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Practice 1/15, Day 10, Training Camp Observations

Injury Report:
WR Rod Harper (left hip) was the only non-PUP player to miss practice Tuesday as the Saints went against the Patriots at New England's training facilities in suburban Boston.

Linebacker Scott Shanle (left knee) and cornerback Patrick Robinson (hamstring) both returned from absences in practice the past week.

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 Norwood Memorial Airport):
8:53 a.m.: 81.9 degree heat index
10:53 a.m.: 85.5 degree heat index

Living on a prayer:
While the Saints and Patriots were going through stretching drills, New Orleans Head Coach Sean Payton and New England Head Coach Bill Belichick met in between the two practice fields as Bon Jovi's 'Have a Nice Day' blared on the loudspeakers.

But upon further notice, the song was meant to tie up one important fact Bon Jovi was in attendance, hamming it up with both Payton and Belichick, who befriended the rock star while coaching the New York Giants in the 90s.

Just as important for Payton was a story he told Bon Jovi before practice. The Saints head coach formally accepted the job offer from General Manager Mickey Loomis while attending a Bon Jovi concert in Dallas with the coach's wife Beth.

'He's one of those guys when you have a chance to meet back stage and you're with your wife, there's a chance you might not go home with your wife,' Payton joked. 'She's not afraid to voice that opinion either. I was like, 'Alright, I'm going to have a hard time beating that.''

1-on-1 (N.E. WRs/QBs vs. N.O. DBs)
Not a lot really stood out in this one, honestly, as Tom Brady and his backup Brian Hoyer completed a lot of slants and quick hitches. Those are nearly impossible to defend in this drill.

That said, there were a couple of standouts.

  • CB Patrick Robinson showed exactly why the Saints have confidence in him to be a solid first-round draft pick. Going up against Brady and receiver Randy Moss, Robinson made a nice move to catch up to Moss on the sideline and batted the ball away for an incompletion. Then, with Hoyer as quarterback and tight end Rob Myers as the receiver, Robinson made another good play to keep the Patriots from a completion.
  • Not that this needs to be said, but CB Jabari Greer continues to impress since his signing with the Saints last offseason. Tuesday, he kept Brady from completing passes to receiver Rod Owens and Moss.
  • CB/NB Randall Gay shut down Patriots receiver Wes Welker during the 2009 game in New Orleans. He did it again Tuesday in Foxboro several times.

Team 1:
(Saints O vs Pats D)
First down: QB Drew Brees play-action to open TE Jeremy Shockey deep right for 20-plus yard gain
First down: RB Pierre Thomas left tackle for 4 yards
First down: RB Reggie Bush up middle for 2-3 yards
First down: Brees play-action to WR Marques Colston over middle. Pass dropped
First down: QB Patrick Ramsey to WR Adrian Arrington
First down: Ramsey to Arrington in tight coverage
First down: RB Chris Ivory right end for 3-4 yards

(Pats O vs Saints D)
First down: RB Laurence Maroney middle give for 4-5 yards
First down: QB Tom Brady to WR Randy Moss in between CB Jabari Greer and S Usama Young for 60-yard completion. Brady has tons of time in pocket
First down: Brady to RB Fred Taylor for a short gain

(Saints O vs Pats D)
First down: Bush slips through the middle for 5 yards
First down: Brees to Bush right flat for 10 yards
First down: Brees to Colston for 10-plus yard gain
First down: flag hard count by Brees brings Pats offside
First down: Brees incomplete to WR Lance Moore in front of CB Darius Butler
First down: Thomas breaks around left end for 10-plus yard gain

(Pats O vs Saints D)
First down: Brady incomplete
First down: Brady to receiver Brandon Tate in front of CB Tracy Porter
First down: Brady to Tate on a crossing route for 20-plus yards
First down: Brady incomplete to Moss

Team 2, Red zone:
(Saints O vs Pats D)
First-and-10 @ 17 Bush bounces outside right for 3-5 yards
Second-and-10 @ 17 Thomas left, flag false start
Third-and-10 @ 15 Brees to Shockey at goal line, but S Brandon Meriweather bats away ball
First-and-goal @ 7 Brees to WR Courtney Roby slant left, spins past CB Darius Butler for TD
Second-and-goal @ 5 Brees throws high to TE David Thomas in end zone
Third-and-goal @ 3 Brees checks out of play at line, throws to Shockey for TD.

(Pats O vs Saints D)
First-and-10 @ 17 Maroney right end
Second-and-goal @ 8 Brady to Moss in back of end zone, but S Usama Young tipped the pass away
Third-and-goal 2 7 Brady to TE Aaron Hernandez in front S Roman Harper for TD
Third-and-goal @ 5 Brady to TE Rob Gronkowski for TD

What's Next?:
The Saints will practice again against the Patriots from 3:45-5:30 p.m. EST before calling it a night.

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