It was only minicamp, but that was the reality for the Saints Wednesday. With Drew Brees away until his contract situation is resolved and backup Chase Daniel watching with his right hand bandaged because of a hairline fracture of his throwing-hand thumb, the Saints' offense looked nothing like the precision machine that scored 547 points with Brees at the helm last season.
A disjointed offense, also without running back Darren Sproles because of an approved absence, sputtered through interceptions, incompletions and the rust that comes with having Canfield, a seventh-round pick in 2010, and newly acquired veteran Luke McCown learning the Brees' mastered offense as they go.
That might be a familiar scene for the Saints. Interim coach Joe Vitt said Wednesday he doesn't expect Daniel to throw for 2 1/2 weeks.
Brees' contract might not be resolved soon. The deadline for the Saints' exclusive rights franchise player to sign a long-term extension is July 15. If the two sides can't agree by then, Brees could hold out into training camp. Vitt doesn't think that'll happen.
"I talk to Drew Brees every day," he said, adding that he's confident Brees will be present for training camp.