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Fleur-de-Links: August 2, 2012



Special thanks to all of the for your well wishes. Excited to use this time as an OPPORTUNITY and not an obstacle.

Throwback Thursday for real lol

These are my shoes on the scale after practice. 2.5 pounds! That's a lot of sweat. Welcome to S. Louisiana in August

The Saints have re-signed CB Cord Parks & waived/injured WR Chris Givens

BBQ sauce is really good with chicken nuggets. My daughter loves it more than that McDonalds stuff.

Question of the day- brought to U by the brilliance that is said in the cold tubs after practice: ?Can you hear silence? #Answers#

Good to have former Pro Bowl returner Michael "Beer Man" Lewis helping the young guys at practice

The camp blues lol RT : Have u ever been too tired to go to sleep? I think I'm experiencing that right now lol

Another hot one out there today, but we're workin...gotta stay hungry

How can you hate on someone that you never even seen or talked to yet..

Don't get it confused football was always my dream.. Everything else just came along with it..

Today was a good practice, can't wait till sun I am looking forward to a new opponent lol

Man its steamin outside

Kickass band name alert! RT : Shockey groin fiasco

FYI to fans coming to watch us in Foxborough RT practice: Tues. (Aug. 7) 1:30-4 joint w/Saints, Wed. 10 am (Aug 8) w/Saints

Really enjoyed challenge for best spike during routes on air. Practice is more enjoyable when it's fun to work hard!

LB speaking with the media

Jabari Greer to have surgery on his groin. He is fully expected to be recovered & ready for the regular season.

says the fan signs help motivate him during camp

Photos from today's practice

Cool pic from Rita Benson LeBlanc who is currently in London!

Mr. at today's practice

Thanks to all of the fans that came out to practice today. Today's attendance was 1,856. We appreciate your support!

Ok heres little secret!Melt butter in micrawave pour into Bayou87 wait till seasoned meat is done.Dip meat in bayou87 put back on grill!!

Leave all the meat on grill close grill for 15 minutes with onions between the bbq meat squirt lemon over bbq meat close grill!Send me pic

Saints running game looks strong early @ Thursday practice

Spags is intense as a dc should be but he's calm & encouraging to players

. is on the cover of this month's magazine. Here is cool pic from the issue

. talks about his post-TD dunks via



Post-Practice Player Quotes From Thursday
Thursday, August 2, 2012

Joe Vitt: "The Teaching Aspect of it is Critical"
August 2 transcript

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Nick Toon injured in practice; severity unknown
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Nick Toon injured in practice; severity unknown.

New Orleans Saints DT Akiem Hicks ready to go with hand injury healed | New Orleans
New Orleans Saints rookie defensive tackle Akiem Hicks is expected to practice in full pads on Friday for the first time after breaking his hand during organized team activities this summer.

Akiem Hicks ready for action - NFC South Blog - ESPN
Defensive tackle Akiem Hicks said Thursday he expects to take part in Friday’s padded practice. Hicks had been sidelined by a hand injury, but it sounds like he’s about to get thrown right into the mix. Hicks said he’s been told he’ll play in Sunday’s Hall of Fame Game against the Arizona Cardinals.

Saints Camp Is Awesome Sight to Behold

New Orleans Saints receivers soaking up instructions from new coach Henry Ellard | New Orleans
Henry Ellard isn’t loud. There’s rarely ever any shouting instructions or thunderous motivational calls for New Orleans Saints receivers.

Nick Toon, son of former NY Jets receiver Al Toon, tries to follow father's legacy at New Orleans Saints training camp - NY Daily News
Nick Toon's last name means he has been lugging around a load of expectations since the time that he stepped onto a football field. They increased when he switched from running back to wide receiver in high school.

Grubbs hungry to fit in with Saints offense | New Orleans Saints | The Sun Herald
METAIRIE -- When Ben Grubbs ventured into free agency, all signs pointed to New Orleans.

New Orleans Saints tailback Mark Ingram looking strong, healthy - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
"I'm feeling good," Ingram said. "Just monitoring it, seeing how it reacts every day. I feel good. I feel strong and fast out there. And we'll just keep an eye on it."

