Saints Training Camp: Day 19 Recap

Training Camp is almost at a close in Louisiana. The Saints have tomorrow and Friday before they pack up and head to Houston. After that, they'll head to California to escape the southern heat for a week. And after that, the preseason will almost be over and the regular season will be starting! Can you believe it?

Today it seems that a few notable players were out. Jahri Evans, Tracy Porter, and Malcolm Jenkins. All are fine and would play this weekend were it a game of importance. Still, those are all guys that I don't want anywhere near the injury list. Let's hope this is nothing serious and they stay far away from this list again.

We have a couple of videos, one of which is the black and gold report. It's a really good video from Duncan, Varney and Triplett that I highly recommend everyone take 15 minutes out of their time to watch. As well, we have tweets and links about training camp and we'll update this post when/if any transcripts or more videos make it out there tonight.

So make the jump to go ahead and read about what happened at Day 19 of the 2011 Saints Training Camp!

UPDATED [8/17/11 8:45 PM CDT] Added transcript and another video!

TWEETS:

 

LINKS:

New Orleans Saints Charles Brown looking to compete for starting right tackle job | NOLA.com
He says he's competing for a spot every day

New Orleans Saints' dismissal of Jon Stinchcomb is a clear message to all | NOLA.com
Pro football is a game that is built on performance

Running back has become the New Orleans Saints most dynamic position | NOLA.com
Our daily camp confidential

New Orleans Saints preseason opener delivers the expected: Black and Gold commentary | NOLA.com
Transcript of columnist John DeShazier's remarks from the show's season premiere

Saints Linkage: Is Drew Brees in a mini-slump? | wwltv.com New Orleans
Welcome to our daily links roundup, where we give you links to many stories about the Saints.

Bobby: Drew Brees In A Mini-slump? - WWL - AM870 | FM105.3 | News | Talk | Sports

Kristian's Quick Hits: Defense Stones The Offense & Jenkins Banged Up - WWL - AM870 | FM105.3 | News | Talk | Sports

New NFL rule is a kick in the head to the game, fans
SportsNOLA.com IS New Orleans Sports and beyond. We cover the Saints, Hornets, LSU Tigers, Tulane Green Wave, High School Sports and everything in between.

Smith, Henderson Move To Top of Saints Seniority Class
SportsNOLA.com IS New Orleans Sports and beyond. We cover the Saints, Hornets, LSU Tigers, Tulane Green Wave, High School Sports and everything in between.

Facing hard truths makes Saints better -- Gerry V | NOLA.com
Gerry V says winning needs to always be the focus

New Orleans Saints: Crowded running back group clouds future of Chris Ivory | Who Dat Dish
Saints running back Chris Ivory has been battling injuries and has yet to practice in training camp. The Saints have assembled a top tier group of running backs -- Pierre Thomas, Darren Sproles, Mark Ingram, Joique Bell, Chris Taylor, and Patrick Cobbs -- leaving Ivory's future with the team in jeopardy.

Game Preview: Saints at Texans

Jon Vilma (Sorta) Responds to Hurricanes’ Hooker Scandal

Miami scandal has deep and massive ties to current NFL players - Shutdown Corner - NFL Blog - Yahoo! Sports
Jonathan Vilma, linebacker, New Orleans Saints: Food, drinks and entertainment in Shapiro's $2.7 million Miami Beach home, entertainment on Shapiro's yacht and personal watercraft, various cash gifts, drinks and VIP access in nightclubs, and $2,250 in bounties. "Shapiro said the bounties were: $1,000 for a hit and personal foul penalty by Vilma on Florida State quarterback Chris Rix during Miami's 28-27 win on Oct. 12, 2002; $250 for a sack in a 38-33 win over Florida on Sept. 6, 2003; and $1,000 for a hit on Rix in a 16-14 win over Florida State on Jan. 1, 2004."

Saints Nation: Patrick Cobbs Come to Saints with Impeccable Timing | August
Patrick Cobbs joins the Saints and has a good chance of making the final 53 man roster

Brees keeps tabs on his line - New Orleans Saints - SunHerald.com
METAIRIE, La. -- Drew Brees is coming to grips with the fact that a couple familiar faces will be missing from the table when he joins the offensive line for dinner each week.

