New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton may want to give a tryout to Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office deputies following today's practice in Metairie.
59-year-old David Mobley, of Houma, made his way onto the practice field this morning and was approached by the deputies. They tried to escort Mobley off the field when he put up a defensive stand.
The deputies didn't waste anytime and took Mobley down, he was handcuffed and sent off to jail on counts of resisting arrest, battery on a police officer and remaining in a place after being forbidden.
Coach Payton said he can't recall that ever happening on a football practice field.
"No, it has been a while since I can recall. I did not realize who it was. We saw a tussle from a distance and security did a good job of getting it off."
After eight days of watching the real Saints hit the practice field, Payton said it is going well.
"I think we have stayed healthy, which has been important. We will have a chance tomorrow to see how these guys handle a scrimmage setting. But it has been a good opportunity for all of us now to see these guys in pads for a week." He added,"We still have a lot of work to do."
The Saints Black & Gold Scrimmage begins 8:50 tomorrow morning at the training facility in Metairie and will run through 11 in the morning.
Payton said, "I am anxious to see how we do at left tackle. I am anxious to see how some of these young defensive backs and receivers handle the competition. "
He said quarterback Seneca Wallace will probably sit out the scrimmage. He's nursing a groin pull. Drew Brees will start the scrimmage, followed by Luke McCown and Ryan Griffin will finish. Griffin is a rookie from Tulane who had an impressive practice on Wednesday.
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