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Todd Graffagnini's Saints training camp observations for Wednesday, Aug. 21

1.      Hendrickson continues to shine: Much was made on the performance of defensive end Trey Hendrickson against the Chargers on Sunday. Back at the Ochsner Sports Performance Center there seemed to be no letup. He continued to live in the offensive backfield during team periods Wednesday, Aug. 21, including a stretch where he would have registered back-to-back sacks and three total if the quarterbacks were not wearing red jerseys. Cam Jordan noticed the good work with a congratulatory pat on the backside when Hendrickson came off the field. Oh by the way, during kickoff coverage drills, Hendrickson was the first defender down near the 15-yard line and was in position for a special teams tackle.

2.      Kamara is back at it: After a little hiccup as far as missing some work prior to the trip out West and the first padded practice against the Chargers, running back Alvin Kamara is back to 100 percent, showing the patented burst we have grown to know and love in his first two seasons. During team period, Kamara took a simple off left tackle handoff, hit the hole at full speed, and burst into the clear untouched for a long touchdown run. A little later in third down drills, a well-protected Drew Brees hit Kamara in stride over the middle for a 65-yard catch-and-run touchdown. Interesting, also on that particular play, tight end Jared Cook freed up the middle while drawing defenders to him, allowing Kamara to break free. He will continue to be a nightmare matchup for all defenders the Saints will play.

3.      Rain drops were falling on our heads: For the first time all training camp, the Saints actually practiced in the rain for the last few periods of the workout. The Saints had moved indoors early during camp due to a lightning threat, but had not worked in the actual elements until Wednesday. The closet meteorologist in me would call it a light drizzle, nothing to disrupt practice or keep the team from finishing their work. In typical New Orleans fashion, as the team conveyed for its final break after practice, the sun actually came back out as the rain continued to fall.

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