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'Very Intense' Joint Practices Built on Respect

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NOLA.com columnist Jeff Duncan was a guest on Friday's episode of Chargers Weekly, the official podcast of the team.

Duncan shared his takeaways from Chargers-Saints joint practices, with a look ahead to Saturday night's preseason game from ROKiT Field at StubHub Center. Below are a few highlights from the conversation:

On a Productive Pair of Joint Practices

"I think the respect that the coaches and that the leaders of the team – Philip Rivers and Drew Brees – they set the example for all the players, and you could see it. It was very competitive, very intense, but it never crossed that line. I think it's a tribute and a testament to the leadership on both organizations and I think they're going to continue to do this as long as they can because of how productive it's been."

Practice Observations

"Well, the thing that stood out to me the most was the two quarterbacks, obviously veteran Pro Bowl – multiple Pro Bowl-level quarterbacks can have their way with even good defenses. The ball didn't hit the ground a lot with Philip Rivers and Drew Brees, and they each have a go-to guy that wears number 13: (wide receivers) Keenan Allen and Michael Thomas, both of them Pro Bowlers themselves. … And (they were) going against good DBs. Now, I know Casey Hayward hadn't been out there, but Marshon Lattimore was trying to match-up with Keenan Allen, and Keenan Allen gave him fits."

What to Expect Saturday

"Well, we're going to get to see Drew Brees for the first time this preseason. He hasn't played in the first two games, so Saints fans (are) eagerly anticipating number nine getting back on the field. I don't know how long he'll play, because one of the points of emphasis and one of the objectives of the Saints this camp is to find out who his backup is between Taysom Hill and Tom Savage. So, I think Brees will get a series or two, maybe the first quarter. Normally, he would probably play three quarters, but they don't need to see Drew Brees on the field."

Friday's episode also includes an interview with NFL Insider Adam Caplan, who discusses wide receiver Mike Williams' strong training camp, rookie safety Derwin James' potential and why he thinks the Chargers are playoff bound in 2018.

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