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Stock up, Stock down from New Orleans Saints’ offseason workouts

Stock up, Stock down from New Orleans Saints’ offseason workouts

The book is closed on New Orleans Saints minicamp, and now we’re moving into the summer. So what did we learn over the last week? It’s tough to develop any real takeaways from minicamp – running routes against air and blocking bags instead of live opponents isn’t football. Nobody is wearing pads. You’ve got players out on the field in various stages of recovery from injuries and rookies who have never competed against NFL-quality athletes before. So we’ve got to take it all with a grain of salt and wait patiently until the daily grind of training camp sheds more light on everything.

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Stock up: WR Jarvis Landry

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Landry immediately asserted himself as the leading receiver in Michael Thomas’ absence, dominating his competition in practice and making plays all over the field. Seeing him take younger, less-experienced teammates under his wing is encouraging, too. He’s looking like an ideal compliment to Thomas and rookie draft pick Chris Olave, and exactly the sort of reliable presence Jameis Winston can lean on.

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Stock down: QB Ian Book

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Book received a vote of confidence from his coaches to open up minicamp, but he struggled to make much headway in team drills – though we should remember he still isn’t getting many reps with Alvin Kamara, and he hasn’t thrown a single pass yet to Michael Thomas. But that was the story of his ugly start surrounded by COVID-19 replacements, too. At some point he’s got to rise above tough circumstances and make some plays.

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Stock up: CB Alontae Taylor

The rookie hasn’t shrunk in the face of long odds; if anything, he’s put a target on Paulson Adebo and is already pushing to take that starting job opposite Marshon Lattimore. Taylor was expected to mainly help out on special teams in…

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