Inside Saints practice Wednesday: These 2 defensive backs making late, strong push to crack roster _lowres

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Saints WR R.J. Harris (19) and CB Brian Dixon (20) watch a the ball come down on a pass play during the Saints' Black and Gold Training Camp Scrimmage Friday in White Sulphur Springs, WV.

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Notes and observations from Wednesday’s practice:

Dixon up: Kyle Wilson isn’t the only one making a late push to crack the roster. Fellow cornerback Brian Dixon has come strong in recent days. After breaking up at least two passes during Tuesday’s practice, he came back and broke up a pass today intended for Lance Lewis. After looking to be well behind some of the others at cornerback, Dixon is moving his way back toward the middle of the bubble.

Don’t do it Lance: Rough day for wide receiver Lance Lewis. He ran a great route late in Wednesday’s practice, beating a cornerback down the field for what looked like a sure touchdown pass from Garrett Grayson, but he let the perfectly placed pass fall through his arms. Those kind of mistakes stand out when you’re a long shot to make the club.

No Payton: Coach Sean Payton wasn’t in attendance at practice. Linebackers coach Joe Vitt took control of the session so that Payton could escort his daughter, Meghan, to college.

Joe Morgan up: The veteran wide receiver continues to look good. He got open deep early in the session for a deep reception from Drew Brees that required an adjustment to the ball. He then burned cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste for another deep reception that would have gone for a touchdown. Those are the plays he has to make if Morgan wants to make the team.

Brees passing

1. Complete to Ben Watson

2. Complete to Joe Morgan

3. Complete to Ben Watson

4. Sacked by Rafael Bush

5. Complete to Marques Colston (one-handed on Stanley Jean-Baptiste)

6. Incomplete to Josh Morgan (broken up by Kasim Edebali)

7. Complete to Marques Colston

8. Cam Jordan sack

9. Incomplete to Brandin Cooks (out of bounds)

10. Complete to Mark Ingram

11. Complete to Joe Morgan

McCown passing

1. Complete to Ben Watson

2. Complete to Willie Snead

3. Complete to Marques Colston

4. Scramble

5. Complete to Willie Snead

6. Complete to R.J. Harris

7. Complete to Josh Hill

Griffin passing

1. Incomplete to Lance Lewis (broken up by Brian Dixon)

2. Complete to Toben Oporum

3. Sacked by Parys Haralson

4. Fumbled snap

5. Dropped by Toben Oporum

6. Incomplete to R.J. Harris

7. Incomplete to Toben Oporum (Jerry Franklin coverage)

8. Incomplete to Josh Hill (Henry Coley coverage)

Grayson passing

1. Complete to Jalen Saunders

2. Complete to Edwin Baker

3. Complete to Seantavius Jones

4. Incomplete to Lance Lewis (drop)