Here's your daily compilation of links. Some were posted in the Fanshot section earlier in the day and some are new. The best news of the day would have to be that of the offense finally coming to life after the return of a "100%" Marques Colston. Of course, we all knew they eventually would, despite the fact they have to face Gregg Williams' relentless defense every day.
Links to transcripts are also included. There's a G-Dub transcript and video that are must-sees.
Also of note is the article telling of how Peyton Manning no longer wants to talk about Super Bowl XLIV. Read the article to see the details. His angst is my amusement.
Oh yeah, there's also some links to stories regarding "Defcon Favre 2010" for those who aren't yet totally sick of reading about it. Credit jeremysherwin for that catchy title. It totally fits the sports media's epic fail from yesterday.
Much more after the jump. I'll update it a little later with the late afternoon articles from around the web.
Pierre Thomas back at practice | NOLA.com
New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton said this morning running back Pierre Thomas would be back in about a couple of days. That estimate turned into a matter of hours as Thomas returned to the field at training camp in the team's afternoon practice indoors today.
Sedrick Ellis poised for big year | wwltv.com | Eye on Black and Gold
Sedrick Ellis is nearly always affable, generally accessible and much of the time filled with a humorous retort or two. But don’t at all think that his relative lack of intensity off the field translates to little focus on it.
Practice Observations: Offense lights up; small injuries mounting | New Orleans News, Local News, Breaking News, Weather | wwltv.com | Eye on Black and Gold
Bradley Handwerger was at Wednesday morning's Saints practice and this is the practice report.
New Orleans Saints offense looks sharper at camp Wednesday | NOLA.com
Clearly benefiting from the return of wide receiver Marques Colston, the New Orleans Saints offense made several good plays in and near the red zone Wednesday after two days in which the defense had the upper hand.
New Orleans Saints secondary working on catching the ball | NOLA.com
One of the things that has stood out several times at the New Orleans Saints training camp is the inability of defensive backs to hold on to the ball. It seems as if each day someone in the secondary drops what should be a sure interception.
Thomas' X-rays negative, Thursday's morning practice now closed to public | NOLA.com
Pierre Thomas' X-rays to examine an apparent left wrist injury came back negative. Thomas was present this morning, but he wore protective padding and did not practice.
New Orleans Saints' Pierre Thomas day-to-day with left wrist injury | NOLA.com
RB had surgery on that wrist after 2008 season
Behind the Facemask: Rod Harper
Harper talked with NewOrleansSaints.com about his practice routine, his football career before the NFL, and his injury last season.
New Orleans Saints' Thursday practice moved indoors | NOLA.com
The rest of the camp schedule is included
Football getting New Orleans Saints rookie Matt Tennant through tough time | NOLA.com
"It's been tough, " Tennant said Monday after his first official practice as a professional football player. "But I know my mother, and she wouldn't want anything to stop my pursuit of a Super Bowl or being a part of a championship team. That's what I'm going to keep doing, because I know that's what I know she would want me to do."
New Orleans Saints camp confidential: Spotlight on left tackles | NOLA.com
Who's hot; play and quote of the day
New Orleans Saints will bring in veteran tailback Ladell Betts for workout | NOLA.com
Saints Coach Sean Payton said it's not a reaction to Pierre Thomas' wrist injury
NFL.com news: Saints focus on next title run rather than Super Bowl hangover
The Saints are coming off their first Super Bowl title in franchise history, but that doesn't mean the franchise is happy to rest on that accomplishment. Sean Payton and Co. want another run.
Saints now become the hunted | Football | Sports | Toronto Sun
For the first time in their checkered 43-year history, the New Orleans Saints are the hunted.
Helping the Saints keep the edge | NOLA.com
What movie would you show the players to get them fired up?
Drew Brees secures grants from Pepsi Refresh for 'Do Good for the Gulf' program | NOLA.com
Project giving away $1.3 million to fund ideas
RICKEY JACKSON TO CANTON:
DEFCON FAVRE 2010:
Associates of Brett Favre say status of ankle will determine whether he plays for Minnesota Vikings | NOLA.com
'It's a decision that he wrestles with,' assistant coach says
New Orleans Saints unmoved by Brett Favre's reported retirement | NOLA.com
They say they'll believe it when he's not suited up Sept. 9
Don't ask Peyton Manning about Super Bowl XLIV- NFL News - FOX Sports on MSN
You’d have better success getting Peyton Manning to chug Powerade than reflect upon Super Bowl XLIV.
|Saints coach Sean Payton discusses the defensive end battle|
|New Orleans Saints training camp video|
|Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams on 'missed opportunities'|
|Saints quarterback Drew Brees on competition at training camp|
|Reggie Bush on the Saints running back situation|
|New Orleans Saints training camp video|
Camp 2Dat: August 4th