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Day Two's training camp practice is complete, and the early word is that UDFA rookie Eric Martin is making a strong case for a roster spot at OLB. In other news, Will Smith may no longer be a FF. Read on for the rest of the news from Saints Training Camp 2013.

No pics of Day 2 SuperStar Eric Martin, so here's Big Willie - FF no more????
No pics of Day 2 SuperStar Eric Martin, so here's Big Willie - FF no more????
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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Training camp Day Two is in the books.</p>&mdash; Canal St. Chronicles (@CSCtweet) <a href="https://twitter.com/CSCtweet/statuses/361160982032158721">July 27, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Will Smith said he&#39;s dropped down to 268 right now because of the position change.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/statuses/361161845274456065">July 27, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>All the way down to 268 RT <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder">@LarryHolder</a> Will Smith said he&#39;s dropped down to 268 right now because of the position change.</p>&mdash; skooks (@skooks) <a href="https://twitter.com/skooks/statuses/361164201244364805">July 27, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>No timeline for Arian Foster (calf) to return <a href="http://t.co/C60mRrLuYz">http://t.co/C60mRrLuYz</a></p>&mdash; Rotoworld Football (@Rotoworld_FB) <a href="https://twitter.com/Rotoworld_FB/statuses/361162635137388544">July 27, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>"<a href="https://twitter.com/angrywhodat">@angrywhodat</a>: Every time a pass bounces off Vaccaro&#39;s hands, Vaccaro makes a play. Because he plays defense, assholes" PREACH ON BROTHER</p>&mdash; Ralph Malbrough (@SaintsForecast) <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsForecast/statuses/361156728714305536">July 27, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Is No Catching MFer still a valid position in Rob Ryan&#39;s scheme?</p>&mdash; skooks (@skooks) <a href="https://twitter.com/skooks/statuses/361156802206900224">July 27, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>If Vaccaro could catch he would on offense. If he is a good/great safety who can&#39;t catch we should be elated.</p>&mdash; Ralph Malbrough (@SaintsForecast) <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsForecast/statuses/361157153421135874">July 27, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Recap of guys that impressed at camp today: Ryan Griffin, Luke McCown, Kenny Vaccaro, Kenny Stills, Vilma, Saalim Hakim.</p>&mdash; Saints Nation Blog (@SaintsNationBlg) <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsNationBlg/statuses/361164905543503872">July 27, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Yikes. RT <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsNationBlg">@SaintsNationBlg</a>: Recap of guys that impressed at camp today: Ryan Griffin, McCown, Vaccaro, Kenny Stills, Vilma, Saalim Hakim.</p>&mdash; Grandmaster Wang (@moosedenied) <a href="https://twitter.com/moosedenied/statuses/361165449922228225">July 27, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>At some point this year we&#39;ll probably need a <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23WillSmithIsNotALinebacker&amp;src=hash">#WillSmithIsNotALinebacker</a> tag</p>&mdash; skooks (@skooks) <a href="https://twitter.com/skooks/statuses/361165836649644032">July 27, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports">@wwltvsports</a> I wonder if this is similar to Butler&#39;s &quot;knee bruise&quot; during OTAs.</p>&mdash; Reid G. (@ReidG75) <a href="https://twitter.com/ReidG75/statuses/361168803897409536">July 27, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Realistic goal for your bodybag count this year? I th... — No goal for sacks just playing every single game well... <a href="http://t.co/NrI1uEzeYX">http://t.co/NrI1uEzeYX</a></p>&mdash; NuLa C.E.O. (@JuniorG93) <a href="https://twitter.com/JuniorG93/statuses/361168930003369985">July 27, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> practice notes: No change in the PUP list. Offense performed much better. Defense sticky in coverage. The pads go on tomorrow...</p>&mdash; Kristian Garic (@KristianGaric1) <a href="https://twitter.com/KristianGaric1/statuses/361174823554121729">July 27, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Thanks to all our fans who joined us at camp today &amp; a special thanks to <a href="https://twitter.com/NOLArain">@NOLArain</a> for staying away during practice :)</p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/361174909914841089">July 27, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Thanks to all our fans who joined us at camp today &amp; a special thanks to <a href="https://twitter.com/NOLArain">@NOLArain</a> for staying away during practice :)</p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/361174909914841089">July 27, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Was great signing for all the people who made it out to practice today. Pads on tomorrow. See u there!