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Sean Kelley's key takeaways from Thursday's Saints practice

Ben Watson, Drew Brees looked sharp

Photos from Saints Training Camp presented by Verizon on Wednesday, August 6, 2015. Photos by Richard Crank (New Orleans Saints photos)

White Sulphur Springs, W. Va - The New Orleans Saints went with just shoulder pads and helmets in their last full practice before Friday's Black and Gold Scrimmage. The Thursday morning work was rain free and featured plenty of snaps in the red zone. Here are some observations:

  1. The tight end position group may be thin right now, but Benjamin Watson is taking a hold of the lead role. He showed well with several TD catches in red zone periods and is a solid run blocker as well. Free agent signee Orson Charles figures in a supporting role as of now.
  1. Like many, maybe I take Drew Brees for granted. Thursday I was reminded how good he is. The franchise QB was dynamite in the red zone. In one period, Brees connected on TD passes to Willie Snead, Mark Ingram, and Watson. Bang. Bang. Bang.
  1. Size matters. Watching Marques Colston and Seantavious Jones use their size and length to make grabs in the close quarters of the red zone reminds me of this. A good day for both.
  1. Tim Hightower is one of the bigger running backs in Saints camp. He looked strong and scored Thursday in the red zone team periods. John Deshazier of smartly stated that Hightower may have a Mike Bell-type of role on this team. He could be valuable in the red zone and a closer in game-ending run situations.
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