After a much needed day off, the New Orleans Saints returned to the practice field on Tuesday hoping that a little bit of time resting would help some of the numerous injuries that have been piling up. Speaking pf practice, it was announced on Monday as well that the Saints would be taking their show on the road between the second and third preseason games so that a change-up from the every day monotony could be done.
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Saints will practice in Oxnard, CA 8/22-8/26 @ River Ridge; all practices open to the public; 4 pm – 645 pm daily
PRACTICE UPDATE: Thursday, August 11, 2011 – Practice is now closed off to the public and moved indoors.
Pics from New Orleans Saints training camp day 10 – August 9, 2011
~ Terms of Lance Moore‘s deal with the Saints were finally revealed and it can be worth up to $21.5 million with $7 million guaranteed.
~ Drew Brees would like everyone’s opinion: @drewbrees: Holler back at me if you think we should do the Who Dat chant again after the coin toss? Preseason too, or wait for regular?
~ Nice crowd of fans at practice today who were almost disappointed again as early rains threatened to move the practice indoors for a third time in the past week, but it moved on quickly.
~ Jonathan Stinchcomb sat out Tuesday’s practice as did Marques Colston yet again. This marked the fourth practice in a row for the Saints starting wide receiver. Sadly, Adrian Arrington sitting out again too and that is just not helping his chances of making the team.
New OT Alex Barron is also not out at practice today. No word yet on his absence.
~ Three early drops by wide receiver Robert Meachem during team drills. Looked as if he may have hurt a finger or his whole hand at one point, but he stayed out there.
~ Clint Ingram actually got into the Saints starting linebacker rotation with Will Herring as Jonathan Vilma stalked the middle. Danny Clark also got some reps with the first-string defense. The Saints linebacking corps is looking deeper than it has in years.
~ Rookie cornerback Johnny Patrick left Sunday’s practice early, but returned on Tuesday with no ill effects. He is looking great out there in every practice with lots of hustle.
~ Looks as if the Saints may get a decent return on the investment with the Reggie Bush trade as safety Jonathon Amaya broke up a couple passes today and got in a sack of Chase Daniel during team drills.
~ While cornerback Tracy Porter may not be in uniform or practicing just yet, he was running and catching some balls on the sidelines. Looks like he is really feeling a lot better.
~ More special teams practice on Tuesday. Trust me that it really seems like the Saints coaching staff wants a lot of time spent on special teams so that the big gains and field position battle isn’t an issue like it was last season.
~ Brees really spread the ball around a lot today in passing drills to Pierre Thmoas, Darren Spoles, Devery Henderson, and a lot of others.
Daniel got a nice wide open touchdown pass to WR Andy Tanner when Gregg Williams sent almost everyone on defense on a blitz.
~ In a nice surprise near the end of practice, the Saints went in to full contact goal-line drills. It was the first real tackling in all of training camp so far. The first drill saw a few runs from Mark Ingram and one from Darren Sproles. On Ingram’s second attempt, he bowled over Roman Harper for the score.
I’m sorry, that kid is a beast and let’s just say that he is going to be a big name in the NFL…and quickly.
~ After practice, Head Coach Sean Payton said that injuries to Arrington and Barron were typical and nothing too serious. He also stated that the move to Oxnard, California later in August was to get away from the intense heat of Louisiana and chande things up a bit.
~ Friday night’s first preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers will see the starters and regular players get anywhere from 12-17 plays.
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