Attendance: Hau’oli Kikaha and Avery Young were both not spotted at practice again. Linebacker Stephone Anthony was also missing. Safety Jairus Byrd, cornerback Kyle Wilson, defensive end Kasim Edebali, safety Jamarca Sanford, punter Thomas Morstead and linebacker Dannell Ellerbe did not participate in team drills.
Shorter day: The Saints ended practice early on Thursday after going through just minimal team drills. The players will now head home to prepare for training camp, which should begin in late July.
Kicking work: It hasn’t been a strong minicamp for kickers Connor Barth and Kai Forbath. It’s looked like the players have missed a number of kicks, but coach Sean Payton gave the pair a vote of confidence and explained the set up at minicamp is not favorable to kickers.
Grayson watch: It’s been a mixed minicamp for rookie quarterback Garrett Grayson. He’s made a handful of mistakes but littered them with some smaller bright moments. He missed on a slant and then connected with Kyle Prater on a fade for a touchdown on Thursday. The fade, however, might have been thrown a little low.
Receivers: It might or might not be notable, but the top three receivers on Thursday were Brandon Coleman, Willie Snead and Brandin Cooks.
Brees passing: Drew Brees was 2 of 3 in team drills. He completed passes to Willie Snead and Tim Hightower. His third pass, to Cooks, was broken up by Delvin Breaux.
McCown passing: Luke McCown completed 2 of 4 passes. He connected with Reggie Bell and Josh Hill. One pass to Michael Thomas was broken up by Tony Carter. It would have been a tough play for Thomas to complete.
Grayson passing: Garrett Grayson was 2 of 4 passing. He connected with Tommylee Lewis and Prater.