Saints practice report for Sunday: Meachem sits out

WHITE SULPER SPRINGS, W.Va. — The biggest development during Sunday’s practice was the lack of participation of wide receiver Robert Meachem.

Head coach Sean Payton said Meachem tweaked his back and noted the injury is not serious.

Meachem spent Sunday riding a bike. Joe Morgan took Meachem’s place in the top group.

Everyone else was present and accounted for. Wide receiver Kenny Stills (quad) and safety Jairus Byrd (back) were in attendance but did not participate.

• It was the first practice conducted in pads. Practice opened with the offensive line practicing its blocking technique. The tight ends, including Jimmy Graham, did the same across the field.

• During the pre-practice walk through, Vinnie Sunseri and Pierre Warren served as the safeties on the second unit. Warren was undrafted.

• The offensive line appeared to get the best of the defensive line during a skeleton drill. However, to close things out, Marcus Thompson put a big him on Timothy Flanders.

• Nick Toon burned Rafeal Bush and Brandin Cooks slipped past a jam from Patrick Robinson to make deep catches. Toon continues to have a good camp, as is Cooks.

• The kicking battle continues. Derek Dimke hit all four of his field goals from 35-38 yards out, and Shayne Graham connected on all three of his. They then went through a “mayday” drill in which both kickers connected from about 30 yards out.

• Jahri Evans was twice beaten badly by Akiem Hicks during a one-on-one drill between the offensive and defensive lines.

• Guard Ben Grubbs watched while Senio Kelemente played on the second line.

• Wide receiver Andy Tanner worked with the first team in full-team drills.

• Champ Bailey had a nice strip of Erik Lorig. As the ball was going out of bounds, Rafael Bush flipped it back to Bailey. The play is an early candidate for the best play of camp.

• Warren had a nice pass break up during team drills.

• Cooks, Andy Tanner, Morgan and Charles Hawkins fielded punts.

• Corey White continues to get reps at safety.

• Terrence Frederick had a nice return during a simulated return drill, making his defender miss.

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