</p>&mdash; Jimmy Graham (@TheJimmyGraham) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheJimmyGraham/statuses/361175346835492864">July 27, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Some observations from <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> camp Day 2: ILB Jonathan Vilma may be getting up in age, but he still has athleticism to make special plays.</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/361176761226108929">July 27, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> TC Day 2: WR Saalim Hakim is fast. He caught a quick slant &amp; then darted right through the defense untouched. Could be a player...</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/361176957498568704">July 27, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>...who gets a legit look for a rotational position. He did leave practice during sprints w/ tightness. No muscle pull, though.</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/361177100515946496">July 27, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports">@wwltvsports</a> has Vaccaro lined up at FS in any formations? Or just nickel and SS?</p>&mdash; Reid G. (@ReidG75) <a href="https://twitter.com/ReidG75/statuses/361178615309803520">July 27, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/ReidG75">@ReidG75</a> I don&#39;t think I&#39;ve seen him at anything other than SS and NB</p>&mdash; WWL-TV Sports (@wwltvsports) <a href="https://twitter.com/wwltvsports/statuses/361184960234795008">July 27, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsForecast">@SaintsForecast</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23RT&amp;src=hash">#RT</a> New Saints Anthem Video On The <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23WhoDat&amp;src=hash">#WhoDat</a> website <a href="http://t.co/ucJOx9pkpk">http://t.co/ucJOx9pkpk</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Download&amp;src=hash">#Download</a> mp3 at: <a href="http://t.co/PCd75SJIWo">http://t.co/PCd75SJIWo</a></p>&mdash; 5starhero (@1NationDoddy) <a href="https://twitter.com/1NationDoddy/statuses/361178328486522880">July 27, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23winning&amp;src=hash">#winning</a> RT <a href="https://twitter.com/payan_pepper">@payan_pepper</a>: "<a href="https://twitter.com/Saints">@Saints</a>: McCown to Morgan! <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23SaintsCamp&amp;src=hash">#SaintsCamp</a> <a href="https://t.co/Zo1eOYwYzX">https://t.co/Zo1eOYwYzX</a>" I see ya <a href="https://twitter.com/jmthegreat">@jmthegreat</a></p>&mdash; Joseph Morgan (@jmthegreat) <a href="https://twitter.com/jmthegreat/statuses/361179589894094851">July 27, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>How we express ourselves during our down time <a href="http://t.co/ADjdfap0VG">http://t.co/ADjdfap0VG</a></p>&mdash; John Jenkins (@jenkinsjohn6) <a href="https://twitter.com/jenkinsjohn6/statuses/361182623986499584">July 27, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Nobody is talking about Nick Toon. We should be talking about Nick Toon. Is he going to disappoint us?</p>&mdash; Canal St. Chronicles (@CSCtweet) <a href="https://twitter.com/CSCtweet/statuses/361186953477107713">July 27, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Every 10th buyer of <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23FREELANCER16&amp;src=hash">#FREELANCER16</a> shirt, I have a special gift for you., get yours today! <a href="http://t.co/du5Diaxi0Q">http://t.co/du5Diaxi0Q</a> <a href="http://t.co/KqH5doeD6b">pic.twitter.com/KqH5doeD6b</a></p>&mdash; Lance Moore (@LanceMoore16) <a href="https://twitter.com/LanceMoore16/statuses/361189948570869760">July 27, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Practice #2 in the bag! Always great feeding off the <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23whodat&amp;src=hash">#whodat</a> nation energy, whether it be games or practice!</p>&mdash; Will Herring (@wherring54) <a href="https://twitter.com/wherring54/statuses/361190639817326592">July 27, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>"<a href="https://twitter.com/MasonGinsberg">@MasonGinsberg</a>: I just don&#39;t see why every play of every practice needs 2 b broadcasted." So we can overreact/jump 2 ridiculous conclusions</p>&mdash; Ralph Malbrough (@SaintsForecast) <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsForecast/statuses/361191655468044289">July 27, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Nicely toasted, listening to Bobby &amp; Deke. Life is currently fabulous.