Practice Notebook, 8/5
P.M. Edition – The Saints practiced indoors, in shorts and helmets with shoulder pads again…Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden was on the sidelines for practice. Gruden will be a visitor at the club's facility until Friday. He and Coach Sean Payton are close friends, dating back to when Payton was quarterbacks coach for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1997 and Gruden the offensive coordinator. "He has had a huge influence on my life," said Payton. "I'm picking his brain. Some roots of what we do I learned from when I was in Philadelphia with him." Payton said Gruden will spend some time in meetings and reviewing film…In the first team period, WR Lynell Hamilton/Skyler Green.aspx">Skyler Green had a long gain down the left sideline off a reverse…Seven defensive players chased down RB Herb Donaldson at the line of scrimmage on a sweep. On the next 玩, TE Jason Kyle/Billy Miller.aspx">Billy Miller had a sizeable gain after a screen pass from QB Anthony Hargrove/Joey Harrington.aspx">Joey Harrington…K Garrett Hartley connected on a 55-yard field goal, as well as a 50-yarder….LB Robert Meachem/Jo-Lonn Dunbar.aspx">Remi Ayodele/Jo-Lonn Dunbar.aspx">Jo-Lonn Dunbar steamrolled rookie RB Garrett Hartley/P,-d-,J,-d-, Hill.aspx">P.J. Hill immediately following the handoff for a five-yard loss in the final team period…A series of scraps ended practice. Once the field finally cleared, the team was put through ten 100-yard sprints.
The team took the field at 8:50am under full sun in helmets, shoulder pads and shorts…RB Pierre Thomas received a heavy workload. Coach Sean Payton said yesterday that he and running backs coach Bret Ingalls are trying to feature two or three backs in the group each day. With six running backs in practice, it's hard to get everyone an equal amount of repetitions in each workout… DE Anthony Hargove – lined up at tackle – and DE Bobby McCray disrupted an early jump pass by QB Drew Brees, causing the short toss to fall short of TE Marvin Mitchell/Billy Miller.aspx">Billy Miller…During a typical practice, over 150 chilled bottles of water and nearly 200 cans of Gatorade are consumed on the field during the workout. This is in addition to the rolling, hand-pushed water trucks with hoses that dispense fluids located all around the fields…In the first 11-on-11 period, RB Herb Donaldson had a lengthy burst, made possible on a couple of key blocks by G Jamar Nesbit and T Zach Strief…A clash of the titans came in offensive line vs. defensive line blocking drills: G Carl Nicks (343 pounds) vs. DT Earl Heyman/Rod Coleman.aspx">Rod Coleman (a low and solid 285 pounds). The two battled to a standstill…Coleman and G Tim Duckworth have switched numbers, with Coleman now wearing No. 75 and Duckworth taking 72. Terms of the transaction were unannounced as of this writing…In the same blocking drill, DE Charles Grant made a nice spin move around T Jon Stinchcomb… Coordinator Gregg Williams is using a handheld radio in practice to send the defensive calls to the receiver in the helmet of LB Jonathan Vilma…Perhaps the play of the day came from WR Marques Colston, who hauled in an impossibly high toss from Brees, leaping over CB Tracy Porter and S Roman Harper to easily snare what appeared to be an overthrow with both hands. Said Brees yesterday when describing the 6-foot-4 wideout: "I feel like I could throw it just about anywhere and he could catch it." When asked if Colston gave him the biggest target area of any receiver, Brees said, "Definitely, just have him stand there and show you his wingspan." …The tallest player on the roster, however, is Strief, at 6-foot-7. Jammal Brown is 6-foot-6, as is undrafted rookie DE Jermey Parnell – who played one season of football at Ole Miss and lettered all four seasons in basketball… Best coaching quote of the practice from the field, courtesy of secondary coach Dennis Allen prior to the defensive backs hitting a blocking sled for tackling drills: "I want your ankles deep, hips down, eyes to the sky with a power step" … Occasionally, a blitzing defensive back gets caught unaware by an offensive linemen, typically with poor results. CB Reggie Jones came steaming around an edge and found 315-pound Jermon Bushrod waiting for him late in practice, who sent the 193-pound defensive back rapidly to the turf on his back…Look for WR Lance Moore to remove the red jersey next week, which has kept him out of full-contact drills. Coach Sean Payton said Moore, who had offseason shoulder surgery, is healthy and doing upper-body weight lifting. The red jersey has kept Moore out of full-contact drills….RB Reggie Bush sat out much of practice with an ice pack on his knee, but Payton said he was just giving the fourth-year veteran some rest. When asked if there was a game in 48 hours if Bush could 玩, the head coach said, "No question. He's doing well. I'm just trying to be smart about the amount of work I give to him. He would be ready (for a game) tonight. I'm not concerned about Reggie at all."
