The Saints will benefit from preseason struggles

The New Orleans Saints have been a mixed bag through their first 2 preseason games Womens Cameron Jordan Jersey , and if we’re looking at it objectively there has been more bad than good. Especially when looking at it from the viewpoint of a fan. However, that is exactly why the Saints are going to benefit tremendously from this year’s preseason. In 2017 the Saints were plucky underdog that became the hottest team in the league and was a ridiculous fluke play away from advancing to the NFC Championship game. But, the reality is that in professional sports no one stays where they were at the year before, you either get better, or you get worse. The Saints have spent the off-season further improving their depth, trying to shore up their weaknesses, and adjusting their mentality to go from the hunters to the hunted. There are a lot of things to be discouraged about so far, the backup QBs being the top of the list of course, but also a lot that we can take solace in as fans. Remember that the entire purpose of the preseason is evaluation and preparation.The preseason is there to work out the kinks, test your execution, identify your weaknesses, and allow you to work on them in a ‘live’ theater that doesn’t count or matter. The Saints have yet to suffer a major injury. So long as that is the case the preseason is a win, and the fact they are taking their lumps now is good for us, it means they are less likely to need to punt two games to figure things out (like NOT letting Devante Harris on the field) like they did last year. The New York Giants' reconstructed offensive line will face its second consecutive stern test when the New Orleans Saints visit MetLife Stadium on Sunday.The Saints (2-1) feature one of the NFL's premier defensive ends in Cameron Jordan, who is tied for the league lead with four sacks. The primary job of blocking him will go to Chad Wheeler, a second-year tackle who went undrafted out of Southern California.Wheeler received praise from Giants coach Pat Shurmur for the way he handled Houston defensive end J.J. Watt in the Giants' 27-22 win last week. Wheeler will be making his second start in place of Ereck Flowers, the Giants' first-round draft pick in 2015, though Watt had three sacks in the second half. Not all of those were Wheeler's responsibility.Wheeler started five of the 11 games he played as a rookie last season, four at right tackle and one at left tackle. His approach to taking on some of the best edge rushers in the league is that of a veteran."I just have to take one moment at a time," said Wheeler. "You can't psyche yourself out. You can't be a fortune teller."Shurmur has been impressed with Wheeler's preparation."The one thing about Chad is he cares and he competes," said Shurmur. "He did a good job in the run game last week and on a lot of those pass plays he blocked really well. He helped us win the game last week."He has another great challenge. (Jordan) is a marquee pass rusher. For the most part he'll (Jordan) be lined up on the right side Womens Alex Anzalone Jersey , so we have to do a good job of blocking him. He (Jordan) is good against the run and good against the pass."No matter what play you call he really disrupts the game."Wheeler joins center John Greco, left tackle Nate Solder, left guard Will Hernandez and right guard Patrick Omameh in the new-look offensive line."I think they did a good job just picking up the pressures, just competing, just keep fighting," quarterback Eli Manning said. "He (Wheeler) is getting tested again, but we have to help him out some. He practices hard, he finishes blocks. He'll be fine."NOTES: New York placed RB Jonathan Stewart (foot) on injured reserve. ... TE Evan Engram (knee), CB Eli Apple (groin) and LB Olivier Vernon (ankle) will not play Sunday against the Saints, according to coach Pat Shurmur. ... Vernon returned to practice on a limited basis earlier in the week but did not participate Friday. "This was a fast practice with preparation for New Orleans," said Shurmur. "He's made great progress this week and he's close. He just wasn't quite ready."... B.W. Webb will move from the nickel to outside cornerback to replace Apple, with Donte Deayon and safety Michael Thomas going to the slot. . WR Cody Latimer (knee) also was ruled out. ... CB Antonio Hamilton (groin) and WR/returner Stacy Coley (hamstring) were listed as "questionable."
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