Photos: Big names, big plays as Saints practice against Patriots in West Virginia _lowres

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Joseph Morgan (13) stretches to the end zone as New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler (21) tries to make the stop during a joint practice at the Saints' NFL football training camp in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. — Notes and observations from Wednesday’s practice with the New England Patriots (assist to Joel A. Erickson for helping with charting):

DEPTH CHART CLARITY: In other practices, the Saints have rotated the personnel at wide receiver that it has been impossible to get a grasp of how things are shaping up. On Wednesday, Brandon Coleman was the clear the No. 3 receiver and he received no snaps with the second team. Brandin Cooks and Marques Colston were the only other players to get this treatment.

If I had to set a depth chart for the receivers, based only on what we saw today, it would look like this:

1. Marques Colston

2. Brandin Cooks

3. Brandon Coleman

4. Joe Morgan

5. Josh Morgan

6. Nick Toon

7a. Willie Snead

7b. Seantavius Jones

TIGHT END WORK: There’s been a lot of talk about the Saints apparently not being able to cover tight ends because Ben Watson and company have been making a number of catches in practices. On Wednesday, the first-team defense only allowed Rob Gronkowski to catch a pair of passes. Maybe he rips things up tomorrow. Maybe he doesn’t. The point is that it’s too soon to be concerned about this. The defense isn’t exactly scheming to take away players in practices or preseason games. And, oh, by the way, Ben Watson had four catches against the Patriots’ starters today. He’s playing well.

DEFENSE LOOKS GOOD: The Patriots were without many of their better offensive weapons, including wide receivers Brandon LaFell, Aaron Dobson, and Julian Edelman, but the Saints were without cornerbacks Brandon Browner, Keenan Lewis and Delvin Breaux and safeties Kenny Vaccaro and Jairus Byrd. So, the fact that the defense held its own against the Patriots during the early portion of practice was impressive. Cam Jordan had a pair of sacks, and Akiem Hicks picked up a coverage sack. It wasn’t until the Pats went no-huddle that the defense struggled. On that drive, Tom Brady connected on seven of his nine passes.

MURPHY READY TO SHINE: If Jalen Saunders is going to make this team he might have to do it as a receiver. Seventh-round pick Marcus Murphy drew praise from coach Sean Payton on Tuesday, and continued to build to his resume with several solid kick returns on Wednesday. Also, with C.J. Spiller nursing a knee injury, it might be hard to leave Murphy off the roster. Willie Snead also returned kicks.

WILLIAMS TAKES LUMPS: The good thing about the secondary having no depth is that it forced the Saints to throw rookies P.J. Williams and Damian Swann to the fire. We haven’t seen much of Williams, as he was battling an undisclosed injury, and it’s clear he has some work to do. He struggled a little bit covering shorter routes.

TULL CAN RUSH: My beat partner, Joel Erickson, sent this over:

“Davis Tull only got one rush, but he flashed a pretty impressive first step, blowing past Cameron Fleming in his only chance at the drill.”

DIXON HAS UPS AND DOWNS: Brian Dixon had some good moments and some bad moments. He got beat on a fade route in the end zone and gave up a few other receptions. But he broke up a couple of passes, including one that led to a Vinnie Sunseri interception on Ryan Lindley.

