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Saints and Chargers “Break Even” in 1st of 2 Joint Practices

The New Orleans Saints "broke even" with the Los Angeles Chargers a short while ago, as the two teams participated in the 1st of 2 scheduled Joint Practice sessions to today and once again tomorrow, in advance of Saturday Night's nationally-televised game between the two teams on CBS.

Both veteran QB's Drew Brees for the Saints and Phillip Rivers of the Chargers had some highlight plays while leading their respective offenses, though both were intercepted and had some not-so-good moments as well.

Conversely, there were times in today's session in which each team's pass defense looked like it was struggling a bit at times, only to make a good (or even spectacular) play several snaps later.

Besides the two QB's, both team's #1 WR's took center stage, as both Saints WR Michael Thomas and Chargers WR Keenan Allen had some "marquee moments" early on during 11-on-11 team drills.

Additionally, both rookie first round pick Marcus Davenport and 5th year veteran defensive end Alex Okafor returned to action for New Orleans; and Okafor's return in particular was a pleasant surprise, since he had been expected to miss these sessions originally with a bruised bone in his knee and a sprained ankle; that he had suffered after exiting practice just a week ago last Wednesday.

Not practicing for the Saints: CB's PJ Williams and Arthur Maulet, TE Michael Hoomanawanui, and WR Keith Kirkwood

The two teams will practice against each other once again tomorrow beginning at 10:00 a.m. Pacific time (Noon Central time) at the Chargers Practice Facility in Costa Mesa, California......


Big Easy Magazine contributing writer and Saints News Network columnist Barry Hirstius is a 51-year old semi-retired journalist, former New Orleans-area sports editor, and writer previously with several sites that exclusively cover the New Orleans Saints football team. Additionally, he is a recurring guest on a variety of local Sports Talk Radio programs. Barry is also a New Orleans native who grew up as a fan of the team while attending games as a young boy at the old Tulane Stadium in the early 1970’s, originally following and now covering the team for a span of over 40 plus years. And perhaps most importantly of all: he is the Grandfather of two beautiful young girls, Jasmine and Serenity.....

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