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New Orleans Saints Afternoon Minicamp Practice Report

    <span style="">The Saints held their second mini-camp practice this afternoon beginning at 3:00 p.m. The practice was open to the public and very well attended, with 2,268 spectators coming through the gate.  

The team will practice again (weather permitting on Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m.-gates open an hour early and fans attending are once again encouraged to bring a canned food item for the Second Harvest Food Bank.

Some afternoon practice highlights included:

-RB Reggie Bush taking a handoff and bursting off the left side of the offensive line for a nice gain.

-LB Scott Shanle snaring RB Pierre Thomas at the line of scrimmage after Thomas tried to cutback in an effort to find more running room.

-S Chris Reis coming up quickly in run support to meet RB Mike Bell after a short gain.

-RB Lynell Hamilton bursting through the line of scrimmage and picking up a nice gain of over 20 yards.

-QB Mark Brunell firing a laser down one of the hash marks to newly signed WR Jeremy Shockey/Paris Warren.aspx">Paris Warren who went up and made a leaping catch in traffic.

-Hamilton once again running hard and getting into the secondary.

-Rookie CB Reggie Jones, from Portland State, made a nice play as he jarred the ball loose from fellow rookie WR Garrett Hartley/Matt Simon.aspx">Matt Simon, causing an incompletion.

-DT Lynell Hamilton/Rod Coleman.aspx">Rod Coleman busting through the line of scrimmage and meeting RB Mike Bell in the backfield.

-QB Anthony Hargrove/Joey Harrington.aspx">Joey Harrington reading a backside blitz and firing a pass to WR D'Juan Woods for a first down.

-RB Garrett Hartley/P,-d-,J,-d-, Hill.aspx">P.J. Hill spinning through would-be tacklers before being met by LB Marvin Mitchell.

-Shanle knocking down a pass intended for FB Heath Evans.

-TE Buck Ortega hauling in a 12-yard gain from QB Drew Brees.

-WR Robert Meachem corralling a Brees pass in tight coverage by CB Jabari Greer.

-Brees employing a hard count and getting a defensive end to jump, and just as he did on countless occasions last season, spotted TE Marvin Mitchell/Billy Miller.aspx">Billy Miller and fired a strike to him 20 yards downfield.

-Meachem from Brees on a timing route against a zone defense.

-TE Jeremy Shockey catching a pass in the flat and turning it upfield, muscling his way past pursuing defenders.

-DE Bobby McCray shooting through a hole and "sacking" (no contact) Brunell.

-LB Troy Evans deflecting a pass intended for RB Mike Bell.

-Tight bracket coverage on WR Jeremy Shockey/Paris Warren.aspx">Paris Warren by the secondary, thus forcing an incompletion.

-CB Jason David sprinting up to meet Warren soon after he made a reception.

-Brees hitting WR Devery Henderson for a 16-yard reception in tight traffic.

-Shockey making a sliding 20-yard catch between the safeties on a pass from Brees.

-CB Jason David "sacked" Harrington on a corner blitz.

-RB Mike Bell springing a nice gain via a draw play.

Notes: Head Coach Sean Payton addressed a few medical issues following the afternoon practice and informed the press that OLB Dan Morgan was sidelined late in the afternoon with a strained calf muscle, TE Darnell Dinkins suffered a sprained ankle this morning and TE Dan Campbell needs a minor arthroscopic procedure done on one of his knees, but is expected to be ready for training camp.

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