Saints players take break after Black and Gold Scrimmage

After 10 days of training camp and a 64-play scrimmage Saturday morning, the New Orleans Saints got a much-needed break for the first time since reporting July 25.

Following the scrimmage, players and coaches had a Family Day event, then had the afternoon and evening off. They will also be off Sunday before returning to the practice field on Monday in a practice that’s closed to the public.

“Yeah, man, we’re looking forward to it,” wide receiver Lance Moore said at midweek. “It’s been a long 10 days. Any time you get a chance to get away, you want to get away and put your feet up and relax.

“It’s a grind,” he said of the first training camp segment. “It’s 10 days.”

Payton to Canton

Shortly after the scrimmage, Saints coach Sean Payton headed to the airport to catch a flight to Canton, Ohio, for the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony Saturday night.

Payton flew to Canton for the enshrinement of two-time Super Bowl-winning coach Bill Parcells, one of Payton’s many mentors. Payton was a member of Parcells’ coaching staff with the Dallas Cowboys from 2003-05.

“When someone that is close to you, or someone that has been a part of your career, is going into the Hall of Fame, it is pretty special,” Payton said. “It becomes a little bit more meaningful.

“Obviously, Bill was someone that really helped me a lot in my career. To this day, I talk with him pretty frequently. I’m excited for him and excited to be there to celebrate with him.”


Wide receiver Joe Morgan limped off the field with the help of trainers after suffering what appeared to be a lower leg injury. Morgan was hurt when he caught a pass and was tackled by rookie safety Kenny Vaccaro.

Running back Travaris Cadet was helped off after taking a hard hit from free agent linebacker Eric Martin on a kickoff return, and wide receiver Andy Tanner was also hurt, although he returned.

Payton said he’ll have more information on the injuries Monday.

Robinson rises

Running back Khiry Robinson, an undrafted free agent from West Texas A&M, had a nice day running the ball with a team-high 52 yards on 11 attempts.

Most of Robinson’s yardage came against the second- and third-team defenses. His longest run of the day was a 19-yarder.

Flipping out

While he had some nice runs, Robinson was also on the receiving end of a spectacular hit from free safety Isa Abdul-Quddus.

Working with the second-team offense near the end of the two-hour workout, Robinson broke loose for a 9-yard run when Abdul-Quddus hit him — flipping him high into the air — while the crowd let out a loud, collective “oooooh!”

Thomas gets loose

After a three-and-out series when the No. 1 offense went against the No. 1 defense, the starting offense bounced back with a nice drive on the next series, which started at midfield.

Veteran Pierre Thomas had an 18-yard run and on the next play caught a swing pass from Drew Brees that Thomas turned into a 15-yard gain.

Coming out

The largest crowd of training camp showed up — 5,123 strong — and they showed up early.

Long lines of fans, many of whom arrived well before dawn for the 8 a.m. opening of the gates, greeted the players when they arrived.

Five observations from Saturday’s Black and Gold Scrimmage:

1.Outside linebacker Junior Galette, who’s been solid so far in camp, looked extremely comfortable at his new position with two sacks.

2.The first-team offense was sharp on the opening series that resulted in a 70-yard TD drive, converting three times in third-and-short situations.

3.In the only series pitting the No. 1 offense against the No. 1 defense, the defense opened with a three-and-out, which was capped by a Galette sack.

4.Cornerback Chris Carr, a late free-agent pickup in June, starred with an interception and tipped another pass that linebacker David Hawthorne picked out of the air.

5.Kickers Garrett Hartley and Jose Maltos were shaky, combining to go 3-for-6 in field goals with Maltos missing two of them from 36 and 41 yards out.