Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS Saints quarterback Luke McCown throws a pass during Saturday's scrimmage.

A few minutes with ... Luke McCown

Entering his second year with the Saints, backup QB Luke McCown sounds off on what he doesn’t miss about being a newbie, his relationship with his main competitor and who helped him at the start.

The Advocate: What don’t you miss about being a rookie?

Luke McCown: “Ah, man, I don’t miss not having answers when I see a blitz. When you’re a rookie and it’s the first time in that system, then most of the time you don’t have the tools or at least the awareness of the tools at your disposal at the line of scrimmage. ... As a young player, as a quarterback, you walk up to the line, you know something is coming, but you don’t know what to do about it; that’s not a very good thing. I don’t miss that at all.”

TA: In what ways has Ryan Griffin grown while also competing to be a backup to Drew Brees?

LM: Coming into last year, Ryan was the typical rookie: He kept his mouth shut when he should, and he just absorbed. He was a sponge. This year, after just standing around watching, now he kind of has a lot more questions and the great thing about it is he’s at the point now where he even has a few answers for himself so he doesn’t have to rely on Drew (Brees) or I for all the answers. Drew is supposed to lean on me to see things that maybe he didn’t see. I’m supposed to lean on Ryan and vice versa.

Gary Estwick

Injury report

  • Did not participate: NT John Jenkins, WR Kenny Stills, LG Ben Grubbs, T Ty Nsekhe, WR Steve Hull
  • Limited: S Jairus Byrd, TE Je’Ron Hamm (left early)

Next three up



Monday’s practice:

4:00 p.m.-5:50 p.m. CDT

Tuesday’s practice:

7:50 a.m.-10:40 a.m. CDT

Until Aug. 13, practices are held at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. The Advocate will tweet observations throughout practice. Follow @RVargasAdvocate, @UnderhillAdv, @LewisAdv and @EstwickSaints.

Going digital

For more coverage, visit us at Here’s a sampling of what you’ll find today:

ä GALETTE SPEAKS: Saints pass rusher Junior Galette sounds off on how the team’s defense feeds off its own energy in a video.

ä COOKS COOKING: Vargas and Underhill rave about rookie Brandin Cooks’ performance at the scrimmage; and, in a separate video, Saints coach Sean Payton calls the youngster “explosive.”

ä BLOG: Much more that we didn’t have space for in the paper can be found at