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7-9, 3rd in NFC South

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

No major lineup or attendance changes to report at Saints camp Friday. In base defense, Manti Te'o remained the starting middle linebacker, with A.J. Klein at Sam and Stephone Anthony at Will. Then in nickel defense, Klein moved to Mike, with Anthony at Will. Anthony had a few more nice moments as he tries to earn a starting job in his third different linebacker position in three years.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Best play at Saints camp Friday was a toss-up between three receivers fighting for fourth and fifth roster spots. Brandon Coleman got wide open deep down the left sideline behind CB Delvin Breaux for a long TD pass. Corey Fuller held on to a long TD pass after the ball was initially batted around in heavy traffic. And Jake Lampman made a terrific lunging catch between two defenders near the sideline. Coleman and Fuller both stood out a few times during Friday's practice. That could be an intriguing battle for the fourth WR job all summer.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

OVERHEARD: "Today is the most fun I've had playing football, I think. I appreciate every moment," said Saints linebacker Michael Mauti, who just re-signed with his hometown team this week after stepping away last November and undergoing a series of three surgeries to treat his longtime battle with ulcerative colitis. "I knew if there was a way, I'd find it," Mauti said.

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21hMike Triplett

Source: Saints agree to deal with OL Franklin

With the Saints seemingly set at the starting guard positions, the team has bolstered its depth by agreeing with Orlando Franklin on a one-year contract, a source tells ESPN's Adam Schefter.

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21hMike Triplett

Brees: Contract a 'non-issue' entering season

While Drew Brees and the Saints worked out a one-year contract extension last year, the quarterback said his contract isn't a concern as he enters the deal's last season.


Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Drew Brees on how he keeps his edge: 'I tell myself I'm young, I act like I'm young.'

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23hBill Barnwell

Ranking weapons: Saints still have firepower

New Orleans shipped off Brandin Cooks, but the receiving corps remains in good shape. Oh, and Adrian Peterson climbed aboard.


Which Saints are locks for roster spots?

ESPN.com's Mike Triplett tells Matt Moscona which players he projects to make the 53-man roster and which rookie has the toughest path to an opening day roster spot.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Not a ton of practice highlights for the Saints on Day 1 since they ran mostly base drills in a non-padded session. Rookie cornerback Marshon Lattimore (who worked with the second string) had a nice PBU vs. receiver Michael Thomas in 7-on-7 drills and stripped the ball away from fullback John Kuhn at the end of a play down the field. He's another rookie the Saints would love to earn a starting job. ... Veteran safety Rafael Bush had an interception on a tipped pass from backup QB Chase Daniel.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Another notable (but expected) lineup shift in New Orleans: rookie Ryan Ramczyk and veteran Khalif Barnes split time as the first-string left tackle as the Saints look for a replacement for injured starter Terron Armstead. The Saints would probably love for Ramczyk to win the job, but the 32nd overall draft pick will need to develop fast after missing most of OTAs and minicamp while recovering from hip surgery.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints wrap up their first training camp practice. The most notable lineup change from summer: Manti Te'o worked as the starting middle linebacker, with A.J. Klein on the strong side and Stephone Anthony on the weak side (his third position in three years). Saints will likely mix and match all summer, but all three could potentially start in the wake of Dannell Ellerbe's release. Veteran Craig Robertson (who worked as the second-string MLB) could also be in the mix at all three spots.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints brought in veteran guard Orlando Franklin for a visit Wednesday and are discussing a deal with him, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Franklin, 29, was released by the Chargers in May just two years into a five-year, $36.5 million contract after some uneven play. But the 6-foot-6, 315-pounder has been a full-time starter for six years with the Broncos and Chargers. He was originally selected in the second round by Denver in 2011. The Saints need offensive line depth because of injuries to veterans like Terron Armstead, Max Unger and Senio Kelemete.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Payton said Drew Brees had the top time or one of the two best times in Wednesday's conditioning test. The 38-year-old is certainly not showing signs of his age physically. ... Payton said RB Adrian Peterson also came into camp in great shape. Payton did say that one player failed to pass the conditioning test and will be placed on the PUP list -- but he wouldn't reveal which player.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Payton said LB Dannell Ellerbe's release came down to "availability." Ellerbe missed 17 games over the last two years because of various minor injuries and was expected to miss the first couple weeks of training camp with a foot issue. Payton said there is value in moving on from the uncertainty and giving the practice reps to other players who could use the development.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints coach Sean Payton said he's confident Terron Armstead will play this season. He didn't want to put a target date on it yet but said he expects the left tackle to contribute at some point this season --though he will definitely miss some games because of shoulder surgery. Payton also said the team is still hoping C Max Unger will be ready for Week 1 of the regular season.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints waived third-year RB/KR Marcus Murphy on Wednesday. And recently-signed veteran offensive lineman Chris Watt retired. Murphy was a seventh-round draft pick in 2015 who played heavily as a kickoff and punt returner as a rookie – highlighted by a 74-yard punt return for a touchdown. But his playing time decreased significantly last year, and the Saints drafted another RB/KR in Alvin Kamara this year, as well as adding receiver/return man Ted Ginn Jr. in free agency. Watt, 26, signed with the Saints last month after a minicamp tryout. He began his career as a third-round draft pick with the Chargers out of Notre Dame in 2014. He started eight games from 2014-2015.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints and Pelicans owners Tom and Gayle Benson inside the newly-named Ochsner Sports Performance Center as they announce that the teams have sold naming rights to their practice facilities to Ochsner Health System.

Team Stats

Passing Yards317.11st
Rushing Yards108.916th
Points For29.32nd
Points Against28.431st

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