Saints training camp notes: Day 7

Metairie, La. - The Saints worked indoors Thursday, full pads but out of the heat at least.

But, of course, we *never* take a day off from our training camp story lines. And, day seven was no different.

The Lady is a Ref:

Sarah Thomas was working Thursday's practice. She will also officiate Friday's session and Saturday's black and gold scrimmage. What's the big deal? the native Louisianan and mother of three, who's worked Conference USA games since 2007, could become the first woman to work an NFL game as early as 2014.

Said Thomas: "I don't feel a weight on my shoulders. Yeah, it's exciting. I mean, I didn't set out to be the first or a pioneer. But, I will embrace it if that does happen."

The Incredible Dr. Brees:

The Saints leader is as much a chemist as he is a pro bowl quarterback. He knows the formula with his veteran receivers... Marques Colston, Lance Moore and Jimmy Graham. But, what about the youngsters like Nick Toon, Joseph Morgan, Kenny Stills, and a couple of others. Brees likes them all.

"Literally every, single one of them.", Brees said. "You put them in there, and feel a level of confidence with. So, we'll see how it shakes out. There's still a lot of football to be played. Practices and pre-season games. But, I feel like we've got a really solid group here."

And, Morstead: The Perfectionist.

Saints punter and kickoff artist Thomas Morstead is coming off his first pro bowl season. Outstanding in both gross and net punting average... nearly unreturnable on kickoffs. All that on a bad wheel. Morstead still sees room for improvement.

Morestead said: "Just wanna get better at getting the ball out of bounds, especially on punts. I had my knee surgery this off season, so hopefully my kickoffs will return to 2011 form and have a lot more touchbacks."

By the way, once again Thomas is giving back to New Orleans through his *What You Give Will Grow* foundation. He'll cut his hair at the end of the season...and not before... in the *Wigs For Kids* effort. You can buy raffle tickets to win some great prizes and help cancer patients along the way. Search this web site for further details.

Friday's practice and Saturday's 'black and gold scrimmage' are both open to the public. The gates in Metairie open at 8 a.m. both days, and there is no charge for admission.