A pretty good turnout of Who Dats at the first mini-camp today. I'd say an above-average sized crowd. There were a few "Sign Drew" signs, but most fans I talked to are just waiting with baited break like the rest of us for any news about Drew's contract. You could tell the crowd was really helping to energize the players on the field.
So instead of looking at Drew Brees under center, the Who Dats who did turn out watched Chase Daniel and Sean Canfield, along with a new addition to the roster. The team brought in another veteran journeyman, backup quarterback Luke McKown for mini-camp, as an extra arm to kind of get through the workouts.
Chase Daniel did a pretty good job. I thought he looked sharp, crisp running the first-team offense. He opened up the team period with a 45-yard strike to Dave Thomas on a nice pass play, so the offense ran pretty well.
McKown played for the Jaguars last year and for the Bucs from 2005 to 2008. He's got some Louisiana ties, having played for Louisiana Tech before getting drafted by the Browns in the 4th round in 2004 We'll see if Luke sticks around on the roster through the mini-camp, and that of course depends upon when they get Drew Brees signed.
So, three QB's at Saints mini-camp, and none of them are Drew Brees.
On the field, it really was quieter out at camp than it was the last couple of years, now that Gregg Williams isn't on the field. Williams was really known for being loud, blunt, an "in your face" kind of motivator. Steve Spagnuolo is more of a teacher, with not as much hollering and profanity as we've heard in the past. It's more of a teaching atmosphere. Different styles for different guys.