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Saints News, 8/10/15: Saints Kickers Come Through in Clutch, Make Coaches Run

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From Mike Triplett at ESPN.com Dustin Hopkins and Zach Hocker each made all five of their field-goal attempts -- including a 59-yarder from each of them that had players cheering wildly and forced the Saints coaches to run after practice. Coach Sean Payton explained afterward that the first four kicks represented a battle between the offense and defense (each was assigned a kicker via coin toss). But when they went to the bonus fifth kick, Payton threw in the incentive that the coaches would run after practice instead of the players if they both made it from 59 yards. "It was a good problem to have," said Payton, who said he needed to catch his breath as he met the media after practice. "That was encouraging."

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">ICYMI: <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> kickers come through in clutch, make coaches run <a href="http://t.co/e93zO7gya8">http://t.co/e93zO7gya8</a></p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/630719257073074176">August 10, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">WR Brandin Cooks is dressed out and looks like he&#39;ll participate today.</p>&mdash; Evan Woodbery (@TheSaintsBeat) <a href="https://twitter.com/TheSaintsBeat/status/630724993228374016">August 10, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Full pads at <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints">@Saints</a> practice. 66 and cloudy to start. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SaintsCamp?src=hash">#SaintsCamp</a></p>&mdash; Sean Kelley (@SeanKelleyLive) <a href="https://twitter.com/SeanKelleyLive/status/630724482232139776">August 10, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Happy Birthday <a href="https://twitter.com/Stretch_did_dat">@Stretch_did_dat</a>! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SaintsCamp?src=hash">#SaintsCamp</a> <a href="http://t.co/mq2SzckA7l">pic.twitter.com/mq2SzckA7l</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/status/630370555083026432">August 9, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">He rotates in quite a bit, but I&#39;d officially list Benjamin Watson as the starter. Will play more snaps, blocks more <a href="https://t.co/bcvFTdpm3S">https://t.co/bcvFTdpm3S</a></p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/630470625119838208">August 9, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">It was an honor and privilege to play with Junior Seau. There will never be another one like him. Buddeeeee</p>&mdash; Drew Brees (@drewbrees) <a href="https://twitter.com/drewbrees/status/630216846571118592">August 9, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Marcus Murphy continues to look like the guy to me on kickoff returns. Way more decisive and less shifty than Cooks</p>&mdash; Saints Nation Blog (@SaintsNationBlg) <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsNationBlg/status/630744495529807872">August 10, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Drescher made a big step today in recovery, snapping a few balls to Ryan griffin</p>&mdash; Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) <a href="https://twitter.com/Kat_Terrell/status/630742923429216256">August 10, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Rookie Kyle Prater keeps impressing me. 6&#39;5, excellent using his size. Beats Dixon on 1 on 1s high pointing ball</p>&mdash; Saints Nation Blog (@SaintsNationBlg) <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsNationBlg/status/630740719536349185">August 10, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I would say there&#39;s about 10% the crowd there was yesterday. Almost no fans here</p>&mdash; Saints Nation Blog (@SaintsNationBlg) <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsNationBlg/status/630739605961183232">August 10, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Backs running protection reps <a href="http://t.co/GgYxVF0TkM">pic.twitter.com/GgYxVF0TkM</a></p>&mdash; Saints Nation Blog (@SaintsNationBlg) <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsNationBlg/status/630737382724251648">August 10, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Based on what I saw from Akiem Hicks after practice yesterday, no visible wraps, walking fine, in great spirits, I&#39;m assuming injury is fine</p>&mdash; Saints Nation Blog (@SaintsNationBlg) <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsNationBlg/status/630734623534878720">August 10, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Andrus Peat at RG with twos. All he has to do is play center now</p>&mdash; Kristian Garic (@KristianGaric1) <a href="https://twitter.com/KristianGaric1/status/630726725157167104">August 10, 2015</a></blockquote>

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New Orleans Saints kickers come through in clutch, make coaches run - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
Both of the New Orleans Saints' young kickers delivered Sunday as their competition kicked up a notch at practice.

Saints relatively healthy as first preseason game approaches - Black and Gold
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Sean Kelley's key takeaways from Sunday's Saints practice
Andrus Peat worked some at left guard

Sean Payton pleased with Sunday's practice
Coach Payton met with the media following Sunday's practice

John DeShazier: Saints return with 'smooth' practice after bumpy scrimmage
Efficient Saints workout ends with coaches running sprints

Saints' Andrus Peat takes turn at left guard
The Saints continue to give rookie Andrus Peat a look at a number of spots on the offensive line during training camp.

Saints' Brandin Cooks sits out; C.J. Spiller, Brandon Coleman on mend - New Orleans Saints Blog - ESPN
The Saints' offense was lacking quite a bit of firepower in Sunday's late afternoon practice, as key members watched from the sideline.

Saints WR Colston: Quiet Storm is Ready to Explode
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Baltimore Ravens banged up as preseason opener against Saints approaches | NOLA.com
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New Orleans Saints training camp: Live updates as Saints resume practice at 7:50 a.m. | NOLA.com
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Joe Morgan talks about his tenure with Saints
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Joe Morgan met with the media Sunday, Aug. 9 and talked about his career with the Saints. Video by Ashley Amoss

Tyeler Davison talks about his camp progress
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Joe Morgan met with the media Sunday, Aug. 9 and talked about his career with the Saints. Video by Ashley Amoss

Max Unger: "New Orleans has been awesome"
Max Unger speaks with reporters on Sunday, August 9, 2015. Video by Ashley Amoss

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