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After frustrating string of injuries, a healthy Terron Armstead is turning heads

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By Luke Johnson, -- The Times-Picayune

Not everybody can appreciate Terron Armstead's artistry, but Larry Warford can.

The New Orleans Saints' Pro Bowl guard loves watching the way Armstead moves from point A to point B. The efficiency is what really gets him. Zero wasted movements, everything done with intent.

It is dirty work done beautifully.

"Just watching it, I get jealous," Warford said. "The quickness of his feet, how distinct his steps are -- it's hard to appreciate if you're not an offensive lineman, but the intent of everything he does is superior.

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Alvin Kamara says Drake video he appears in 'came out dope'

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By Amos Morale III -- | The Times-Picayune

Watch the video for Drake's viral sensation "In My Feelings," and about five minutes in you'll see the rap star hanging with the reigning Offensive Rookie of the Year, Alvin Kamara.

Pick up the latest issue of "GQ," and you'll find Kamara there as well.

Did the New Orleans Saints' second-year running back see all of this coming this time last year?
"Naw, I ain't Miss Cleo," he said after training camp practice Monday (Aug. 6).

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Training camp lore has little to do with football

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By J.W. Miller on 08/06/18

Make no mistake, the best part of training camp for the fans is, well, football. Six months of free agency, the draft and off-season training seem like board games compared to the sensation of watching your team hit the pitch again, which it does Thursday night. But for one who has been through it, it’s the stories that I remember most about Saints training camp. The deeds, the places and the personalities become part of legend and lore of an NFL training camp. And some of it has nothing to do with football.

My first two years with the Saints, training camp was held at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond in a cauldron of typical August weather. In 1986, Jim Mora’s first as head coach, we lost so many players to dehydration with the high temperatures and humidity that we were afraid we wouldn’t have enough players to practice. The temperature wasn’t as bad in 1987, but it was a monsoon summer in which torrential rains forced us to bus the team to LSU or the Superdome just to practice. GM Jim Finks was done with that, so he talked with his old ties at the Bears, who recommended we move camp to La Crosse, Wis., which we did in 1988.

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HOF ponders a T.O. rule

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By Mike Florio | PFT

More than a decade ago, an injury to receiver Terrell Owens forced a change to the rules of the NFL. Now, an insult to T.O. could force a change to the rules of the HOF.

Per multiple sources, the Hall of Fame currently is considering a requirement that candidates for enshrinement commit to showing up for the Hall of Fame enshrinement ceremony before the selection committee makes its final choices.

As one source explained it, the issue became a hot topic on Friday in Canton. During the annual Ray Nitschke luncheon, attended only by members of the Hall of Fame, most strongly disagreed with Terrell Owens’ decision to boycott the weekend’s festivities. Some supported Owens. Most if not all agreed that it is important to stop Owens’ boycott of the ceremony from becoming a trend. ...

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Saints will put plan together Tuesday for playing time in first preseason game

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By Joel A. Erickson | The Advocate

For the most part, NFL teams keep their best players off the field in the first preseason game to limit the risk of injury and give more time to players fighting for a roster spot.

A year ago, Drew Brees, Mark Ingram, Cameron Jordan and former back Adrian Peterson did not play in the first two preseason games for the Saints last season.

Whether or not they take the field against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday night remains to be seen. After six consecutive days of practice, the players have Tuesday off, and the Saints coaches will take the day to formulate a playing-time plan for Thursday's preseason opener. ...

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Saints training camp Day 12: Marcus Williams shines as defense makes several plays

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By Nick Underhill | The Advocate

Dress code: Shorts and shells

Attendance: WR Tommy Lewis, LB Manti Te’o, C Cameron Tom (chest) and DE Trey Hendrickson were not spotted. TE Ben Watson, DE Marcus Davenport, WR Austin Carr and S J.T Gray were spotted but limited.

Overview: It was a somewhat slow practice. Working inside the indoor practice facility due to weather, the Saints spent a lot of time walking through different situations. The team had a few periods of team drills, but that was not the focus of the day. The team is off on Tuesday and will hold a closed walkthrough on Wednesday ahead of Thursday’s preseason opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Another one: Yesterday’s practice notes included a section about how Marcus Williams is having the best training camp of anyone on the team. The point was made after he intercepted Drew Brees for the second day in a row during team drills. Well, Williams rang it up to three interceptions in a row on Monday. The safety is on an incredible run. His instincts and understanding of the defense and how teams are trying to attack are all on point. It looks like Williams is poised to have a big season. ...

