Saints Sunday briefing: Final week of camp begins

WHITE SULPHUR SPRING, W. Va. – The home stretch.

After a day off following the team’s 26-24 preseason opener against St. Louis on Friday, the Saints begin their final week of training camp with a single session at 3 p.m. CDT today at the Greenbrier training facility.

No doubt some of the Saints took advantage of their free time to visit the West Virginia State Fair in nearby Lewisburg.

Coach Sean Payton made no injury announcements following Friday’s game and there was no media availability on Saturday, but the Saints appeared to get though the night largely unscathed. That’s good because 13 players, including quarterback Drew Brees, were held out the game.

The team will work twice on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday before breaking camp and returning to New Orleans.

ABOUT FRIDAY: Most of Friday’s attention went to the offense – particularly the running of Mark Ingram, the quick acceleration of Brandin Cooks and the quarterbacking of Ryan Griffin.

But it was a good evening for defenders like backup defensive end Tyrunn Walker, who was credited with six tackles including a sack, and backup end Glenn Foster, who was in on three stops, one of them for a sack. Foster led the team in preseason sacks last year with three.

ON TODAY’S AGENDA: The single workout will likely be heavy in correcting mistakes from the Rams game. The secondary is sure to hear about Cory Harking being so open for a touchdown pass on St. Louis’ first possession and the 10 penalties.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: The unofficial depth chart for Friday’s home game against Tennessee won’t be released until Monday, but it will be interesting to see who lines up with the ones, the twos, etc. Also, all eyes will be on Brees and whether he returns from a strained oblique.