Transcript: Drew Brees training conference call - Saturday, August 1

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New Orleans Saints Quarterback Drew Brees
Training Camp Conference Call with New Orleans Media
Saturday, August 1, 2020

Opening Statement:

"Good morning. Hey, before we start, I want to open it up with a statement and then after that, I'll be happy to answer any questions you guys have about football, training camp just to kind of get things kicked off. But, first I'd like to say this: I've always been someone who has felt compelled to serve. It's the main reason why Brittany and I came to New Orleans. That was a time when I really wasn't sure if I would ever play football again, but I knew I had a chance to be a part of something much greater than myself. The last 15 years in New Orleans have been some of the proudest, most rewarding moments of our lives. We've tried to dedicate ourselves to creating a lasting legacy of hope, of love and progress, especially in this city. Going back to my comment on June 3rd, to think for a second that New Orleans or the state of Louisiana or the black community would think that I was not standing with them for social justice, that completely broke my heart. It was crushing. Never, ever would I feel that way. Now, I recognize that I missed an opportunity that day. I had an opportunity to talk about and emphasize the social injustices that exists for our black community and our need as a country to support them and to advocate for systemic change and my lack of awareness in that moment hurt a lot of people. Now, there are there are three key things I want...

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'It's the antithesis of training camp'

John DeShazier | Senior Writer -

New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton doesn't much care what you call the current run-up to the NFL regular season, as long as you don't refer to it as "training camp."

"From a schedule standpoint, it's not training camp," Payton said Wednesday, during a teleconference. "We're not allowed meetings at the hotel, so the schedule won't be the same as training camp. We're limited relative to padded practice, which is different than training camp.

"And so at some point, call it what you want – preseason probably is a better way to describe it – we're not going to be in a training camp environment. And so I think it's important for us, as an organization, to quickly adjust to what's given to us and then prepare the best way we think and make decisions the best way we think to help our football club to start the beginning of the season.

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Football is (almost) back (Nick Underhill Podcast)

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By Nick Underhill | New Orleans Football

The NFL and its players are nearing an agreement that would pave the way for things to get underway next week.

So, with training camps nearing, we talk about the reopening of league, the cap implications and what it will take to trim the roster down to 80 players.

We also get into a little bit of a debate about when it would be wise for Alvin Kamara to accept a contract extension.

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Whitlock believes Saints' Jenkins misspoke, is "out over his skis"

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Malcolm Jenkins drew criticism for the response to DeSean Jackson's anti-Semitic remarks

By Mark Menard | WWL Radio

"I think that Malcolm Jenkins... is just out over his skis."

That was how's Jason Whitlock characterized what he saw as a misguided response from the New Orleans Saints safety to the anti-Semitic remarks made by Philadelphia Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson, remarks that Jackson later apologized for.

Jenkins released a video-taped response on his Instagram account to Jackson earlier this week with this caption:

"We can honor the Jewish heritage and trauma while staying focused on what matters. Jewish people aren’t our problem, and we aren’t their problem. Let’s not lose focus on what the problem truly is, and that’s that black lives still don’t matter in this country. Push this energy toward arresting and convicting the killers of Breonna Taylor and burning systemic racism to the ground.”

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Zack Baun talks challenges in NFL transition

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By Joe Zenzola |

What other challenges does he face with the NFL season being around the corner? Bill Michaels caught up with him to discuss numerous topics including...

- What has the off-season programs been like?

- Has he had a chance to get to know his teammates?

- Has he fully learned the playbook?

- What are his feelings about the likelihood of no fans in the stands?

- What was it like when his name was called on Draft Night?

- The tend Badgers to not get the national recognition they does Zack feel about it?

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Mike Detillier: LSU's realistic expectations and who to watch in Saints preseason

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