METAIRIE, La. ― Saints coach Sean Payton is a schedule freak. He knows what the Saints will be doing next week yesterday.

But he's also apparently a humanitarian. He realizes he's working with a fairly barren cupboard at a few positions and because of this, he has ended practice early every day this training camp.

Expect Wednesday to be the last of that.

If all goes as expected and the new collective bargaining agreement is ratified tonight or early tomorrow morning, the veteran free agents should be at practice for the first time all preseason.

And that means plenty of depth at positions where the team has been woefully thin (offensive line, cornerback).

General manager Mickey Loomis was one busy man the past 24 hours.

The Saints formally announced the signing of defensive tackle Aubrayo Franklin, considered one of the top players at his position this free agency period, and safety Paul Oliver.

But New Orleans made other moves that hadn't been previously announced; the Saints agreed to terms with offensive tackles Alex Barron and George Foster.

Both are former first-round draft picks and both are guys that are likely in the twilight of their careers. And their signings prompted Sports Illustrated's Peter King to tweet, '...Bottom of barrel officially being scraped.'

To make room for a now bulging roster, the Saints waived kicker Jacob Rogers, guard Carl Johnson and cornerback Josh Gatlin. Additionally, they placed linebacker Jeremiha Hunter (right Achilles) on injured reserve.

We hardly knew ye
Two familiar names and faces will be plying their trade elsewhere this season.

Center Jonathan Goodwin agreed to terms on a three-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers while defensive tackle Anthony Hargrove signed with the Eagles, according to reports.

For Goodwin, it's a bittersweet moment. He has been the center for the Saints the past three seasons, earning a Pro Bowl berth in 2009 when the Saints won the Super Bowl.

For Hargrove, it might be equally as bittersweet. He turned his life around in New Orleans, coming to the Crescent City after cleaning himself up from a terrible drug addiction that nearly took his life. He contributed in both the 2009 and 2010 seasons.

Injury report
This list changed a bit with two of its regular tenants being cast away from Airline Drive.

Offensive tackle Charles Brown (hamstring), running back Chris Ivory (foot), cornerback Tracy Porter (left knee) and defensive end Greg Romeus (right knee) all sat out practice because they still haven't passed physicals.

Receiver Michael Galatas (hamstring) and cornerback Mark Parson (left hamstring) were the two who sat with injuries sustained during camp.

The receivers had been doing so well through the first four days of practice, barely registering a drop of a pass that should have been caught. At least, for the receivers who matter.

But Wednesday was another story...sort of.

There were only two drops but they were gut-punching, drive-ending, head-scratchers by two players who haven't been equated with the dropsies.

First, tight end Jimmy Graham, the play was an easy one. He got off the line, turned at about five yards and had the pass from quarterback Drew Brees hit him right in the chest. The ball bounced off his pads and he got up, yelling at himself.

Then, on the very next play, a third-and-five situation, Brees threw a perfectly placed pass over cornerback Jabari Greer. Receiver Robert Meachem was in place and would have had the first down. Except that the pass glanced off his hands and incomplete.

Honestly, it's probably nothing to worry about. But it's a trend those on offense hope is an anomaly.

Gregg being Gregg
I've said it before, I'll say it again there is no better quote in the Saints organization than defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.

He was at it again Wednesday

On rookie Johnny Patrick:
'Right now, Johnny Patrick is this year's Patrick Robinson. He's my whipping boy right now. He's got to understand in a hurry, he's got to come on in a hurry. We have a lot of good cornerbacks here that have played in this league, and if he's going to make this team he's going to have to jump in the boat in a hurry.'

On Patrick's hitting prowess:
'Well at Louisville he was allergic to contact, so it's really neat to see that. It's been identified and we've said that if we don't see him do this every day in practice, we won't even take him to the games.'

On Patrick Robinson's improvement from Year 1:
'Night-and-day transition. We have gone through what, five practices? You haven't heard me chew his ass. ... Patrick has had a phenomenal camp. You know what? Patrick Robinson is speeding up Tracy Porter's recovery process. Tracy wants to get back out there in a hurry because he sees how well Patrick is doing. And I mean that sincerely.'

On making rookie linebacker Martez Wilson uncomfortable during practice:
'They've (rookies) had five months to be comfortable; it's time for them to start being uncomfortable. I'd rather him be uncomfortable in practice so I'm not uncomfortable on game day.'

This and that
*Defensive end Cameron Jordan certainly looked the part Wednesday. When he was in the second-team defensive huddle, he was several inches taller than the next-tallest player.

*Cornerback Jabari Greer is having a fantastic camp. He has had an interception a day thus far and looks far and away to have recovered from shoulder issues he had last season.

*Tight end David Thomas said one of the reasons he returned to New Orleans was because he feels like this is the place he can win.

*Brees gets applauded time and again for his selflessness when it comes to his time, but Wednesday might have been an all-time best for him. He signed autographs for nearly 45 minutes. He was close to the locker room about 30 minutes into signing, but ran back over to the fans to sign more before meetings.

Team 1

All run plays. Hard to chart without tackles being live.

Team 2
(Remember, these were not full-padded drills with backups playing first team. Tread lightly on what you take from this.)
3rd and 4: RB Pierre Thomas right end for 5-plus yards
3rd-and-6: QB Drew Brees to WR Adrian Arrington over middle for 6-plus yards
3rd-and-8: Brees perfectly places ball over CB Patrick Robinson and over the right shoulder of WR Marques Colston, who makes catch for 30-plus yards. Robinson, it should be noted, had perfect coverage.
3rd and 10: Brees to TE Jimmy Graham for eight yards with LB Jonathan Vilma in coverage (DE Cameron Jordan and DE Junior Galette were on line; LB Martez Wilson was at SLB)

Team 3:
1st and 10: Thomas draw, darts through big hole for seven-plus yards
2nd and 10: Brees to Graham; dropped
3rd and 5: Brees over CB Jabari Greer to WR Robert Meachem; dropped
3rd and 7: Brees to Graham crossing for 5-6 yards.

What's next?
The Saints will practice again Thursday morning from 8:50-11:30 a.m. But coach Sean Payton moved the practice indoors. It's closed to the public.

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