Tracking the Saints on the rise and those fading at training camp:
ON THE RISE
Wide receiver Marques Colston
Colston proved that the injury that limited this offseason will mean very little, returning to action in the scrimmage and immediately picking up where he left off, a savvy veteran capable of making tough catches, including a touchdown on a fade from Drew Brees.
Defensive tackle Tyeler Davison
The rookie fifth-round pick has been part of an impressive crop of rookies on the defensive line, displaying a nice combination of power and speed that could be best put to use in pass rushing situations on the interior.
Safety Vinnie Sunseri
Sunseri, a player on the bubble, improved his stock with a pair of interceptions, one in Friday’s scrimmage and another Monday. Sunseri anticipates well, breaking on throws over the middle.
Cornerback Brian Dixon
Dixon, facing a much more crowded field at cornerback this season, struggled mightily during the scrimmage, drawing three penalty flags and giving up an impressive, diving catch on a deep ball to rookie receiver R.J. Harris.
Tight end Josh Hill
Hill, who battled a minor injury for most of the last week, returned Sunday to find that Ben Watson has turned back the clock in camp. Making matters worse, Hill dropped a wide-open throw over the middle Monday.
Tackle Andrus Peat
At this point, any talk of Peat starting as a rookie is out of the question. The big tackle still has some conditioning issues, and the Saints have started moving him around the line to see his versatility as a potential swing player in reserve.
NEXT THREE UP
Tuesday: 7:50 a.m.-10:40 a.m. CT; 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. CT.
Wednesday: New Orleans travels to Baltimore.
Thursday: Saints at Ravens, 6:30 p.m. CT, M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore.
Out: Defensive tackle Akiem Hicks, safety Jairus Byrd, wide receiver Jalen Saunders, cornerback P.J. Williams, safety Kenny Phillips, linebacker Davis Tull, long snapper Justin Drescher.
Limited: Running back C.J. Spiller, wide receiver Brandon Coleman.
-- Joel A. Erickson