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Todd Graffagnini's Saints training camp observations for Sunday, Aug. 11

1. Coach on the field: During the indoor portion of practice, the quarterbacks warm up by throwing the “route tree” to the wide receivers. One particular play Drew Brees looked for a quick hit to Michael Thomas. The pass uncharacteristically was well wide of the intended target. That prompted Brees to call Thomas over, made a few motions with his hands on the correct way to spin into position on that route. Thomas gave himself a self-evaluating pound on the chest, then ran the rep immediately after to perfection.

2. Cam is always first: Any time a team period is about to begin, a ball is put down at the line of scrimmage the drill will begin on. Without fail first to that ball is defensive end Cam Jordan, no matter where he is coming from the period prior. At times he is challenged on a dead sprint, usually from linebacker A.J. Klein, but I have yet to see Jordan come in second yet during training camp. Always good to see your best players leading by example.

3. Two-minute Travin: In the final period of this hot and humid practice at the Ochsner Sports Performance Center, the team worked on two-minute drill. With 1:32 left on the clock Drew Brees led the starters on a TD drive capped off by a strike to Thomas. But it was the second unit's drive that opened some eyes, specifically the play from Breaux Bridge native Travin Dural. The second-year wide receiver hauled in three passes from Teddy Bridgewater, including two very tough first down catches that set up the offense with a goal-to-go situation with one play left. The defense won the battle with a pass breakup by safety Chris Banjo, but without question it was Dural’s best showing at camp at a position that is still very much up for grabs.

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