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Saints Camp Day 8: Porter returns to practice and then returns INT to endzone

Tracy Porter got over the back spasms that had been bothering him and returned to practice today. He then did to Drew Brees what he did to Peyton Manning on February 7th - jump in front of a pass and take it back to the house. Said Porter afterwards:

"Drew's a great quarterback. It's always tough trying to pick him off. So you just hope that once you get him, you can keep it rolling,"

In other news, the Saints bring in WR Mark Bradley, Rickey Jackson gets ready for a big day tomorrow, and our tight ends catch passes from inside a porta potty. Weird drill, huh? See picture to the left. It actually kinda makes sense. Link City after the jump.


Sean Payton Friday Transcript

Cornerback Tracy Porter returns to New Orleans Saints practice in style |
He intercepts quarterback Drew Brees during team drills

Practice Observations: Porter comes up with big interception in team drill | | Eye on Black and Gold
WWL-TV's Bradley Handwerger was at Friday morning's Saints practice. Here's the practice report he filed.

Friday Morning Practice Report

New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton says Saturday's scrimmage will be 'full-go up' |
Scrimmage will be open to the public at 11 a.m., weather-permitting

New Orleans Saints notes from training camp |
Daily breakdown of Saints training camp | Saints | Practice includes officials, 2-minute drills — Baton Rouge, LA
Coach Sean Payton said the officiating crew will work both practices today and the Black and Gold practice Saturday. The Saints usually bring in an officiating crew about this time in camp to help get the players re-acclimated to game conditions.

WR Mark Bradley hopes to make Saints anyway he can | New Orleans News, Local News, Breaking News, Weather | | Eye on Black and Gold
Mark Bradley took off at the snap of the ball Friday morning, running a short route during individual passing drills. Everything was excellent until the next moment when Bradley dropped his first pass of training camp.

New Orleans Saints add depth with free agent receiver Mark Bradley |
Team says the move had nothing to do with concerns about current receivers

New Orleans Saints agree to terms with WR Bradley, release WR Simon

New Orleans Saints tight end David Thomas fills whatever role the offense asks of him |
The team is asking him to be versatile

Defensive end Junior Galette is thrilled to be getting a chance to play with the New Orleans Saints |
News and notes from Saints camp

Hornets' Williams meets Brees, takes in Saints camp | New Orleans News, Local News, Breaking News, Weather | | Eye on Black and Gold
Monty Williams stood and watched as Rod Harper caught pass after pass in front of the JUGS machine following the Saints’ first practice Friday.

New Orleans Hornets Coach Monty Williams, President Hugh Weber visit New Orleans Saints training camp |
Williams said he likes 'to be around excellence'

Backup role at home good fit for Saints' Ramsey


New Orleans Hall of Famer Rickey Jackson has something added to his San Francisco 49ers Super Bowl ring |
CANTON, OHIO - About two weeks after getting the ring he won as a member of the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XXIX, linebacker Rickey Jackson gave the ring to Metairie restaurateur Joe Impastato. Impastato has worn it since. But Jackson was wearing it Friday here as he met the news media at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

New Orleans Saints video: Rickey Jackson will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame |
Jimmy Smith and Peter Finney of The Times-Picayune discuss the induction of New Orleans Saints' linebacker RIckey Jackson into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and Finney's selection a the Dick McCann Award Winner.

Pahokee's Rickey Jackson is going to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but his heart never really leaves

Rickey Jackson to Canton, Part Four: Life, Peace & Faith After Football

ABC26 Video: Rickey Jackson in Canton ready for big day

New Orleans Saints linebacker Rickey Jackson will be fourth Hall of Fame enshrinee on Saturday |
Jackson will be fourth, following Dick LeBeau, John Randall and Russ Grimm.

It's the Jerry Rice and Emmitt Smith show so far at Pro Football Hall of Fame |
New Orleans' Ricky Jackson somewhat overshadowed at festivities.


Saints D-coordinator promises to light Favre up. Again. - Shutdown Corner - NFL  - Yahoo! Sports
Saints defensive coordinator, Gregg Williams, is laying down the gauntlet again, telling USA Today "we have to send messages to every offense about how physical it's going to be when they play us ... Those messages are out there, starting with No. 4."

Vikings still seething from Saints' 'dirty' hits on Favre - NFL - Football
It's still fresh in the Vikings' minds: the Saints' punishing hits on Brett Favre in the NFC Championship Game. Some Vikings players believe New Orleans was out to hurt their QB, Clark Judge says.

IMAGE: Taking a look at Brett Favre's various injuries on Sports Pickle


All Eyes on Saints: Why they can repeat
Like every other reigning Super Bowl champion before them, the New Orleans Saints will now get to see how the other half lives and what it’s like to spend the entire regular season with a huge target on their chest.

Indianapolis Colts' history shows team should avoid hangover from Super Bowl - Don Banks -
ANDERSON, Ind. -- It's no doubt a distinction he would gladly decline on their behalf if he could, but the label that Jim Caldwell's defending AFC champion Colts must content themselves with as the 2010 season looms is this: They're as uniquely equipped as any Super Bowl loser in recent memory to avoid the dreaded hangover effect that plagues so many teams winding up on the wrong end of the big confetti shower.

New NFL rules designed to limit head injuries
NFL referees will take on more responsibility this season to protect players from helmet-first hits to their heads and necks.

Peter Finney will be given sports writers' highest award at Pro Football Hall of Fame |
The award will be part of the Hall of Fame ceremony this weekend in Canton, Ohio


Saints linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar on camp and improvement