Practice Notebook, 8/4
The hardest-hitting and most entertaining practice of training camp was witnessed by 2,437 fans, who braved light rain from the halfway point and a consistent shower toward the end of the workout to watch the first live-hitting sessions of training camp – few and far-between in the weeks before the season – and some inspired play on both sides of the ball….Those who braved the threatening skies were treated to a practice that often closely resembled a game atmosphere in terms of intensity. Because the majority of the drills were held on the practice field nearest the building, fans were invited to stand around the field rather than stay in the bleachers…TE Jeremy Shockey had one of his best days of camp. He excelled in early pass blocking drills, holding each defender to a stalemate at the whistle. In the final Red Zone portion of practice near the end of the day, he caught two-straight touchdowns, bouncing off a pair of defensive backs on a down-and-in to crash into the end zone and also scoring off a quick slant. Said Coach Sean Payton about Shockey's ability inside the 20: "He's someone you look for. He's a big target with pretty quick feet in space."….The hardest hitting came early in practice in the first Red Zone session. All 12 plays of the period were running plays, and only one came without a big collision. On the second play, RB Reggie Bush zipped effortlessly around the left edge – sealed by T Jammal Brown – for a 15-yard run for a touchdown. Said Payton of Bush's day at practice: "Each day there is a snap or two where you look at each other and you are impressed."…RB Lynell Hamilton took over after Bush and Hamilton showed he can be a reckless, powerful runner at 235 pounds. He ran through arms, around other defenders and picked up a few gains at five and six yard chunks before being stopped…CB Randall Gay made a sure tackle on RB Mike Bell on the perimeter, dragging down Bell for a short gain before his teammates closed in. But Bell delivered the hardest hit of the afternoon, lowering his shoulder into LB Thomas Morstead/Mark Simoneau.aspx">Mark Simoneau to send the veteran linebacker sprawling backwards, then falling over the top of him…On the last 玩, rookie RB Garrett Hartley/P,-d-,J,-d-, Hill.aspx">P.J. Hill put a strong stiff-arm on CB Reggie Jones, dropping the defender and continuing for a short gain before being dumped to the turf by a handful of defenders…Later in 11-on-11 team drills, QB Drew Brees rolled right, pumped twice to freeze the defense, then found WR Marques Colston with a laser between the numbers for a touchdown…Brees also connected with WR Robert Meachem on a 20-yard TD strike that was given a loud ovation by the crowd…When the special teams period kicked in, LB Jonathan Vilma went over to the JUGS Machine to work on his hands, turning his back to the incoming ball and jumping around quickly to catch it as it spiraled toward him rapidly from eight yards away…S Roman Harper is a top pass rusher as a safety, after a strong spin move around TE Buck Ortega he pounced on the blocking dummy. In 2007, he had four sacks, a total that led all NFL defensive backs…After 10 minutes of blocking drills, Payton said there would be three turns remaining to decide a winner between the offense and defense. Shockey stuffed S Usama Young, but LB Anthony Waters beat FB Heath Evans. In the deciding matchup, Bush and LB Marvin Mitchell battled to a standoff. In a game, the quarterback would have been able to step forward in the pocket…TE Darnell Dinkins consistently excels as a blocker, particularly in one-on-one pass protection….A number exchange between a pair of veteran offensive and defensive linemen could be in the works. Terms are still being negotiated.
