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Saints News, 8/20/15: Drew Brees Expects to Play Usual Amount vs. Patriots

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From Mike Triplett at ESPN.com: “The expectation for this week, I think, is just like any second preseason game when you go back in history with us,” Brees said. “It’s typically a quarter, quarter and a half. See how things go, see how many plays we get in that amount of time.”

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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>&#39; Drew Brees expects to play usual amount vs. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Patriots?src=hash">#Patriots</a> <a href="http://t.co/mylDLKYpSg">http://t.co/mylDLKYpSg</a></p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/634339550203092992">August 20, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Asked Sean Payton if any young <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> DBs have stood out w/ extra snaps with 1s this week. Mentioned a few but started with Jean-Baptiste.</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/634347981764956160">August 20, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Photo: Randy Moss spent the early part of practice watching with NBA great Jerry West (photo via <a href="https://twitter.com/LyonsYellin">@LyonsYellin</a>). <a href="http://t.co/1GTYviz099">pic.twitter.com/1GTYviz099</a></p>&mdash; Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeReiss/status/634369028761493504">August 20, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Kikaha with a nice job coming off a block to &quot;tackle&quot; a Pats RB</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/status/634369035912761344">August 20, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Jonas Gray popped off a nice run in 9-7 drills, but Saints first team DL played the run well in last two snaps.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/status/634368822317858816">August 20, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> CB Brandon Browner pumping hard on the exercise bike and pumping fist along with music to start practice.... <a href="http://t.co/sIecbWSum7">http://t.co/sIecbWSum7</a></p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/634368768530059264">August 20, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Tavaris Barnes playing at DE in place of Hicks in 9-7 drills</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/status/634368201133060096">August 20, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Delvin Breaux back at full speed. Good sign. <a href="https://t.co/qVLmI3ilqn">https://t.co/qVLmI3ilqn</a></p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/status/634366139448094721">August 20, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Keenan Lewis has appeared. Not practicing.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/status/634365117203922944">August 20, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Last practice at <a href="https://twitter.com/The_Greenbrier">@The_Greenbrier</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SaintsCamp?src=hash">#SaintsCamp</a> <a href="http://t.co/PthRbgqiRT">pic.twitter.com/PthRbgqiRT</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/status/634361848134037504">August 20, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Breaux going through walkthrough to start practice. With ones with SJB.</p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/status/634360816318480384">August 20, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Patriots?src=hash">#Patriots</a> Bill Belichick shoots down reporter&#39;s question about rarity of two QBs like Tom Brady, <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> Drew Brees thriving for so long...</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/634356618159910913">August 20, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Belichick said you can find examples through history, respects them and you can write great story about it. But his focus is on this team.</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/634356925451366401">August 20, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Bill Belichick is very complimentary of the <a href="https://twitter.com/The_Greenbrier">@The_Greenbrier</a>. Says he hopes to come back at some point during an offseason to see more of it</p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/status/634354775732146177">August 20, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Column from Wednesday: <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a>, Patriots scandals share little more than a catchy suffix <a href="http://t.co/lvxFQ6jNpt">http://t.co/lvxFQ6jNpt</a> via <a href="https://twitter.com/NOLAnews">@nolanews</a></p>&mdash; Larry Holder (@LarryHolder) <a href="https://twitter.com/LarryHolder/status/634353112342523904">August 20, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Why did the Seahawks get Jimmy Graham? Look no farther than the last throw of the Super Bowl <a href="http://t.co/8hmVIJHZ7J">http://t.co/8hmVIJHZ7J</a></p>&mdash; ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) <a href="https://twitter.com/ProFootballTalk/status/634350689230155776">August 20, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> Sean Payton said there has been emphasis on penalties after last week but pointed out that Andrus Peat had 2 false starts yesterday</p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/634349946536378368">August 20, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Coach Payton announced some roster moves this morning, the details: <a href="http://t.co/HcJtynIyZR">http://t.co/HcJtynIyZR</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/status/634349024464736256">August 20, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Train passes during Payton news conference, noise forces him to delay, he compares it to scene from &quot;My Cousin Vinny&quot;</p>&mdash; John DeShazier (@JohnDeShazier) <a href="https://twitter.com/JohnDeShazier/status/634347790114557952">August 20, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Payton on yesterday&#39;s practice: &quot;Overall, the tempo was good.&quot; &quot;There&#39;s a ton of tape off a practice like that&quot; <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SaintsCamp?src=hash">#SaintsCamp</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/status/634346850724806656">August 20, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Drew Brees: &quot;I am a big fan of Tom Brady&quot; (VIDEO) <a href="http://t.co/f0VIj62zwC">http://t.co/f0VIj62zwC</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SaintsCamp?src=hash">#SaintsCamp</a> <a href="http://t.co/xHTPjQu3Er">pic.twitter.com/xHTPjQu3Er</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/status/634344213111537664">August 20, 2015</a></blockquote>

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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> Drew Brees on <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Patriots?src=hash">#Patriots</a>, old friend Tom Brady: &#39;Iron sharpens iron&#39; <a href="http://t.co/uZ6NXxNil6">http://t.co/uZ6NXxNil6</a></p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/634339284594597888">August 20, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> Drew Brees still thinks he could play &#39;til 45, but &#39;not naïve&#39; <a href="http://t.co/1N0uP7jGdu">http://t.co/1N0uP7jGdu</a></p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/634335590377496576">August 20, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">A look at yesterday&#39;s Saints-Patriots practice VIDEO: <a href="http://t.co/IsDjeiiHWT">http://t.co/IsDjeiiHWT</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SaintsCamp?src=hash">#SaintsCamp</a> <a href="http://t.co/7WLBGLIyHV">pic.twitter.com/7WLBGLIyHV</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/status/634332732508741633">August 20, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The <a href="https://twitter.com/Patriots">@Patriots</a> tweet out ESPN&#39;s late night apology (which was not for THAT report): <a href="http://t.co/sBPLn9thUv">http://t.co/sBPLn9thUv</a> <a href="http://t.co/QdYt6B1gvv">pic.twitter.com/QdYt6B1gvv</a></p>&mdash; Shutdown Corner (@YShutdownCorner) <a href="https://twitter.com/YShutdownCorner/status/634371045202378753">August 20, 2015</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">No sign of <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Saints?src=hash">#Saints</a> DE Akiem Hicks at practice today after he was injured yesterday. DBs Keenan Lewis, Kenny... <a href="http://t.co/ZCFJX7EnEv">http://t.co/ZCFJX7EnEv</a></p>&mdash; Mike Triplett (@MikeTriplett) <a href="https://twitter.com/MikeTriplett/status/634370961383424000">August 20, 2015</a></blockquote>

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