Saints QB Drew Brees says he’s ‘on a mission’

Like I said, I walk into training camp, and it is all about football. There is nothing else swirling around, or at least nothing else that we are going to allow to distract us.” Brees and Payton have been the NFL’s premier dynamic duo of offense since 2006 when Brees signed with the Saints and the first-year coach after Brees spent his first five NFL seasons in San Diego. Brees said he missed Payton’s mentoring the most last season as the Saints fell to 7-9 — their first losing season since 2007 and second of the Brees-Payton era. HERNANDEZ HAT: Pouncey apologizes “He’s a mentor, and that is not just necessarily Xs and Os, although there is a lot of that,” Brees said. “Obviously, there is a great player-coach relationship.

Saints defense already looks improved from last season

Based on fan comments on radio talk shows or in internet chat rooms, many of those fans feel like they’re still waiting for Ingram to validate the Saints’ decision to trade away a 2012 first-round pick in order to acquire him. “Of course, I have high expectations for myself as far as individual things,” Ingram said. “But my number one thing is just coming out here and showing that I can do anything that is asked of me every single time I set foot on that field and be an explosive player for this offense.” Hampered by injuries during much of his first two years in the NFL, Ingram said he now is as trim and healthy as he has been since turning pro. He looked it on Sunday, the first time this training camp in which players wore full pads and engaged in some contact. His runs included a burst up the left side of the field that might have gone for a big gain had the play not been dead at first contact.

New Orleans Saints’ Nick Toon trying to forge way in logjam at receiver

Snow joins McNeese State’s women’s program McNeese State women’s basketball coach Brooks Donald Williams has added former Tulane standout Tyria Snow to her staff as an assistant coach. McNeese State women’s basketball coach Brooks Donald Williams has added former Tulane standout Tyria Snow to her staff as an assistant coach. Eagles WR Maclin tears ACL, could miss season Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Mackin has been carted off the field during practice after injuring his right knee. Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin tore the ACL in his right knee during practice Saturday and could miss the season. USC AD Haden says Lane Kiffin isn’t on hot seat Southern California Athletic Director Pat Haden says Lane Kiffin is not on the “hot seat” heading into his fourth as the Trojans’ football coach. Although Lane Kiffin is grateful for Southern California athletic director Pat Haden’s video vote of confidence, his job security won’t alter Kiffin’s urgency to get the Trojans back on top. Chiefs reach 5-year deal with overall No. 1 pick The Kansas City Chiefs agreed to terms with No. 1 overall pick Eric Fisher on Friday, ensuring that the big right tackle out of Central Michigan will be in training camp with plenty of time to prepare for the season.

Saints WR Marques Colston to Start Training Camp on PUP List?

Its functionality hasn’t been described in any of Deep Silver’s marketing materials to date, but PCMag’s Will Grenwald got a sneak peak of said dangerous-looking button at this year’s E3. The final physical goodie in the new Generation Edition of the game is a little statue paying tribute to Saints Row fan-favorite Johnny Gat. Those picking up the pricy package will also be given access to all of the in-game features promised to those who purchase the less expensive “Commander in Chief Edition” of Saints Row IV. This includes access to a “Screaming Eagle” jet literally, a jet that looks like an eagle in addition to a patriotic “Uncle Sam suit” that your character can wear around and a “‘Merica Weapon” that combines flamethrowers, rocket launchers, and dubstep guns into a single, outlandish weapon. Bad news for PC gamers, however: The “Game of the Generation” edition is only available for console players. You’ll have to find another way to show off your Saints Row IV enthusiasm sans light-up display case.

Saints Row IV Pushes Light-Up Display Box in New Collector’s Edition

And the dissection of their progress segued to another level Sunday when the Saints held their first training camp practice in pads. Brown, the Saints second-round draft choice in 2010 (No. 64 overall), has the inside track on the job. Hes familiar with the franchise, its way of operating and its expectations. And he has started eight of his 21 games in three seasons. The negative against him has been his health; in 2011 and 2012 he played in 18 of 32 possible regular-season games because of hip and knee injuries that led to stays on injured reserve. Otherwise, hes the only one of the three who has been in the Saints offensive system and has performed under fire with the starters. But familiarity wont mean more than performance. Its not going to be handed to him, Coach Sean Payton said of Brown.

Saints begin camp; focus is on present, not future

But the key will be consistency. He has appeared to make the right impression on the coaches. “I think he has done a good job of taking what he did in the offseason and carrying it into these first couple of practices,” said Saints receivers coach Henry Ellard. “The details and stuff we will clean up, of course, but he hasn’t lost a lot since that point and time and that’s what it’s all about.” So far in camp Toon has seemed to benefit most from the increased reps due to the injury absence of top receiver Marques Colston. The irony is that Toon credits Colston as much as anyone for taking him under his wing this offseason and working out with him and giving him pointers on how to improve his game. “When anybody goes down the reps have to be picked up by somebody, so this is definitely a great opportunity for guys,” Toon said.

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But few people would believe that Brees performance on Day 1 will in any way tell the story of the season. There were bright spots. Defensive back Keenan Lewis made a nice play to intercept Brees on the first play of team drills. He stayed step-for-step with Joseph Morgan, one of the fastest players on the team and made and athletic catch over the receiver. Greer played a tip off of the hands of tight end Michael Higgins well enough to make an interception.

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Charles Brown

And LB Butler will obviously be sidelined with torn ACL. Payton says Colston has a foot injury and could be on PUP miss a week. Robinson is week-by-week with a knee scope. This is a bit concerning if youre a Saints fan. Colston has quietly been one of the NFLs best receivers for years. Saints fans known thisthe rest, not so much. It sounds as if the coaching staff is trying to take a caution approach, which makes it seem like it could be a nagging injury. With any luck its one that wont be an issues throughout the season, but this isnt a great start. Colston can come off the PUP list at any time during camp.

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