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Reports from Saints training camp see dominant defense

Pierre St-Jean

NEW ORLEANS, LA - The New Orleans Saints defense has had the upper hand in the training camp for the last couple of days. There is no much debate around that, but New Orleans wants to manage momentum swings in practice.

The defensive unit was not producing pressure or forcing incompletions. Then, the defensive linemen are often stranded in the offensive backfield and pass breakups are the norm.

These problems became head coach Sean Payton's concern. He said that the problems mirroring the recurrent thing that can take place during the game.

Payton said that there will be always the 'pendulum' that swings with the momentum during the game, especially for the defensive team. During the defensive phase, the players involved need to keep it and capitalize on the momentum, or instead slow down when they got no momentum.

The momentum shift, as Payton said, happens in almost every football game. A different momentum swing rarely happened and every player needs to work on that, since a momentum swing usually came with a bit of surprise.

"I just felt offensive, there was a period of practice where we needed to autocorrect a little quicker," said Payton about exploiting momentum.

Good momentum during the training surely comes to the right-sided defensive end Marcus Davenport. He accumulated at least three plays that could lead to sacks as one of some influential presences on the team.

"I think he's having a good camp. We're still one week in, but he's doing a good job. He's very explosive and I would say he's been a little bit more consistent," said Payton.

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