Practice 1/12, Day 8, Training Camp Observations
LB Scott Shanle (left knee) missed his sixth-straight practice with a 'sore' knee while CB Patrick Robinson (hamstring) rested for the third consecutive session with a 'tweaked' hamstring.
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):
8:53 a.m. 95 degrees
10:53 a.m. 99 degrees
A caveat The Saints ended practice at 10:19 a.m., so the heat index could have been slightly lower.
The Saints welcomed in receiver Mark Bradley and cut receiver Matt Simon. Payton said it wasn't necessarily something that Simon did or didn't do, but rather, that the team had a different need at wide receiver.
Bradley, a former second-round pick out of Oklahoma by the Chicago Bears, is in his sixth season and fourth team. He previously played for Chicago, Kansas City and Tampa Bay.
K Garrett Hartley went 5-for-6, hitting a PAT/20-yarder as well as from 28, 32, 38 and 41. He missed from 36 with QB Chase Daniel holding. Daniel also held on the makes from 38 and 41 with P Thomas Morstead receiving the snaps on the first three kicks.
First-and-10 @ 40: RB Pierre Thomas at left guard for 3 yards
Second-and-10 @ 40: RB Lynell Hamilton up middle for 4 yards
First-and-10 @ 40: QB Drew Brees to WR Marques Colston for 15
Second-and-10 @ 40: RB Chris Ivory at left end
Notable other plays from second team:
QB Patrick Ramsey threw to FB Zak Keasey, who dropped the pass only to be knocked down hard by LB Stanley Arnoux.
Ivory busted through the middle, broke a tackle by CB Reggie Jones and darted in for a 40-yard touchdown.
First-and-10 @ 20: P Thomas middle draw for 0
Second-and-10 @ 20: Brees intercepted by CB Tracy Porter on pass intended for TE Jeremy Shockey. Porter returned the interception for a 32-yard touchdown
Third-and-10 @ 20: Brees finds Colston for an 18-yard gain
First-and-10 @ 20: Brees hits an open Shockey down the seam for a 40-plus yard gain
Third-and-7 20: Brees hit P Thomas for a 9-yard gain
First-and-10 @ 30: Brees throws a screen right to Shockey, who is tackled by DE Bobby McCray for a 4-yard gain
Second-and-10 @ 30: Hamilton up the middle for 7-yard gain
Third-and-10 @ 30: Brees throws high to WR Lance Moore, but Porter is flagged for pass interference
The Saints practice again from 4:20-5:45 p.m. in the indoor facility. It's closed to the public.
The Black & Gold Scrimmage is set for 11 a.m. Saturday. Gates open at 10 a.m.
Practice Observations: Porter comes up with big interception in team drill