Practice Notebook, 8/3
P.M Edition – The Saints returned indoors for the afternoon workout – a scheduled trip to the club's indoor practice facility rather than being driven under the roof by rain as has been the case in previous afternoons…The team practiced in helmets, shoulder pads and shorts, with over 200 suite holders in attendance…FB Heath Evans – quick on his feet, a more than able receiver and a solid blocker in space – has given the offense a new threat at the position…In the first team portion of practice, DE Bobby McCray stripped QB Mark Brunell – working again with the second unit – as the lefty passer pulled the ball back to throw. Brunell rallied on the next down, finding WR Lynell Hamilton/Skyler Green.aspx">Skyler Green on a long completion…K Garrett Hartley went a perfect six-for-six on his field goal attempts, including a long of 50…QB Drew Brees threaded a deep pass over LB Scott Shanle and beneath the arms of S Usama Young to TE Jeremy Shockey, who made a tough grab in the traffic for a long gain…Three memorable moments on one play: A screen pass to RB Mike Bell was well executed, with G Tim Duckworth and T Zach Strief hustling out front as escorts to supply a pair of key blocks. Bell then made a nifty cut around LB Thomas Morstead/Mark Simoneau.aspx">Mark Simoneau, drawing big applause from his teammates on offense. The defensive players on the sidelines began celebrating moments later when Bell was knocked off his feet on a rugged hit by CB Leigh Torrence…Two 玩s later, LB Troy Evans crossed the middle to knock a hard spiral away from TE Marvin Mitchell/Billy Miller.aspx">Billy Miller…WR Marques Colston made a running one-handed grab near the sideline during the final team session, sliding to keep his feet in bounds…Practice closed with a series of 50-yard sprints.
A.M Edition – After a 20-minute walkthrough spread across both practice fields early to start things off, a high-tempo practice that featured a strong performance throughout the workout by the defense lasted until 11am…In early blocking drills, the entire offensive line in unison pounded a large sled, with three coaches riding the device. The sled was lifted into the air with every rep… Area scout Mike Neu, a four-year starter at quarterback for Ball State and former coach of the AFL New Orleans VooDoo, warmed up the running backs with hard tosses…The wide receivers and defensive backs worked on blocking/containment on the perimeter early. Wide receivers coach Curtis Johnson, in constant motion daily on the field, forced WRs Devery Henderson and Marques Colston to repeat their turns in the rotation after the cornerbacks in front of them completely eluded their blocks…In a physical seven-on-seven period in the first half of practice, DE Jeff Charleston shot the line and jammed rookie RB Herb Donaldson four yards deep in the backfield. RB Mike Bell went around the left edge a few plays later for a sizeable gain, and G Lynell Hamilton/Shawn Flanagan.aspx">Shawn Flanagan and T Anthony Davis opened up a big gap for RB Garrett Hartley/P,-d-,J,-d-, Hill.aspx">P.J. Hill a few reps later… After a break, the loudest ovation of the day for the offense followed a long touchdown burst by RB Pierre Thomas, made possible by key blocks by G Carl Nicks and T Jon Stinchcomb, who had sealed off the right side of the defense. Thomas made one cut – inside LB Scott Fujita – and was off to the races…The rest of the first team portion was dominated by the defense. CB Jason David made a solid play, knocking a would-be completion away from Colston. In a game, the pass may have never been thrown, DE Will Smith was standing next to QB Drew Brees when he delivered the throw. QB Anthony Hargrove/Joey Harrington.aspx">Joey Harrington, working with the second team, also faced a heavy rush on each play. The next time the first team came on the field, DE Charles Grant corralled Thomas as soon as he took a handoff. And the secondary had several tipped passes, with rookie CB David Gorrer hauling in an interception…The morning practice was a big day for the secondary. A few dropped interceptions frustrated Gregg Williams – the defensive coordinator once threw his practice notes in disgust, once nearly bent over backwards and by the end of the workout was nearly hoarse – but the group also had a handful of interceptions and knocked away several balls as they flew around the field. CBs Jabari Greer, David and Tracy Porter have distinguished themselves daily with their solid play. Said defensive backs coach Dennis Allen: "All three have had good camps so far, certainly. There isn't anyone I haven't been happy with. These undrafted guys we have signed, all of them can 玩 as well."…The biggest hit of the day came in a shoulder-to-shoulder collision between Bell and CB Leigh Torrence, with the running back plowing into the cornerback, and then bouncing outside for a long gallop…During the team drills, coaches yell out the situation, "3rd-and-7," etc. Defensive coaches always stress third down, whether a long or short yardage scenario…Pedro Taylor, father of the late Sean Taylor, attended practice today as a guest of Williams. The Saints' coach tutored Taylor's son when both were with the Washington Redskins, with Williams serving as defensive coordinator and Taylor as a 赞成碗 safety…Assistant trainer Kevin Mangum is in his 30th training camp with the club, including his first as a student assistant. He has been to Saints camps in Vero Beach, Fla., Hattiesburg, Miss., Jackson, Miss., and camps held locally in Hammond, Thibodaux and here in Metairie…"Saints Moses," a fixture on the Superdome sidelines, showed up in the stands among the around 1,000 in attendance. He was in full costume, including white gloves, despite the 90 degree temperature. The glue on his long fake beard held in the heat and humidity... 45 minutes following practice, after Brees, Reggie Bush and Thomas had finished signing autographs and Payton had completed his interview session with the media, DT Earl Heyman remained alone on the practice field, without his jersey and pads, hitting a blocking sled. The time of his departure is unknown.
