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Some of the bigger players, like the 6-foot-4, 318 pound Evans, were too big for the getups.
"I had to stretch it out a little bit, but it felt pretty good," Evans said. "Just imagine their reaction when they got off the bus and saw us standing there. It was just pretty funny."
For the Saints, the moment brightened an otherwise dreary, rainy day in Miami.
The weather forced the club to change and delay practice plans, but Payton dismissed the inconvenience as minor. Ever mindful of what the Saints and all of New Orleans went through after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, no one on this team was about to complain about a steady rain and an extra 45-minute bus ride to an indoor field at the Miami Dolphins' training headquarters in Davie.
"It is what it is. Weather the storm. We know how to do that," Brees said. "We jumped right on the buses, went to the practice field, got a good sweat in, got a good workout in and I think it just really set the tone for us and our mindset for this week."
The Saints were initially scheduled to practice at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, where New Orleans tight end Jeremy Shockey and linebacker Jonathan Vilma both starred. On Monday, the Saints still went to campus and changed there, then took a bus up to Davie. The plan is to return to Coral Gables for practices this week as weather permits, with the bubble at Dolphins headquarters serving as the contingency if rain persists.
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