Steve Geller

Pads come off early day 2 of Saints / Chargers joint practices

Steve Geller
August 16, 2019 - 4:30 pm

Not only are Saints players getting a break from the heat in New Orleans; they also enjoyed a much lighter workout than yesterday on day 22 of training camp.  About halfway into the 2nd joint practice with the Chargers, both teams took off their shoulder pads and went the rest of the way in shells & shorts.  Seven Saints were not present for the workout:

LB Alex Anzalone

TE Josh Hill

TE Alizé Mack

OL Ethan Greenidge

DL Geneo Grissom

DB Saquan Hampton

CB / RS Marcus Sherels

For a 2nd straight day fullback Michael Burton was in attendance, but he was not dressed and did not participate.

Kamara and Thomas a full go

Both Saints offensive studs Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas were at practice on Thursday, but worked off to the side with trainers and not in team drills. Kamara had missed the previous two workouts in Metairie before the team flew out West and Thomas left Monday’s session a little early. The dynamic duo returned to team drills today signaling they are healthy and ready to roll.

Cyril Grayson still fighting for a roster spot

The former LSU track star has speed on his side, but you need more than that to make it in the NFL.  Towards the end of practice, in the 2 minute drill, he made a touchdown grab when quarterback Taysom Hill hit him on a skinny post.  Coach Payton said after practice that Grayson needs to show more consistency though.  The 25 year old has a few more weeks to refine his technique and tighten up on some of the details of being a wide receiver.

Starters to see more time Sunday

Against the Vikings in preseason game #1, the first-teamers of the Saints didn’t see much action. Coach Payton says that the plan is for them to get more playing time this week.  

“We’re going to pay our ones a little bit longer into this game, like we typically do. You’re wanting to see some of the mistakes cleaned up from a week ago.”

Does that mean we will see Drew Brees under center? The 40 year old hasn’t taken a single snap in the 2nd contest of the preseason the past 2 years.  Brees went 5 of 8 passing for 29 yards and an interception against the Houston Texans back in 2016. 

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