11:40 LRN Sportscast August 8

The Saints leave for Jacksonville today where they’ll play the Jaguars tomorrow night in the preseason opener. The starters are not expected to play much, so it’s a chance for young players to make an impression and solidify their spot on the 53-man roster. Coach Sean Payton on what he wants to see…
cut 30 (28) “…blocked well”
Kick off tomorrow is at 7:00.

The Pelicans have reportedly signed free agent center Jahlil Okafor to a two-year contract. The 76ers used the third pick in the 2015 draft on the former Duke star, but his pro career has never taken off.

Former LSU wide receiver Jarvis Landry was the star of last night’s Hard Knocks episode which is following the Cleveland Browns through training camp. Landry went on a 98-second, profanity riddled rant letting his fellow wide receivers know if they are not hurt, they should be practicing.

At LSU fall camp, freshman wide out Ja’Marr Chase was in a gold non-contact jersey yesterday, but he continues to look impressive during the periods open for the media to view. A big position battle is at cornerback opposite of Greedy Williams. Based on how reps are distributed, Kary Vincent is running with the first group along with Williams.

Louisiana Tech has off from practice today. Bulldogs Coach Skip Holtz says it’s too early to tell if they have another freshman stud on this team. Last year, cornerback Amik Robertson emerged as an one of their top players on defense, leading the team with five-interceptions.