Quotes from Alex Okafor's training camp media availability - Sunday, August 6

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When the defense has kind of a two-minute drill like you had today, how much does that get you guys going?
“We practice it all week man. The only difference tonight was that we had we an audience. It was somewhat like a gameday environment. The competition was going, and we showed up and we showed out and we were proud of our practice today.”

Is boot gang back?
“We'll see. We'll see if we hold on to it and make up something else. We're having fun out there.”

Was it a nice change, a night time practice in front of all the fans?
“Yes, camp you have the same exact schedule every single day. So, it is absolutely a grind. Anytime you get a chance to come out here with a change of scenery, change of environment, it brings a little more energy and a little more competition.” ...

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Saints' Dan Arnold: Converting to tight end 'one of hardest things' I've done; but he's impressing

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By Nick Underhill | The Advocate

During a recent practice, Dan Arnold found himself up against a defensive end, trying to clear a hole for the running back.

It was probably the first time Arnold ever encountered this specific scenario. A converted wide receiver who is playing tight end for the first time, he's used to blocking cornerbacks and safeties, not hulking pass rushers. So, it probably comes as no surprise that Arnold was tossed to the ground and gave up the play.

There have been times when Arnold has made things look easy this summer, so it's easy to forget just how far he still has to go to make this transition stick and crack the roster.

“It’s one of the hardest things I think I’ve done in my life," Arnold said. "I have a really good coach with Dan (Campbell). We’ve put in a lot of work, especially in OTAs. The biggest thing is trying to focus on if you make a mistake just turn around and come to the next play. After that, try to keep making plays at receiver like I used to.” ...

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Saints release first unofficial depth chart of 2018

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By Josh Katzenstein, | The Times-Picayune

The New Orleans Saints released their first preseason depth chart on Monday in advance of their preseason opener Thursday against the Jacksonville Jaguars

It's never wise to read to much into the NFL preseason depth charts each summer, but because this is the first depth chart of the year, let's look at a few things that stand out, even if they ultimately won't matter when the season begins next month.

Two positions have two starters listed, the three-technique defensive tackle spot with Sheldon Rankins and David Onyemata and strong safety with Kurt Coleman and Vonn Bell.

Based on the practice usage in training camp, neither of these listings is surprising as both pairs of players have rotated heavily with the first-team defense through the first 10 practices. ...

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New Orleans Saints linebackers finding their rhythm as a group

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By Josh Katzenstein, | The Times-Picayune

The linebacker competition is the most hotly contested position battle in New Orleans Saints training camp, but it would be hard to know that from watching practice.

Almost anytime the music starts, Craig Robertson and Manti Te'o are the first to feel the beat. Demario Davis frequently grooves, and Nate Stupar likes to flash his moves, too, though his teammates like to give him a hard time.

"They consider theirs dancing. They kind of make fun of my dancing," Stupar said. "I'm still trying to learn, trying to pick up some moves."

Lucky for him, the coaches and scouts aren't judging the linebackers on their dance skills, but the energy the veteran group of linebackers bring to practice benefits the entire team. ...

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Mark Ingram approaching training camp the same way despite looming suspension

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By Joel A. Erickson | The Advocate

Mark Ingram's season opener is going to come a little later than the rest of the Saints.

Forced to sit for the first four games due to a suspension for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing drugs, Ingram's opener isn't until a Monday night game against Washington in October.

Asked on Sunday night if that reality is altering the way he's approaching training camp, Ingram says his goals are the same.

"Just grinding, man, every day," Ingram said. "Trying to get better, trying to find ways to challenge myself to improve everyday, just to make sure I'm the best me, so I can be ready to help this team." ...

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Saints training camp Day 11: Marcus Williams continues his impressive camp

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By Nick Underhill | The Advocate

Dress code: Shorts and shells

Attendance: LB Manti Te’o, WR Austin Carr, Marcus Davenport, TE Benjamin Watson, WR Cameron Meredith (recovery from ACL), TE Michael Hoomanawanui, S Kamrin Moore (hamstring), C Cameron Tom (shoulder) and S J.T. Gray did not practice.

Returned to action: Running back Shane Vereen

Best camp?: It wouldn’t be hard to argue that FS Marcus Williams is having the best camp of any player on the team. After intercepting Drew Brees in the end zone a day ago, Williams came back and did the same on a deep pass intended for rookie WR Tre’Quan Smith. He needs to prove it in games, but it seems very clear that Williams has taken the next step in his second season.

Linebackers stepping up: Two strong moments from the linebackers during team drills. The first one came when Demario Davis ran down the field with Dan Arnold in coverage. The other came when Craig Robertson sat in a zone and nearly picked off a Tom Savage pass to Tre’Quan Smith. New Orleans has lacked range at the linebacker position. It looks like it might have a few guys who can run now. ...

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