Drew Brees praises young receivers

Coaches concerned after sloppy Black and Gold scrimmage
Published: Aug. 7, 2015 at 9:31 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 7, 2015 at 9:42 PM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Over the past decade, Saints quarterback Drew Brees has worked with dozens of wide receivers, and while the names and faces of his targets continue to change, Brees keeps the same approach.

He tries to build chemistry with as many of the wide-outs as possible, and as soon as they can in the off-season. Second-year pro Brandin Cooks spent a good potion of the team's summer break training with Brees in San Diego, and other young talents like Brandon Coleman and Seantavious Jones are trying to learn all they can from the future Hall of Famer.

The Saints will likely keep just four or five wide-outs on their 53-man roster, but Brees is giving a lot of credit to the entire receiving corps for their hard work and dedication.

"All of our receivers have done some really good things," Brees said. "Willie Snead has done some good things, Jalen Saunders has done some good things. We've got two veteran guys in Josh Morgan and Lance Lewis, those guys have done good things. Joe Morgan...I think has kicked it into another from coming off that injury a few years ago to now and kind of that road he's traveled, I think he's gained a lot of confidence. I think everyone of our guys has a great skillset and I'll be honest with you, I'd have a comfort level with all of them, I really would, because I feel like we have that time on task."

There are growing pains in any training camp. Whether it's new personnel or a change in scheme, it takes time to perfect, but the saints have a lot of work to do.

Friday's Black-and-Gold scrimmage was sloppy and frustrating for head coach Sean Payton, who said his team made glaring mistakes that have to be corrected before the regular season begins. Several times the defense lined up with either 12 men, too many or 10 men, too few.

Offensively, the first team was solid as Brees completed six of seven passes, including a touchdown to Marques Colston, but the Saints are only a small portion into their playbook.

"Listen, we are a week into camp so we do not have everything installed, we still do not have our nickel, all of our red zone, all of our short yardage, our goal line," Brees said. "We are still in the process of doing that. The install at this point has been minimal and yet it is still, for new guys and guys making the transition, it can be complicated. They are swimming a little bit."

The Saints have Saturday off and will return to practice Sunday afternoon.

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