Saints Monday morning briefing, Aug. 11

WHITE SULPHUR SPRING, W. Va. – There are three days of Saints practice left at The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia, and then the team returns to New Orleans to play the Tennessee Titans on Friday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. On Sunday, the Saints had a late afternoon practice, but they’ll be back at it early Monday, set to start at 7:50 a.m. CDT.

ABOUT YESTERDAY: The highlight of Sunday’s practice occurred on the late snap. Ryan Griffin -- competing with Luke McCown to be the backup to quarterback Drew Brees -- fired a Hail Mary pass from about midfield into the arms of tight end Ben Watson, who coolly secured the ball for the score and earned the loudest cheers of the afternoon. It was a bit of redemption for Griffin, who in a drill simulating a late-game drive tossed an interception to cornerback Corey White for what would’ve been an easy pick-six had the defender not laid down to end the play.

KEEP AN EYE ON McCOWN: McCown didn’t do much better than Griffin in the late-game drive drill. He tossed three incomplete passes that hit defenders’ hands before taking a sack-fumble on fourth down. He had a shaky outing in the Saints’ victory at St. Louis this past Friday, tossing an interception while going 7-for-10 for 49 yards. He’ll want a good week of practice and a better performance against the Titans to ensure he keeps pace with Griffin, who was 16-of-23 for 179 yards and a touchdown versus St. Louis.

Brees remained out Sunday with a strained oblique that’s sidelined him for several practices as well as the St. Louis exhibition. Until then, McCown and Griffin will be under the metaphoric microscope.

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