TODAY: The New Orleans Saints will take the practice field at Ochsner Sports Performance Center for their second padded workout of Training Camp presented by Verizon that is scheduled to last about two and a half hours, starting at 8:50 a.m.
COMPETITION IN THE MIDDLE: One of the most open competitions in training camp is the center position to replace the retired Max Unger. The competition truly started from a physical perspective Sunday with the first padded practice of training camp. In addition to team reps, fans can watch the individual drills and while the tackles and guards are going through their sets, Offensive line coach Dan Roushar and assistant offensive line coach Brendan Nugent are putting Nick Easton, Marcus Henry, Erik McCoy and Cameron Tom through snapping drills.
PRESEASON INTERNS: The club is employing two preseason interns who are currently college coaches at the start of training camp. Cleo Lemon, who is currently wide receivers coach at Jacksonville State is helping the offense. Lemon has spent seven years coaching in the college ranks following a nine-year NFL and CFL career including two seasons as Drew Brees' backup in San Diego from 2004-05. Helping on the defensive side of the ball is Maryland defensive passing game coordinator/cornerbacks coach Cory Robinson.
SPECIAL GUESTS: NFL Sirius Radio will broadcast a live show from the Ochsner Sports Performance Center hosted by Bruce Murray, a Tulane graduate and Mark Dominik, a longtime NFL personnel man, who served as general manager of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2009-13. Murray and Dominik will interview Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis, Coach Sean Payton and several players.
CHERRY JUICE: In terms of nutrition and recovery for players, an attractive option is to drink cherry juice post practice, which is made available in small bottles. Cherry juice is a great recovery beverage which combats inflammation and soreness in the body.
PLAY OF THE DAY: During team periods, rookie linebacker Kaden Elliss took a tipped ball off of a pass by Taysom Hill and intercepted it in what was actually an impressive day for Hill, the third year signal-caller, who also has contributed in several areas on offense and special teams.
STAT OF THE DAY: Payton has 126 career wins (regular season and postseason), tied for 31st in NFL record books with Dick Vermeil. With a win in the season opener vs. the Houston Texans, Payton would move into a tie for 30th place with former Chicago Bears and Saints Coach Mike Ditka.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Cornerback Patrick Robinson re-signed with the Saints in the 2018 offseason, after finding a niche with the Philadelphia Eagles as a nickel cornerback. Originally the 32nd overall draft selection in the 2010 NFL Draft out of Florida State and the final first round draft pick of legendary Seminoles Coach Bobby Bowden, Robinson spent his first five seasons in New Orleans. From 2015-17, he played for San Diego, Indianapolis and Philadelphia and really found his stride with the Eagles in 2017, where he returned an interception for a touchdown in the NFC Championship Game to help the Eagles to Super Bowl LII, where they defeated New England. After suffering a season-ending ankle injury in Week Three in 2018, Robinson has returned to the lineup with no restrictions and provides experience and leadership to a young, but promising Saints secondary.
COMING UP: On Tuesday, the Saints will again take to the Ochsner Sports Performance Center fields at 8:50 a.m. for their third padded workout of 2019 Training Camp presented by Verizon.
Photos of New Orleans Saints coaches and staff during Saints Training Camp presented by Verizon at Ochsner Sports Performance Center on July 28, 2019.