New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore already in regular-season form

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John DeShazier | Senior Writer - NewOrleansSaints.com

Costa Mesa, Calif. – There’ll be no “easing” into form this year for Marshon Lattimore.

Doing that constituted wasted time last year, raising his game to the level of play that made the New Orleans Saints cornerback the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2017. And Lattimore has no interest in wasting time again, not least because in the position he plays, it’ll show up – often, in the worst ways and not favorably on any angle recorded for posterity.

So there’s been a noticeably discernible level of stinginess for Lattimore during training camp, a level that carried over to the Saints’ joint practices against the Los Angeles Chargers on Thursday and Friday, ahead of Sunday’s preseason game at Dignity Health Sports Park.

“Last year, I started off slow and you know what happens at corner,” he said. “I don’t want to start slow. I don’t want to play slow at all. I want to have every season like my rookie season, times 10.

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

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By Steve Geller | WWL AM870

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.

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Saints will add a quarterback after cuts, but who?

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Since J.T. Barrett was let go, the Saints have had three quarterbacks on their roster. That’s typical, but not for them with the current lineup.

By Roy Anderson | WhoDatDish

The Saints have had four quarterbacks on their roster for the past two years and it would seem natural that they would get back to that point in the very near future. They’ve only had three on the roster since releasing J.T. Barrett on Aug 1.

Most NFL teams will carry three quarterbacks. That’s a starter, his backup and one on the practice squad. The Saints have been keeping four because Taysom Hill is in the mix. He could play quarterback, but there are the things he does on special teams and the ways in which he’s used in the offense that makes his role very different. For the Saints, it’s really more like three quarterbacks plus one.

For the past few years, the Saints have had either Chase Daniel or Teddy Bridgewater backing up Brees and either Garrett Grayson or J.T. Barrett on the practice squad. It’s probable the Saints will add a quarterback to the roster on Aug 30 when teams begin cutting loose players to trim their rosters down from 90 to 53.

Saints practice injury report: Michael Thomas, Alvin Kamara suit up vs. Chargers

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

The New Orleans Saints took the practice field on Friday for another round of work with the Los Angeles Chargers, but they were missing a few players. Teams are not required to publish official injury reports until the regular season begins, so we shouldn’t expect any concrete updates from the Saints. It’s possible that some of these players are being held out as a precautionary measure, and may not be dealing with any ailments at all. Whatever the case, they weren’t at practice:
  • LB Alex Anzalone
  • TE Alizé Mack
  • G/T Ethan Greenidge
  • FS Saquan Hampton
  • PR/CB Marcus Sherels
  • TE Josh Hill
  • DE Geneo Grissom
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There’s one thing Saints fans should be focused on this preseason

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By Brian Allee Walsh - Special to the Sun Herald

In the grand scheme, it matters little if the New Orleans Saints’ celebrated Triplets take a meaningful game snap during the preseason.

As long as quarterback Drew Brees, running back Alvin Kamara and wide receiver Michael Thomas get their work done in training camp and emerge healthy and motivated heading into Week 1 against the Houston Texans, it’s all good in my book.

I’m not losing sleep over the team’s ongoing search for a reliable complement to Thomas, either. Tight end Jared Cook seems quite capable of filling that void. Plus, Ted Ginn Jr., Tre’Quan Smith, Keith Kirkwood and maybe training camp star Emmanuel Butler can help pick up the slack.

I also don’t necessarily need to see kicker Wil Lutz and punter Thomas Morstead work against a hostile rush until opening night on Sept. 9 inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The foot specialists appear to be ready to swing into action on a moment’s notice.

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Drew Brees shares great Lance Moore anecdote from adjusting to new helmet

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

It’s been a tumultuous summer for Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown. Originally traded from the Pittsburgh Steelers, Brown’s offseason has seen him deal with everything from a cryotherapy accident to an appeal against the NFL’s ruling that he must wear a new, safer helmet model. Brown is currently scouring various social media networks like Twitter and Instagram in search of a helmet that both fits his personal specifications and matches the NFL’s safety standards.

He’s not the first player to adjust to new headgear. New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees also had to make the change a few years back, and he looks back on his first day with the sleek, futuristic helmet with a grin.

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Drew Brees sees more value in Chargers joint practices than preseason game

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees doesn’t share the heavy workload of many of his teammates during the preseason, and that’s by design. The team doesn’t need to test him every day in practice like their less-experienced players.

So that means a lot of standing around and observing for Brees, especially during the Saints preseason games. When the Saints flew out to the West Coast for a few days of joint practices with the Los Angeles Chargers, he embraced the opportunity to work against another team in practice. From his perspective, it’s just as beneficial as the preseason game itself — if not more so.

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Transcript: Quarterback Drew Brees Training Camp media availability 8-15-19

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New Orleans Saints Quarterback Drew Brees
Training Camp Presented By Verizon
Thursday, August 15, 2019
Post-Practice Media Availability

How did you think the workout went today?

