There was but one evening practice today, and one big signing (Jeff Charleston).
Schedule update: Tomorrow will feature another afternoon practice followed by a player's day off on Monday.
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UPDATE [11:47 pm EST]: Now includes Jeff Charleston and Marques Colston videos.
New Orleans Saints fans line up for Saturday's practice | NOLA.com
Kevin Spain - Photo of fans willing to bear the heat and wait in line to see the Saints work out.
New Orleans Saints re-sign defensive end Jeff Charleston | NOLA.com
Mike Triplett - Backup end had three sacks and two forced fumbles last season.
Saints Agree to Terms with Veteran DE Jeff Charleston | neworleanssaints.com
Staff Report - DE has been a key part of the Saints defensive line rotation for the past three years.
Saints sign DE Charleston; WR Arrington misses practice | wwltv.com New Orleans
Bradley Handwerger - The Saints signed defensive end Jeff Charleston on Saturday, cutting end Curtis Johnson to make room on the roster for the veteran defensive end.
New Orleans Saints receiver Marques Colston rests knee again | NOLA.com
Mike Triplett - Colston said he expects to practice Sunday.
New Orleans Saints running back Chris Ivory frustrated by injuries | NOLA.com
John Reid (fresh meat on the Saints beat?) - Chris Ivory will need three weeks to recover from surgery.
wwltvsports WWL-TV Sports 97 is back on the field. Jeff Charleston it appears is back.
kspainTP Kevin Spain Scrimmage was short ... they went to stretching now position groups
kspainTP Kevin Spain Line on line, rec on db, te on lb drills ... getting heated on lb side
kspainTP Kevin Spain Special teams / Morstead working on corner kicks
kspainTP Kevin Spain Crowd cheers as brees hits goalpost on pass attempt to meachem. Looks like brees is aiming 4 post he threw same pass next play
kspainTP Kevin Spain Sproles just busts up middle 4 long run. He's got some next gear
LHolderCBS Larry Holder RB Chris Ivory on his latest ailment: "Same old, same old, man. You just take it day by day. It will probably be a couple of weeks."
LHolderCBS Larry Holder Ivory on crowded backfield:"Don't have much to say about it. When my time comes I'll get back out there & show everybody what I've got still
LHolderCBS Larry Holder When Chris Ivory was asked if his surgically repaired foot is "fine," Ivory said, "Yeah." I'm not so sure I'm buying that.
LHolderCBS Larry Holder Colston on knee: "It's going to be a day in, day out thing. It's really not a major issue....If this was Week 1, this would be a non-issue."
wwltvsports WWL-TV Sports Out today: FAILED PHYSICAL - CB T Porter (lt knee), RB Chris Ivory (lt foot, sports hernia), DE G Romeus (rt knee)
wwltvsports WWL-TV Sports Out today: INJURY - DT M King (chest), WR A Arrington (ankle), WR J Fayson (lt ankle), LB E Butler (lt hamstrting), WR M Colston (rt knee)
wwltvsports WWL-TV Sports Out today: INJURY - CB F Washington (hamstring).
wwltvsports WWL-TV Sports LIMITED - OT C Brown (hamstring).
New Orleans Saints Head Coach Sean Payton Media Availability Transcript, 8/6/11
"We signed DE Jeff Charleston and waived DE Curtis Johnson. The following players still remain on the failed physical list: RB Chris Ivory, CB Tracy Porter, and DE Greg Romeus. We passed T Charles Brownand gave him some limited work with his hamstring. The players that didn't practice were LB Ezra Butler with a hamstring injury, WR Marques Colston with a knee injury, WR Jerrod Fayson with an ankle injury, WR Adrian Arrington with an ankle injury, CB Fabian Washington had a hamstring tighten up at the end of practice, and T Mitch King (who) was out of practice with a chest injury. Being outside for the first time as a full team, we fought through it but you have to get used to these conditions a little bit better."
How is CB Patrick Robinson handling the cornerback position with Tracy Porter being out with a knee injury?
"I think he's handling it well. It's night and day from where he was a year ago with this system, and he's getting better with his balance. He's breaking on the ball really well and he's running really well."
Can you talk about DE Jeff Charleston coming back?
"Jeff was someone that we've felt has improved over the last two years. He played really well for us in the Super Bowl and last year was one of his better seasons. I like the progress he's made and we're excited to have him back."
Can you talk about what goes into a decision for a veteran player to decide what team he's going to play for?
"I think there's a lot that goes into a decision with a veteran player. Each one might look at some specific things. Sometimes it's the team or maybe it's the system, and I think a lot of players are looking for opportunities to win later in their careers."
How does the team look at this point in training camp?
"We feel we're competitive. We have a lot of work to do in this camp. From a roster standpoint, we're healthier than we've been in a long time. I think we handled the offseason and all the distractions pretty well. We're excited about the season and we realize we're only sitting here in August but we're excited about this upcoming schedule and getting ready to play."
Can you talk about the production of Darren Sproles since he's been here?
"He's picked things up quick. The first thing you realize about Darren is that he's a quick study. From a terminology standpoint there have been changes but it doesn't look like that's slowed him down any. He's quick with good acceleration and each day you can see that. He does a lot of things well in the throwing game and in the passing game and he's versatile. Those are all really good attributes and they're what we were hoping for."
Can you talk about getting C Olin Kreutz?
"Olin filled a role for us. He's a veteran center. We felt like it was going to help our team, our offensive line, and certainly Matt Tennant as well. With his experience, he's a guy that's had a great career and I think he has a lot of gas left in the tank. He's someone that plays tough, is very smart, and very durable."
How important was it to you to keep the depth at the wide receiver position?
"Sometimes we take it for granted and it's difficult to keep all of those guys, but Mickey Loomis has done a great job with that. It's an unselfish group and they recognize that there's going to be games where their number is called more based on the coverage and based on the looks they're getting. They understand their quarterback is going to work hard to get them the ball. Those guys work hard and they're healthy right now. Marques Colston is backing off his reps right now, but I think he'll practice tomorrow. It's something you don't take for granted though and that continuity helps."
V-Roll Roll Call
Patrick Robinson has made a lot of improvement so far for the New Orleans Saints: New Orleans Saints cornerback Patrick Robinson is getting a lot of snaps with the injury to Tracy Porter. After Saturday's practice, Coach Sean Payton and Robinson talked about his camp so far. (nola.com)
Camp Report: The battle at receiver; heat affecting practice - WWLTV Sports Reporter Juan Kincaid and WWLTV.com Sports Reporter Bradley Handwerger talk about the heat's affect on practice, the battle at wide receiver and the arrival of Jeff Charleston.
New Orleans Saints receivers and linebackers are experienced, solid: Mike Triplett and John DeShazier with a post-practice report. (nola.com)
New Orleans Saints center Olin Kreutz says the team is ready to win: New Orleans Saints center Olin Kreutz talks about how good the team is and how that made him want to play here. (nola.com)
New Orleans Saints are working vets in with the young guys: Jeff Duncan 4-minute drill: Times-Picayune columnist Jeff Duncan breaks down the news of the day from New Orleans Saints camp and lends his observations from Friday night's indoor workout. (nola.com)
Lance Moore says New Orleans Saints receivers are a close group: New Orleans Saints receiver Lance Moore says he didn't leave to go to another team because of the comraderie with the group of receivers here. (nola.com)
Defensive end Jeff Charleston talks about being resigned by the Saints on Saturday, August 6, 2011. (nola.com)
Saints wide receiver Marques Colston updates the progress on his injured knee following practice on Saturday, August 6, 2011. (nola.com)