One of the three rookies the Saints placed on the non-football injury list last week ended up opening camp with the rest of the team as scheduled.
Marcus Murphy, the Saints’ seventh-round pick out of Missouri, was given full work in Thursday’s opening practice, taking handoffs, catching passes and handling punts.
Fellow rookies Davis Tull and Antonio Johnson, also on the NFI list, both worked with trainers off to the side along with veteran cornerback Brian Dixon, also on the NFI. Marques Colston andGlenn Foster both walked the field in uniform, although Jairus Byrdwas not present. All three are on the physically unable to perform list.
Long snapper Justin Drescher, the only other surprise, was placed on the non-football injury list with an undisclosed ailment on Thursday. The Saints signed rookie Chris Highland on Wednesday to fill Drescher’s role in camp.
“Having seen (Highland) snap as a rookie in our minicamp and having some experience then with what he can do, it made it easy when we knew we had to have Justin back off a little bit until he’s healthy,” Payton said. “It gives us a chance to see a young player do in a day-to-day setting.”