</p>&mdash; Grandmaster Wang (@moosedenied) <a href="https://twitter.com/moosedenied/statuses/361193398079717376">July 27, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Sean Payton at practice today <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23SaintsCamp&amp;src=hash">#SaintsCamp</a> <a href="http://t.co/8yZLW1uPhr">pic.twitter.com/8yZLW1uPhr</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/361198560076763136">July 27, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Man, all the PSAs on WWL&#39;s web stream are a real downer. Can&#39;t we at least have one featuring Joe Morgan?</p>&mdash; Grandmaster Wang (@moosedenied) <a href="https://twitter.com/moosedenied/statuses/361198612543311875">July 27, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Saints fans who have been out the last two days are true troopers. Yesterday&#39;s heat n today&#39;s drizzle showed your dedication. Thank you!</p>&mdash; Lance Moore (@LanceMoore16) <a href="https://twitter.com/LanceMoore16/statuses/361209454064173057">July 27, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a> hit the field in pads tomorrow. Who&#39;s going to pop who? We&#39;ll find out 8:50am on airline drive.</p>&mdash; Kristian Garic (@KristianGaric1) <a href="https://twitter.com/KristianGaric1/statuses/361209960455086080">July 27, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Uh huh RT <a href="https://twitter.com/NOLAnews">@NOLAnews</a>: New Orleans Saints&#39; Will Smith adapting to his role as an outside linebacker <a href="http://t.co/I0zPmJe8Zt">http://t.co/I0zPmJe8Zt</a></p>&mdash; skooks (@skooks) <a href="https://twitter.com/skooks/statuses/361212591743311872">July 27, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>What kind of shape are you in compared to this time las... — Best shape of my life but 94 is in crazy shape as well <a href="http://t.co/rbtVSlFtUi">http://t.co/rbtVSlFtUi</a></p>&mdash; NuLa C.E.O. (@JuniorG93) <a href="https://twitter.com/JuniorG93/statuses/361213799765774336">July 27, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>QOTD: Will Smith: &quot;Football is always hard&quot; <a href="http://t.co/TOW4Uej2bh">http://t.co/TOW4Uej2bh</a></p>&mdash; skooks (@skooks) <a href="https://twitter.com/skooks/statuses/361214428684881922">July 27, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Kicker <a href="https://twitter.com/josemaltos19">@josemaltos19</a> at practice today! <a href="https://t.co/93bsYgypbs">https://t.co/93bsYgypbs</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23SaintsCamp&amp;src=hash">#SaintsCamp</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/statuses/361226562877657090">July 27, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Is one sports franchise allowed two Eric Martin&#39;s over the course of a lifetime? <a href="http://t.co/lNN3cOCsn1">http://t.co/lNN3cOCsn1</a></p>&mdash; skooks (@skooks) <a href="https://twitter.com/skooks/statuses/361230793718239232">July 27, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>2 days into camp and I&#39;m already pretty tired of &quot;Jack&quot; &quot;Will&quot; &quot;Sam&quot; and &quot;Mike&quot; Especially tired of &quot;Jack&quot;</p>&mdash; skooks (@skooks) <a href="https://twitter.com/skooks/statuses/361231324767469568">July 27, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>There are inside linebackers and outside linebackers. There&#39;s a strong side and a weak side. Let&#39;s just leave it at that.</p>&mdash; skooks (@skooks) <a href="https://twitter.com/skooks/statuses/361231562383171585">July 27, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Big day tomorrow for the <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Saints&amp;src=hash">#Saints</a>. Will practice with pads for the first time.</p>&mdash; Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) <a href="https://twitter.com/Kat_Terrell/statuses/361234160070832128">July 27, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Colors also work. &quot;Saints&#39; All Pro Beige Guard Jahri Evans entering his 8th season....&quot;</p>&mdash; skooks (@skooks) <a href="https://twitter.com/skooks/statuses/361235307003256833">July 27, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Dennis Pitta dislocates hip, will miss opener <a href="http://t.co/wdS8LDicNf">http://t.co/wdS8LDicNf</a></p>&mdash; Rotoworld Football (@Rotoworld_FB) <a href="https://twitter.com/Rotoworld_FB/statuses/361236499678765057">July 27, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Confirmed: Maclin tears ACL, done for season <a href="http://t.co/qqWNs8Rvan">http://t.co/qqWNs8Rvan</a></p>&mdash; Rotoworld Football (@Rotoworld_FB) <a href="https://twitter.com/Rotoworld_FB/statuses/361236502732218372">July 27, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Unidentified Browns player carted off field, taken to hospital: <a href="http://t.co/XSLRsivalN">http://t.co/XSLRsivalN</a></p>&mdash; Deadspin (@Deadspin) <a href="https://twitter.com/Deadspin/statuses/361236791132565506">July 27, 2013</a></blockquote>

