June 1, 2007

Notes: First Minicamp Practice Over; Saints seeing good participation, only Gleason out because of injury

Injury News: Only special teamer Steve Gleason missed the first, no-pads practice of minicamp. Gleason is nursing the same knee injury, and some postseason surgery, that limited him since November.

LB Brian Simmons was limited because of a knee cleanout of his own until today, when he saw his first team practice.

The Saints are still missing two rookies, prohibited from participating in practice because their collegiate spring semesters are still in session. Those players are Ohio State RB Antonio Pittman and Eastern Washington K Brett Bergstrom.

S Roman Harper, who suffered a torn knee ligament in Week 5 last season, is reportedly 100% and competing for the starting strong safety spot.

Compared to the rookie camp and the start of OTA's, Sean Payton told WWL and NOPF's Kenny Wilkerson that he was much happier with the team's conditioning today.

Deep Receivers: The Saints are absolutely stocked at wide receiver. Marques Colston leads the depth chart, but behind him a flock of versatile players are looking for playing time, including former second round pick Devery Henderson, who was singled out by Sean Payton today as having made a good impression so far. Terrance Copper, a starter from last season and David Patten, a starter from past Super Bowls, are also fighting. Jamal Jones and Lance Moore have made marked improvement. Jones played in place of Joe Horn last year at times, and Lance Moore is going try and do what he almost did last August - win the kick return job from the depth chart's veteran, Michael Lewis. Then, the Saints drafted Robert Meachem in the first round. That's eight players at one position deserving to be active on Sundays, none of which can be overlooked. Plus, rookie Rhema McKnight and journeyman Dante Ridgeway will run routes in practice.

Teams usually keep five, maybe six receivers on their final 53-man roster.

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