WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, WV (WVUE) - The Saints are off to a fantastic start and two days of training camp are in the books. The black and gold are really feeling that championship vibe and that potential that you want to see early in training camp.
The weather has been great, the performance on the field has been great, particularly on the offensive side of the ball where we haven't even seen Drew Brees make a bad pass. He has really taking advantage of this opportunity. So far, so good for the Saints offense.
With owner Tom Benson looking on, the Saints hit the field for practice two of training camp.
Wide receiver Kenny Stills was out with his teammates but did not participate and spent most of the day on an exercise bike after tweaking his quad on Friday.
On the field, the day belonged to the offense.
"I tell you today wasn't our best," defensive coordinator Rob Ryan said. "That offense was rolling."
If you thought an offseason apart would affect the chemistry of Drew Brees and Jimmy Graham, you better think again.
In 7-on-7 drills, Brees attempted to complete five passes with Graham and connected on three of them, but Graham wasn't the only player making plays. Wide receiver Nick Toon, who is in his third year in the NFL, got behind the Saints defense multiple times and caught two touchdown passes from Brees.
"I think he's that much further along and definitely expect to see him doing a lot of good things for us," head coach Sean Payton said. "He's doing really well."
The play of the day also involved Graham but it came on a pass from Ryan Griffin. The 6-foot-7 tight end made a one-handed grab, then gave the fans his signature goalpost dunk.
Defensively, one player who shined was cornerback Patrick Robinson, who ran with the first and second teams and forced two consecutive incomplete passes.
"I'm pleased with the amount of time [Robinson] has spent," Payton said. "Every day, there were a handful of guys you saw. Forget the offseason program. There were a handful of fixtures in the building. He was one of them."
"He's looking great," Ryan said. "He's competing with Champ [Bailey] and Corey White. That'll be a great competition all camp. We're blessed to have some really good football players and Patrick looks great. He always looks smooth. He's a unique guy. He's a tall guy that can bend. Those are really rare. He's in great shape and he's worked hard all offseason. We're excited about him and the things he's going to bring with us."
Robinson is in a contract year, so not only is he competing for a roster spot, but he's competing for his future with the team.