Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Evening update on the Saints
By Pat Yasinskas
METAIRIE, La. -- A few quick notes on the Saints, who had a much calmer practice Wednesday afternoon than they did in the morning session. The practice was moved indoors and essentially amounted to a walkthrough.
- Rookie wide receiver Nick Toon has made some nice catches through the first two days of minicamp. Offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael responded positively when asked about Toon’s progress -- "Still impressed with his hands, runs good routes, so we're excited about him."
- Michael Silver reports that when filmmaker Sean Pamphilon visited the NFL office several weeks ago, league officials seemed particularly interested in the portion of an audiotape where former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams discussed $200 rewards for “whack hits’’ by safety Roman Harper and former New Orleans linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar. Although Dunbar and Harper have not been disciplined, Silver’s source said the revelation could be significant as further evidence that the Saints ran a three-year bounty program. However, that seems to be open to debate. Two sources told Silver that “whack hits’’ are forceful and clean plays with no intention of hurting an opponent.
- There’s no indication that anything is imminent, but there are reports that suggest quarterback Drew Brees and the Saints are only about $1 million apart on yearly average for a long-term contract. As I’ve said all along, this thing may drag on a bit longer, but I have no doubt Brees will be signed before training camp.
- Second-year pro Martez Wilson, who is making the move from linebacker to defensive end, said he believes he someday can be a Hall of Famer. If he can be anything remotely close to that, I think the Saints, who really need to improve their pass rush, will be more than delighted.