Attendance: Adrian Peterson, safety Robenson Therezie, linebacker Dannell Ellerbe, center Max Unger, offensive lineman Senio Kelemete, tight end Josh Hill, and defensive tackle Nick Fairley did not practice. Peterson was given a rest day.
Thomas shows out: It was Mike Thomas’ day on Thursday. The Saints wide receiver had the highlight moments of day. Most will likely focus on the 40-yard touchdown he scored on a go route during a simulated 2-minute drill with Ken Crawley in coverage. That moment was impressive in its own right. But the one that left us more impressed was a back-shoulder from Drew Brees in the corner of the end zone. Brees got rid of the ball incredibly fast, letting it go before Thomas was even in position, and he went up and reeled it in. The catch was nice. The chemistry displayed between Brees and Thomas in the moment was nicer.
Lattimore thrown at: Not sure we saw rookie Marshon Lattimore get thrown at during the first two organized team activities open to the media. He finally got targeted on Thursday and was beat by Brandon Coleman for a touchdown. Sean Payton said the cornerback has had high moments and low moments throughout the summer, which is to be expected of a rookie player trying to transition to this level. Payton also noted that Lattimore is still working into football shape after going through the draft circuit.
Different looks: The Saints are mixing and matching players in different spots in each practice. Today’s example came at safety. The team used more two-high looks with Kenny Vaccaro and Vonn Bell serving as the deep safeties. Rafael Bush played some in the box. In other practices, where the team has shown more single-high looks, rookie Marcus Williams has been on the field with the starters. At cornerback, the team used Crawley and Delvin Breaux predominantly on the outside with P.J. Williams on the inside.
Good looks: Willie Snead and Coleman both looked good throughout the practice. Both players caught four passes and were consistently part of the offensive attack. It was good to see from Snead after he was limited earlier in organized team activities.
Bad Snaps: Jack Allen had two snaps sail on him. The first was to Chase Daniel. The second was with Garrett Grayson at quarterback. The one to Grayson could have been pulled in it but it came in sky high. Josh LeRibeus continued to work with the first-team offense at center.
Klein makes plays: It’s too early to make sweeping assessments, and it’s hard to keep a close eye on the linebackers on every snap during a live practice, but A.J. Klein had two nice moments in coverage. One of them was against Travaris Cadet on a crossing route. Small moments, but what you want to see at this early juncture.
Lutz’ed in: Wil Lutz had a solid run kicking the ball with a crosswind blowing. He connected on 7-of-9 kicks, missing from 40 and 51. He hit kicks from 50 and 54.
Other plays: Ashaad Mabry and Stephone Anthony had clear sacks. Crawley picked off a pass to Thomas in the end zone to end practice, but the play had been whistled dead before the throw went off. Vonn Bell had a nice pass breakup on a ball to Clay Harbor. Delvin Breaux broke up a pass to to Ted Ginn.