Saints open training camp

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees calls out signals against the San Diego Chargers last season. The Saints opened training camp recently. 
POST SOUTH PHOTO/Peter Silas Pasqua

METAIRIE – The New Orleans Saints opened training camp on July 25 for the franchise’s 46th season in the National Football League.

“I think it’s going really well,” quarterback Drew Brees said. “I’ve actually been really impressed with our young receiving corps.

“It’s all about wins and loses. You want to win and put yourself in position to make a run during the postseason. Whenever you fall short of that, it’s disappointing. That’s not a level that we are used to performing as far as just the overall record. There are plenty of things that we can do, specifically offensively, to improve and we know that we need to improve to accomplish the things we set out to accomplish. I still feel like we have all the pieces in place. We have been in this system for eight years now. We have a strong comfort level with it. Then you have put in the work and fine tune to make sure you stay on top and make sure that you continue on with that edge that’s going to allow you to go out there and be successful and accomplish the things you want to accomplish.”

The Saints are coming off a 7-9 record a year ago under interim coach Joe Vitt, as head coach Sean Payton served a year-long suspension for a bounty scandal in what would have been his seventh season at the helm of the program. New Orleans is just three years removed from its only Super Bowl title in the franchise’s history.

“Yes, guys are flying around herem” Payton said. “What’s encouraging is (that) you want it to be competitive and I thought toward the end of practice, it wasn’t as crisp.  But when you are having that type of competition in your periods, it benefits both sides of the ball. It (even) benefits the kicking game.  When there is an even flow, it goes back and forth, but I think that you are trying to create as best we can a game like situation.”