With only one more practice before Friday night’s first preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers, the New Orleans Saints went inside for a closed session on Thursday afternoon. Head Coach Sean Payton didn’t have the team in full pads yet again, but did go the full two and a half hours.
A lot of the same things were worked on including special teams and some offensive drills to set plays in motion for the game. Not a whole lot different to report today though as it was a rather basic practice and essentially was the Saints getting final things in order for Friday night.
~ List of players that are likely out for Friday night’s game – including Marques Colston and Adrian Arrington
~ Much of the same players were out of practice again on Thursday except it was revealed that Jon Stinchcomb, Roger Allen, and Jarred Fayson will be active on Friday.
~ Coach Payton spoke about many different aspects of camp so far leading up to the game. One of those was the amount of installations that have been put in with a shortened camp so far.
“I would say we’re – compared to the last five years – there’s probably three less/two less installs that we would’ve had prior to this first game. We haven’t had a full, thorough goal line install, nor have we had a full short-yardage install. That will begin Sunday, with practices Sunday PM, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday before we get into what would be the Texans practice next Thursday. There’s plenty of plays we can run in those situations, but that would be the difference from this year compared to the prior years.”
~ Drew Brees is expected to play between 12-17 plays on Friday night as are most of the starters. Payton confirmed that.
“Yes, and he would be one where I would monitor whether he goes the whole first wave or not. A lot of it would just be dependent on the snaps he gets. There are a couple of guys like Vilma and Darren Sproles that don’t have to get the whole 14 or 16, but that would be the general guideline.”
~ The Saints have been very active this year in free agency and brought in a large number of big name veterans, Payton agrees that this is one of their better free agency periods.
“Well I would say it was the most unique. I haven’t gone back and counted, but certainly it was different from a time frame, you know some of these have happened while we were in training camp; practices had begun. From a number standpoint it would probably be up there with one or two of the other seasons.”
Stay tuned for a game preview tomorrow for the New Orleans Saints Vs. San Francisco 49ers.
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