Saints Linkage: Saints running game needs to improve

Saints Linkage: Saints running game needs to improve

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New Orleans Saints rookie running back Mark Ingram (28) breaks past San Francisco 49ers linebacker Keaton Kristick (57) for his first NFL touchdown during the second quarter of a preseason football game at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Friday, Aug. 12, 2011. (AP Photo/Bill Feig)

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Posted on August 18, 2011 at 3:37 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 18 at 3:39 PM

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We've arrived at the final day of open practices for the media in New Orleans; fans were shut out two days ago.

In other words, here's our penultimate full-scale reporting version of Saints Linkage from the New Orleans Metropolitan area.

Lots of people have wondered about Martez Wilson, but Nate Bussey is standing out this preseason.

WWLTV.com contributing writer Ralph Malbrough says the offensie line will be the key to the 2011 version of the New Orleans Saints.

Jahri Evans was one of 16 players to miss Wednesday's practice session.

Meanwhile, Jonathan Vilma responded to questions about the scandal at Miami and his possible involvement in it. Hint, he skirted the topic.

In our daily Camp Report, Scott Cody talks about what he took from Vilma's response and Jahri Evans missing practice.

James Varney of the Times-Picayune writes about how the extensive injury list perplexes Sean Payton.

Jeff Duncan, also a T-P standout, opines that the Saints are shuffling to the deck to move forward.

Brett Martel of the Associated Press says that tight end Jimmy Graham wants to be a complete player in his second season.

Brian Allee-Walsh, in a special to the Baton Rouge Advocate, says running back Darren Sproles was happy to be wanted in New Orleans.

ESPN.com NFC South expert Pat Yasinskas answers questions about the division, including what the Stinchcomb dismissal means to the team.

Mike Klis of the Denver Post says former Saints lineman DeMario Pressley was claimed by the Broncos.

John Saraceno writes in the Hattiesburg American that the Saints must improve their ground game.

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