Saints' Sean Payton: Ted Ginn Jr. will 'make more big plays than not'

From ESPN - August 12, 2017

METAIRIE, La. -- Ted Ginn Jr.'s debut with the New Orleans Saints wasnt exactly awe-inspiring. Two targets, zero catches and one dropped pass in the end zone before the starters called it an early night in a 20-14 loss to the Cleveland Browns on Thursday.

The drop was a little disconcerting, since that is a problem that has plagued Ginn throughout his 10-year NFL career.

But coach Sean Payton was quick to insist Friday that Ginn has done enough good things this summer after signing a three-year, $11 million contract to forgive the occasional misplay.

Listen, Im comfortable with the player. And hes gonna make more big plays than not, Payton said of the 32-year-old Ginn, who is known more for his elite speed than any negative trait. And I like his focus, and I like the way he approaches the game. Hes one of those guys that, look, if you run the ball 35 times and throw it a handful ... it doesnt matter. He just wants to win. And I think thats just a little contagious in that room ...

[His performance] has been solid. Its been good. Heres the thing, youre always wantin to see the player still run, and Ive seen that. So I think hes doin well.

In other words, dont assume that Ginns roster spot is in jeopardy just because he put up an 0-fer in the first exhibition while fellow speedster Tommylee Lewis racked up 10 catches for 124 yards and a touchdown with the backup units.

Yes, dropped passes have been a drag on Ginns career since he was drafted in the first round by the Miami Dolphins in 2007.


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