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Saints release QB Seneca Wallace, 7 others

Seneca Wallace struggled mightily in a game otherwise dominated by the Saints in a won over the Oakland Raiders (Photo: Parker Waters).Seneca Wallace struggled mightily in a game otherwise dominated by the Saints in a won over the Oakland Raiders (Photo: Parker Waters).

Veteran quarterback Seneca Wallace was one of three players who had their contracts terminated on Monday by the New Orleans Saints. Veteran wide receivers Steve Breaston and Patrick Crayton also had their contracts terminated.

The Saints on Monday also waived wide receiver Jarred Fayson, guard Ricky Henry, linebacker Chase Thomas and cornerback Dion Turner. The Saints waived/injured cornerback A.J. Davis.

The Saints also placed veteran defensive end Kenyon Coleman on injured reserve. Coleman injured a pectoral muscle during training camp.

Wallace's release leaves veteran Luke McCown as the favorite to become quarterback Drew Brees' backup. Ryan Griffin, a rookie out of Tulane, is also on the roster but lacks McCown's experience.

Wallace received his only game action of preseason in the second half of last Friday's 28-20 victory over the Oakland Raiders at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. He was 3 of 6 passing for 32 yards with one interception and one lost fumble.

New Orleans Saints Head Coach Sean Payton

Post-Practice Media Availability

Monday, August 19, 2013

Opening Statement: “We released the following players: Steve Breaston, Patrick Crayton, Seneca Wallace. We waived Jarred Fayson, Ricky Henry, Chase Thomas, Dion Turner. Kenyon Coleman was moved to injured reserve. A.J. Davis was waived/injured. Those were just today’s transactions. We’re obviously below our 90 and, just with the way the schedule shapes out, it’s something we wanted to do ahead of time.”

After reviewing the tape, how did Ramon Humber look Friday night?

“I thought he looked great. He played well, he played exceptionally well. I thought it was probably one of his better games that I’ve seen at linebacker.”

With cutting Steve Breaston and Patrick Crayton, what does this mean about Nick Toon and Kenny Stills?

“There’s certain guys you bring in and you want to look at and make sure that they’ve got an idea of what you do offensively. Then, possibly during the season, if something should arise then they are a player that you could potentially sign and they know exactly (what) the system (is). That being said, the younger guys have done some good things. (Marques) Colston is getting close to being back. We’ll just keep developing and working with the guys that we have right now.”

In cutting Seneca Wallace today, is it set in stone that you like Luke McCown as the second quarterback?

“Right now. He’s doing well; Ryan (Griffin) is doing well. We decided to make that move today. The schedule is different than it used to be ten years ago where you were concerned about your number because of the amount of practice time you had. With the way our practice schedule shapes up, this is something that we felt was going to help us get more repetition with some of the other guys competing and we’ll continue to look at doing that.”

What would you like to see this week out of the running game especially against the Houston Texans?

“Just consistency. Getting ahead of the downs. There were some positives about last week’s performance in regards to the running game and yet when you look at the tape there is some yardage left out there that we just have to look to clean up and become more efficient with.”

Do you have to be more judicious with the amount Marques Colston practices during the year and having to monitor him?

“There are certain players, Marques being one of them, that not only this year but in years past we just have to look at the reps they receive during the week and be smart about it. He would be one of three to four guys that we’ve just got to look at either (on) a Wednesday or a Thursday of just not overdoing it and being smart, so yeah.”

Joseph Morgan and Victor Butler are still currently counting against your roster right now. What is your thought process with these two guys?

“We just haven’t had to make a decision yet because of the numbers. We’ll just continue to wait.”

When you look at how Ramon Humber and David Hawthorne played Friday night, does it make you feel good that perhaps that position is settled in, even the backups?

“Both of those guys played well. With the snaps that they’re receiving and the reps that they’re receiving, going into the start of the season we just have to develop and train and be ready to play. Knowing how the season unfolds, all of these guys will end up in roles that are significant. We just don’t know which game (it will be), and hopefully you stay as healthy as possible. But with the roster size that it is and the length of the season, that’s pretty normal.”

In the past you have tended to like veteran receivers. Is there something about Kenny Stills and Nick Toon that make you more comfortable going with them?

