Practice 2/13, Day 8, Training Camp Observations
WR Rod Harper went down hard on his left hip in the last couple of plays of practice. Head Coach Sean Payton said the team would look at it, but he didn’t think it was serioud.
LB Scott Shanle (left knee) missed his seventh-straight practice with a “sore” knee while CB Patrick Robinson (hamstring) rested for the fourth consecutive session with a “tweaked” hamstring. TE Tyler Lorenzen (right leg) rested with a sore leg.
DL Jimmy Wilkerson (left knee) and FB Heath Evans (left knee) rested their knees in the afternoon session after going in the morning.
CB Tracy Porter (back) and TE Tory Humphrey (hamstring) returned after missing two sessions.
The PUP players – S Darren Sharper (left knee), WR Robert Meachem (toe) and LB Clint Ingram (left knee) – all continued to sit out practice.
Heat Index (calculated from NWS numbers at MSY):
The practice was indoors.
First-and-10 @ 20: RB Pierre Thomas draw for 9 yards
Second-and-10 @ 20: QB Drew Brees dumps of to RB Lynell Hamilton for 11 yards
First-and-10 @ 20: Brees screen right to Thomas for 3 yards
Second-and-10 @ 20: Brees checks down to Hamilton left for 8 yards
First-and-10 @ 20: Thomas middle give for 1 yard
*Play of Day: QB Chase Daniel saw his receivers were covered and sprinted 80 yards for a touchdown, cutting back at the 3-yard line to escape FS Usama Young and get into the end zone.
Team 2 (2-minute drill):
Scenario 1 – Down by 3 with 1:56 to play and 1 timeout in the back pocket
First-and-10 @ 28: Brees to TE David Thomas for 5
Second-and-5 @ 33: Brees overthrows WR Lance Moore, who was open deep and left
Third-and-5 @ 33: Brees throws a quick out to Moore, who gets out of bounds after an 8-
First-and-10 @ 41 (1:24) – Brees to P Thomas for 9 yards
Second-and-1 @ 50 (1:12) – Brees incomplete to WR Marques Colston with FS Malcolm Jenkins in good coverage
Third-and-1 @ 50 (:58) – Brees to P Thomas, who drops the pass as he turned around backwards
Fourth-and-1 @ 50 (:55) – Brees to Moore for 5 yards
First-and-10 @ 45 (:38) – Brees to D Thomas for 8 yards (timeout called)
Second-and-2 @ 37 (:30) – LB Jonathan Vilma blitzes up the middle, forcing a quick throw from Brees. DE Will Smith bats ball down
Third-and-2 @ 37 (:27) – Brees incomplete deep left with CB Tracy Porter in tight coverage
Fourth-and-2 @ 37 (:20) – K Garrett Hartley would have kicked a 52-yarder if the coaches allowed him to
Scenario 2 – Down by 5 with no timeouts at the opponents’ 40-yard line with 42 seconds to play
First-and-10 @ 40 (:42) – Brees sacked by gaggle of defenders
Second-and-12 @ 42 (:23) – Brees back foots a throw deep right that CB Jabari Greer breaks up.
Third-and-12 @ 42 (:16) – Brees to WR Devery Henderson for 22 yards
First-and-10 @ 20 (:01) – flag – false start
The Saints hold the Black & Gold Scrimmage at 11 a.m. Gates open at 10 p.m. for fans. They then have Sunday off.