New Orleans Saints training camp: Lance Moore becoming top target - NFL - Sporting News

 

TRANSCRIPTS:

Sean Payton:

Opening Statement
"The same two players remain on the failed physical list:

Chris Ivory and Greg Romeus.  These players did not practice: Ezra Butler, Ramon Humber, Clint Ingram, Joique Bell, Tom Johnson, Johnny Patrick, Jeff Charleston, Alex Barron, Malcolm Jenkins, Leigh Torrence, Tracy Porter, Tory Humphrey, Courtney Roby, and Jahri Evans. (Evans) had a little swelling in his knee so we backed him off of practice, but he should be fine tomorrow.  We did a little more third down emphasis today.  We shift gears tomorrow with Houston in mind."

Can you talk about Sedrick Ellis and your view of him with some of the other guys you brought in?  He’s somewhat of a smaller player now compared to the other guys.
"He’s active and he has good balance.  He plays the three technique but he can also play the nose.  He played a little bit more nose in college, so he has some versatility.  He had probably his best season here last year.  With that versatility and his balance, he provides a lot that you look for in a defensive tackle position.  The other two players are a little bit different but he’s certainly a key component in the defensive line."

As far as all the injured players, do you have any idea who will be able to play Saturday?
"It’s a bigger list than I’d like.  It seems in the last two or three days it has gotten bigger.  I think Jahri Evans is a guy we can expect to see. Courtney Roby with his left elbow should be fine.  We’re monitoring Tory Humphrey. With Tracy Porter, we’ll be smart.  I don’t know if I will play him in this week’s game, but he’s on schedule with no setbacks.  Leigh Torrence with his left hip is close.  Malcolm Jenkins is the same way.  Then you get to Ezra Butler, Ramon Humber, Ingram, Joique Bell, Tom Johnson, and Johnny Patrick- three of those guys that were injured in the game that won’t be ready for this game.  Jeff Charleston - we’ll see how his ankle is doing.  Alex Barron won’t be ready.  You’re at that point in camp where you’re hoping to get these things treated and we’ll get these guys back on the field.  For a number of these guys, it’s critical that they’re back out here.  We still have to be smart."

What is Tory Humphrey’s injury?
"Tory has a right knee injury, but it’s nothing serious.  He has some swelling and we iced it.  He probably wasn’t even out here any bit of the practice.  He’ll be questionable for the game."

What kind of progress have John Chiles and Jarred Fayson made?
"With both players, there’s a lot going on with the second nickel install.  Both of them had some setbacks.  I think you’ll see both players play in this game, especially in the second half.  I’ve been pleased with these newly acquired receivers.  The list of free agents is probably the strongest group we’ve had since we’ve been here.  I’m anxious to see how they do in the game.  We didn’t get to see them play a lot of snaps last week, but they’ll get enough snaps this week and we’ll get a better feel."

With how set the wide receiver group has been for a long time, how tough is it for one of these young receivers to make a leap into that group?
"Their job is to improve each day.  Their job is to make an impression. Their job is to help in the kicking game and if they can answer those questions, the first way to make the team is to contribute on special teams. But if they can do that then they’re pressing other players that can play that similar role.  We have depth at that position and yet there are a few of these guys like (Joe) Morgan, not just the return last week, but he’s done some things in practice.  We’ll just keep paying attention to what we see and keep evaluating the tape.  When you get closer to the first roster cut down and the second roster cut down, you have to look at the bigger picture as well as the short term."

Trumain McBride is a guy that has been working with the first team nickel defense.  Is he a guy that has been turning heads at practice?
"Number one, he’s experienced and he knows the system.  I think that has really helped him.  The guys that potentially get behind a little bit are generally because of the overwhelming amount of football.  We’re trying to slow down the process of our installation, but he’s handled it well and he’s experienced and he’ll get a chance to play a lot Saturday night."

Would you say that the reason that the list of injuries is longer than it has been in past training camps is due to the lockout?
"I would say this is pretty standard right about now.  The list just recently got to two pages, so I like it better when it’s just a page.  I don’t know that we can point to that though."

Was Will Herring one of the players you targeted early and what did you see in film?
"Yes. We saw a young player with durability and a player who was really good on special teams.  We felt he was a guy who could contribute more in a base defense."

 

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