Fleur-de-Links: Payton, Belichick help improve each other's team

Our guys enjoyed a break from the cruel Louisiana heat today as they practiced against the Patriots in Foxboro, Mass. They'll practice once more against them in the morning before their matchup on Thursday night.

How 'bout we make a caption contest out of the above AP photo? Here's my entry: "So Tom, this is how big your cahoonas have to be when calling an onside kick to start off the second half of a Super Bowl."

The best news I see from today's practice regards the return of Patrick Robinson. He reportedly looked pretty good as he batted away a Tom Brady pass to Randy Moss. How's that for a rookie's first day against players outside his own team? Among the other links, Sharper has "no idea" when he'll return to practice, Malcolm Jenkins does an interview, and Deuce McAllister battles Joe Horn in Madden 11. More after the jump.

TWITTER:

alexbrown96   Getting ready to go practice against the Patriots today. We have to go out and get some good work in today and compete every play.

reggie_bush   Big scrimmage today Saints vs. Patriots here in Boston! Looking forward to some good competition and getting better! Who Dat!
LanceMoore16 Definitely ready to get out here and practice with the Patriots. A great opportunity to get better.

alexbrown96 Just finished a good practice against the Patriots and now looking for some rest time before we havethe second one

drewbrees Heading back to hotel after first practice with the Pats. It was good work this morning. Looking forward to another one this afternoon

ChaseDaniel Good first practice against the Patriots..headed back in a couple of hours for the second one

LanceMoore16 Good first practice w the Patriots this morn. Now its time to get some lunch and rest up for our second practice this afternoon

Pierre_Thomas our first pracitce went well, its a nice break from the nola heat! time for some food and rest before the afternoon practice

JeremyShockey Getting some great work v.s Pats!! These are the block we need to win!!

reggie_bush What a great first practice! The fans came out to watch and their energy was great! It's good to know you have fans all over the country!

HeathEvans Great 1st practice against the Pats....1 more n about 2 hrs. Gotta go get my nap

T_Porter22 Great....no nap b4 practice #2...dealing w/drama...hope I dnt suck at practice bc I'm tired.com

T_Porter22 How do u celebrate a bday tomorrow when u r n training camp AND u have practice/meetings? Along w/ a curfew....hmmmmm?

jgoody76 Just got on the bus. Headed to 2nd practice against the pats.

LanceMoore16 Practice number two with the Patriots. Most important goal #getbetter!

PRACTICE WITH THE PATS:

Top draft pick Robinson, Bon Jovi get attention in workout with Pats | New Orleans News, Local News, Breaking News, Weather | wwltv.com | Eye on Black and Gold
CB Patrick Robinson showed exactly why the Saints have confidence in him to be a solid first-round draft pick. Going up against Brady and receiver Randy Moss, Robinson made a nice move to catch up to Moss on the sideline and batted the ball away for an incompletion. Then, with Hoyer as quarterback and tight end Rob Myers as the receiver, Robinson made another good play to keep the Patriots from a completion. BOOM! Robinson Wrecked 'em!

NFL Videos: Meeting of the minds
Hear from Bill Belichick and Sean Payton, plus find out which rock star showed up for practice. Catch the full interview on NFL Total Access, 7 p.m. ET.

Saints provide plenty of incentive for the Patriots- The Boston Globe

2theadvocate.com | Sports | Much in common — Baton Rouge, LA
"There are definitely similarities," said Saints tight end David Thomas, who played with the Patriots from 2006-08, "because when I got there they had had success in the past and we had good teams while I was there, and with us winning the Super Bowl we’re going to have a bull’s-eye on our chest."

BostonHerald.com - Blogs: Rap Sheet» Blog Archive » Saints guard Jahri Evans may be Public Enemy No. 1 to Patriots fans
In May, Jahri Evans signed a 7-year contract that made him the highest paid guard in NFL history. It may have also made him one of the most hated offensive linemen in New England.

