"We're three practices in with these guys. We had two yesterday, two today, one more tomorrow. The overall progress has been good. They're in pretty decent shape. I think today was a break from what they were used to. We keep giving them as much as we can from an install standpoint. There are four groups of players here; the draft picks, the free agents we signed, there are a number of guys here on a tryout basis and there are also five guys on our roster that were part of our program a year ago."
Can you talk about the civil suit filed last week?
"I really can't. With respect to the process, that's the position I'm in. I understand the questions surrounding it, yet I'm not at liberty. I think as time goes forward, we'll know more and more."
When would you discuss your side of it?
"I just think there needs to be steps and when you have a civil suit, those become probably more complicated. Nonetheless, that's the thing that's challenging."
How much of your time has been given to that issue as opposed to dealing with the team recently?
"Fortunately most of the time and attention has been for us in this offseason in regards to workouts, the roster, the signings of guys like Jahri Evans and Darren Sharper and this camp, which is always the second weekend after the NFL draft. That's where our focus is."
Have you addressed this with the players?
The perception is that in the NFL is that Vicodin might be available in a candy jar for people like players and coaches. Can you paint a picture for us?
"I appreciate the question. It would be wrong for me to try to paint any picture. That would be inappropriate and it wouldn't be a smart thing or really the right thing to do."
Can you talk about how this camp ranks with some of the prior rookie minicamps?
"I think number one of the draft picks, just the one Charles Brown is coming off a hamstring injury. He's been a little bit limited with regards to what we've been able to do. We kind of knew that coming in. He's been on top of things from a mental reps standpoint. He got some work in the a.m. practice yesterday. It's still something he's recovering from and is going to have to continue to recover from. In regards to the other guys, that transition is happening pretty fast. Patrick (Robinson) is out there, lining up at left corner, getting the calls down with the rest of these draft picks. Jimmy Graham from Miami, the tight end is getting a lot of work. Certainly when you look at the center (Matthew) Tennant, (Al) Woods from LSU and (Sean) Canfield, those are the guys who we're probably a little bit more familiar with because they were drafted. At this stage, at this camp every year for us, we've been able to find a veteran like Billy Miller, who was able to work out for us at this camp in 06 for us on a three day tryout and ended up playing here for quite a while. Our scouts on both the college end and pro end, do a lot of work grading all of these guys to get them to the next step. Our process has been that once they get here we go by what we see. We point out that a few years back it was Pierre Thomas who was able to beat out a draft pick (Antonio Pittman). I think that's vital in the process of just winning football games and creating that right environment in our locker room. That's something we take very seriously."
Does Charles Brown just have a hamstring injury and not a knee injury?
"No, the issue with Charles is just the hamstring. It's something that happened in his offseason getting ready for the draft, so I think we knew before his arrival that was something he was going to be recovering from. I don't think it's something that's going to hold him back too long."
Is quarterback something you are looking at closely at this cam?
"Yes. I like when you are in a setting like this, you really begin to look at new faces and you try to go in and really evaluate what you see. Sean (Canfield) was a guy we've seen some good things from and there are some things we liked that he did and is doing well. These other guys are here in good physical shape and ready for the opportunity. That's been impressive, watching them operate, getting in and out of the huddle. Those are some of the more difficult things, can you get the play out of the huddle, can you get to the line of scrimmage with the proper snap count and all the other things that go into the mental aspect of getting the snap from center and running a play."
Quarterback wise, can you talk about how difficult it actually is finding the next Drew Brees through a coaching and evaluation process?
Sean Payton Rookie Minicamp
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