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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; Coach Sean Payton was made available to the media for a short while after the session ended and he touched on a few topics. One extremely interesting point was when asked about wide receiver Adrian Arrington. Arrington has shown flashed ...

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Coach Sean Payton was made available to the media for a short while after the session ended and he touched on a few topics.

One extremely interesting point was when asked about wide receiver Adrian Arrington. Arrington has shown flashed in the past couple seasons but injuries and overcrowding at receiver caused him to not move off the practice squad.

Practice Update: This afternoon's session is closed to the public as it will be held inside the Saints' training facility due to high temperatures.

Opening Statement:

In regards to practice, it was pretty much the same as yesterday. DeMario Pressley we held out with his back; well see where hes at for this afternoon. This afternoons practice will be inside and then tomorrow the afternoon practice will be outside.

You mentioned prior to camp wanting to look at some other guys at punt returner? Is there something you want to improve there or just see other players?

There are two parts to that. When it comes to the returners, well continue to work Reggie (Bush) and Lance Moore, but youre going to see Tracy Porter get work, Rod Harper a year ago did some good things in the preseason. Overall in the return game, its just being more efficient with our blocks and setting up our returns. Its just one phase, one specific area we look at to try to improve on and really get to where we were executing in the postseason. It was something that we did a better job with as the year went on. But youll see those four guys working back there as returners, and depending on the depth at the other spots, whos in the front unit blocking.

How do you balance the risk of using someone like Porter who is so valuable to the team as a cornerback?

Its the same risk that exists for Reggie Bush or Lance Moore. If you look at the returners in our league, there are a handful of guys that are return specialists and then theres about two-thirds of the league where the players are playing another position. Thats part of the deal.

Whats the reason for adding Porter to that mix?


He was in that mix a year ago. I just want to get him more work. He was real good in college at that. When we drafted him, he had had good numbers as a punt returner. There was a point last year where we got thin at that position. We want to make sure that we have the right depth there.

So you still like Bush and Moore as the one and two there?


It has nothing to do with whos ahead of him, correct.

How critical a camp is this for Adrian Arrington this year?

Its important. Its important because hes a guy that has been nicked up. Hes a real smart player and you can get to that point with the years that youve been here and he views it just as we would as an important training camp for him. There are a handful of players like him. Its an important camp for Usama Young. Not that it isn't for the rest of these players, but those are guys that are wanting to establish some consistency and stay healthy.

How important is it for Jeremy Shockey to have players behind him at his position that are pushing him?

I think the competition that always improves the level of play. We have some young guys and we have guys with experience with Jeremy and David Thomas. Well continue to use those guys and well use multiple tight ends.

Robert Meachem was running around during some of the early drills while Marques Colston was on the bike. Is it still the same prognosis where you think youll get Colston back earlier than Meachem?

I think Marques is probably a little further ahead in regards to when we expect him back. Today being Saturday, Im hopeful that Tuesday or Wednesday we have a chance to look at Marques. I think with Robert its going to be a week-and-a-half to two weeks.

Is it encouraging that Robert is running around?


Yes, no question. I just think that with the nature of what theyre dealing with, Roberts injury will probably keep him out a little further than Marques.

When do you expect to see Clint Ingram on the field?


Were hopeful for next week that well get to see him. Hes probably a little further ahead than Robert.

Does it still amaze you that fans show up here at 3:45 am to see a practice?

Its unbelievable when you drive up and see the lines. Its a weekend, which is always a good time for these guys to get out, and its certainly helpful for us for as hot as it is to have great fan support at practice."

It looked like Devery Henderson may have tweaked something out there. Did you see that?

Hes doing well. Hes close to 100% but hes not 100%. Hes fighting through it. Hes just getting back to that playing shape, but hes coming along alright. He hasnt had any setbacks.


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