Action photos of New Orleans Saints Training Camp presented by Verizon on August 2, 2019.
TODAY: The New Orleans Saints will take the practice field at Ochsner Sports Performance Center for a padded workout that is scheduled to last about two hours, starting at 9:20 a.m. in the indoor practice facility and 9:50 at the outdoor fields. The outdoor portion of the practice will be open to the public.
DRILL TO WATCH: A drill to watch is the ball security/turnover circuit drill. While forcing turnovers is a constant emphasis on the defensive side of the ball, ball security is tantamount as well. The Saints' 16 turnovers in 2018 were the fewest in franchise history and a key catalyst in their 13-3 mark.
PLAY OF THE DAY: In what promised to be a fan favorite, during a team run period, running back Alvin Kamara took advantage of some nifty blocking and also showed his balance and vision in breaking a long run for over 30 yards.
LARGE CONTINGENT: The NFL Network hosted one of its flagship shows, "Inside Training Camp Live" from the Ochsner Sports Performance Center, which was hosted by David Carr, Michael Silver and Amber Theoharis, featuring coverage from the practice, live looks and interviews post-practice with Coach Sean Payton, quarterback Drew Brees, defensive end Cameron Jordan and wide receiver Michael Thomas. Peter King of NBC Sports and Albert Breer of the Monday Morning Quarterback also conducted stops on their training camp tours.
UNSUNG HEROES: Unsung heroes in Saints training camp is the intern staff of team senior director of business operations Ian Tigchelaar. A mix of college students and recent graduates, Tigchelaar's staff is at the Ochsner Sports Performance Center at 5 a.m. on a morning practice day preparing to host thousands of fans by preparing opening gates, fan amenities and shuttle services to help support the enhanced training camp experience created by the club this year.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: Defensive back Justin Hardee on playing special teams: "Whenever they ask for help, I always do, but you have to take the coaching and take the reps. Coaches really want to see guys who jump in at it. I tell younger guys special teams is my life right now. When those drills come up, I'm serious and trying to get everybody on the same page."
Originally signed as undrafted free agent wide receiver out of Illinois by the Houston Texans 2017, Hardee was picked up to the Saints practice squad shortly after end of preseason cuts and ended up being elevated to the active roster a few weeks later. Hardee has developed into a special teams ace for the club appearing in 30 games and four postseason contests over the last two seasons, posting nine solo tackles, his first career interception with a 77-yard return, two passes defensed, a team-leading 19 special teams stops over that period and a blocked punt he recovered for a touchdown. Heading into the 2019 season, Hardee looks to continue to make strides with his coverage skills, while continuing to be a significant special teams contributor.
STAT OF THE DAY: In a time spanning the 2016 season and until the regular season finale in 2018, kicker Wil Lutz drilled a field goal in 36 consecutive regular season games, second-longest streak in NFL history.
TOMORROW: The Saints will return to action Sunday, with a practice at Tulane Stadium's Yulman Stadium at 7 p.m. Fans don't need a ticket to attend and the there will be a Hancock Whitney Fan Fest prior to the workout outside the stadium.