Saints Training Camp: Day Eight 'First Takes'

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.

Make the jump to get your tweets, transcripts, initial reports, and videos...

UPDATE [11:47 pm EST]: Now includes Jeff Charleston and Marques Colston videos.

First Takes

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.

 

Twitter

kspainTP Kevin Spain OK, we're headed out to the #saints practice field. Tons of #whodatshere 2day. You think they forgot no scrimmage?

kspainTP Kevin Spain #saints start off with special team drills. They're putting lot of work on that so far

wwltvsports WWL-TV Sports 97 is back on the field. Jeff Charleston it appears is back.

Official_Saints New Orleans Saints Awesome crowd out for today's practice! http://twitpic.com/621x4r

kspainTP Kevin Spain Scrimmage was short ... they went to stretching now position groups

kspainTP Kevin Spain Gregg Williams welcomes Charleston bak to #saints with an insane number of ups and downs

kspainTP Kevin Spain Word is Charleston did 40 ups and downs in 52 seconds .. sez @garlangillen from wwl

kspainTP Kevin Spain Line on line, rec on db, te on lb drills ... getting heated on lb side

Official_Saints New Orleans Saints Shaun Rogers (@QBComa92) in D-Line drills...http://twitpic.com/622ddj

miketripletttp Mike Triplett In positive injury news, #Saints OT Charles Brown is making his 2011 practice debut.

Official_Saints New Orleans Saints Brees & Moore doing their team stretch handshake....http://twitpic.com/622fdj

LHolderCBS Larry Holder T Zach Strief is practicing with the 1s at RT while Stinchcomb is running with the 2s. May be nothing, but worth noting.

kspainTP Kevin Spain #saints break into special team drills ... sproles bak to catch punts.

kspainTP Kevin Spain Lance moored also returning punts 4 #saints

hakimdropsball Held Over Can @j_bushrod7475 interest you in a bedroom set, #Saints fans?hakimdropstheball.blogspot.com/2011/08/bad-cr... #trytheveal

kspainTP Kevin Spain Special teams / Morstead working on corner kicks

kspainTP Kevin Spain Female official working #saints practice ... word is she does college games during season

kspainTP Kevin Spain Pat rob downs ball on 1 on final play of this punt drill. #saints

Official_Saints New Orleans Saints Sproles in punt return drills... http://twitpic.com/622t32

kspainTP Kevin Spain #saints going into team drills ... villa shanle & clark start at lb this time

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

miketripletttp Mike Triplett Drew Brees spreading the wealth to WRs Meachem, Moore and Henderson during team drills. His favorite receiver? The open one.

kspainTP Kevin Spain Sproles just busts up middle 4 long run. He's got some next gear

kspainTP Kevin Spain #saints bak in team drills ... vilma shanle herring at lb to start

Official_Saints New Orleans Saints LB drills http://twitpic.com/6239nb

wwltvsports WWL-TV Sports Garrett Hartley was 7 of 8 today, missing from 38 yards. He's 21 of 24 the past 3 days.

miketripletttp Mike Triplett New #Saints RB Darren Sproles having a nice practice. Just beat DE Will Smith around corner to exploit mismatch on pass play.

miketripletttp Mike Triplett WR Lance Moore having an even better practice. Just went up for nice catch down the field in the middle of traffic.

miketripletttp Mike Triplett Now Meachem with a great catch. Defense wont walk off the field happy after this session.
kspainTP Kevin Spain Chase daniel to sproles 4td. Fans loving sproles 2day

Official_Saints New Orleans Saints That's a wrap for today's practice. Thanks to the 3,000 plus fans that came out today! #BestFans

Official_Saints New Orleans Saints Brees is getting some extra work in on the practice field with his son Baylen http://twitpic.com/623wco

GregRomeus91 Greg Romeus #whodatnation got the best fans

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 RB Chris Ivory said he can't rehab both his injured foot and abdomen at the same time. "The foot has gotten be... (cont)http://deck.ly/~IahaT

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."

kspainTP Kevin Spain today's crowd at #saints practice by far the largest of camp. they sure like darren sproles ...

LHolderCBS Larry Holder Payton said CB Patrick Robinson is "night and day" better than a year ago. Robinson has taken all 1st-team defensive snaps w: Porter hurt.

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).

camjordan94 cameron jordan So humid love this #whodat #grind http://www.tout.com/u5aorc

j_bushrod7475 Jermon Bushrod #purecomedy right here lol "@hakimdropsball: Can @j_bushrod7475 interest you in a bedroom set, #Saints fans?hakimdropstheball.blogspot.com/2011/08/bad-cr... #trytheveal

JohnnyPatrick32 Johnny Patrick Ok on our break coming up tomorrow I'm goon to see the rise of the planet of the apes heard it was good, I'm a movie person.. Who all down

Official_Saints New Orleans Saints Coach Baylen Brees calling a play for @DrewBrees & @LanceMoore16 twitpic.com/624qfe

MalcolmJenkins Malcolm Jenkins I think a nice episode of the office might help me end this day on a good note....#threatlevelmidnight

 

Transcript

New Orleans Saints Head Coach Sean Payton Media Availability Transcript, 8/6/11

via Saints official team site

Opening Statement
"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)


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