Notes and observations for Wednesday’s minicamp practice:
Attendance, please: Safety Kenny Vaccaro, cornerback Delvin Breaux, linebacker Junior Galette, defensive linemen Brodrick Bunkley and Akiem Hicks, and offensive lineman Cyril Lemon did not practice.
Slot business: Rookie Damian Swann received the first-team reps as the nickel cornerback on Wednesday. P.J. Williams was with the second unit and Kyle Wilson was with the third-string defense. Coach Sean Payton said he wanted to get different players in different lineups.
Morgan looking good: At the risk of regretting hyping him up at a later date, wide receiver Josh Morgan continues to look good. He’s strong and has performed consistently on a daily basis. It will be tough to crack the 53-man roster, but he at least appears to be in the battle.
Quarterback shuffle: In a little bit of a twist, Ryan Griffin served as the No. 2 quarterback and Luke McCown was No. 3. Griffin had one of the nicer throws of the day when he hit Ben Watson on a deep out just over the hands of linebacker Ramon Humber.
Williams looks good: P.J. Williams had one of the nicer pass breakups of the day when he knocked the ball away from Brandin Cooks on the left sideline.
Cooks shining: The hype around Brandin Cooks last offseason was deafening. It might end up getting even louder this offseason. He’s looked good in every practice and continues to perform. He beat Terrence Frederick for a deep touchdown once and had several other nice catches.
Kikaha shows moves: It might be misleading to evaluate the play of the front seven and offensive line since there is no contact, but it was impossible to ignore the amount of times Hau’oli Kikaha ended up in the backfield, in the quarterback’s face. Andrus Peat was often “blocking” Kikaha. But, as Payton said, without contact it’s typically about who surrenders first. It might be wise not to make much of this one.
Practice pace: Overall, the pace of practice was kind of slow. The team worked on some situation things and only had a handful of 11-on-11 periods. The practice ended with a two-minute drill.
1.Complete to Mark Ingram
2. Complete to Brandon Coleman
3. Complete Tim Hightower
4. Complete to Brandin Cooks (over Damian Swann)
5. Complete to Josh Morgan
6. Complete to Seantavius Jones
7. Complete to Josh Hill
8. Complete to Brandon Coleman
9. Incomplete to Seantavius Jones (broken up by Keenan Lewis)
10. Pass interference, Swann on Coleman
11. Intercepted by Rafael Bush (intended for Brandon Coleman)
12. Complete to Ben Watson
13. Complete to Brandin Cooks
14. Incomplete to Brandin Cooks (broken up by P.J. Williams)
15. Complete to Brandon Coleman
16. Complete to Seantavius Jones
Ryan Griffin passing
2. Complete to Josh Morgan.
3. Complete to Ben Watson
4. Sacked by Bobby Richardson
5. Complete to Seantavius Jones
6. Complete to Khiry Robinson
7. Complete to Josh Morgan
8. Complete to Tim Hightower
9. Complete to Josh Morgan
10. Complete to Josh Hill for touchdown
11. Incomplete to Josh Morgan
12. Incomplete to Khiry Robinson (drop)
13. Incomplete to Khiry Robinson
14. Incomplete to Joe Morgan (drop)
Luke McCown passing
1. Complete to Jack Tabb
2. Complete to Brandin Cooks
3. Incomplete to Jalen Saunders
4. Complete to Jack Tabb
5. Thrown away
(Missed a series of throws)
Garrett Grayson passing
1. Complete to Josh Morgan
2. Complete to Jack Tabb
3. Complete to Kyle Prater
4. Complete to Jack Tabb
5. Complete to Orson Charles
6. Incomplete to Willie Snead
7. Incomplete to Jalen Saunders
8. Incomplete to Orson Charles