Saints morning briefing: Wednesday (Aug. 6)

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. — Day 11 of training camp practice at The Greenbrier resort in West Virginia on Wednesday is the last before the Saints travel to St. Louis for their preseason opener at the Rams.

That game will be the first time the Saints face former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who helped New Orleans win Super Bowl XLIV but then was front and center of the bounty scandal that ruined the team’s 2012 campaign. Coach Sean Payton insisted Tuesday that angle is not a big deal.

ABOUT YESTERDAY: A significant number of players on the roster missed practice Tuesday: quarterback Drew Brees (oblique), cornerback Champ Bailey (undisclosed, last participated Thursday), left guard Ben Grubbs (undisclosed, last participated July 27), linebacker Victor Butler (undisclosed, last participated Saturday), fullback Erik Lorig (undisclosed, last participated Saturday), wide receiver Andy Tanner (undisclosed), defensive back Terrence Frederick, tight end Je’Ron Hamm and defensive back Derrius Brooks. Wide receiver Kenny Stills (quad, out since July 25) stretched and participated in the morning walkthrough but was then out.

During the practice, perhaps no one had a bigger day than cornerback Corey White. In team passing drills against the first team, White broke up a pass from backup quarterback Ryan Griffin to All-Pro tight end Jimmy Graham and then intercepted Griffin along the sideline later. It was the second straight day White picked off Griffin, and he is fully in the fight to be a regular in New Orleans’ talented secondary in 2014.

After practice, the Saints made some minor roster moves, waiving wide receiver Steve Hull (injured), nose tackle Tyrone Ezell and linebacker Marcus Thompson. They added tight end Richard Quinn and wide receiver Tobais Palmer.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: Any players working with the first string on Wednesday will probably start Friday. For example, at the afternoon walkthrough Tuesday, 2013 practice squadders Senio Kelemete and Marcel Jones were at guards with the first string, and Tim Lelito was at center. It’d be a strong indication they’ll get significant time under the microscope at St. Louis if they handle the bulk of the work Wednesday.

LIGHT READING: Stories on how Brandin Cooks and Jimmy Graham may not limit each other’s individual productivity as one might think and a profile on how being a coach’s son has paid off for rookie safety Vinnie Sunseri are at

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