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Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Drew Brees made his preseason debut Saturday night — and was done after just one drive since it was so pretty. Breed immediately led the Saints to a touchdown on his first drive with a 19-yard TD pass to a well-covered Michael Thomas. Brees completed two passes to Thomas for 39 yards and two to Alvin Kamara for 29 years on the drive. Brees, Thomas, Kamara and Pro Bowl left tackle Terron Armstead all called it a night after that. As long as that quartet stays healthy, the Saints will be Super Bowl contenders.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints LB Demario Davis, who has been one of the NFL's most visible activists on social issues, said he thinks “it's too early to tell” if Jay-Z's partnership with the league will be a positive or negative – despite the backlash it has received from many, including fellow NFL player and social activist Eric Reid. “Anybody that says off the rip it's gonna be a bad thing, I think they're being pessimistic. Anybody that says it's gonna be a good thing, I think they're being really optimistic,” Davis said. “Anything that helps move the marker in a positive direction with social justice, I'm down for it. Anything that's gonna be actually solution-oriented, helping the things that are plaguing our communities, like mass incarceration, like police brutality and lack of accountability, education disparity, all these issues. If it moves toward solutions, it's a good thing. … It's too early until we see the fruit of it. But I'm down for anything that's positive and moving the needle forward. I think we all should be.”

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Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Alvin Kamara tried out a new interview partner Thursday, now that former Saints RB Mark Ingram is gone. And he detailed what impresses him about Michael Thomas' receiving skills.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints QB Teddy Bridgewater showed up for his interview session with a baseball bat from the latest QB challenge. But he admitted that Taysom Hill won, of course. "He's the best athlete on the team," Bridgewater said.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

As usual, Drew Brees will see his only preseason action in this third game Saturday against the Jets. Brees said he is fine playing so little in the preseason — but he wants it to be "quality" work. He even embraces the idea of facing aggressive Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who isn't afraid of heavy blitzing in preseason games.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints signed veteran LB Will Compton and undrafted rookie OL Fisayo Awolaja on Wednesday. They placed veteran OL Chris Clark on injured reserve after he suffered a leg injury in Sunday's game. And they released undrafted rookie long snapper Nick Moore. Compton, 29, has started 35 games in six years with the Redskins and Titans and has been a valued special teams asset. It's unclear if his signing is related to the unspecified injury that LB Craig Robertson suffered in Sunday's game. But he brings a similar level of versatility and experience.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Payton explains his comment to CBS' broadcast team that Saints quarterback Taysom Hill could be the "next Steve Young."

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Training camp MVPs for all 32 NFL teams

NFL Nation tabs Mr. Training Camp for every team, from the reigning Defensive Player of the Year to a potential quarterback of the future.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Payton revealed after Sunday's game that Teddy Bridgewater was sick and that he thought about taking him out of the game a little earlier -- but the Saints only had two QBs available since they wanted to keep Drew Brees sidelined. Payton also stressed that Bridgewater "didn't get a lot of help" while the Saints offense struggled in the first half. ... Meanwhile, backup QB Taysom Hill deserves praise for rallying the Saints to a come-from-behind win with his arm (11-of-15 for 136 yards and 2 TDs) and his legs (five carries for 53 yards). CBS' broadcasters also revealed that Payton compared Hill's potential to Steve Young in their pregame meetings.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

For the second straight preseason game, the long shot making the best case to make New Orleans' 53-man roster is undrafted kick returner Deonte Harris from Assumption College. Harris, who set the NCAA all-divison record with 14 career return TDs, has three punt returns for 40 yards Sunday, with a long of 26 yards. He also had a 19-yarder negated by penalty, and he has two kickoff returns for 50 yards. The Saints signed veteran punt-return specialist Marcus Sherels in free agency, but Sherels has missed the first two preseason games because of a poorly-timed injury.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Rough day for Saints QB Teddy Bridgewater, who started in place of Drew Brees for the second straight week. Bridgewater completed just 5 of 12 passes for 40 yards and an interception -- with a paltry passer rating of 16. Bridgewater has looked much more polished throughout training camp and the preseason opener. But he was off-target several times Sunday against the Chargers, missing receivers high and behind them to kill multiple drives. Fortunately, his backup job is secure in New Orleans. Unfortunately, Bridgewater wants to thrive in these precious opportunities before hitting the open market again after the season.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Third-year DE Trey Hendrickson has been a dominant presence in the first quarter of the Saints' second preseason game while starting in place of Cameron Jordan. He has been in the backfield three or four times to disrupt plays, drawing one holding penalty. Hendrickson has flashed throughout training camp. A third-year leap would be huge for the Saints, who need a third DE to emerge behind starters Jordan and Marcus Davenport now that veteran Alex Okafor is gone. ... Saints DT David Onyemata is also having a good game, including a tipped pass that was intercepted. Onyemata will also play a vital role this year while Sheldon Rankins recovers from a torn Achilles.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Second-year Saints WR Keith Kirkwood returned to practice Thursday after missing two weeks with an unspecified injury. The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder played a significant role with the Saints during the second half of last season as an undrafted rookie. And he has a chance to be their No. 3 or 4 receiver again if he can hold off this year's crop of undrafted rookies. ... The Saints were pretty healthy overall in their first practice against the Chargers in Los Angeles. RB Alvin Kamara and OTs Terron Armstead and Ryan Ramczyk returned from shorter absences — though Kamara and WR Michael Thomas were limited to just individual drills before working off to the side with trainers, according to reporters in attendance. LB Alex Anzalone remained sidelined.

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Superdome to be renovated before '24 Super Bowl

New Orleans' Superdome, the iconic domed stadium that's home to the Saints football team, will be getting a $450 million facelift before it hosts its next Super Bowl in 2024.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints signed undrafted rookie LB Drew Lewis. The 6-foot-2, 225-pounder from Colorado spent time with both the Texans and Colts this offseason but was waived by both teams.

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Judge: NFL can hold off on depositions in suit

Louisiana's Supreme Court has ruled that the NFL can hold off, for now, on providing documents and answering questions in a Saints fan's lawsuit over referees' failure to call crucial penalties in a playoff game won by the Rams.

Carpenter expects Brees to still have good season (1:13)

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