New Orleans Saints Safety Marcus Williams - 2018 Training Camp Presented by Verizon - Saturday, August 11, 2018
What was your evaluation of how the defense played overall on Thursday night?
"I do not think we played that great. We have a lot of mental errors we need to clean up. It's just the first game. Those things are going to happen your first game, tackling wrapping up those things are going to come as we continue to play."
How would you say that process of getting the new pieces sort of integrated is coming so far?
"It's coming along great. We all are trying to create that bar right now. New guys come in, old guys are still here but everybody communicates, gets in and hangs out. So, we do all those things just to come together as one."
You look so much more comfortable right now. How comfortable do you feel in this defense right now?
"It's just a process. Every day you have to get better, I just focus on getting better each day that helps me get comfortable in the film room, in the playbook. It just helps me become a better player really.
Do you feel like you can rely on your instincts more just knowing the defense and where you're supposed to be, is it a little bit easier?
"I rely on my film study; my instincts, I rely on everything put together. You don't just rely on one thing. Great players have a lot of things in their repertoire to be better, so I have a lot of things in my bag in order to be best on the field."
What does it mean to you hear Drew Bree's name in conjunction with your name?
"It means a lot, just coming out here focusing and practicing everyday with a great quarterback like him just helps me to get better. With him out here throwing the ball, coaching and you know he's coaching me, he sees me out there. I see him and every time I see him I'm like 'I have to make a play.' He's helping me to be better for the other quarterbacks I'm going to play. It makes it easier for me. Having a great quarterback like him is just going to make me better."
What kind of things does he coach you on?
"He's just telling me if you're going over here, I'm trying to scare you off so don't try to get out of the middle too quick because I'm going to throw it on that hash if you get out of the hash. Those little tips I need for other quarterbacks when I go up against them."
New Orleans Saints QB Tom Savage - 2018 Training Camp Presented By Verizon - Saturday, August 11, 2018
Grade your performance from Thursday night. What'd you think?
"I thought we did a good job of putting some points on the board. Obviously, you want to score every drive out there and execute. I think there were a couple throws I missed that I can improve on, but other than that, I thought it was a good first preseason game and we got the win."
This offense was a lot to digest early on for you, where do you feel like you are at in that progress?
"I think it's always going to be a learning process. You just have to keep grinding at it, keep asking these guys questions, and using all the resources here to keep learning and try to get on the same page as everyone else."
Is it slowing down a bit for you?
"Yeah, for sure it is. I'm sure once the season gets going and once we see some different looks, I'm sure there's going to be new game-time plays and stuff I'm going to have to learn.
With Taysom Hill in practice and games, do you see it as a competition to show you are good enough to help the team as Coach Payton has said to us versus a competition against each other?
"I do. Obviously, you look at Taysom and I and we're two completely different quarterbacks. I think we just have to go out there and keep showing that if our number gets called, we'll be ready to go, and we can help this team win."
Could you talk about Marcus Williams on defense. How aware do you have to be of him when he's in the drills?
"Just being here for this short period of time, I've seen what that guy can do. I mean the range that he has is pretty unbelievable, really. He's a really, really good player."
What impresses you about Taysom Hill?
"I mean you look at him and he is like Hercules. He is ungrounded and a good player. He is one of my best friends on the team and he's a phenomenal person. He brings a whole unique style to this game."
What do you think about Drew's (Brees) routine?
"It is funny, because before I got here I just thought, (he was) obviously one of the hardest workers in the league. I was surprised at how much more he does work than what I was anticipating. He's relentless in his work ethic and a great guy to be behind."
It seems like it's very regimented and on schedule?
"Yeah. I mean that's kind of the way the great ones are. It's good to watch it and start to create your own routine."
Have you ever done a play-by-play of his routine in your head?
"Yeah. Even he's pre-practice workout is routine every day. He's got something that he's doing (every minute), so I think's a common thing with all the great ones. They all have a unique routine that they follow and do every day."