8:50 a.m. - Practice 2
The Saints held their third practice of training camp on Saturday morning as the heat continued to push around the 100-degree index.
The Saints will be back on the practice field this afternoon at 4:20 p.m. in the indoor facility. The practice is closed to the public.
- The first question the media asked RB Reggie Bushafter practice was what his goals were for the season. "My goals are to be as effective as possible, get better from last year as a team and personally, just taking it day by day, and not trying to do too much," said Bush. "Knowing my role, and becoming a better player fundamentally and starting from the basics. Taking it from there. Being a leader, and leading by example."
Rod Harper Catches On
- WR Rod Harpermade a number of impressive catches in the morning session, including a diving grab with DB Jabari Greerplaying tight coverage.
- Harper says the Saints talented core of veteran receivers and missing the 2009 regular season are his two motivating factors in camp. "Coaches and fans have seen me do some things and also I was hurt last year so there is no time for injuries now," said Harper." I have to come out and make plays. There is a lot of pressure but I have to come out and do what I normally do."
- S Malcolm Jenkinsran with the first-team defense at free safety and yesterday and S Usama Young ran with the first team on Saturday. The two secondary Saints are splitting time while Pro Bow FS Darren Sharperis on the active Physically Unable to Perform List (PUP).
- Saints head coach Sean Paytonsaid on Thursday that he wanted to get a longer look at certain guys returning punts, including DB Tracy Porter.
- Porter, RB Reggie Bushand WR Lance Mooretook turns catching punts during the morning session.
- Payton commented on using Porter as a punt returner after practice: "He was in that mix a year ago. I just want to get him more work. He was real good in college at that. When we drafted him, he had had good numbers as a punt returner. There was a point last year where we got thin at that position. We want to make sure that we have the right depth there."
- Gregg Williams,who has coached special teams throughout his career, said he loves the idea of key guys returning punts. "I think it is great when you have your best players (returning punts)," said Williams. "One of the things are defensive guys know is this – if they are not committed to playing the special teams then I won't play them on defense. They won't play for me on defense if they are scared about playing special teams. The first play of a defensive series is kickoff coverage and the last play of defensive coverage is punt coverage. The last play of a defensive series could be a field goal block or extra point block. "Those are the type of things when you have a team that commits to every aspect. I will tell you this, I am a better football coach when Tracy Porter is playing corner and Jabari Greer is playing corner. That is part of the game."
- WR Rod Harper said a key to being an good punt returner is having a "sense of fearlessness" "First, you have to be able to adjust to the well. It seems like stuff that is almost a given but I really just think it is about your will and having a 'want to'. God blesses you with speed and you have to use all you have to give it all you have, never give up on a play, breaking and slipping tackles."
- RB P.J. Hill had an impressive morning session by breaking off a couple of notable runs, including one where he bounced outside and sprinted through the secondary.
Pressley Still Out
- Payton announced after that practice that DT DeMario Pressley sat out the second straight practice do to back spasms.