TODAY: The New Orleans Saints will take the practice field at Ochsner Sports Performance Center for the third 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.
MOST DRAMATIC APPEARANCE CHANGE: Linebacker Vince Biegel came to the Saints after a year in Green Bay. When he joined the Black and Gold, the Wisconsin Rapids native sported long hair and a ponytail last season. However, this year he showed up in the offseason with a crew cut and a freshly groomed and neat beard.
TRANSACTIONS: On Monday, the club signed guard Patrick Omameh, released wide receiver Cameron Meredith and reached an injury settlement with defensive lineman Kenny Bigelow Jr. Omameh, 6-5, 327, originally was signed by the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent in 2013 out of Michigan. The Columbus, Ohio native has played in 67 career games with 56 starts for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2014), Chicago Bears (2015), Jacksonville Jaguars (2016-18) and New York Giants (2018). In 2018, Omameh played in seven games with five starts at right guard for the Giants and in the second half of the season appeared in seven contests with five starts at left guard for the Jaguars.
SPECIAL GUESTS: Former Saints linebacker Rickey Jackson, the first member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame to play the majority of his career with the Saints and the team's all-time leader with 115 sacks, will sign autographs for fans near the entrance to the practice fields from 8-9 a.m. Tuesday. On Monday, former Black and Gold signal-caller John Fourcade attended practice.
FREEZE POPS: In terms of nutrition and recovery for players, another attractive option is to eat electrolyte freeze pops post-practice. The frozen bars are packet with electrolytes and have half as much sugar as many sports drinks.
RIVERSIDE: Listen carefully throughout practice and you may very well hear Coach Sean Payton yell "Riverside" to the team. Riverside is a decades old football word that has become part of the lexicon, but very few people seem to know the origin of the word. In short, 'Riverside" is a directive to the team to change whichever way the team is headed during practice. In essence, it is telling the team to flip the field and either pursue one end zone (on offense) or defend an end zone (on defense). The word has to direct relation to the California city of the same name. Lore has it that a legendary college coach started the term because his team practiced on the bank of a significant Midwestern river. When he wanted his team to go toward the river, he would yell Riverside. As Paul Harvey would say, and now you know the rest of the story.
STAT OF THE DAY: As a member of the Oakland Raiders in 2014, running back Latavius Murray gained 112 yards on four carries with two touchdowns, including a 90-yard scoring run vs. Kansas City on Nov. 20, becoming the first player in National Football League history to gain at least 110 rushing yards on five or fewer carries.
DID YOU KNOW: Guard/center Cameron Tom came from a very diverse family background to become an NFL player. The Baton Rouge native's father Michael is a Jos, Nigeria native who arrived in the United States on a Fulbright scholarship to Penn State, where he became exposed to football. Eventually he settled in Baton Rouge, where he is a mathematics professor at LSU and his wife Vanessa works in the Information Technology department. In Baton Rouge, Cameron and his younger brother Zachary got the football bug and starred at Catholic High School. Cameron played at Southern Mississippi before entering the NFL with the Saints in 2017 and Zachary plays on the offensive line at Wake Forest.
WEDNESDAY: The Saints will have their first off day of training camp. They will return to a practice, which is closed to the general public, on Thursday, Aug. 1, while Friday's 8:50 a.m. workout will be open to the general public.
The New Orleans Saints had their fourth day of training camp presented by Verizon, fans came out to support their favorite members of the Black & Gold