roby: 4 receptions for 42 yards
- RB Chris Taylor: 9 rushing attempts for 39 yards; 1 touchdown
Noticeable standouts that weren’t too impressive:
~ WR Robert Meachem: The veteran wideout may just be trying to shake off some rust, but in the short amount of time he was in the game, he dropped two passes in his hands. The first was a long bomb from Brees that simply sailed right through his arms. While it was a bit overthrown, it is a pass he is expected to haul in. Drop number two was a bit better defended and he had a man in his face, but still should have made the catch.
~ RB Mark Ingram: Now don’t get all over my case. The rookie did show some nice moves on his 14-yard touchdown run, but as a whole he didn’t do a whole lot else. Six attempts for 23 yards and a 3.8 average is a little less then what the Saints were looking for from him in his first outing. Not to mention that average is inflated by the 14-yard scamper. While it was his first game of course, surely the bruising back will be in better form against the Texans.
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