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Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints have signed former Vikings fullback Zach Line, according to his agent Mike McCartney – reuniting him with fomer backfield-mate Adrian Peterson. Line, 27, spent the past four years in Minnesota as a blocking back, with 25 career rushing yards, 103 receiving yards and three touchdowns. He'll have a hard time unseating fellow former NFC North veteran John Kuhn as the Saints' fullback, however.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints' first-string offense provided more highlights than the defense overall during Wednesday's practice – including deep completions from Drew Brees to Tommylee Lewis on both sides of the field. But the defense won the biggest test in a simulated two-minute drill to end practice. Brees threw incomplete in the back of the end zone from the 15-yard line on the final play when he couldn't find an open man against the starting cornerback trio of Marshon Lattimore, De'Vante Harris and P.J. Williams. Among some other highlights Wednesday: Great catches in traffic by Michael Thomas and Willie Snead; TE Josh Hill breaking wide open in the middle of the field on a defensive breakdown; LB A.J. Klein with an excellent pass break-up against TE Coby Fleener down the field; DT Sheldon Rankins with an explosive run stuff against Alvin Kamara behind the line.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

ROOKIE REPORT: Sean Payton praised CB Marshon Lattimore for his performance since returning from the knee injury that sidelined him for two weeks. "I thought he had a good week, thought he had a good week," Payton said enthusiastically. The Saints' top draft pick (11th overall) wasn't targeted in his preseason debut against the Chargers – and he did slip up when he whiffed on RB Melvin Gordon in the open field. But Lattimore generally held his own in the game and in two days of joint practices with the Chargers to get quickly back up to speed. Lattimore looks poised to be a Week 1 starter in the wake of Delvin Breaux's injury. "Considering the missed injury time, I thought it was an important week for him," Payton said.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Payton said he doesn't think Saints LB Stephone Anthony will be out long with an unspecified injury that has sidelined him for more than a week. Payton generally declines comment on injuries during training camp but was asked if it hurts Anthony to be missing this valuable audition/development time. "Listen I think it's always challenging when you're not available," Payton said. "And yet I think that it won't be too long."

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

The Saints have agreed to terms with veteran special teams standout Bryan Braman, according to his agent, Sean Stellato. And they signed undrafted rookie cornerback/kick returner Elijah Mitchell from Nevada while waiving second-year center Jack Allen with an injury designation, according to Sean Payton. Braman, 30, spent the past three years with the Eagles and three years with the Texans before that. The 6-5, 241-pounder, who is listed as a DE/OLB, was a core special teams player in both spots.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Sean Payton said Saints will likely play Drew Brees, Adrian Peterson, Mark Ingram and Cameron Jordan in Saturday's third preseason game after they sat them out of the first two. "I'm sure we're gonna want to see them play some. How much, we'll see," Payton said. Payton said there is less sense of urgency to play veterans in preseason games since they've increased their joint practices in recent years (at Chargers last week, vs. Texans this week). Payton also said center Max Unger will play in either the third or fourth preseason game – and maybe both – after returning last week from foot surgery.

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Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

Mark Ingram says the Saints RB room is one of the best he's ever been a part of -- and jokingly agreed they need to consider switching to a run-first offense.

Mike Triplett ESPN Staff Writer 

DE Alex Okafor, LB Stephone Anthony and CB Sterling Moore were among those not participating in Saints practice Wednesday for unspecified reasons. Anthony has been sidelined for more than a week -- which is awful timing since he needed a strong preseason performance to help secure a role on the team.

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.

Team Stats

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

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