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

Akiem Hicks shines again

White Sulphur Springs, W. Va. - The New Orleans Saints returned to the practice field Wednesday, Aug. 5 after their first day off at Training Camp 2015 presented by Verizon. Here are some observations from the full workout that lasted 2 hours, 40 minutes.

  1. It was another strong day for defensive lineman Akiem Hicks. He looked good in both individual drills and team periods. Seantavious Jones and Joe Morgan appeared to receive more snaps with Brandon Coleman unable to fully participate. Jones took advantage and Morgan showed he can still really stretch the field. Also of note, individually, kicker Dustin Hopkins may have a slight edge on Zach Hocker. Hopkins hit all four of his kicks Wednesday with longest coming at 47 yards. Hocker missed one. The miss was on the shortest of the four attempts.
  1. Much of the team periods Wednesday focused on third-down situations. The coaches did a lot of mixing and matching in personnel groups. Saints coaches and players were also joined by an NFL officiating crew on the field. The Saints took advantage of the officials attendance with plenty of questions.
  1. There are two comeback player stories at camp that provide some added interest. Both Tim Hightower and Kenny Phillips are trying to make a return after being out of football the last couple of years. Wednesday, Phillips saw a lot of snaps in team periods. He rotated with Rafael Bush with the first team at Safety.
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