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Cornerback Tracy Porter appears to be coming back strong from his offseason knee surgery. He has been running strong in practice, looking fast and fluid while he shakes off the rust. He is expected to make his preseason debut on Sunday night at Oakland.

My reason for concern is simple; if the offense line is a mess than Drew Brees’ health is in play more than ever before. Brees misses significant time and the Patriots will have a Top 10 pick in 2012. Over reaction to a bad half of football? Maybe. Over reaction is half the fun of being a fan. You can read columns on not panicking anywhere on the web. Besides jokes over reaction is what I do best.

Both the New Orleans and Milwaukee markets are fans of “Sunday Night Football.” For the entire 2010 season of “SNF,” New Orleans delivered the highest average household rating (25.0) and Milwaukee the second-highest (21.9) among 56 metered markets in the U.S.

The Saints have a recent history of not asking too much of their rookies right away. That’s a luxury you have when you have a veteran roster. Malcolm Jenkins, a 2009 first-round pick, was a backup cornerback as a rookie before becoming the starting free safety last year. Patrick Robinson, last year’s first-round pick, didn’t play a lot as a rookie, but is expected to be the nickel back this season.

Pierre Thomas, Mark Ingram, Darren Sproles, Chris Ivory, and likely a yet to be determined fifth running back that will come down to either Joique Bell, Patrick Cobbs, or Chris Taylor. These players will make up the Saints 2011 running back group.

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