Practice Notebook, 8/2
For the third-straight day, the Saints were forced to move an afternoon practice indoors. Today's schedule for the team, after a pair of days with two practices, was a walkthrough in shorts and jerseys in the morning and a full-pads practice this afternoon…Coach Sean Payton was in full-teaching mode early in practice with the offense, carefully going over patterns and drops with the quarterbacks and wide receivers. A combination of up to five wide receivers, tight ends and running backs would take off after the snap without any defenders across from them, and the quarterback would pick a target and deliver the pass. 在 least three other receivers would also be thrown to by the other quarterbacks and a coach… It's hard to get a good idea of the size advantage WR Marques Colston often has on cornerbacks unless standing on the sideline. The 6-4, 225-pound wide receiver towers over most defensive backs and he is extremely physical when the ball arrives…A traditionally-competitive individual faceoff was featured today that isn't always part of the practice routine: Blocking drills where linebackers and safeties take on the running backs and tight ends. The process is simple: The running back or tight end is in his stance – aiming to protect a swiveling blocking dummy with an arm that is holding a football as if passing – and the defender is split out wide. Today the head coach was handling the snap count. RB Reggie Bush did a terrific job in protection in his first rep, stymieing LB Jonathan Vilma. Later Bush was beaten by LB Marvin Mitchell in one of the drill's big collisions. The biggest hits? Crunching blows between LB Robert Meachem/Jo-Lonn Dunbar.aspx">Remi Ayodele/Jo-Lonn Dunbar.aspx">Jo-Lonn Dunbar and TE Marvin Mitchell/Billy Miller.aspx">Billy Miller followed directly by LB Scott Shanle and FB Olaniyi Sobomehin…QB Drew Brees had been flawless – held without an interception despite a multitude of passes through the first four practices – but was picked off twice this afternoon. The first was by CB Jabari Greer, a key free-agent signing by the Saints from the Buffalo Bills in the offseason – a move that ESPN correspondent Chris Mortensen, a visitor at today's practice, expects to be a good one for New Orleans. Brees bounced back with a strike to Miller on the following play, but was intercepted again in a later team drill on a diving catch by CB Randall Gay. The defensive back went to the turf, sliding in front of WR Devery Henderson to pick off the quarterback…Gay also made a nice play earlier in the team period, knocking a would-be completion from the arms of Colston. Brees was under heavy pressure from the defense, which had brought too many players than the offensive line could block. Brees managed to get rid of it and put the pass in a catchable spot for Colston, but Gay beat the wide receiver to the ball…WR Robert Meachem scored on the longest 玩 of the day, with Brees intentionally throwing to his back shoulder after solid coverage by CB Tracy Porter. Meachem hauled in the pass while jumping around Porter's outstretched arms and took off to the end zone.
