Saints practice squad players aiming to make final cut

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(that if) something goes wrong and you need to check anything, youre not hesitant, Nelson said. While they dont aspire to stay on it, the scout team has been a challenging and worthwhile experience, according to Higgins, Nelson and Tanner. Higgins said aside from helping run opponents offenses, hes had to play linebacker at practice in certain situations. Nelson has been called upon to play wide receiver. You take a ton of reps, so thats just good experience, Higgins said.

New Orleans Saints 2013 NFL Preseason Preview

“When we don’t win that drill, I’m (ticked) off. I take it seriously.” Brees defended Moore but agreed with his sentiments about the offense’s inability to finish. “It could have been a little better throw,” Brees said. “But that’s the type of guy he is. He feels like he should make every play like that. There’s more to be desired than what we left out there, so we’ve got some work to do.” Brees’ competitive nature and attention to detail have been well documented. You could say that being upset over a camp drill is a little excessive. But that competitive streak is one of the things that has made Brees an elite quarterback.

John DeShazier: Saints special-teams ace Courtney Roby knows his role

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013. + By Michael DeMocker, and the Times-Picayune August 06, 2013, 3:07PM Saints head coach Sean Payton and running back Mark Ingram talk about the new NFL rule which prevents running backs from lowering their heads in open space and initiating contact with the crown of the helmet. Tuesday, August 6, 2013. + By David Grunfeld, | The Times-Picayune August 05, 2013, 9:05PM New Orleans Saints tackle Zach Strief is asked about the 3-4 defense and then again is asked about the 3-4 defense. Listen in on the lightheartedness of training camp. + By David Grunfeld, | The Times-Picayune August 05, 2013, 8:35PM New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton talks about who’s in and who’s out, a update on injuries and more from the Black & Gold scrimmage. + By Robert Riddick, | Times-Picayune August 05, 2013, 1:28PM Sports writer Rachel Whittaker and Saints beat writer Larry Holder discuss Rob Ryan’s run defense, standouts during Saturday’s scrimmage and your comments and tweets on this edition of “Black and Gold Today.” Tune in each day for your snapshot of all things New Orleans Saints. + By Michael DeMocker, and the Times-Picayune August 03, 2013, 8:51PM After a dominating performance in the Black & Gold scrimmage, Saints linebacker Junior Galette talks about never being satisfied with his play and being a role model to younger players. Saturday, August 3, 2013. + By Michael DeMocker, and the Times-Picayune August 03, 2013, 3:03PM Saints quarterback Drew Brees was surprised to see fans lined up all the way to Zephyr Field for this morning’s Black & Gold scrimmage at Saints headquarters in Metairie on Saturday, August 3, 2013. + By Michael DeMocker, and the Times-Picayune August 03, 2013, 2:21PM Saints head coach Sean Payton talks about being pleased with the defense following the Black & Gold scrimmage at Saints headquarters in Metairie on Saturday, August 3, 2013. + By David Grunfeld, | The Times-Picayune August 02, 2013, 12:26PM New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton, talks about Jahri Evans, the last starting offensive lineman from the Super Bowl team and what to expect from the Black and Gold Scrimmage Saturday. +

This is how it’s been throughout the first 10 days of Saints training camp. For the first time in a long time, they are operating under the radar and out of the national spotlight. “It’s refreshing,” right tackle Zack Strief said. “It’s nice to just be able to focus on your job and not have to deal with all of the other stuff.” The Saints were in the limelight for all the wrong reasons last season. The distractions and discipline from the Bounty scandal clearly took its toll on the team, which stumbled to a dispiriting 7-9 finish.

There are more interesting things going on this year than in many years but it sure beats the stuffing out of the 2012 NFL Preseason. The list of things to look forward to over the coming weeks would get long very fast so well touch on the more important things to look for this preseason. There is nowhere else to start but with Sean Payton. The absence of Payton from last years training camp and preseason was one of the most significant absences in the recent history of the NFL, much less the history of the Saints. Payton is back in 2013 and appears more on top of things than he has ever been before.

New Orleans Saints safety Jim Leonhard’s experience in 3-4 paying dividends: notebook

We have an excellent group of guys and everybody comes out and works hard. We have that identity as a core. So when you have a group of guys that do that, its easy to go out and battle for each other. Roby, in fact, was special teams captain last season, the second consecutive year that teammates bestowed the honor upon him via vote. But then, he has been nothing if not selfless as a Saint. There have been shining moments a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in 09 and a Super Bowl (four kickoff returns for 102 yards, a special teams tackle and a downed punt at the Colts 4-yard line among them) to remember. He also has recovered a blocked punt for a touchdown (last season) and has the team record for longest postseason kickoff return (61 yards, against Minnesota in the 2009 NFC championship game).

New Orleans Saints happily operating under the radar so far

“It was definitely the hottest today,” said offensive guard Jahri Evans. “It’s been a long week, and today was definitely a real grinder.” But others said the heat is just part of being in New Useful Link Orleans. The benefit, of course, is better conditioning once the season starts. “It’s something that we have to face,” said cornerback Jabari Greer. “We realize that we are here in New Orleans and we’re going to have to face it when we go out to practice. “We have to get acclimated. It’s not an excuse. We do have to battle through the adversity.” Ready For Action Several players will be making their NFL debuts on Friday when the Saints host the Kansas City Chiefs at 7 p.m. in the preseason opener at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, so that means there is quite a bit of anxiety around camp. Rookie wide receiver Kenny Stills is definitely among those who are excited to get a chance show his skills in a game.


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