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METAIRIE - The New Orleans Saints practiced outside and moved to the morning for the the rest of training camp. There was some cloud cover which helped a bit from the heat of the sun.
There is a real battle at the wide receiver position. The first three spots are set with veterans Marques Colston, Lance Moore and Devery Henderson. Then comes the competition for the fourth receiver slot and beyond.
Veteran Adrian Arrington is having a good camp while rookie Nick Toon, a 4th round draft pick 2012, and Joe Morgan, who came on strong last pre season before an injury ended his roster quest, are challenging as well.
Although he is an incumbent who might be feeling the pressure of expectations to solidify a spot in the New Orleans rotation, Arrington insists he is approaching this training camp in a business-as-usual fashion.
“I approach camp the same way every year. It is always a make-or-break year for me not being a starter. For anybody who is not a starter, you have to go in here year in and year out and show every year in the camp the things that you can do," Arrington explained.
Morgan is the only other speed receiver the team has besides Henderson. The Saints may keep five receivers, but the only way I think they keep six is if they decide that the final roster spot goes to someone who is more than just a special teams guy. In other words, Courney Roby may be out.
It will be hard to cut Morgan, a talent who probably would be picked up by another team. I don't think you cut your 4th round pick either. Toon has dropped some balls in camp but is doing okay for the most part and has great size.
“For a guy his size, he runs great routes and has great hands," Arrington said regarding Toon. "The main thing that I notice, for a guy his size, he gets in and out of his breaks real well. He is a smart guy. He is picking up everything real fast."
Andy Tanner, a second year free agent, and Chris Givens, an undrafted rookie, may end up on the practice squad.
Morgan had a good morning practice Tuesday and came up with some tough and exciting catches including a nice play stealing the ball from cornerback A. J. Davis, a rookie from Jacksonville State. He is also a threat as a return man and could provide insurance and quality backup for Darren Sproles in that role.
“It was the same as yesterday, just executed a little bit better. I don’t know if yesterday we called the plays that you would recognize, but today you could recognize them.”
Meanwhile, the defense enjoyed moments where the front four applied solid pressure to Saints passers. Backup QB Sean Canfield was shaken up in the traffic of one pass rush but came back.
Drew Brees has a pass blocked at the line by defensive end Cam Jordan and later had to roll out and dump the ball off to tight end Jimmy Graham just before being sacked by Jordan.
“It was the same as yesterday, just executed a little bit better," said Saints interim head coach Joe Vitt about the improved pocket pressure. "I don’t know if yesterday we called the plays that you would recognize, but today you could recognize them.”
Other Tuesday Notes:
- Morgan made a leaping catch behind the secondary for a 40-yard gain.
- Toon beat safety Roman Harper down the middle for a nice gain.
- Cornerback Elbert Mack broke up a pass over the middle from quarterback Chase Daniel.
- Cornerback Cory White, the 5th round draft pick in 2012, jumped a pass route and came up with a pick on a pass from Canfield.
- Running back Travaris Cadet, a long-shot rookie, made a diving catch from Drew Brees.
- Brees hit Darren Sproles for 10 yards and Colston for 20 yards on throws over the middle.
- Arrington made a nice catch down the sidelines from Brees but later dropped an easy ball for 10 yards.
- Tanner beat safety Jonathan Amaya for 20 yards.
- Brees had another attempt to Graham over the middle broken up on a nice play by cornerback Marquis Johnson, a second year free agent from Alabama.
- Daniel had the ball knocked out and fumbled due to pressure from corner Elbert Mack, a 5-year player from Troy who has made a lot of plays from his cornerback spot in camp so far.
Injuries: Tight end Dave Thomas was back on the field after missing time with a sore back.
Meanwhile, the team's starting corners are banged up. Patrick Robinson is still out with a shoulder problem. Vitt said the third-year Florida State man will miss another two days. Top corner Jabari Greer left practice with a groin pull.
Roster Moves: The team announced Tuesday that they signed defensive tackle Alex Daniels and waived cornerback Cord Parks. The roster still stands at the training camp allowed maximum of 90.
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