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Saints Training Camp: Day Twelve Recap

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Good evening, ladies and germs, it is your ole pal HansDat, pinch-hitting for the talented and devoted (but busy) Jon Banks (Fun fact - Jon Banks is a LB for the Buffalo Bills - click on his name and you'll see). I promise, no butt jokes tonight. And here's hoping I don't pop out to second.

Tonight's practice has ended, and since that absolute GENIUS, Sir Dave was kind enough to post that cool Tweeter Window of Saints practice tweets (just scroll down or click on that hyperlink to see them), I'm going to skip all that balderdash below and just send you on to the links, transcripts, and videos du jour, or au jus, or whatever, that I found for you. 

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Following a two and a half hour practice, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton met with the media. He discussed the addition of free agent tackle Jordan Black as well as other matters.  (

Opening Statement: Real quick, let me go through a couple of transactions. We signed Jordan Black, number 79, and today we waived Danny Clark. The following players are still on failed physical list: Chris Ivory, Tracy Porter, Greg Romeus. Guys that did not practice today: Ezra Butler with a hamstring, Marques Colston knee, Jarred Fayson ankle, Adrian Arrington ankle, Ramon Humber right quad, Stinchcomb knee, Roger Allen knee, Alex Barron knee. We installed two minute.

Can you talk about the signing of Black? One of the things that we are looking for, especially this early in camp, is depth at that offensive line position. We are trying to rest certain guys. We are giving Stinchcomb a couple of days here. It allows us the numbers we need.

Have you made any decisions yet on who will and will not play on Friday night? No, not yet. We will meet tonight on a lot of that.

What have you seen in Zach Strief? He's been dependable. He has played left tackle for us in games. He's played right tackle for us. He is a guy that does a lot for us, not just at the left tackle position but playing in the tight end personnel groups, the heavy groups also, and some special teams. He is versatile and we think he's got a chance to compete at right tackle for a position.

Can you talk about DeAndre McDaniel? He is getting work. Like with a lot of these young guys, there is a lot going on. He is having to pick it up. These snaps that he gets, especially on special teams, in the preseason will be important for him.

What do you think of the fullbacks behind Korey Hall? I think Jed is doing a real good job. He and Korey both are competing. They are both physical and know what to do. Hurt is still working on picking up all the nuances of playing offense and the new playbook. I would say that Korey and Jed have a pretty good battle going on there.

Is Colston's knee alright? Yeah. We just backed off. He and Stinchcomb both. Some of these guys that have had off-season surgeries, we are trying to be smart with. The swelling has gone down and we are being cautious with a month still to go.



Saints: Eleven miss practice Wednesday | New Orleans
Eleven players sat out Wednesday’s training camp practice, including three players who remain on the failed physical list and two starters who are "resting" their injuries.

Saints receiver Colston looking for cause of knee irritation, not worried | New Orleans
Bradley Handwerger - Marques Colston missed practice for the fifth consecutive session to "rest" his right knee, telling reporters Wednesday that they still haven’t found the cause of the irritation.

New Orleans Saints WR Marques Colston says he'd play if it were regular season |
James Varney - He's still nursing that sore knee.

New Orleans Saints waive LB Danny Clark |
James Varney - The Saints have waived linebacker Danny Clark and signed tackle Jordan Black to take his spot on the 90-man roster, the club confirmed Wednesday.

Saints release LB Danny Clark, sign veteran OL Jordan Black
The New Orleans Saints waived linebacker Danny Clark and signed free agent offensive tackle Jordan Black, the team confirmed Wednesday.

Saints Add T Jordan Black |
Official Release - Offensive lineman has started 40 career games.

New Orleans Saints new OT Jordan Black psyched to be a Saint |
James Varney - The Saints newest member, offensive tackle Jordan Black, said Wednesday he was excited to have perhaps the first realistic shot in his professional career at playing in a Super Bowl.

Condensed offseason comes into focus all too soon for New Orleans Saints |
James Varney - Rookies, newly signed free agents get less time to study up.

Linebacker position suddenly crowded for New Orleans Saints |
Nakia Hogan - Saints news and notes.

New Orleans Saints to spend an extra week of training camp in Oxnard, Calif. |
Mike Triplett - Breaking up the camp rut will be good, players say.

Payton: Preseason plan doesn't change - NFC South Blog | ESPN
Pat Y. -- There's been speculation that missed offseason workouts and new rules on how much players can practice during training camp might change the complexion of preseason games.

Around the NFC South - NFC South Blog |
Pat Y. I’m at Louis Armstrong International Airport, waiting for a flight home to Tampa. I’ll be out visiting the Bucs, who I’ve already seen a few times, next week. I’ll have our Camp Confidential segment on the Saints on Friday and our NFC South chat also will resume Friday at 1 p.m. ET. The Camp Confidential segment on the Bucs will run next week. 

Gov. Jindal, Saints Kickoff 2012 Season By Marking Completion of Superdome Upgrades |
Melissa Sellers - Governor Bobby Jindal was joined by SMG Senior Vice President Doug Thornton, Chairman of the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District Ron Foreman, state and local leaders, and officials with the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District to mark the completion of $85 million in upgrades to the Superdome funded by the state as part of the lease agreement keeping the Saints in New Orleans through 2025.

Renovated Superdome Is "new stadium" At Fraction Of Cost - WWL | AM870 | FM105.3
Chris Miller - In just two days, New Orleans Saints season ticket holders get their first look at the new Superdome.  Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and Superdome executives and commission members take a tour today to "officially" reopen the stadium.

New Orleans Saints and NFL Celebrate USA Football Month Throughout August |
USA Football - Saints full-fledged participants in the program.


V-Roll Roll Call

NFL Video: A cool Brees |
Former Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees isn't too worried about the lockout's effect on the Saints, as he discusses the team's roster additions and provides a 2011 season outlook.