New Orleans Saints' Randall Gay, Heath Evans and David Thomas are happy to reunite with New England Patriots | NOLA.com
Evans: 'There was a lot of man-hugging going on out there'

Saints come marching in to Foxboro - Milford, MA - The Milford Daily News
The Milford Daily News - Barack Obama's house one day. Bob Kraft's house the next. A day after their meet-and-greet with the president at the White House, the Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints were to work out with the New England Patriots on the practice fields located behind Gillette Stadium.

Secondary can learn vs. Saints - BostonHerald.com
FOXBORO - The image is the stuff of nightmares, rather than dreams. Saints receiver Devery Henderson, running all by himself with a football under his arm, jogging into the end zone of the Louisiana Superdome with no Patriot closer than 20 yards away. Of all the scenes from the Patriots’ 38-17...

Saints To Open Preseason In New England

Patriots draw Super duty with Saints
No word of whether they'll bring the Vince Lombardi Trophy with them, but the Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints figure to be a popular attraction around here this week.

Saints' Moore not worrying about good camp, just wants a good day | New Orleans News, Local News, Breaking News, Weather | wwltv.com | Eye on Black and Gold
"I’m not worried about having a good camp," Moore said. "I’m worried about having a good day or a good practice or a good period or even a good play. I can’t dwell on what I’ve done thus far. I’ve got to get better every day and that’s my plan."

New Orleans Saints backup QB Patrick Ramsey has tough time near goal line in New England | NOLA.com

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton seeks dynasty insight while in New England | NOLA.com

New Orleans Saints injury report: Scott Shanle, Patrick Robinson return | NOLA.com

Quarterbacks Drew Brees and Tom Brady draw big crowds in New England | NOLA.com

Practice Observations: Robinson stands out, Shanle returns | WWL Sports

MONDAY WHITE HOUSE VISIT:

Obama welcomes Super Bowl champions | shreveporttimes.com | Shreveport Times
WASHINGTON — It took one shout of 'Who Dat!' to get the celebration started in the White House on Monday as President Barack Obama saluted the Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints.

President Obama Honors Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints
President Obama (bottom right) congratulates the team on their Super Bowl win. President Barack Obama welcomed the New Orleans Saints to the White House Monday morning to honor their Super Bowl win for the 2009-2010 NFL season.

MADDEN GRAS:

Madden Gras Recap: Quotes from Deuce, Mike McKenzie, Joe Horn, and more (slideshow)
When asked if Joe Horn really likes the game (Madden 11), Deuce just smiled and said, "Joe? He plays Madden all the time. I had him earlier 15-13 though but then we had to quit and go outside."

MISCELLANEOUS:

New Orleans Saints safety Darren Sharper has 'no idea' when he'll return to practice | NOLA.com
He's hoping to be back in time for some preseason games

Behind The Facemask: Malcolm Jenkins
Jenkins talked with NewOrleansSaints.com about his transition to safety (Ah hem. Stu, you reading this? Ready to update the Accountability Index yet?), love for New Orleans and first experience in the Superdome.

The Hand Off: How improved is Saints defense? | New Orleans News, Local News, Breaking News, Weather | wwltv.com | Eye on Black and Gold
The Saints are now 14 practices and a scrimmage into their training camp for 2010, which means it’s now time to bring back the mailbag, or what we at WWL-TV.com like to call "The Hand Off."

Glenn Guilbeau: Rickey Jackson deserved much better as a Saint | shreveporttimes.com | Shreveport Times
In 1981 when Jackson went to the Saints in the second round out of Pittsburgh, he was joining a Bum coach (Bum Phillips) and a team that had never had a winning season in 14 seasons and had just gone 1-15 in 1980. The team facility fittingly was across the street from a dump.

New Orleans Saints great Rickey Jackson called an audible at Hall of Fame induction | NOLA.com
Prepared remarks never got read

Saints to watch in preseason | HoumaToday.com
The New Orleans Saints kick off their preseason on Thursday night against the New England Patriots, and I think, at this time, the Saints are better than they were a year ago.

VIDEO:

Saints quarterback Drew Brees on practicing against New England
Saints fullback Heath Evans on coming back to New England

New Orleans Saints take the field against New England
Saints will practice against New England



 

Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma on team swagger

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