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Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints coach Sean Payton said the reason WR Willie Snead and TE Coby Fleener played so many snaps into the second half of Sunday's preseason game was because their overall summer snap count was lower than others after they had missed practice time with injuries. I still have Snead penciled in as the No. 2 receiver on the roster and Fleener as the No. 1 tight end. But it is worth noting that Snead was listed as a backup behind Ted Ginn Jr. on the unofficial depth chart, and Josh Hill started ahead of Fleener in Sunday's game. At the very least, both players might need to keep earning their status in practices and games over the next month.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints' defense – yes, the Saints' defense -- dominated from start to finish in a 13-7 victory over the Chargers on Sunday that finally snapped New Orleans' 10-game preseason losing streak. This is the second straight impressive performance for the Saints' starting defense, which is once again the biggest question mark on the team. New linebackers A.J. Klein, Manti Te'o and Alex Anzalone all stood out, among others, as the Saints had eight sacks (five in the first half) and held L.A. to zero offensive points and 158 total net yards.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints' chances of finally ending their 10-game preseason losing streak are in jeopardy after a 99-yard pick-6 by Chargers safety Dexter McCoil. Former Giants backup QB Ryan Nassib, who is trying to earn a roster spot as the Saints' No. 3 QB, threw the pass slightly behind WR Tommylee Lewis (but still arguably catchable). The Saints' lead is now down to 10-7 midway through the fourth quarter.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

New Saints LB Manti Te'o with a big 1-2 punch against his former team, the Chargers. First, he stuffed RB Branden Oliver for a 1-yard loss. Then he sacked QB Kellen Clemens to force a punt. Te'o started a bit slow with the Saints this summer after returning from a torn Achilles. But he has gotten better with each passing week and appears set to start at middle linebacker in a 2-down role before leaving the field on passing downs. That's also four sacks for the Saints in five possessions as they lead 10-0.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Three sacks in the first four possessions for the Saints' starting defense, which has played great so far through two preseason games. The Chargers have a total of 56 yards and four punts as New Orleans leads 10-0 early in the second quarter. DE Alex Okafor and S Kenny Vaccaro each have a full sack, while DT Sheldon Rankins and LB A.J. Klein split a sack. Klein has been heavily involved as he continues to look like a big addition for the Saints as the new "quarterback" of their defense after signing from the rival Panthers in free agency.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Rookie RB Alvin Kamara is the Saints' breakout star of the preseason after a 50-yard TD run on the Saints' first play from scrimmage Sunday at the Chargers. Saints veterans Mark Ingram and Adrian Peterson haven't played yet in the preseason – and their presence makes it hard to expect a major role for Kamara as a rookie. But Kamara has dominated in their absence this preseason with runs of 50, 22 and 12 yards – and he has impressed all summer as a runner and receiver. So the Saints will have to figure out ways to get him on the field. Credit LG Andrus Peat with a great block on the TD and good blocks all around by TE Josh Hill, LT Ryan Ramczyk, C Josh LeRibeus and WRs Willie Snead and Michael Thomas.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

No Drew Brees, Adrian Peterson, Mark Ingram or Cameron Jordan in the Saints' start lineup tonight. Chances are, the three vets will make a cameo appearance in next week's third preseason game against the Houston Texans. But the increase of joint practices has decreased the need for veterans to play in the preseason around the NFL. The Saints practiced with the Chargers for two days this week and will hold joint practices with the Texans next week in Metairie, La.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Saints TE Coby Fleener was absent for the second straight practice Friday for an unspecified reason, according to reporters on site. WR Ted Ginn Jr. was present but not participating – his third straight missed practice for an unspecified reason. Anthony has been sidelined all week with an unspecified issue.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Rookie Saints defensive backs Marshon Lattimore and Marcus Williams both had some highlights in Friday's joint practice with the Chargers in Los Angeles, according to reporters' observations. Lattimore had some highs and lows while getting a lot of snaps with the first string defense – and Saints defensive end Hau'oli Kikaha said he congratulated Lattimore for sticking his head in there on a run-support play. Williams, meanwhile, had an interception against Chargers backup Cardale Jones in full-team drills while playing in center field (his specialty). Neither rookie has won a starting job yet, but both should be heavily involved in nickel and dime packages at the very least. And both will be key to turning around a defense that ranked 32nd in the NFL against the pass last year.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Michael Thomas on the improved performance of the Saints' offense in their second day of joint practices with the Chargers in Los Angeles: "I don't know if it was a little jet lag or what it was exactly, but I feel like we definitely improved today." Based on observations from reporters at practice, Thomas had another standout day to continue his strong camp. All signs so far have been pointing to the second-year receiver building on his breakout rookie season.

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Predicting fantasy over/unders for Saints

4,889 passing yards for Drew Brees? 156 carries for Adrian Peterson? Mike Triplett makes his predictions on Saints over/unders.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Adrian Peterson said he was disappointed the Saints and Chargers won't be in pads for their second and final joint practice Friday, since the Saints offense struggled on Thursday and wanted a chance to make up for it. "I would prefer full pads again tomorrow, how I'm feeling," Peterson said after Thursday's practice. "But you just make the best of what youre presented with."

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Philip Rivers beats Drew Brees at his own game

Following the Saints-Chargers joint practice on Thursday, Rivers and Los Angeles' QBs beat New Orleans' signal-callers in a passing challenge.

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One Saint is starter on 'Perfect NFL Roster'

This 53-man group chosen from across the league fits beneath the $167 million salary cap. Michael Thomas made the first team.

Team Stats

Passing Yards317.11st
Rushing Yards108.916th
Points For29.32nd
Points Against28.431st

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