Saints camp tidbits: Monday, July 28

A closer look at ... Senio Kelemete

Position: Left guard

Years in the NFL: 2

Acquired: 2013 (practice squad)

College: Washington

Career highlights: In college, he was a two-time team captain and All-Pac 12 performer. He’s appeared in one game in the NFL — for Arizona, who drafted him in the fifth round in 2012.

Strengths: At 6-foot-3 and 300 pounds, he’s got great size for an interior lineman.

Must improve on: His blocking technique’s constantly been cited as an area to improve. Contact drills started Sunday, and coach Sean Payton said he could benefit.

Projection: He’s been filling in for Pro Bowl LG Ben Grubbs in drills. He might challenge for a backup spot on the interior of the line.

Ramon Antonio Vargas

Say What

“The better I play, the more accolades I’ll get, the better we’ll be up front. My goal is to be the best I can be.”

— Saints RG Jahri Evans on if it’s a goal for him to make a fifth All-Pro Team, missing the cut in 2013.

“Some special things come with us smaller guys that some bigger guys can’t do.”

— Saints rookie WR Brandin Cooks, who’s 5-foot-10, on whether he feels he represents the little guys out there.

Spotlight on ... cornerbacks

On solid ground: Champ Bailey, Keenan Lewis

Work to do: Corey White, Patrick Robinson

Plenty to prove: Rod Sweeting, Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Terrence Frederick

Camp developments: Robinson has flashed each of the last two days, while things have been rocky for the rookie Jean-Baptiste.

Nick Underhill

Injury report

PUP: S Jairus Byrd (chest), NT John Jenkins (pec)

Did not participate: WR Robert Meachem (back), WR Kenny Stills (quad), T Tavon Rooks (non-football injury)

Next three up


7:50 a.m.-11:40 a.m. CDT

Tuesday’s practice:

7:50 a.m.-11:40 a.m. CDT



Until Aug. 13, practicesare held at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. The Advocate will tweet observations. Follow @RVargasAdvocate, @UnderhillAdv, @RabalaisAdv and @EstwickSaints.

Going digital

For more coverage, visit us at Here’s a sampling of what you’ll find today:

äMORNING BRIEFING: We’ll get you up to speed with a quick recap of Sunday and a preview of Monday’s practice.

äVIDEO: An analysis of the practice on Sunday; remarks from RG Jahri Evans and K Shayne Graham; and QB Drew Brees running drills

ä BLOG: Why is WR Joseph Morgan so generous with his autograph giving? What tendencies did the Saints show on the field in 2013? Learn at

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