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By Les East | Crescent City Sports
METAIRIE – The New Orleans Saints have conducted 11 training-camp practices so far.
So there’s enough visual evidence to start forming opinions of who is exceeding expectations, who’s falling short of them and who has been about what was expected from them.
But impressions formed from practices can be altered dramatically by how players perform in preseason games. After all, the coaches are searching for the 53 players best suited to compete in regular-season games and the preseason games simulate that far better than practices.
So when the Saints play their preseason opener against the Minnesota Vikings on Friday night in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, impressions can be strongly reinforced or altered significantly. ...
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