“Marques (Colston) in his rookie year really established himself in training camp, not so much in the offseason. This time frame has given us a chance to evaluate both of those two players. They’re different in some regards, (with) their skill sets and we’re going to give them a ton of reps. There are a number of little things they have to work on that you see on tape that would be probably harder to see from just live TV feeds. Both of them are picking things up fairly quickly and getting acclimated to what we’re doing. It’s that natural progression, if you will, that takes place over eight years and it is continuing to develop younger players so that they’re ready when that opportunity comes up. For a guy like Robert Meachem, it took longer, and yet it worked out very well. These two guys are different in that Kenny (Stills) has just gotten here as a rookie and Nick (Toon) has been here and had an injury. The repetitions are valuable for both of them.”

Talk about Garrett Hartley’s camp.

“He’s been solid. I thought the other night he was very good. The first field goal that he hit, it was good to see. He’s been very consistent.”

Do you have any thoughts on how much the starters might play on Sunday?

“Typically (you are) going through the first half and then kind of looking at the snap count at halftime and then making a decision. There are times when we have come out in the third quarter (with starters) because the reps weren’t as many and we’ll kind of approach it the same way.”

Can you estimate a time for Jonathan Vilma’s return?

“No.”

New Orleans Saints Safety Kenny Vaccaro

Post-Practice Media Availability

Monday, August 19, 2013

 

Have veterans talked to you about the jump from the second to the third preseason game?

“Not really.  Today was like a normal practice.  I understand that the third game is more like an actual game but they haven’t really said anything about it.”

What are the takeaways from your performance last week?

“Just execute out the defense better, get better and better each week.  I thought we did a great job first half, second half of the game.  Houston has a good offense so we have to be prepared.”

What are you learning about blitzing in this defense and how much of it is different than the college level?

“Blitzing in the league is a lot different than college.  Quarterbacks are smarting so they can catch you in your blitz.  Just learning when blitzes are going to get home and when blitzes are not.  Sometimes you have to change.  As far as me, if I’m not blitzing I have to know if the blitz is going to get home I can sit on a route, if it’s not I have to make sure I stay deep.  I am still learning in that concept, but blitzing is blitzing to me.”

Do you think you are going to get a lot of opportunities this year?

“I haven’t done much blitzing in the games yet, but it’s only the preseason so we have a lot more for me.”

Do you like being in coverage?

“Oh yeah, that’s all I did in college.  Big hits, I am just out there hitting.  I’d rather get turnovers any time of the day, but I’m just tackling honestly.”

How strong of a running back is Mark Ingram?

“He runs hard and he has an element where he can get tricky on you too.  So when a guy can run you over and trick you, they keep you on your toes.”

What did you do special teams wise at University of Texas that translates now?

“As a freshman at UT (Texas), the year we went to the National Championship (game), I was on their special teams. I am kind of (like) a freshman here now.  I am on a lot of special teams.  I think the more I play as far as on defense, the less that will be, but for right now I am starting on punt return.”

Is there a skill that pertains to that job?

“I think special teams is all about attitude and effort.  Honestly, guys that have effort want to be out there and want to play special team are good special teams players.”

New Orleans Saints Inside Linebacker Ramon Humber

Post-Practice Media Availability

Monday, August 19, 2013

What was it like for you and David Hawthorne getting more of an opportunity on Friday night?

“It was a great opportunity. Our linebacker corps all work well together. We count on each other, everybody on the defense and play off one another.”

How much confidence do you gain from a game like that?

“You gain a lot of confidence. Just in general, I know what I can do and how I can perform and it’s great to go out there and have a game like that. You still have to be humble, (and) you still have to look at details.”

Does Friday night give you the feel that you are comfortable in this new system and that you can thrive in it?

“I was already comfortable in the system, it was just getting an opportunity to play, an opportunity to showcase.”

Were you expecting to fill up the stat sheet like you did?

“No, it just happened.”

Do you realize that this is probably the best opportunity that you have received in the NFL?

“I believe so. I started in Indy. I had an opportunity there. When you are undrafted you are under the rader. I made the team there, things happened, I went somewhere else and just the system that this organization has really gives me a chance to thrive.”

What would you improve on from the other night?

“Alignment. As a team we had some missed alignments and missed coverages. Just like things like that. Pretty much paying attention to details are what we need to do. ”

Do you feel comfortable playing both inside spots?

“Anywhere they need me, I’ll play. It doesn’t really matter to me, as long as I receive an opportunity to play.”

Did you receive all your snaps in the last game at Curtis Lofton’s spot?

“Yes.”

You put a lot of pressure on the quarterback in the second game. Is this what you can expect out of Rob Ryan?

“Ryan’s system is a lot of blitz pressure. It depends upon the situation. With this system we go forward with the call. When we dial it up, we dial it up.”