Practice Notebook, 8/1
Day two on the practice fields at at the Saints' training facility. After a relentless morning sun, relief drifted over in the form of a few dark clouds. During a quick break, these words came from defensive line coach Bill Johnson, apparently pleased with the work by his unit over the first 20 minutes: "One thing you are going to have to understand – I control the weather. That was a good job there. You see, in return you get some clouds. Now you'll know when the sun comes out, I'm pissed off."… Two LSU players squared off when CB Randall Gay and WR Lynell Hamilton/Skyler Green.aspx">Skyler Green went head-to-head in one-on-one drills early in practice. Gay stuffed Green to the inside, a solid play by the defender, before Green finally made his way outside the hash marks to make the reception…The play of the day in the first half of practice was made by CB Tracy Porter, who went over the top on WR Devery Henderson to knock away a pass on a deep pattern, drawing the praise of his defensive teammates and a healthy applause from a crowd of more than 2,000…Returners taking turns fielding punts included RB Reggie Bush, Porter, Green, WR Lance Moore and Henderson. Said special teams coach Greg McMahon to the coverage units when he didn't like their pace: "If you're walking, you're wrong"…Brian Young, a Saints starter throughout his five seasons with the club (2004-08), is working with the defensive line as a coaching assistant during training camp…RB Herb Donaldson had a strong morning workout and showed the virtue of perseverance. First the 226-pound rookie was drilled to the turf by S Pierson Prioleau at the line of scrimmage on a carry up the middle. But on the next play, he took off on a 30-yard burst, drawing the immediate, loud praise from Coach Sean Payton. Later in practice, he had a similar rush around right end through a handful of arms, a gain sprung on a key block by WR D'Juan Woods. Said wide receivers coach Curtis Johnson, turning to the rest of the wideout corps as Woods returned: "That is how you block, right there." …The team portion of the morning practice featured the most physical play of training camp to date – only three practices in, of course – but there was plenty of hitting. The bulk of the play-calling was running plays, with intense action inside, and more than a few ball-carriers ending up on the ground…The offensive and defensive linemen split off into pass rushing drills late in practice, with the offensive line distinguishing itself. DE Will Smith left T Jermon Bushrod in his stance once while quickly going around him, but Bushrod also held his own later. T Jon Stinchcomb stood up DE Charles Grant twice, though DE Paul Spicer did send one blocker head over heels…Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has stressed turnovers since arriving in New Orleans, with every loose ball – even incompletions – being chased down and scooped up by defenders on every play. In the final team segment, Prioleau dropped a sure interception, leaving Williams nearly disgusted as he turned his head away from the field. Prioleau – known for his heady play, leadership and versatility – has 玩ed for Williams during his coaching stops at Buffalo, Washington and Jacksonville. "I can't believe it coach," said Gay with a laugh. "You've been coaching him for 20 years, and he drops an interception right at the end of practice."
Practice Notebook, 7/31
第一圣人2009年训练营的做法 - 和球队的，因为上赛季的十月率先在全垫 - 在上午8:50拉开帷幕，有2,303正式出席。跨越它前面包含在总一对夫妇抱着一个金子招牌与“我们驱车七个小时到达这里”手工绘制。球迷绕场包裹超过门打开前......而早晨天气已经暖和，在上午11点的温度已正式上升到91.5度，105.4热指数锻炼结束前一小时长的线，根据通过在球场上的运动训练人员举办的数字压力表。还有为玩家无热相关的问题，以及下雨下面的练习。不可预知的天气迫使队移动，下午练习室内...训练营总是带来了一些加拿大橄榄球联盟的球探实践，谁漫游场边密切注视前景谁可能没有俱乐部的最终名单的......在实践中早， WR罗伯特·米彻勒姆取得了扭曲，过度的肩抢而与从人群画了一个漫长的欢呼一个防守反击纠结。单对单训练 - 四分卫降回到没有手忙脚乱，在现场和单独与接手的角卫中间没有安全 - 是一个最喜欢的球迷和对防守后卫一项艰巨任务。 CB特蕾西·波特站出来打破了一通在边线附近对WR马奎斯·科尔斯顿... .the战斗在角卫将可能是最引人注目的阵营之一，兰德尔·盖，贾巴里·格里尔，搬运工，杰森大卫和利·托伦斯间老将领衔深组，更不用说无符号没有。 1个马尔科姆·詹金斯......早通捕演练，克里斯李嘉欣放弃它之前玩弄的球，然后跑到草坪，做了10个快速俯卧撑... WR兰斯·穆尔，身穿红色球衣，他继续工作，他从回来的路上休赛期肩部手术，做一个上了图案的快攻和从QB马克·布鲁内尔罢工拖拉。 “看起来像旧时代，说：”宽接收器教练柯蒂斯·约翰逊。穆尔参加了一个对单和七上七有限的基础上演练...队训练，大卫在屏幕通行证迅速关闭后赢得了由防守协调员格雷格·威廉斯巨大的好评。从深在二级，大卫赶到就像RB迈克·贝尔将球抓住。而在实践中完成，它可能会一直在游戏中的巨大冲突，如果不是营业额。威廉斯去到现场大声祝贺大卫...威廉姆斯可以跨练习场上后球队会议期间听到，当一名后卫轻轻敲打一wideout以下招待会，表示将处理已经作出。 “我不喜欢那个水龙头，”老将协调员。 “包装的进攻球员了。我不喜欢水龙头出在这里。” ...一对从体育画报的摄影师被派往覆盖阵营俱乐部的开幕日。