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Bayou Blitz Podcast: Saints Training Camp, Week 2

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By Kyle.T. Moseley | SI

Bob Rose and Kyle Mosley breakdown the New Orleans Saints training camp in Week 2.


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Transcript: Sean Payton training camp conference call - Wednesday, August 12

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New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton discusses line play during padded practices, newly acquired Nigel Bradham and more during Wednesday's training camp conference call

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New Orleans Saints Head Coach Sean Payton
Training Camp Conference Call with New Orleans Media
Wednesday, August 12, 2020

With intelligence being such a high priority among your rookie class, have you seen them grasp it as well as you hoped it would?
"Yeah, I think it's gone pretty well. We went through a week and a half of walkthroughs and meetings. So you're giving them basically the installation schedule and then today was the first time essentially where we put helmets on. It was pretty much, again a walkthrough, but a little bit more practice structure, if you will, and I feel like that this young group is doing good, especially in light of not really having to do the minicamp that you normally would have in the spring. At some point here, when we go to pads, we'll start back at the beginning and truly go through a training camp install, but I feel like overall, John (DeShazier), it's gone well."

Historically, has it been more difficult for one or the other of those positions? Whether it be offensive line or tight end or linebacker or quarterback?
"Yeah, look, it's (a) good question. Certainly, there's a challenge for every first year quarterback just with the volume of information and what they're doing. But, I've found over the years that the other players that are smart enough and pick things up well enough to play a lot of different positions. And conversely, there's some...

Kamara, Loomis, and Dr. Reef on Alvin Kamara

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By Kyle T. Mosley | SI

Contracts can become problematic between a player and a team. Players and agents take to social media to "air their grievances" regarding the contract woes. Some GMs and even coaches have risked the temptation and voiced their intentions via Twitter and Instagram media after negotiation breakdowns have occurred. Before Saints receiver Michael Thomas scorched NFL secondaries in 2019, he didn't report until his then record-breaking 5-year, $100M contract was in place. Today, Kamara is in the Saints training camp. The question stands. Can New Orleans offer Kamara an extension during the season, or will they have Khai Harley and Mickey Loomis to show their contract ingenuity once again?

Even in the wake of his torn MCL injury against Jacksonville in Week 6, Kamara's production makes these stats even more impressive. 2019, he amassed 1,330 yards and 6 TDs for the Saints. Kamara's first three seasons are historic. He became the first NFL player to have over 2,000 (2,408) rushing and 2,000 (2,068) receiving yards, and 3 Pro-Bowl appearances. In 45 games, Kamara saw the endzone 38 times, 7 rushing, 10 receiving, and 1 kickoff return. He missed 2 games after his leg injury.

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An offseason workout helped Emmanuel Sanders get acclimated to Saints

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By Amos Morale III | WWL Radio

After the New Orleans Saints signed receiver Emmanuel Sanders this past offseason, quarterback Drew Brees flew out to Denver to work out with the veteran.

"It was good. It was really good for me,” Sanders said. “Sometimes a lot of people, they talk about the X's and O's, but moving to a whole new city and you don't know any guys on the team...so when Drew came out, it kind of made me feel good to know at least when I show up in the locker room, I already had gotten acclimated with him.”

Sanders didn't know it at the time, but Brees wasn't the only future teammate he'd work with that day. Sanders said Brees asked him to bring another receiver to the workout, so Sanders called his longtime friend and former teammate Bennie Fowler, who the Saints later signed.

"Drew ended up liking Bennie, the way that he ran routes. He's a big receiver and so now he's at camp with me as well," Sanders said. "So that's pretty cool."

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