Drew Brees passing

1. Incomplete to Marques Colston (Malcolm Butler in coverage)

2. Complete to Ben Watson (seam route; Jerod Mayo in coverage)

3. Complete to Ben Watson (Tim Lelito recovers to save a sack)

4. Complete to Marques Colston (Tarell Brown in coverage)

5. Complete to Brandon Coleman (2.34 to throw; slant, Devin McCourty in coverage)

6. Sacked by Patrick Chung

7. Complete to Joe Morgan (in route, 3.41 to throw)

8. Incomplete to Brandin Cooks (thrown behind; Tarell Brown PBU)

9. Incomplete to Austin Johnson (drop)

10. Complete to Ben Watson (2.13 to throw)

11. Incomplete to Brandon Coleman (1.56 to throw, Tarell Brown, thrown high)

12. Sacked

13. Complete to Marques Colston

14. Incomplete (no target)

15. Complete to Brandon Coleman (1.54 to throw, Malcolm Butler in coverage)

16. Complete to Ben Watson (Duron Harmon in coverage)

17. Pass interference on Malcolm Butler (deep route, 2.60 to throw, intended for Brandon Coleman)

18. Complete to Brandin Cooks (3.69 to throw, Devin McCouty in coverage)

19. Complete to Joe Morgan (deep pass down sideline, over Malcolm Butler)

20. Complete to Josh Morgan (across back of end zone)

21. Complete to Khiry Robinson (screen, 2.10 to throw)

22. False Start

23. Complete to Khiry Robinson (1.81 to throw)

24. Complete to Brandin Cooks (2.40 to throw)

25. Incomplete to Josh Hill (dropped)

26. Complete to Josh Morgan (3.12 to throw)

McCown passing

1. Complete (unknown, slant, 2.34 to throw)

2. Sacked by Jerod Mayo (3.31)

3. Incomplete to Seantavius Jones (2.31 to throw, low pass)

4. Complete to Mark Ingram (wheel route)

5. Complete to Willie Snead (diving catch, 2.09 to throw)

6. Complete to Nick Toon (on sideline)

7. Complete to Orson Charles (1.67)

8. Complete to Josh Hill (bootleg, 4.40)

9. Complete to Seantavius Jones (possibly out of bounds in end zone)

Griffin passing

1. Complete to Michael Egnew

2. Complete to Seantavius Jones (thrown behind, strong adjustment)

3. Complete to Lance Lewis (bootleg)

4. Complete to Willie Snead

Grayson passing

1. Incomplete to Lance Lewis (flushed from pocket)

2. Incomplete (batted down)

3. Complete to Edwin Baker

Brady passing

1. Complete (2.97 seconds to throw)

2. Cam Jordan sack (2.87 to throw)

3. Complete (P.J. Williams in coverage)

4. Incomplete (Stephone Anthony in coverage; 1.90)

5. Complete (P.J. Williams in coverage)

6. Akiem Hicks sack (Tyeler Davison pressure; 3.31)

7. Complete (Damian Swann coverage; 1.78 to throw)

8. Sacked by John Jenkins

9. Complete (Stephone Anthony coverage)

10. Complete (Kenny Phillips coverage)

11. Cam Jordan sack

12. Incomplete (Kasim Edebali throw)

13. Complete (Damian Swann coverage)

14. Complete (1.62 to throw)

15. Complete (2.39 to throw)

16. Incomplete (Brian Dixon PBU)

17. Complete (Brian Dixon in coverage)

Garoppolo passing

1. Jerry Franklin sack

2. Complete (Brian Dixon in coverage)

3. Complete (Travis Manning in coverage; 1.47)

4. Incomplete (Pierre Warren PBU)

5. Incomplete (dropped)

6. Sacked by Parys Haralson (2.66)

7. Complete (Travis Manning in coverage)

8. Complete

9. Complete (Hau’oli Kikaha in coverage)

10. Complete (David Hawthorne in coverage)

11. Complete (Kenny Phillips in coverage; 2.65)

12. Incomplete (P.J. Williams in coverage (1.47)

13. Complete (Stephone Anthony in coverage; 1.78)

Lindley passing

1. Incomplete

2. Complete (Vinnie Sunseri coverage)

3. Incomplete (dropped)

4. Incomplete

5. Incomplete

6. Complete (deep with Travis Manning in coverage)

7. Complete (Brian Dixon in coverage)

8. Intercepted by Vinnie Sunseri


Offensive line

Jahri Evans: 2-3

Max Unger: 3-1

Tim Lelito: 4-1

Terron Armstead: 5-1

Zach Strief: 3-1

Andrus Peat: 3-3

Sean Hickey:4-4-1

Senio Kelemete: 2-2-1

Mike McGlynn: 4-1

Bryce Harris: 1-4

Antonio Johnson: 1-3-1

Cole Manhart: 2-3

Mike Golic Jr.: 1-4

Nick Becton: 2-2-1

Defensive line

Kasim Edebali: 1-2

Kevin Williams: 1-0

John Jenkins: 1-1

Akiem Hicks: 2-1

Cam Jordan: 1-1

Hau’oli Kikaha: 1-2

Bobby Richardson: 1-2

Ashaad Mabry: 0-2

Tyeler Davison: 2-1

Parys Haralson: 0-1

Kaleb Eulls: 0-2

David Hunter: 0-2

Tavaris Barnes: 1-0

Markus Pierce-Brewster: 0-1

Davis Tull: 1-0