New Orleans Saints quote of the day for Thursday: Vitt on Brees, Canton - New Orleans Saints Football NFL News -
"I'm on the back-nine of my career right now and I can see the clubhouse, and at 57 I'm not buying a lot of bananas. He's got a lot of playing time ahead of him. He has a lot of completions and a lot of touchdowns yet to throw. It'll be special and it will be emotional."

Morgan Excited to Return Home
"My expectation is to go out and be consistent," said Morgan. "I want to do things the right way. I want to try to go off of what I did last year and go above and beyond."

Behind the Facemask: Cameron Jordan is giving fans an opportunity to submit their questions for their favorite players. Throughout training camp, the Saints will announce a selected player via the team’s Twitter account (@Saints) and fans will be able to reply with questions.



Saints CB Greer Out After Sports Hernia Surgery
Johnny Patrick, Marquis Johnson and Elbert Mack are veterans at corner battling for roster spots along with fifth round pick Corey White. Patrick, the second year player out of Louisville, was the favorite to take the third corner spot and will now have the chance to develop while working with the first team defense throughout camp.

New Orleans Saints CB Jabari Greer having sports hernia surgery | New Orleans
New Orleans Saints still without cornerback Patrick Robinson and receiver Nick Toon left early with a food injury.

Jabari Greer has sports hernia procedure | ProFootballTalk
Vitt said that Greer is expected back at practice the week before the final preseason game against the Texans. That doesn’t leave him much time to shake off any rust before the start of the regular season, but Vitt said he isn’t worried about that.



Brees: It's like Sean Payton's in 'solitary confinement' -
"It's gonna be a heck of a journey," Brees said. "I look at this season as being maybe one of the more exciting seasons for us because of the opportunity that we have. So much swirling around us. The speculation, 'What are you gonna do without this guy, that guy?'

Brees’ call for dialogue and understanding puts Goodell on the spot | Shutdown Corner - Yahoo! Sports
The turnabout is intelligent in that Brees' voice is no longer angry and unreasonable. By throwing the burden of reason back on Goodell and the league, he has challenged Goodell to stop with the backroom politics and implied violations against league policy, and turn things around. Just as Goodell has an obligation to maintain order for the good of the league, he also has a responsibility to do so in ways that don't bring the integrity of his processes into question.

New Orleans Saints DE Will Smith says commissioner made a mistake with suspensions | New Orleans
"Obviously I don’t think it’s fair," Smith said. "Obviously I think the commissioner made a mistake. All the reports that went out there, a lot of people would agree with that. Ultimately, he made the call and it’s in the court system. We’ll see what happens. If I’ve got to serve the four games, I’ll serve the four games. When I come back, I’ll be 100 percent ready to go and lead my team."



New Canton Enshrinee Willie Roaf Was Protector of the Blind Side
Class of 2012 enshrinee Willie Roaf was a highly touted tackle coming out of Louisiana Tech in the early 1990s. The New Orleans Saints desperately wanted him, so much so that they orchestrated a draft day deal that included parting ways with popular linebacker Pat Swilling.



Which teams could ruin Green Bay’s quest for perfection? | Audibles
• New Orleans Saints (Home, Sept. 30): If this is anything like last year’s NFL season kickoff, it should be a blast. The Packers won that game, 42-34, and they’ll again welcome the high-powered Saints to Lambeau. We know Drew Brees and Co., can score points with the best of them, so which defense will make the big play?

The Greatest Moments in Saints History- No. 3
3. The 2006 Offseason

SaintsWin: Analysis & Opinion: By The Numbers: Inside Domes and Out
The Saints play six games outdoors this year: Carolina (wk 2), Green Bay (wk 4), Tampa Bay (wk 7), Denver (wk 8), Oakland (wk 11), and the Giants (wk 14). It will be interesting to see if the past six seasons are a predictor of 2012's outdoor results, or if a new defense and an effective running attack can bridge the gap between "good" and "great."



Joe Vitt's Interview 8/2/12

Will Smith's Interview 8/2/12