Notes and observations from Monday’s training camp practice:
Attendance: LB Stephone Anthony, WR Travin Dural (concussion), WR Jake Lampman, CB Taveze Calhoun, OL Jack Allen, TE Clay Harbor, CB Delvin Breaux (leg), DT David Onyemata, T Terron Armstead (shoulder) and LB Nate Stupar (birth of child) missed practice.
Returned to action: CB Marshon Lattimore, DE Trey Hendrickson and C Max Unger
In a noncontact jersey: RB Travaris Cadet
Dress code: Pads
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The Saints went through an abbreviated practice Monday without the typical amount of action. Much of the day was spent working on various situations. New Orleans will be off Tuesday before resuming practice Wednesday morning. The team will then travel to Los Angeles to practice against the Chargers.
CB Marshon Lattimore and C Max Unger returned to action and went through some individual drills. Neither participated in the team portion of practice.
Getting Unger moving around is a big development. The Saints have had issues with shotgun snaps throughout training camp, and his presence provides some hope that he’ll be available for Week 1 at the Minnesota Vikings.
The Saints are looking to move on from cornerback Delvin Breaux.
LB A.J. Klein had another productive practice, recording a tackle for loss on a RB Mark Ingram run and a sack of Chase Daniel. Klein has consistently flashed more than any other linebacker throughout camp.
DE Hau’oli Kikaha had a standout moment during the abbreviated practice when he batted down a Daniel pass. Bonus points for the celebration after the play, which drew a laugh from the crowd.
WR Willie Snead keeps making plays on special teams. It remains to be seen whether he’ll be used there, though.
CB Sterling Moore had a nice pass breakup on a ball to WR Brandon Coleman. If the Saints make a move with CB Delvin Breaux, Moore could be in line for a bigger role in the defense since CB P.J. Williams will have to play on the outside.
WR Xavier Rush made a back-shoulder catch with Moore draped over him in coverage. Rush has made an impression during his short time here.
RB Alvin Kamara might have had the play of the day when he went up the slot and had to go full extension to pull in a QB Drew Brees pass.
TE Coby Fleener had a nice catch on a ball placed between two defenders by QB Garrett Grayson.
The defense had a broken coverage that allowed Daniel to hit Coleman down the field for a wide-open catch. Kamara was also running free underneath.
WR Corey Fuller dropped a pass that hit him in the hands. However, even if he had pulled it in, S Kenny Vaccaro might have knocked it loose. (It was a short practice, so some of the “bad moments” here weren’t all that bad.)
WR De’Quan Hampton also dropped a pass.
-- Some of the starters took off long stretches during the team portion of practice. At quarterback, Brees handled one series while Daniel, Ryan Nassib and Grayson handled the rest.
-- While things appeared set at linebacker, the Saints opened up with Alex Anzalone and Klein as the starters in a nickel package. It might not mean anything, but it looks like the door is still open to change at the position.
-- Vaccaro spent another hour on the field after practice, putting in extra work. This has become part of his daily routine.
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