"I thought Jeremy Shockey played well," Saints Coach Sean Payton said. "He's healthy and running well. It was encouraging."
Shockey's final numbers -- three catches, 61 yards -- were solid, especially considering he compiled them in less than a half of work. But the raw numbers aren't what mattered. It was how Shockey amassed them.
New Orleans Saints tight end Jeremy Shockey celebrates one of three catches for 61 yards and a touchdown in Friday night's 17-7 exhibition victory over the Cincinnati Bengals at the Superdome.
He outraced defenders to the hashmarks and beat linebackers down the seam. He outleaped a host of defenders for the Saints' first score, a 22-yard snare in traffic down the heart of the Bengals' defense.