After 10 days of training camp and a 64-play scrimmage Saturday morning, the Saints got a much-needed break for the first time since reporting on July 25.
Following the scrimmage, players and coaches had a Family Day event and then had the afternoon and evening off. They will also be off Sunday as well before returning to the practice field on Monday in a practice that’s closed to the public.
“Yeah, man, we’re looking forward to it,” wide receiver Lance Moore said at mid-week. “It’s been a long 10 days. Any time you get a chance to get away, you want to get away and put your feet up and relax.
“It’s a grind,” he said of the first training camp segment. “It’s 10 days.”
PAYTON TO CANTON: Shortly after the scrimmage, Saints coach Sean Payton headed straight to the airport to catch a flight to Canton, Ohio, for the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony Saturday night.
Payton flew to Canton for the enshrinement of two-time Super Bowl-winning coach Bill Parcells, one of Payton’s many mentors. Payton was a member of Parcells’ coaching staff with the Dallas Cowboys from 2003-05.
“When someone that is close to you, or someone that has been a part of your career, is going into the Hall of Fame, it is pretty special,” Payton said. “It becomes a little bit more meaningful.
“Obviously, Bill was someone that really helped me a lot in my career. To this day, I talk with him pretty frequently. I’m excited for him and excited to be there to help celebrate with him.”
INJURIES: Wide receiver Joe Morgan limped off the field with the help of trainers after suffering what appeared to be a lower leg injury. Morgan was hurt when he caught a pass and was tackled by rookie safety Kenny Vaccaro.
Running back Travaris Cadet was helped off after taking a hard hit from free agent linebacker Eric Martin on a kickoff return and wide receiver Andy Tanner was also hurt although he returned.
Payton said he’ll have more information on the injuries Monday.
ROBINSON RISES: Running back Khiry Robinson, an undrafted free agent from West Texas A&M, had a nice day running the ball with a team-high 52 yards on 11 attempts.
Most of Robinson’s yardage came against the second- and third-team defenses. His longest run of the day was a 19-yarder.
FLIPPING OUT: While he had some nice runs, Robinson was also on the receiving end of a spectacular hit from free safety Isa Abdul-Quddus.
Working with the second-team offense near the end of the two-hour workout, Robinson broke loose for a 9-yard run when Abdul-Quddus hit him — flipping him high into the air — while the crowd let out a loud “oooooh.”
THOMAS GETS LOOSE: After a three-and-out series when the No. 1 offense went against the No. 1 defense, the starting offense bounced back with a nice drive on the next series.
With the drive starting at midfield, veteran Pierre Thomas had an 18-yard run and on the next play caught a swing pass from Drew Brees that Thomas turned into a 15-yard gain.
COMING IN: The largest crowd of training camp showed up — 5,123 strong — and they showed up early.
Long lines of fans, many of whom arrived well before dawn for the 8 a.m. opening of the gates, greeted the players when they arrived.