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Practice 1/22, Day 20, Training Camp Observations

Injury Report:
LB Jonathan Casillas returned to practice Wednesday morning when the Saints went against the Texans.

FS Usama Young (groin), FB Marcus Mailei (ankle), TE Jimmy Graham (sprained right ankle) and LB Stanley Arnoux (sprained right ankle) remained out.

The other two PUP players S Darren Sharper (left knee) and LB Clint Ingram (left knee) both continued to sit out practice.

Observations:
LG Carl Nicks was working with the second-team offense, giving way to Terrence Metcalf. After practice, Nicks wouldn't say how he found out he was moved, but said he's still confident in his abilities.

WR Devery Henderson continues to have a poor camp, dropping passes like he did before the 2009 season. He dropped another pass in a wide open position Wednesday morning.

LT Charles Brown worked with the first- and- second-team offense at the end of practice, taking the place of LT Jermon Bushrod.

DT Anthony Hargrove and DE Junior Galette were both running laps for various penalties. The coaching staff's new disciplinary tactic is to have players run laps for false starts, offside and dropped passes.

RB Ladell Betts was used somewhat extensively during drills, taking runs and catching passes throughout practice.

1-on-1 Passing:

  1. QB Drew Brees to WR Devery Henderson, beats CB Kareem Jackson, but pass dropped
  2. Brees over CB Antwaun Molden to WR Marques Colston, nice catch
  3. Brees throws a wobbly pass to WR Robert Meachem with CB Jacques Reeves in coverage. The pass was behind Meachem, who never turned around for the ball.
  4. Brees throw to WR Lance Moore in front of CB Fred Bennett
  5. Brees to WR Courtney Roby, but CB Mark Parson has good coverage and knocks ball away
  6. Brees to WR Rod Harper, who beats CB Sherrick McManis on a go route
  7. Brees to WR Adrian Arrington in front of CB Brice McCain, catch


Team 1: (Saints O vs Texans D)
First-and-10: LB Brian Cushing beats FB Heath Evans, sacks Brees
First-and-10: Brees to Meachem left post for 18 years
First-and-10: Brees to Colston over the middle for 12-15 yards
First-and-10: Brees attempts for Moore, but SS Bernard Pollard breaks up pass

NO o-line vs HOU d-line:
RT Jon Stinchcomb knocks down DE Connor Barwin on spin move
RG Jahri Evans keeps DT Amobi Okoye out of the pocket
C Jonathan Goodwin draws with DT Shaun Cody
LG Terrence Metcalf gets beat by DE Antonio Smith
LT Jermon Bushrod is beaten with an inside move by DE Mario Williams
Stinchcomb & Evans combine to block Barwin & Okoye on combo blocks
Metcalf & Bushrod combine to block Smith & Williams on combo blocks
Evans, Goodwin & Metcalf keep Texans trio at bay up the middle
Stinchcomb & Evans take on Williams & Earl Mitchell, Saints pick up stunt

Team 2:
Second-and-10: Brees to Colston over middle for eight
Second-and-10: Brees to Meachem for 7-8 yards
First-and-10: Flag false start Bushrod
First-and-10: Brees incomplete
Second-and-10: Brees rolls right, throws high for Meachem on sideline
First-and-10: RB Pierre Thomas middle draw for 3-5 yards

What's next?
The Saints practice with the Texans again Wednesday afternoon beginning at 3:15. The practice is closed to the public.

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