Aug 19, 2011

Preseason Week 2: Saints at Texans

The Saints are on the road this weekend for their second preseason game against the Houston Texans. The biggest news of the week was that veteran right tackle Jonathan Stinchcomb was released. The move was a bit of a surprise, but after he played injured most of last season, the writing was on the wall for the former Pro Bowler. The Saints are groaming a new right tackle and it looks like fan favorite Zach Streif will get the first shot at the position.

A few veterans are battling through training camp injuries, so it will be interesting to see who plays and how much they play on Saturday. It will also be another chance for rookies and new comers to shine in game action. Mark Ingram, Josh Morgan and Johnny Patrick got Saints fans buzzing about their potential after their preseason debut. It will be interesting to see how they follow it up and if anyone else steps up.

In looking toward the game, I mostly want to see production from the first team offense. They didn't do much in limited opportunity against the 49ers. I'd like to see them come out like the Patriots offense has done in the preseason and fire on all cylinders, but as it is preseason, however they look, it's important to remember that we are still weeks away from these games counting and mattering. The players and coaches are more concerned with getting reps through live action and executing the play how it was drawn up. So fans need to just sit back and enjoy football and not be too critical if things aren't clicking 100 percent. Don't worry though, I'm sure Gregg Williams will make things exciting by bringing the house on blitzes even though its preseason.

As always though, here's to hoping there are no injuries!

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