Practice 1/20, Day 18, Training Camp Observations
WR Robert Meachem returned to practice Monday morning for the first time since training camp started as the team removed him from the PUP (physically unable to perform) list. He went through routes and played on several snaps during team period.
P Thomas Morstead (left shoulder) and WR Adrian Arrington (left shoulder) both returned to practice. Morstead said he's still sore, but he played through practice, catching punt snaps and holding on field goals.
C Jonathan Goodwin injured one of his pinky fingers late in practice and didn't return.
FB Marcus Mailei (ankle), TE Jimmy Graham (sprained right ankle), TE Tyler Lorenzen, DL Jimmy Wilkerson (left knee), LB Stanley Arnoux (sprained right ankle) and FS Usama Young all missed practice.
The other two PUP players S Darren Sharper (left knee) and LB Clint Ingram (left knee) both continued to sit out practice and weren't on the field at all.
Goal line 1:
First-and-goal @ 3: RB P.J. Hill goes through the middle for 2 yards
Second-and-goal @ 1: RB Chris Ivory plows off right tackle for 1-yard TD
Third-and-goal @ 3: Ivory middle give, but is stuffed by bevy of defenders
First-and-goal @ 3: RB Pierre Thomas tries to get the right end, but can't get anywhere
First-and-goal @ 3: QB Patrick Ramsey play-action pass to back of end zone where TE David Thomas makes a beautiful TD grab over LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar
Second-and-goal @ 3: Hill gains 1 yard right side
Third-and-goal @ 2: Ivory spins around LB Jonathan Casillas and LB Marvin Mitchell for 2-yard TD
First-and-goal @ 3: Ivory pushes up middle for 2 yards
Special teams have been an issue for the Saints this preseason and Monday morning, specialty coordinator Greg McMahon had enough. It was time for him to practice his best Gregg Williams.
'You can't get lined up right? I'll bench your (butt). Get on the sideline,' --- McMahon, yelling at second-year cornerback Reggie Jones
'Are you on scout team or are you trying to win?' --- McMahon, yelling at second-year receiver Larry Beavers.
First-and-10: QB Drew Brees play-action pass to wide open WR Devery Henderson, pass dropped
First-and-10: RB Reggie Bush left end for gain of 3-4 yards
First-and-10: P Thomas middle draw for 2-3 yards
First-and-10: Brees play-action pass over middle to D Thomas for 10-plus yards
First-and-10 @ 29: Brees play-action pass to P Thomas right for 1-2 yards
Second-and-five @ 21: Brees to WR Lance Moore quick hitch left for 2-3 yards
Third-and-four @ 18: Brees to P Thomas, gorgeous grab in front of FS Malcolm Jenkins for 10-plus yards
First-and-10 @ 14: Brees too high for WR Robert Meachem at goal line
Second-and-10 @ 11: Bush at left tackle, cuts back through hole right for 11-yard TD
Third-and-goal @ 9: Brees checks down to Meachem for 9-yard TD
First-and-goal @ 6: P Thomas off right tackle for 5 yards
Third-and-goal @ 3: Brees to Meachem speed swing right for 0 yards
Fourth-and-goal @ 3: Brees looks, looks, looks, goes to TE Jeremy Shockey, but pass is broken up by SS Roman Harper.
The Saints practice again this afternoon from 4:20-5:45 p.m. in the indoor facility. It's closed to the public. They practice once Tuesday from 8:50-11 a.m. It's open to the public, weather permitting.
Practice Observations: Physical practice highlights good session for Saints