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2010 Saints Training Camp Update: Day One

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jeffduncantp http://znl.me/PA3A9I #WhoDats lined up a full 1:45 before the #Saints' 1st training camp workout. Saw at least one Elvis WhoDat in line.

Official_Saints Who Dat Nation is in full force on first day of#Saints Training Camp. Hundreds showed up early - first fans gothttp://twitpic.com/2a09qg

Official_Saints #Saints players have made their way to the field with a standing ovation from the crowd!

jeffduncantp http://znl.me/PBFYVH #WhoDats out in force at the#Saints morning workout

jeffduncantp #Saints moving today's and tomorrow's p.m. Practices indoors because of the heat. Both will be closed to the public.

wwltvsports Extreme heat forecast for today could affect afternoon practice

Official_Saints http://twitpic.com/2a0xgj - @DrewBrees and company stretch to start 1st #Saints Training Camp practice

jeffduncantp #Saints backup QB Patrick Ramsey is wearing jersey No. 11 for those interested.

wwltvsports Good sign: colston and meachem going through individual drills.

jeffduncantp Jon Gruden is visiting Saints camp today as a guest of Coach Sean Payton

jeffduncantp Recently signed rookie CB Patrick Robinson just joined Saints practice. He's working in with the DBs during individual drills.

wwltvsports Jon Gruden is at the Saints facility today as a special guest of the team.

wwltvsports Patrick robinson just joined practice. He has made it after signing late last night.

Official_Saints Advisory: Due to severe heat warnings the PM practice today and the PM practice tomorrow indoors; both will be closed to the public.

wwltvsports 1st play of run drills: P Thomas runs right over fellow summer holdout R Harper. Crowd oohs and ahhs.

Official_Saints #Saints first round pick Patrick Robinson has arrived at practice and is participating

wwltvsports Troy Evans first shot at strong lb in team drills

wwltvsports Randall Gay makes nice play in front of Rod Harper, batting pass away on Patrick Ramsey throw. No oohs and ahhs

jeffduncantp No surprise here but Patrick Ramsey is taking the reps with the second-team offense.

wwltvsports Play of day: brees throws way high for lance moore, who climbs up and catches it only to be undercut by jenkins. Moore hangs on

jeffduncantp Spectacular catch by Lance Moore while being cartwheeled by a submarine tackle by Malcolm Jenkins just brought the crowd to its feet.

Official_Saints Catch of the Day:Brees fires one above Moore's head but the 5-9 WR leaps and makes catch while being undercut by Jenkins causing him to flip

Official_Saints Moore's acrobatic catch brought the #Saints fans to their feet!

Official_Saints First practice in the books. Thanks to the more than 2,000 #Saints fans who came out and beat the heat!

wwltvsports Payton movng practices: I can always tell (its too hot) when the gum starts melting in my pocket.

Official_Saints http://twitpic.com/2a1qi1 - #Saints head coach Sean Payton meets with the media post practice.

Official_Saints Quote of the day: Payton on when he knows it is too hot to practice outside "When the gum starts melting in your pocket."

Official_Saints http://twitpic.com/2a1vxl - @DrewBrees meets with the media post practice.

wwltvsports Payton reported no injuries, only PUP players named Thursday

jeffduncantp http://znl.me/P78DRG Drew Brees meets the hordes

Official_Saints #Saints rookie TE Jimmy Graham called fellow former Miami TE @JeremyShockey a "great mentor and someone who always has my back."

Official_Saints http://twitpic.com/2a2562 - Former @lsufballstandout Al Woods meets the media following his first NFL training camp practice.

wwltvsports Quote of Day: DC Gregg Williams on heat - "Too much of a breeze. It needs to be hotter." Heat index of 100 degrees as prax ended.

jeffduncantp The #Saints cut LS Clint Greshem to make room on the 80-man roster for rookie CB Patrick Robinson

 

Linkage

More observations from New Orleans Saints' first training camp practice - Times-Pic
Injury updates, depth chart updates and more

New Orleans Saints backup QB Patrick Ramsey on his first practice with the team - TImes-Pic
Quarterback Patrick Ramsey, who signed Wednesday with the Saints and is expected to provide an experienced backup to Drew Brees, was all business after his first practice. The veteran and one-time Tulane star said he was delighted to be back in New Orleans and he diplomatically sidestepped questions about whether he would have preferred another shot at a starting...

New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton expects tough training camp for 2010 - Times-Pic
Payton moves Friday and Saturday afternoon practices indoors

Receiver Lance Moore shines during New Orleans Saints' first training camp practice - Times-Pic
Moore catches five passes, including play of the day

New Orleans Saints rookie cornerback Patrick Robinson starts fast after late arrival - Times-Pic
First-round draft pick flies in, signs deal and suits up

Practice Observations: WR Moore has standout first practice - WWL Sports
WWL-TV.com's Bradley Handwerger puts fingers to keyboard following the Saints' opening practice of training camp. Here are his practice observations.

PHOTO: Patrick Robinson's first play in practice as a Saint - NewOrleans.com

Saints Top Pick Shows Up And Shows Skills - WWL 

 

 

Video

Jeff Duncan's New Orleans Saints Vlog (July 30, 2010)
Patrick Ramsey on his first day of Saints camp
Saints DB Jabari Greer on the new guys in camp

 

 

 

Sean Payton Press Conference Transcript

From NewOrleans.com

Opening Statement: "The guys that didn't practice today were (Marques) Colston, (Darren) Sharper, (Clint) Ingram, (Robert) Meachem and Matt Tennant who had an excused absence. Basically it was our first chance to put the pads on and get these guys carrying their gear. I thought it went pretty well. It was good to get them out there in something besides shorts and t shirts and into the full pads. We have a lot of work to do, but it was a good start."

