Saints defense has big moments in scrimmage

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saints helmetMaybe the Saints defense, the worst statistically in the history of the NFL, is on the way back.

Saints defensive back Chris Carr intercepted a pass and tipped a pass that led to an interception. The defense also collected five quarterback sacks as the club scrimmaged for about 80 minutes Saturday at the Saints facility.

The Saints are Carr’s 6th NFL team since he arrived in the league as a free agent in 2005. It was there he played for then Raiders and new Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. Carr was signed the by the Saints as a free agent June 11th.

“I know what Rob wants. I know what we did in Oakland and how he wants to play it,” said Carr. “I have been in the league a long time and played a lot of different positions. I know what offense like to do and I can make a lot of plays.”

Junior Gallette and Akiem Hicks each recorded two quarterback sacks.

Two touchdowns were scored in the scrimmage. The first was a one yard run by Mark Ingram. The second was a 5 yard touchdown pass from Ryan Griffin to fullback Austin Johnson on the final play of the scrimmage.

Ingram also fumbled. “As a running back if you have the ball in your hand you have to take care of it,” said Ingram.

The scrimmage was played before a packed house.

The Saints play their first preseason game Friday night in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome against the Kansas City Chiefs.