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Fayard's Takeaways from New Orleans Saints training camp: Aug. 29

Brees-to-Thomas connection in midseason form

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2020 New Orleans Saints Training Camp at Ochsner Sports Performance Center in Metairie, Louisiana. (Copyright New Orleans Saints, Photo by Layne Murdoch Jr.)

Observations from New Orleans Saints training camp practice on Saturday, Aug. 29, from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome:

  1. KEEP YOUR DAY JOBS: During a punting drill, jack-of-all-trades quarterback Taysom Hill stood in as the punter while the group went over some cover techniques. On the final snap, Hill decided to actually punt (mostly, the stand-in simply catches the ball and the coverage team runs through its assignments). The punt wasn't totally a duck, but it might've quacked once while in flight. Kicker Wil Lutz playfully gave Hill a "no good" signal from the sideline.
  2. EARLY BIRDS: The first Saints players to arrive for Saturday's practice in the Superdome were the specialists: Lutz, long snapper Zach Wood and punters Thomas Morstead and Blake Gillikin. That allowed them to get in some work before their teammates arrived.
  3. SAME AS EVER: The Drew Brees-to-Michael Thomas connection never seems to be "off." Brees threw a pair of long completions – likely touchdowns – to Thomas in a seven-on-seven drill. On the first one, Thomas adjusted to the pass, cut underneath the defender and made a leaping catch with no one behind him. On the second, he ran through the secondary and beat them deep.

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