Galloway Licking His Chops
Joey Galloway loves one-on-one coverage. The Saints play more one-on-one coverage than most teams. So, naturally, Galloway loves playing the Saints, who visit Tampa Bay on Sunday.
There is nothing a receiver loves more than the chance to make an impact play, and man-to-man coverage gives Galloway that opportunity. With his speed, Galloway must only beat one man to position himself for a big play. Though there often is help from the safety even in single coverage, that help often comes too late to prevent him from catching the ball.
"We've seen them two times a year since I've been here, and they always come up and play you man," Galloway said of the Saints. "I love playing the Saints. . . When a team comes up and shows you man-to-man coverage, that is a challenge for any receiver. That's what we live for."
But here's another challenge for Galloway: catch the ball. He and his teammates did a poor job of that against the Giants last Sunday. And in this season's first meeting with the Saints, Galloway dropped a pass that could have positioned the Bucs for a come-from-behind win.
If nothing else, the opportunities should be there this Sunday.
"They take their chances," Galloway said. "When that happens, it gives us some opportunities. We just have to capitalize."
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