Maybe Galette needs to cool it on the "body bag" tweets...

Saturday's Practice

Will Smith slims down, Eric Martin on the rise | NOLA.com
Mike Triplett's 1st Take from Saturday's practice.

Observations from Saturday's practice at New Orleans Saints training camp | NOLA.com
Trip - Undrafted rookie OLB Eric Martin emerges as early sleeper candidate to crack Saints' roster.

John DeShazier: Rob Ryan likes defense's mental approach as he implements 3-4 | neworleanssaints.com
New defensive coordinator Rob Ryan said he's impressed with the leaders on the team.

Tom Johnson working for starting role | The Sun Herald
Gary Estwick - The Saints will conduct their first training camp session of 2013 with full pads Sunday morning at team headquarters.

Saints DE Coleman returns, WR Hakim gingerly walks off field | wwltv.com New Orleans
Saturday Injury report by Handwerger.

Saturday at Saints Camp - photo gallery | NOLA.com
Michael Democker - Photos from the field as Saints Training Camp 2013 continues at Saints Headquarters in Metairie on Saturday morning, July 27, 2013.

Training Camp Photo Gallery | neworleanssaints.com
Michael C. Hebert - Photos from 2013 Saints Training Camp presented by Verizon on Saturday, July 27 2013.

Video: Sean Payton Recaps Day 2 of Camp | neworleanssaints.com
New Orleans Saints Head Coach Sean Payton talks with the media after practice on Saturday, July 27, 2013.

Video: Sean Payton talks Sunday practice, Atlanta Falcons prep | The Advocate

Video: Saints training camp practice review | The Advocate
Advocate contributor Gary Estwick and Advocate sportswriters Sheldon Mickles and Scott Rabalais review the action from the Saints training camp practice on Saturday.

Rob Ryan Video: "The guys are doing a great job" | neworleanssaints.com
New Orleans Saints Defensive Coordinator Rob Ryan talks about the progress of the defense on Saturday July 27, 2013.

Video: Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan has something to prove | The Advocate


Video: Will Smith talks about playing outside linebacker | The Advocate

Terron Armstead feeling no pressure in battle for starting role | NOLA.com
Mike Gegenheimer (Is THIS John DeShazier's cheaper, less experienced replacement?) Armstead wants to prove he belongs.


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Friday's Leftovers

Video: New Orleans Saints Morning Report | neworleanssaints.com
RB Mark Ingram talks with John DeShazier on the New Orleans Saints Morning Report on Saturday, July 27, 2013.

Sean Payton, Drew Brees give fans feel-good vibe | The Advocate
Brian Allee-Walsh - Several thousand football-starved fans, sauna-like conditions and a team building for a better tomorrow made Friday morning seem like any first day of training camp for the New Orleans Saints, now three seasons removed from winning the Super Bowl.

Junior Galette, Martez Wilson rushing to fill a void | The Advocate
Gary Estwick - Speedy outside LBs Galette, Wilson battling for spot vacated when Butler injured.

New Orleans Saints' Will Smith adapting to his role as an outside linebacker | NOLA.com
Hold-em - Saints middle linebacker Curtis Lofton recited the philosophy of how any veteran player survives in the NFL to become a veteran with double-digit years under his belt.

Patrick Robinson Out a While | thessaintsnation.com
Juge's Saturday morning report.

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Lagniappe

New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham not focused on contract extension | NOLA.com
Hold-em: Jimmy Graham says new deal will take care of itself if he improves on the field.

New Orleans Saints' Jimmy Graham deserves to be highest paid tight end in NFL | NOLA.com
Trip - Graham isn't demanding new deal -- one of many reasons why he deserves big payday.

Should New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham be the highest paid player at his position? | NOLA.com
Saints question of the day.

New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma back to his old self after troubled 2012 offseason | NOLA.com
Katherine Terrell - Vilma said he's happy to focus solely on football this season.

How Many More Times? | saintswin.com
As 2013 beckons, a similar "this can't be the way it ends" sentiment lingers.

Marginally-Bridled Enthusiasm | The Angry Who Dat
Training camp! I guess it’s time to write some words and stuff.

Saints Preview: Just a Little Bit of 'D' Will Do | The MMQB with Peter King
Despite a lack of talent, new coordinator Rob Ryan doesn't have to do much for the Saints to be back on top. (HansDat note: Includes "film study" photo breakdowns.)

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