You must be pleased that you didn't have to deal with a training camp first round pick holdout? "Yes, I think Khai Harley, Mickey (Loomis) and those guys did a great job.  I think in yesterday's conversation with Mickey he said to you guys that he couldn't recall the last time a first round pick was in here to start. Today that happened. Certainly it's a credit to Patrick's agents, our guys that did the contract and the player himself. It's good to have him here at the beginning and not have to play catch-up."

Is this the first time you've had virtually everyone in at the start and with a minimal number of injuries? "Yes, I can't recall exactly, but I can't recall the first round pick being here for the first a.m. practice. I think it would be a lot more common for a guy to miss the first couple of practices. I think it's the first time we've had that player sign, whether you're dating back to Reggie Bush, Sedrick Ellis, (Robert) Meachem, Malcolm Jenkins. He's (Robinson) a little bit further down in the round and a little bit easier to get done."

What precipitated the decision to move the practices indoors this afternoon in terms of heat? "When the gum starts melting in your pockets. Scottie (Patton) has an official meter. We pay attention to the weather forecast and the heat index, because a lot of it is what it feels like. I can always tell that when the gum melts it's going to be hot. We've dealt with it. I think more than anything else, we're trying to get the best work we can. In other words, we're not just trying to get in the heat to get through a practice. We're trying to get our best work in. We have a lot of good outdoor open practices ahead of us. Certainly from a fan's perspective it's difficult to do that because there are so many people planning on coming to see practice. Tomorrow's a.m. will be open. If it wasn't this hot, we'd be outside for both."

Did anybody have any trouble today with the heat? "No, we took four or five breaks. We try to do that and period it out. We use common sense as we get through practice and make sure to get these guys plenty of fluids."

Is this a different approach in that in some of your earlier years you didn't mind throwing them out in the heat consistently? "It's a different team, but still there are not any shortcuts to what we're doing now and it's going to be tough. This is going to be a tough camp, but certainly each one is different and I think as you go back to that one in '06, maybe there's other goals in mind your first year."

Is this one of the reasons you train here now? "To just have that balance of being able to go indoors and have the chance to get them out of the sun. The grass is where we prefer to be outside, but the changeup is that you can go in and get them out of the sun."

What did you and the team talk about last night in your first team meeting? "We talked about the makeup of this team and certainly the challenges we face. We talked about a lot of what it takes to win. If you really ask me, we talked about the specifics of the hard work, details, things that sometimes you might take for granted. Overall, I thought the meeting went well and I thought we had good focus."

Have the additional bleachers and the addition of fans ratcheted up the intensity?"We have such a great following. When you're able to hold your camp at your host city, it's great. It's certainly more accessible and more for the local fans. It's great to see them out there. We appreciate it. As hot as it is for us, it's hot for them to sit in those bleachers for two hours. You pull in this morning and you see a line of people that are here before you are. It's pretty impressive."

Does this sort of turn the page from last year? "Yes, I think it's a series of things. I've been asked that question a lot over the year. I think it happens over a period of time, but certainly we're focused on this upcoming season. Periodically there will be something that takes you back, but right now we're focused on this roster and what our goals are for this upcoming season. The White House visit is one that we go on in a week. Anytime you do that in the offseason, anytime you do it, you do it with the next year's roster. It's never the team that just won the Super Bowl. I think the focus is on where we're going, not where we've been."

Are there players that you might be signing to extensions right now if there was more certainty? "That's a pretty broad statement. I don't know if I could say that. I don't think that it's dramatically affected us. We have to pay attention to what might happen next year and going forward in terms of the system we're going to be under, but it didn't prevent us from signing Jahri Evans and we haven't gotten some other guys like Roman Harper and Pierre Thomas signed that we maybe would have liked to get signed. It cuts both ways."

Could Drew Brees actually improve on his 2009? "Certainly he feels he can an all of us do. That's one of the reasons he goes through the workout routine he does and training camp and the offseason. I think if you asked that question two years ago or three years ago, and you felt like there wasn't any room for improvement then you wouldn't have seen what you saw in '09. He's improved each year we've been here. His expectation for himself is higher than anyone else. That's a good thing."

What are some of the areas he can improve? "There are some things he can work on pertaining to helping in the run game, the various packages that we have in. There are some things from a mechanics standpoint that he'll look closely at. He feels like there were some throws a year ago, he'd like to have back. You talk about the little things and the little specifics and he's someone that will look closely and he's had a whole offseason to do that with cut-ups, really no different than a golfer would on a certain portion of his game. I don't think at the positions do you ever finally say "we're here" and let's just maintain. I think that's the case with his position and that's the case with all of us in this game."

What did you think about the performance of Jimmy Graham? "He's a bright young guy with good range. He can run. He had a good first semester with us when you look at his rookie camp and minicamp. We're excited about his skills and we just have to keep developing him."

What have you seen from Al Woods so far? "He's a big guy. He's a guy that is in good shape for his size. We thought without the pads, which is hard to evaluate, especially at defensive tackle, he transitioned well into our defense. There's a few guys that the pads will help define. He'll be one of them." 

Is this looking to be a better year for Lance Moore because he isn't as banged up as last year? "He's someone that's reliable, knows what to do all the time, always seems to be in the right spot. Certainly someone like him is an asset to our offense."