Don’t football players like to bring pressure rather than sit back and react?

“You want to be aggressive, but there are times when you have to get conservative.”

Does this defense match the personnel better than last year’s?

“I wouldn’t say that necessarily. I think last year we were going through the things we went through, (there was a) lack of focus at times. As far as the scheme, it fits a lot of the players they’ve brought in through free agency. Just being able to know that this is the guy (Rob Ryan) you want to play for and a guy that you like and a guy that brings energy to the defense.”

With 11 sacks in two games, is this going to be the personality of your defense this year?

“I hope we get a lot of pressure and hope the defensive line can do their thing up front and the secondary and us can cover long enough so that they can get to the quarterback.”

New Orleans Saints Tackle Zach Strief

Post-Practice Media Availability

Monday, August 19, 2013

Are you seeing positive signs in the running game’s and offensive line’s performance in the first two preseason games? 

“You can see the run game developing. You can see improvement. I think we got out and ran a little bit better this week. There was a lot of yardage left out there. You can see the improvement and we just need to work on the consistency.”

Do you see a healthy Mark Ingram ready to have his best season yet?

“Yes, you can tell he’s a different player this year. He has a lot more explosion. We talked today that we’re learning a different type of run-blocking up front and they (the running backs) are too. I think you see a little bit in the offensive line of guys thinking what to do, and you see Mark ‘I know what I’m supposed to do but am not running instinctively yet.’ That is going to come. That is something that with time it is going to come. Fortunately for him, his body is healthy enough this year to make those cuts when he is ready to make them.”

What are your thoughts on what you’ve seen from Marques Colston?

“He is a guy that you know what you’re going to get out of him. I think it is important for him to be healthy. You push an injury early in camp to be in camp and then it nags you another eight weeks and you might be on the field but you’re 75%. In this league, you just can’t be 75%. It’s not going to get the job done. We know that when Marques comes back, he will do the things necessary to get himself ready. You look at a player that has been awfully consistent for seven years and I think they know what they are going to get out of him when he is physically ready to come back.”

What have you been most impressed with in Charles Brown?

“I remember telling Charles in the offseason, physically he is there. Physically he is more than good enough. He is a very talented guy. His issues are all going to come with confidence. I think you see that confidence growing. I think you see him being more comfortable in his sets. I think you see him making better decisions in the run game. Physically, he’s always been ready. I think what you’re seeing now is he’s in a position battle and I think he took that battle, grabbed it, ran with it and said ‘ this is mine.’ With the confidence of doing that, I think you’re seeing him becoming an awfully good player.”

Talk about the progression of Jahri Evans and what you see from him going in to another season.

“We get into camp and he obviously has a lot of reps on him already. He’s missed out on 10 snaps since he’s been in the league. It’s pretty amazing. You see him come in to camp and he is like ‘man, I can’t get my steps, I can’t get my steps.’ As camp goes and he loosens up, he just gets better and better. You turn on game film and it’s the same, everyone is fighting at the line of scrimmage and Jahri is eight yards down the field blocking somebody. He is a monster on gameday and he is as good as he’s ever been right now.”

New Orleans Saints Running Back Mark Ingram

Post-Practice Media Availability

Monday, August 19, 2013

How do you think the running game has been so far?

“There were a couple of runs where I left a couple of yards on the field, but that just comes with getting a feel for it, coming out here practicing it, getting the hang of it, knowing how the line is going to block it, (and) knowing where our cuts are going to be in different fronts and defenses.  I think we are definitely making an improvement in our run game.  I think it was a lot better week two than week one.”

Healthwise, are you still feeling 100%?

“Yes, I’m still feeling really good.”

Do you think you are going to get more touches this year?

“Yeah, I came in healthy.  I came in in shape. I think just both of those things together might help me get some more touches.  I’m a lot more comfortable with the offense and I just want to keep improving every single day and being productive.  That’s the key, just being productive and I’m sure more touches will come with that.”

Do you feel faster this year?

“I dropped a few pounds, I feel healthy and that helps me be a lot quicker, a lot faster, a lot more decisive, and I haven’t been worrying about injuries or anything like that.  I definitely feel healthier and quicker.”

Do you have any goals for yourself this season?

“You always want to be above four yards a carry, but I like to be around four and a half or five, that’s where I usually was in college, around five yards a carry.  That’s just a goal.  That’s a high number and that will put you with some of the elite backs in the league with around five yards a carry.  (You) Just work at it and try and be as productive as you can.”

 

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