Mike Thomas not at Saints mini camp

Kristian Garic
June 12, 2018 - 4:24 pm

Can't find Mike:  His Twitter handle is @cantguardmike, but it could be @canfindmike today at Saints mini camp as he was the most notable player not practicing. It can't be contract related.  Based on language in the CBA that won't allow players drafted after 2011 to re-negotiate their rookie deals until they've been in the league three years or more. Sean Payton said his absence was excused, for a mandatory mini camp. Defensive end Cam Jordan also had an excused absence due to the birth of his second child. 

1 on 1:  Here were some highlights during 1 on 1 wide receivers vs defensive backs.  CB P.J. Williams had a pretty good day in 1 on 1 drills, beating Travin Dural twice on a drill that heavily favors the offense.  Marshon Lattimre had great coverage on a slant route run by Tedd Ginn Jr, but the ball placement from Drew Brees is what beat the coverage. Tommylee Lewis beat CB Ken Crawley in a deep in cut.  Lewis is having a really good off-season in a very competitive WR group. 

P.O.D.:  The Play of the Day was turned in by CB Ken Crawley, when he wrested the ball away on a hook route completed to Tedd Ginn Jr.  Crawley just snatched the ball right out of Ginn's hands for what would have been a fumble. "It was about who wanted it more," Crawley told me after practice. 

Good sign: Defensive end Alex Okafor participated in the walk through portion of practice, but didn't participate in individual or team drills.  However, that is the most work he's been involved since tearing his achillies tendon last season. WR Cameron Meredith also participated in the walk through portion of practice but did not participate in team drills. 

Mark Ingram:  He spoke to the media for the first time this off-season after deciding to skip OTA's (more on that in a second). He says he fought the looming four game suspension hard and will serve the four games but doesn't agree with it. Ingram also pointed out that he's training on his own, and he didn't skip OTA's because of a contract dispute. 

Veteran Tryout:  RB Tim Hightower is on a three day tryout with the Saints during mini camp.  Hightower played for the Saints in 2015 and 2016.  Veteran running back Jamal Charles is expected to visit the Saints tomorrow, according to a report from ESPN. ​

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