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Todd Graffagnini's Saints training camp observations for Sunday, Aug. 4

Saints held practice at Tulane's Yulman Stadium

1.       Sunday Night lights: As we get into the meat of New Orleans Saints training camp presented by Verizon, the days seem to roll into the next, almost like a Groundhog Day effect, so the night practice at Tulane on Sunday, Aug. 4 was definitely a welcome change of pace. An estimated 12,000 people attended the session, the most in the now fourth time the Saints have practiced at night Uptown. After practice Coach Sean Payton made mention to the media how much he enjoys the break of the usual routine and is cognizant of the long history of the Saints and Tulane, going back to 1967 when the Saints played their first game at Tulane Stadium.

2.       Teddy's ready: Two weeks into camp, quarterback Teddy Bridgewater appears to be gaining confidence and accuracy with each practice. Sunday night was no exception as he was on the money with the majority of his throws, capped off nicely during team drills with a sweet touchdown pass to wide receiver Rishard Matthews in the back right corner of the south end zone. One would think Bridgewater will see extensive action Friday in the preseason opener vs the Minnesota Vikings, his former team.

3.       Big play Sa: For the second straight practice rookie safety Saquan Hampton had an interception. Saturday morning during wide receiver/defensive back one-on-one drills Hampton made a leaping grab of a Bridgewater pass and took off down the field for a big return. Sunday it was against Drew Brees on a go route to tight end Jared Cook. On both occasions Hampton showed good ball skills and good hands, drawing the praise of Payton after practice.

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