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Drew Brees Participate In USAA's Football Boot Camp
Friday, August 03, 2018 12:02 PM America

Drew Brees join the USAA Salute to Service Football Boot Camp at the Saints' practice facility Thursday. Local military members were invited to watch the Saints practice, then to participate in a competition with drills based on the Football scouting combine. Brees and Saints quarterbacks coach Joe Lombardi (who served in the Air Force) both addressed the military members and thanked them for their service before putting them to work on the field.

Wearing the proper uniform of the day, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees surveyed his target streaking across the field.  "Hey, I got you buddy!" Brees said, before slinging an on-target strike to his receiver. "Bam!"  The receiver, in this moment, was a service member from the New Orleans Naval Joint Air Station, who was one of a few dozen local members of the armed forces who participated in USAA's "Salute to Service Football Boot Camp."

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The service members, most of whom were Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard, competed in an Football Combine-style workout. In teams, they ran the 40-yard dash, tested their vertical leap and agility in the three-cone shuttle and threw passes as far as they could. Drew Brees Jersey .

After going through warmup stretches, the service members gathered around Brees and Saints quarterbacks coach Joe Lombardi for a chat.Brees, wearing a Coast Guard rescue swimmers shirt and VFA-204 "River Rattlers" hat, told the service members about his family's history of military service and how it impacted his life.  

This was the first year the Saints participated in the event. The service members were all on hand to watch practice Thursday (Aug. 2), then migrated over to the Saints indoor facility at the conclusion of practice to go through the drills. 

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New Orleans Saints 5 player not on the practice field Wednesday

The New Orleans Saints prepare to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 14, but there are five players not on the practice field Wednesday.

During the portion of practice open to the media, The Saints running back Mark Ingram, left tackle Terron Armstead, rookie wide receiver Michael Thomas, center Max Unger and tight end Josh Hill were not observed on the field.

Ingram missed two days of practice in Week 13 due to the toe injury.

Armstead originally suffered the knee injury in Week 2 and has missed six games on the season.

Thomas's and Unger's absences from the practice field have unkonwn reason.

Hill suffered a broken fibula when played against Detroit in Week 13.

However, Linebacker Craig Robertson and rookie running back Daniel Lasco were observed on the practice field. Robertson left Week 13's game with an undisclosed injury early midway through the fourth quarter. Also, Lasco has missed the five previous weeks of action while battling a hamstring injury.
 

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