Two days removed from the preseason opener against the Patriots, the Saints were back on the practice fields for two sessions at the Saints indoor facility on Saturday. The black and gold practiced from 8:50 to 10:30 a.m. and 4:20 to 6 p.m. The squad focused on short yardage and empty nickel packages at both sessions.
NEXT UP: The Saints will be back on the practice field at 8:50 a.m. on Sunday. The session will be outside and open to the public.
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Morstead said he wasn’t sure when he will return but was impressed with K
“He looked nervous on the sidelines but when he got out there and punted he looked like a pro,” said Morstead.
Payton said of Graham, who was wearing a walking boot at practice, has a sprained ankle.
Coleman was signed by the Saints as a rookie free agent in May and participated in the team’s offseason program before being waived shortly before the start of training camp. A two-year starter at LSU, Coleman (6-2, 212) made a career-best 82 tackles with four sacks as a senior in 2009.
Coleman participated in the Saturday afternoon practice and said afterwards that he was grateful to be back.
“Great to be back,” said Coleman. “I was surprised I got the call, but once I got the news I got here quick.”
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Despite his strong performance in the preseason opener and reps at first team, Casillas said he is still approaching practice with the mindset that he “always has something to prove.”
Defensive Coordinator Gregg Williams said the move for Shanle is not a knock on Shanle but a credit to his flexibility.
“In all honesty, Scott Shanle might be one of the most underrated linebackers in the National Football League,” said Williams. “Scott Shanle can do it all for us. He can play all three positions; he can actually even play the strong safety position. He can rush; he can cover; he can play physical; he’s a strong, stout man on the line of scrimmage. But his flexibility allows us to do an awful lot of things.”
PRACTICE HIGHLIGHTS: *RB Reggie Bush showcased his blazing speed with a nice run of the middle in team drills.
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Chris and Janet watched both practices and received a tour of the facility. Along with Vilma, many players and coaches greeted the them, including Saints Owner/President Tom Benson, Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis, head coach Sean Payton and a number of players.