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Saints News 5/30/13: Saints To Open Three Minicamp Practices To Public Next Week

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In other news, rookie Terron Armstead (pictured) practiced at left tackle with the first team starters today while Jason Smith practiced with the second team and Charles Brown with the third team.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>VIDEO: Highlights of the offensive drills from today's <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23SaintsOTA">#SaintsOTA</a> <a href="http://t.co/neXzdoOZbl" title="http://bit.ly/11DJZTt">bit.ly/11DJZTt</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/status/340171354852696065">May 30, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Brees talking about veteran WRs reading defenses <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23SaintsOTA">#SaintsOTA</a> <a href="https://t.co/2i6Bg8TwOE" title="https://vine.co/v/bYprBwBwhmh">vine.co/v/bYprBwBwhmh</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/status/340187860223283201">May 30, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>"@<a href="https://twitter.com/bookstorekatie">bookstorekatie</a>: @<a href="https://twitter.com/saints">saints</a>: <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Saints">#Saints</a> Minicamp will be held at the team's practice facility &amp; will be open to the public" gunna be fun and hot!</p>&mdash; Jimmy Graham (@TheJimmyGraham) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheJimmyGraham/status/340189645411328004">May 30, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Saints">#Saints</a> Payton on Morgan arrest:"The Club is on top of all the specifics, I'm going to leave it at that.Payton said he has met withJM</p>&mdash; Kristian Garic (@KristianGaric1) <a href="https://twitter.com/KristianGaric1/status/340161169178386432">May 30, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Great talk with <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Saints">#Saints</a> DL coach Bill Johnson. Said more important than scheme is "energy." "We lost our energy last year."</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/340159763755192321">May 30, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Saints">#Saints</a> left tackle update: Terron Armstead ran with 1s today, Jason Smith with 2s, Charles Brown with 3s.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/status/340158870943064065">May 30, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Saints holding open competition to protect Drew Brees' blind side, trying a rookie this week <a href="http://t.co/rLXcydGcwJ" title="http://wp.me/p14QSB-94LH">wp.me/p14QSB-94LH</a></p>&mdash; ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) <a href="https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk/status/340157805635989504">May 30, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Malcolm Jenkins, Ben Watson, Ryan Steed missed <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Saints">#Saints</a> OTA. Watson injury isn't serious Payton said, but hasn't practiced in either open OTA</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/status/340155703060746242">May 30, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Payton says its a big deal to have Joe Vitt around. "key piece of our staff," he said</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/status/340155538656620544">May 30, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Saints">#Saints</a> ILB Lofton shot inside for what would have been a sack of Drew Brees if they were going full contact at start of team drills.</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/340155337518764032">May 30, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Payton says Vilma is transitioning to the 3-4 D "pretty well."</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/status/340155231985868800">May 30, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Saints">#Saints</a> D was fun to watch today. A lot of nickel and dime lineups with a lot of pass rushers on field together. Some lineups with no DTs.</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/340154494287495168">May 30, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Payton on Jason Smith: Tremendous worker and athletic ability. Says players sometimes come around in 2nd, 3rd opportunity.</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/status/340154132415516673">May 30, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Sean Payton said Charles Brown is back getting work. 3 players battling at LT.</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/status/340153919823048704">May 30, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Saints">#Saints</a> out on the practice field today <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23SaintsOTA">#SaintsOTA</a> <a href="http://t.co/gwQRDFDDzp" title="http://twitter.com/Saints/status/340153674175242240/photo/1">twitter.com/Saints/status/…</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/status/340153674175242240">May 30, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Saints">#Saints</a> almost full participation at today's OTA. TE Ben Watson still out and S Jenkins, LB Hawthorne, DE Coleman limited. ...</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/340153602733662209">May 30, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Payton says Benjamin Watson will be fine. Not worried about whatever his injury is</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/status/340153668148006912">May 30, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>BOOM RT @<a href="https://twitter.com/nakiahogan">nakiahogan</a>: Charles Brown was back at practice today. He was third team. Terron Armstead was the starter, Jason Smith second team</p>&mdash; Joey Pankkake (@moosedenied) <a href="https://twitter.com/moosedenied/status/340153487394492416">May 30, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>May 30, 2013:I guess I know where I'm getting all my AdvoCare supplements now! My brother the salesman! @<a href="https://twitter.com/coachshanle">coachshanle</a>ID #130553626</p>&mdash; Scott Shanle (@scottshanle) <a href="https://twitter.com/scottshanle/status/340195593378996225">May 30, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Just finished up a good week of <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23OTAs">#OTAs</a>. <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23whoDatNation">#whoDatNation</a> get ready!!!</p>&mdash; Ben Grubbs (@BenGrubbs66) <a href="https://twitter.com/BenGrubbs66/status/340191831407075328">May 30, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Back to the Dawghouse youth football camp! June 29th!! Sign up at any Opelika rec center. @<a href="https://twitter.com/sajasonfinley">sajasonfinley</a> <a href="http://t.co/oEGB6MCfGv" title="http://twitter.com/wherring54/status/340189643255468032/photo/1">twitter.com/wherring54/sta…</a></p>&mdash; Will Herring (@wherring54) <a href="https://twitter.com/wherring54/status/340189643255468032">May 30, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Its been a long time coming but Welcome Baseball to The Mississippi Gulf Coast</p>&mdash; deuce mcallister (@dmcallister26) <a href="https://twitter.com/dmcallister26/status/340183497706717184">May 30, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Just sold my first Gallon jug of Bayou87 Classic BBQ Sauce at Sam's Club in Gulfport! SAUCE DAT!!</p>&mdash; Joe Horn (@JoeHorn87) <a href="https://twitter.com/JoeHorn87/status/340156155584204801">May 30, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Came across high school fb dvd. After 16 yrs I appreciate the hard work/dedication of my high school teammates more and more. <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23weweregrindin">#weweregrindin</a></p>&mdash; Scott Shanle (@scottshanle) <a href="https://twitter.com/scottshanle/status/340139433636532224">May 30, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Once you've hit that wall ... build a door and <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23KeepGoing">#KeepGoing</a></p>&mdash; Roman Harper (@Harp41) <a href="https://twitter.com/Harp41/status/340152178943590400">May 30, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>A dream without a plan of action ... is just a WISH. <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23MakeItHappen">#MakeItHappen</a></p>&mdash; Roman Harper (@Harp41) <a href="https://twitter.com/Harp41/status/340094384487952384">May 30, 2013</a></blockquote>

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Video

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New Orleans Saints Head Coach Sean Payton talks with the media after the team's OTA on Thursday, May 30, 2013.

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Quick highlights of the offensive drills from the New Orleans Saints OTA on Thursday, May 30, 2013.