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New Orleans Saints will change up practice plans this weekend

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (13) reaches for the ball as cornerback De'Vante Harris (21) tries to stop him during training camp at the Sports Performance Center in Metairie, La., Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017.
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas (13) reaches for the ball as cornerback De'Vante Harris (21) tries to stop him during training camp at the Sports Performance Center in Metairie, La., Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017. The Advocate

The New Orleans Saints are changing up their practice plans this weekend.

The team will practice at Yulman Stadium on Tulane’s campus Sunday at 7 p.m.

“I think it changes the routine up,” said Sean Payton. “During the day they are off their feet. Periodically that kind of change is good for tempo of your practice much like coming in here (in the Saints indoor facility) today was.”

The gates to Yulman Stadium will open at 6 p.m. Parking will be available in Diboll Garage on Ben Weiner Drive and on the Tulane campus in non-reserved spots beginning at 5:30 p.m. There will be a brief autograph session for fans at the end of practice around 9 p.m.

“It also gives us a chance to practice somewhere off campus and take our team to a different area,” Payton said. “It’s a lot more fan friendly because of the seating arrangement. You’re not limited to 1,500 people. You can have as many people and I think it will be good for our fans.”

This isn’t the first time the Saints have made this move. In fact, in 2015, quarterback Drew Brees drew plenty of attention on social media for walking home from practice in his football gear, stopping to take pictures with people at their homes along the way.

It apparently took him about an hour to get home that night. He got hungry along the way and had Jimmy John’s deliver a sandwich at the corner of Maple and Broadway.

Thursday practice news & notes

The Saints moved practice inside due to weather. It was a spirited session, with a two-minute drill, but it was difficult for reporters to observe some of the action. Many sessions were conducted behind a line of players on the field, which left for an obstructed view.

CB Delvin Breaux was present for practice, and took part in a walk-through, but was an observer for the rest of the session. It’s unclear what the timeline is for his return.

Top plays: LB Stephone Anthony had a very impressive during a blitz pickup drill when he used a spin move to blow by RB Daniel Lasco. He spent some time playing middle linebacker with the second and third units on Thursday. Anthony broke up another pass later in practice.

QB Drew Brees dropped a nice pass to WR Corey Fuller for a touchdown following a play-action fake that got the defense to bite. Fuller got off to a hot start to camp and continues to make plays.

RB Adrian Peterson had a touchdown run of about 5 yards. Getting him going in that area of the field could make the Saints even better in the red zone.

Three stars: CB Ken Crawley continues to show up day after day. The cornerback started standing out a couple of days ago after being moved into the starting lineup, and he did so again on Thursday by intercepting a Brees pass.

WR Ted Ginn Jr. had his best moment of camp by catching a back-shoulder pass with Crawley providing solid coverage for a touchdown. Ginn has had some ups and downs throughout camp, but he should be a playmaker in this offense.

DE Cam Jordan continues to have a solid camp. He batted another pass on Thursday and beat Zach Strief for a sack during team drills.

Bad moments: C Josh LeRibeus had three or four shotgun snaps go high on him. This has been an issue throughout camp, and it doesn’t appear to be going away. The team is aware of the issue and says it needs to be cleaned up.

The Saints’ long snappers have been inconsistent throughout camp. The issue showed itself on Thursday with several snaps coming in low to punter Thomas Morstead. That position is far from being settled, and the door could be open for someone from another team to sneak in.

Sean Payton explained that there are difficulties with fielding punts inside of the practice facility, so perhaps this isn’t an issue. But it’s worth noting that RB Alvin Kamara bobbled one punt and had another bounce off his chest.

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