Saints camp: Saturday Morning Briefing (July 26)

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — The New Orleans Saints have settled into their posh digs at The Greenbrier resort for the start of 2014 training camp. Here’s what you need to know as the team begins day two of practice:

ABOUT YESTERDAY: Saints players went through their first full day of practice Friday at The Greenbrier’s newly built $30 million football practice facility, starting light in the morning with about 2 1/2-hours of drills in helmets, jerseys and shorts. The Saints returned to the practice fields for an hour-long walkthrough session Friday afternoon. Attention centered on the Saints’ pass catchers: tight end Jimmy Graham, fresh off his lengthy and at times contentious offseason contract negotiatons, and receivers like Joe Morgan who returned to full speed drills after suffering an ACL tear in 2013’s preseason camp. Rookie Brandin Cooks made an impression with a nice deep ball grab on a throw from Drew Brees, while second-year man Kenny Stills limped off during the morning session with a leg injury.

ON TODAY’S AGENDA: The Saints will ramp up the intensity on practice by donning pads for the first time at their 7:50 a.m. Central time practice then will tone things down with a picnic/autograph session for fans attending practice following their 3:30 p.m. Central walkthrough. Among the players expected to be available for interviews at about 11 a.m. Central are quarterback Luke McCown, running back Mark Ingram, guard Ben Grubbs, defensive end Akiem Hicks, inside linebacker David Hawthorne, cornerback Keenan Lewis, outside linebacker Junior Galette and Stills. Stills’ availability could hinge on whether he participates in practice.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Whether Stills can get back for practice this quickly will earn a first look, but more eyes will likely be trained on the defensive backfield to see whether offseason acquisition Jairus Byrd will practice with the team for the first time. The safety missed OTAs and minicamp after undergoing minor back surgery in May and spent Friday working out individually — at less than full speed — with one of the Saints’ assistant coaches. While peeking in the backfield, it will be worth watching the ongoing battle for the starting cornerback spot opposite Keenan Lewis between veteran Champ Bailey and players like Corey White and Patrick Robinson.

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