10 Early Highlights From New Orleans Saints’ Training Camp

10 Highlights From Saints Camp

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The New Orleans Saints seem to be off to a great start so far at training camp. From rookies to veterans, to players looking to take the next step in becoming great, the Black and Gold are doing work. With that in mind, let’s take a look at 10 highlights from the first week of practices at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

10. Patrick Robinson Taking Reps With First Team

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10. Patrick Robinson Taking Reps With First Team

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Robinson missed a majority of the 2013 season after falling to injury during the Week 2 matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. After a rough start to his career, the Saints’ 2010 first-round pick is seeking a breakout year. He has been taking quite a bit of reps with the first team so far, and looking good while doing it.

9. Nick Toon Off To Good Start

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9. Nick Toon Off To Good Start

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Nick Toon, who has been stretching the team’s patience for a couple of years now, is on fire. Between injuries and boneheaded plays in big game situations, this could be his last shot with the organization. Maintaining this pace at camp is a top priority. The former fourth-round pick possesses tremendous NFL upside, but nothing to show for it. It’s time to get Toon rolling.

8. Khiry Robinson Showcasing Running Backs

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8. Khiry Robinson Showcasing Running Backs

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Khiry displayed power, speed and versatility last season as an undrafted rookie. He has highlighted the running backs so far at camp with the hopes of seeing an extensive role in 2014, which is going to happen either way. By the time the season kicks off, Robinson may find himself in a one-two punch with Mark Ingram while Pierre Thomas takes over third-down duties.

7. Pierre Warren Highlighting Undrafted Rookies

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7. Pierre Warren Highlighting Undrafted Rookies

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From batting passes to forcing fumbles, to making far-from-easy interceptions, the 6-foot-2 undrafted rookie safety has been all over the field. Warren’s game has been nothing but a pleasant surprise for players, coaches, media and onlookers at New Orleans Saints’ training camp.

6. A Battle is Brewing at Center

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6. A Battle is Brewing at Center

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Tim Lelito was the favorite to man the center, but with Jonathan Goodwin returning to the Big Easy after a three-year stint in San Francisco, things are getting interesting. Lelito said it was great to have a little competition, especially from an experienced veteran like Goodwin, but you know he wants that job more than anything. Both guys will be out there giving it their best in one of the most heated positional battles at camp.

5. Media Blasts Champ Bailey

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5. Media Blasts Champ Bailey

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We all understand that Bailey’s better days are behind him, but when Sports Illustrated senior writer Greg Bedard said Champ may not even make the team, that was a bit out of line. The Saints signed him for two reasons. One being a hope that he has a little tread left on his tires and two being a veteran presence. New Orleans is not going to sign the 12-time Pro Bowl CB to a two-year deal just to cut him. That idea is somewhat idiotic.

4. I Don't Know About You, But Drew Brees is Feeling 22... or 25

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4. I Don't Know About You, But Drew Brees is Feeling 22... or 25

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In an interview following the Saints’ first day of practices, Drew Brees said that he feels like he is 25 years old and in his prime. He certainly still performs like it. When asked how much longer he thinks he will continue playing, the Pro Bowl quarterback stated that he wants to play until he’s 45. That’s a little farfetched, but he’s still showing no signs of slowing down. A small extension a few years from now would be no surprise.

3. Jairus Byrd Returns From PUP List

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3. Jairus Byrd Returns From PUP List

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After undergoing a surgical procedure in early June to remove some discomfort from a disc in his back, Jairus Byrd was taken off the physically unable to perform list and returned to practice on Tuesday. He was limited to individual drills and walkthroughs, but it’s great news for the Saints. He even stayed after on his own time to take some reps from the throwing machine. The Saints’ “no-fly zone” secondary is intact and in effect.

2. Keenan Lewis Proving He's a Top CB

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2. Keenan Lewis Proving He's a Top CB

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Following a superb season as an emerging shutdown corner, Lewis is back at it at camp and having his way with Drew Brees and the Saints' offense. Breaking up passes left and right, New Orleans' 2013 free agent acquisition is out to prove that he’s one of the top corners in the National Football League.

1. Brandin Cooks Already Impressing

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1. Brandin Cooks Already Impressing

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With only a few days of training camp in the books, the Saints’ 2014 first-round pick is already making an early impression. Not only is he coming up with spectacular, athletic catches, but he has yet to drop a pass. The speedy wideout from Oregon State is quickly proving to coaches, players and fans that he was worth moving up for in the draft.


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