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Sean Kelley: Observations from Saints final Greenbrier practice

Team will practice Thursday at Houston

The final day of Saints Training Camp presented by Verizon at the Greenbrier Resort on Aug. 17, 2016. Photos by Layne Murdoch Jr./New Orleans Saints

White Sulphur Springs, W. Va - The New Orleans Saints concluded The Greenbrier portion of Training Camp 2016 presented by Verizon on Wednesday. It was the first time the Saints did not practice in full pads since last week's preseason game at New England. Here are some observations:

  1. The process is well under way of filling the vacancy left by Sheldon Rankins on the defensive line. I remember talking a lot last training camp about young Bobby Richardson.  He took some lumps and made some plays in his rookie season. We haven't talked a lot about him this camp, but that could all change now as he has a chance to re-emerge with the injury to Rankins. Other names to figure prominently in this situation include Ashad Mabry, C.J. WIlcox, and David Onyemata. Onyemata got a lot of reps Wednesday with the first team. Coach Sean Payton also pointed out his progress after practice. Projected starter Tyeler Davison did not practice again Wednesday.  All the more reason this is a key position to watch this week at Houston.
  1. No Brandon Coleman again Wednesday. We know that Drew Brees, Willie Snead, and MIchael Thomas are locks at wide receiver. After that, it's wide open. And with Coleman out right now, guys like R.J. Harris, Jared Dangerfield, and Reggie Bell are getting more than normal reps. I didn't forget about Tommylee Lewis. I just think he's a little farther ahead than the others.
  1. I thought Delvin Breaux and Drew Brees stood out some at Wednesday's practice. It's not that I think they needed it, but with both guys limited at times for different reasons I like when they perform at their normal level.  
    4.  Take time to watch Coach Sean Payton's post-practice comments Wednesday on  He's happy with how camp has gone so far. Camp is not over but is getting another change of scenery, and getting closer to home.  ayton wanted a camp that was highly competitive, with more intensity. He got that during The Greenbrier portion. In my opinion, this has been the best training we've seen in the three visits to West Virginia.
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