Sean Payton and Saints have defense in place for 2 approaching storms


The Laura and Marco drama does not involve two soap opera characters, but rather 2 storms entering the Gulf of Mexico that could pose a threat to Louisiana. That also means a threat to the Saints being able to practice and the opener of September 13th vs. the Buccaneers is closing in.

Coach Sean Payton says that he and team executive Vice President and General Manager Mickey Loomis have come up with a plan if they have to pick up and move somewhere else due to a serious weather event.  

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"We have communicated with the league office in the event that we would have to do something. They understand some of the nuances that would be involved with leaving and setting up camp somewhere else,” explained Payton

“The good news is, generally speaking, it wouldn't be for a long period of time. It happened the year Gustav came through and that was the week before we opened the season and we were playing Tampa at home that year. So we have a plan in place, the league's been notified, we'll just monitor both of these storms and kind of go from there."

A player that’s been fun to monitor at practice is All-Pro kick returner Deonte Harris. His special team’s contributions are crucial but the Saints see more.  They are working on getting the small, speedy and shifty wide receiver more opportunities to touch the ball on offense. 

“He's one of those players that is a little bit more mature beyond his years,” said Payton about the 22-year-old from Assumption College. “As you're around him, for someone who's come from such a small program, he can pick things up very quickly, retain them, and then take them to the field.  It's just up to us now really to continue to build and have packages for him and get him more involved offensively as well as in the kicking game. But, he is a smart player and there's a maturity to his game that's very impressive."

He used to be called #RhodesClosed.... not anymore. Deonte Harris sent Xavier Rhodes out of the picture.(via @PFF_Sam)

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Harris’s 50 yard reception was the longest play in last year’s NFC championship game and hopefully a sign of more big plays the 5ft6 target is capable of.