Saints begin camp; focus is on present, not future

Saints begin camp; focus is on present, not future

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METAIRIE, LA - MAY 23: Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints prepares to throw a pass during OTA's (organized team activities) at the Saints training facility on May 23, 2013 in Metairie, Louisiana. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

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Posted on July 26, 2013 at 1:46 PM

Bradley Handwerger / WWLTV.com Sports Reporter
Email: bhandwerger@wwltv.com | Twitter: @wwltvsports

METAIRIE, La.  — Before you even ask how the Saints looked or if they’re ready to win the Super Bowl, New Orleans cornerback Jabari Greer wants you to know one thing.

After just one training camp practice, that’s not their focus just yet.

It’s not that those donning the black and gold aren’t focused on the long-term goals. It’s just that there’s still six weeks to go before the season opener and there’s so much to do before then.

“Realize it’s a long process,” said Greer, now in his fifth season with the Saints. “Just try to focus on one task at a time and not try to focus on the paint scheme or what the balconies are going to look like.

“We just worry right now about the plays and how we’re going to ingest the playbook and our alignments and our technique instead of winning the Super Bowl.”

The Saints are just one day into a three-week minicamp, two weeks before the first preseason game and six weeks before their season-opener against Atlanta.

They won’t wear pads until Sunday and likely won’t have a full-length practice until then.

In other words, there’s a long way to travel before anyone can learn anything that’s truly happening at training camp.

“There’s a lot of football to be played,” Saints safety Roman Harper said. “You have preseason and everything usually just works itself out. You come in with an idea of what your team is going to look like and then you never know how it’s going to unfold.”

As if to prove Harper’s point, quarterback Drew Brees threw two interceptions and had a rough exchange with running back Pierre Thomas on a handoff, fumbling the ball away to the defense.

But few people would believe that Brees’ performance on Day 1 will in any way tell the story of the season.

There were bright spots.

Defensive back Keenan Lewis made a nice play to intercept Brees on the first play of team drills. He stayed step-for-step with Joseph Morgan, one of the fastest players on the team and made and athletic catch over the receiver.

Greer played a tip off of the hands of tight end Michael Higgins well enough to make an interception.

Receiver Andy Tanner made a nice sliding grab in front of Greer in 7-on-7 drills.

Still, Harper said not to read too much into anything that happened Friday.

“Nobody is doing anything crazy on the first day,” Harper said. “I don’t think anybody is changing the depth chart. We’re not even in pads. Everybody looks good in shorts.”

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