Sunday, August 07, 2005
Temperature: 75 degrees
Heat index: 83 degrees
Paid attendance: 10,282
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Right cornerback: Despite skipping the spring coaching sessions, Fakhir Brown has established himself as the starter with a strong camp. He has been one of the most consistent performers on the defense. Behind him, Fred Thomas also is having a solid camp. Thomas began last season as the starter before Brown won the job, so the team has two experienced options. Rookie Dwight Ellick has terrific speed and could develop into a decent prospect if the Saints want to keep him on the practice squad.
No. | Player | Ht. | Wt. | Exp.
35 | Fakhir Brown | 5-11 | 192 | 6
22 | Fred Thomas | 5-9 | 185 | 10
38 | Dwight Ellick | 5-10 | 182 | R
GET TO KNOW:
Position: Wide receiver
Height, weight: 6-1, 218
Hometown: Brooklyn, N.Y.
Did you know: Henry was graduated from Connecticut with a double major in computer science and electrical engineering and a minor in mathematics. He attended Brooklyn Technical High School. . . . He and Saints rookie linebacker Alfred Fincher were part of the Huskies' rise to prominence the past four years. UConn went 8-4 last season, its first as a Division I-A school. . . . Henry began his college career as a quarterback but was replaced in 2002 by Dan Orlovsky, who was drafted in April by the Detroit Lions. . . . Henry was born in Guyana before moving to the U.S. as an infant.
Henry says: "I really enjoyed math and science in high school, and computers deal a lot with math and science. . . . Plus, I hear the money's not too bad." -- Henry on his choice of college majors.
Coaches have been praising Brooks' performance since the winter conditioning program and spring practice sessions. Heading into his fifth season as the Saints' starter, Brooks has looked crisp and fluid throughout camp. Saturday night was no exception. Brooks completed all three passes he attempted during the team scrimmage, and before that he consistently was on target during every throwing drill.
The veteran cornerback couldn't make the trip because he came down with the flu and was suffering from an ear infection.
PLAYS OF THE DAY:
Backup kicker Nate Fikse made both of his field-goal attempts, a 47-yarder and a 46-yarder. . . . Cornerback Fred Booker snatched an interception after tight end Zachary Hilton couldn't reel in a pass. . . . Quarterback Adrian McPherson scrambled for a first down on third-and-5.
QUOTE OF THE DAY:
"It was a screen pass, but I saw the end coming around the corner. . . . Man, I wish I didn't have a red jersey on, because I wanted to go all the way." -- McPherson on his first-down scramble.
Pos. | Player | Injury
LB | James Allen | knee
LB | Roger Knight | knee
CB | Jason Craft | flu
TE | Shad Meier | knee
OL | Spencer Folau | shoulder
Players in meetings only.
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