Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) throws at the Saints Training Facility in Metairie, La. Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014.

Five observations from the New Orleans Saints' Thursday practice:

1. Drew Brees was sharp -- As far as we could tell, Drew Brees did not throw an incompletion during 11-on-11 drills. The session was held in shorts and shells, so contact was limited, but it was still an impressive feat. He had two near misses to Nick Toon that came in a bit low. After the plays concluded, Brees and coach Sean Payton spoke with the receiver, suggesting that the misplaced passes were the result of a receiver error.

2. Secondary coming together -- It's still too soon to know if cornerback Keenan Lewis or Patrick Robinson will play Saturday night in Indianapolis. But both players appear to making progress in their returns from undisclosed injuries. Lewis did not appear to be limited during Thursday's practice, and Robinson logged some snaps in team drills in place of Champ Bailey.

3. Corey White stepping up -- White has received an increased number of snaps due to injuries to players above him on the depth chart throughout camp. He took full advantage of his opportunity, and is continuing to do so. He intercepted a pass Thursday, and flashed several other times with good coverage. Assuming health for the top four players, the Saints appear to be well stocked at cornerback.

4. Attention to T.Y. Hilton -- The Saints spent Thursday's practice preparing for the Colts. That meant dressing wide receiver Charles Hawkins in a No. 13 vest and having him simulate speedy Indianapolis wide receiver T.Y. Hilton. The defense had some trouble keeping up with Hawkins, who caught several passes during the session.

5. Getting close -- Linebacker Victor Butler and cornerback Rod Sweeting spent some time doing conditioning work off to the side, indicating that they could be nearing a return to action.