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"I think I have been (tense) at times," Henderson admitted. "At times, you know, you put a little...

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"I think I have been (tense) at times," Henderson admitted. "At times, you know, you put a little more pressure on yourself than you need to. I think I did that often. Now I know what to do. I know the offense and everything, so it’s just a matter of going out there and doing the right things. "I’m just trying to be more relaxed, especially in my route-running and stuff like that," he said. "I have to learn to be patient and not rush into things. I’ve been rushing through routes, and you really have more time than you think."

Devery Henderson The Advocate

"If you said at the beginning of the week or the start of this that there was going to be one...

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"If you said at the beginning of the week or the start of this that there was going to be one little skirmish, I think both coaches would've said that was fine," Payton said. "What you don't want is for it to become something really that is a detriment to the practice."

Coach Payton WWLTV.com

"Just one of those freak things that happened," Thomas said. "I went to throw somebody and they...

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"Just one of those freak things that happened," Thomas said. "I went to throw somebody and they grabbed the back of my arm and I heard a tear."

Hollis Thomas WWLTV.com

"It’s tough news to hear," said defensive tackle Brian Young. "These things happen, though, and w...

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"It’s tough news to hear," said defensive tackle Brian Young. "These things happen, though, and while it’s always hard to see a teammate and someone as likeable as Hollis get hurt, we know that we have the talent to keep going. We have some really good depth at the position and a good mix of older players and younger players and I think that we’ll be okay."

Brian Young New Orleans Saints official website

"Yes, he was held out for no reason other than we’re just on a one-a-day with him and we will be u...

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"Yes, he was held out for no reason other than we’re just on a one-a-day with him and we will be until we start the season. He’ll go this afternoon. No injury, just age."

Coach Payton on David Patten New Orleans Saints official website It can't be good news when your number two receiver is too old to practice. We could be in trouble. In related news, Patten used the free time to cash his Social Security check.

"Sean has shown that he would (keep two)," McMahon said coyly. "But these guys control their own...

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"Sean has shown that he would (keep two)," McMahon said coyly. "But these guys control their own destiny. We’re going to kick them all through the preseason, and it’s going to be a competition. When it’s all said and done and you’re ready to cut to 53, you just do what’s best for the team. "It’s too early to say if we’ll go with two or the one," he added. "That will take care of itself. There’s really nothing you can do other than to get them out there and see how they respond. Then, we’ll just make the decision."

Greg McMahon, special teams coach The Advocate

"It's competition everywhere, " Harper said. "I try not to look at it that much. I've been involved...

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"It's competition everywhere, " Harper said. "I try not to look at it that much. I've been involved in competition my whole life. Competing is what we do, it's a part of our job description, and every day you've got to come out and compete or you won't be out there anyway. So if you're not trying to go out there and go hard and prove yourself every day, what are you out there for? I think it's good for us, that it's healthy for the defense that everybody is going out there competing. It makes everybody practice hard, makes everybody play hard and makes us better. And it also makes the offense better." "They still get on me every day, " he said. "They're coaching me up every day, coaching me hard, and I'm just trying to go out there and do (the best he can do) and make plays when it's my turn to make them and everything that comes my way. I'm just trying to do my job. "If I can continue to do that, I think I'll have a little bit of success. I just want to do my part and help this team win and get us back to the playoffs, which I have not had an opportunity to play in yet."

Roman Harper Times-Pic

"These guys aren't just auditioning for a job with us, " Payton said. "They're auditioning for...

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"These guys aren't just auditioning for a job with us, " Payton said. "They're auditioning for every team in the league. Everything is put on tape. We spend hours watching other teams' preseason games because the tight end, the fullback, the linebacker is not only competing with the group he's with, he's competing with the other players in the league at that position. So when a team works with another team, the personnel department of the other team will spend a ton of time looking at the Saints, as we will spend time looking at the Texans. That's pretty common. "We're not even halfway (through with the preseason). We have a lot of work to do. There are not a lot of jobs etched in stone. These guys are competing for one of 53 jobs that are difficult to make. This becomes difficult. It's serious for every one of these guys. On a given play, a given rep, a given series, anything can happen. Our job as coaches is to give them . . . the best plan to allow them to play their best."

Sean Payton Times-Pic

"You know, Mike McKenzie and Kenny Chesney are from the opposite ends of the earth, and yet here...

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"You know, Mike McKenzie and Kenny Chesney are from the opposite ends of the earth, and yet here they are that one afternoon and Kenny notices Mike’s wearing the same clothes he’s been in all day from his rehab … and I’d love to see this — but Chesney’s undressing McKenzie,"

Sean Payton Blog of New Orleans

"Being versatile is definitely something I can pride myself on and it's something I can...

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"Being versatile is definitely something I can pride myself on and it's something I can contribute," Copper said. "If it's not at receiver, I'm going to contribute on special teams. If it's not at special teams, it will be at receiver." "I'm having a pretty good camp, but you can't worry about what the coaches are thinking every second or you'll go crazy," Copper said. "You just have to go out there and continue to do what you can do and practice hard. You have to practice the only way you know how."

Terrance Copper Sun Herald
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