“I thought it was good. It's always good for us to have the opportunity to compete against another team, especially one like the Chargers here and we’ve done this three years in a row. I think it's been really beneficial for us, I think, and for them. You get a different look, obviously a different scheme both offensively and defensively. You come out here and haven't really had a chance to prepare for it a bunch and you just kind of throw yourself in the mix. It causes you to have to really think and kind of adjust to what you see. I think it's just good work for everybody."

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Transcript: Coach Sean Payton Training Camp media availability 8-15-19

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New Orleans Saints Head Coach Sean Payton
Training Camp Presented by Verizon
Thursday, August 15, 2019
Post-Practice Media Availability

Overall impressions?

"We will look at the tape, but I thought, look, the work we get here is outstanding, whether it is starting at the beginning with the individual one-on-one routes, (going) into the team periods. (There’s) a lot I'm sure we're going to have to clean up when we watch the tape and that's what we just finished talking about. You're in a race to keep improving every day. When you see someone else, you receive different looks (on) both sides of the ball, different looks in the kicking game, and get on that tape and we try to improve between today and tomorrow.”

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Close friends Brees and Rivers get to share practice field

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COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Philip Rivers and Drew Brees have not been teammates since 2005 but the bond between the two still remains strong.

The quarterbacks are sharing a field as the Los Angeles Chargers host the New Orleans Saints for practices for the third straight year. The two teams will work out again Friday before their second preseason game Sunday.

“It’s always fun to see Drew. We were telling stories out there from 15 years ago. It’s amazing how time flies,” Rivers said. “Not only is he a friend and a guy you shared a QB room with, he’s the all-time leading passer. It is pretty special.”

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Saints embrace practicing against highly competitive Chargers in ideal weather conditions

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By Herbie Teope | The Advocate / Picayune

COSTA MESA, Calif. —
There are plenty of positives for the Saints and Los Angeles Chargers holding joint practices for a third straight summer.

The two teams are playoff-level clubs and combined for 25 wins last season, so there aren’t many better measuring sticks to see where one stands than to work out with each other.

And there’s nothing wrong with going head-to-head in team drills in temperatures that hovered in the mid-70s in the late morning and into the early afternoon for the team from The Big Easy.

“I got cold when I was sitting on the side,” running back Latavius Murray said after Thursday’s practice. “We don’t have that problem back in Louisiana, so I guess it felt good.”

Quarterback Drew Brees agreed.

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Tre’Quan Smith, Emmanuel Butler, and P.J. Williams among players that shined in Saints-Chargers workout

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Garland Gillen, Sports Managing Editor | FOX 8

NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) - The Saints and Chargers met up for Day 1 of their dual workouts in California, and they didn’t disappoint.

The practice started with 1-1 drills between receivers and cornerbacks. Saints’ Tre’Quan Smith went a perfect 3-3 in this drill.

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Saints camp observations (Aug. 15): Elliss, Butler take snaps with starters, CBs take on Philip Rivers, more

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By Herbie Teope | The Advocate / Picayune

COSTA MESA, Calif. — The New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Chargers squared off Thursday for the first of two days of joint practices at the Jack Hammett Sports Complex ahead of Sunday’s preseason game.

The two playoff-caliber teams didn’t shy from each other for almost 2 ½ hours, and there was a lot of action and big plays on offense and defense between both starting and backup units.

The day also brought up-and-down performances on both sidelines. The Chargers recorded a couple of interceptions off Drew Brees and Teddy Bridgewater, but the Saints cornerbacks also enjoyed some good moments against the Chargers signal-callers.

Here are Thursday’s observations:

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Saints QB Drew Brees understands new helmet rule, even if it looks like he's 'going to Mars'

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By Amie Just | The Advocate / Picayune

COSTA MESA, Calif. — Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown prefers his old helmet. And at first, Saints quarterback Drew Brees felt the same.

Four or five years ago, Brees said he tried out a different, more updated helmet than the one he'd been using his whole career, after the equipment staff began pushing him to upgrade.

But it didn't last long because of a comment in the huddle by former Saints wideout Lance Moore.

"He's like, 'Bro, I cannot take you seriously wearing that helmet. I just can't. I can't even process the play you just said. I can't look at you the same,'" Brees recalled with a laugh. "So I was like, 'Agh, forget the stupid helmet. You know, go back to my old school one.'

"Rocked it for four more years."

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Todd Graffagnini's Saints training camp observations for Thursday, Aug. 15

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Todd Graffagnini - NewOrleansSaints.com

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Soaking it in:* Well there’s a reason this is the third straight year the New Orleans Saints have come out West to practice and play a preseason game against the Los Angeles Chargers, other than the good relationship between Sean Payton and Chargers Coach Anthony Lynn, and the Chargers themselves being a playoff caliber opponent. It's the weather. Conditions were ideal at the Jack R. Hammett Sports Complex and the two teams were able to get in extended work individually and against the other squad. With the temperature never rising above 77, hydration breaks were limited to two, where in New Orleans it could grow to as many as six or seven. Players at the podium also noted how unusual it was to not be completely drenched in perspiration after practice. A welcome day for all.

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