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John DeShazier: Takeaways from Sean Payton's Wednesday conference call

Payton said New York’s tackling stood out in its season-opening win against Dallas

Quick takes from Saints coach Sean Payton's Wednesday teleconference:

  1. The urgency to make a move with running back C.J. Spiller changed with the injury to cornerback Delvin Breaux. Spiller still was held in high regard, but the roster spot was needed. "We spent about a half an hour, just he and I, talking (Tuesday)," Payton said. "I think he's going to have an opportunity, sooner than later, with another club and yet, the window in this building and with this club is not permanently closed." Payton said it became a challenge in terms of active players, and roles.
  1. New York's tackling stood out in its season-opening win against Dallas.
  1. Cornerback B.W. Webb, whom the Saints have signed, worked out for the team last week. "He's experienced, he's got real good sudden movement skills – he can run, he's fluid," Payton said. "We think he's someone that has played in this league and we think he's someone that can help us."
  1. The Saints' young cornerbacks, several of whom (P.J. Williams, Ken Crawley and De'Vante Harris) played in their first NFL game on Sunday, weren't the only ones who could take lessons from the Raiders game. "We've got to tackle better and we've got to recognize, in terms of formation, what we're getting ready to see," Payton said. "Oakland gave us, down the stretch, the same running play about three or four different times. Our ability to see, recognize – I think that's the first thing. We've got to avoid the explosive play and stay on top of the coverage when we're supposed to. And it's not just the young players, it's in general. That's something that, our eyes have to be spot on."

Photos from the New Orleans Saints vs New York Giants game. Photos by Michael C. Hebert. (New Orleans Saints photos)

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