Things are getting interesting with the New Orleans Saints now that positional battles are starting to heat up with OTA’s approaching so this weekend is going to have plenty of news to talk about.
Let’s take a look.
Per Nakia Hogan:
The third-year linebacker arrived in New Orleans ready to play outside linebacker in former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams’ 4-3 defense. Then before last season, he was switched to defensive end during Steve Spagnuolo’s one-season stint with the Saints. Now a year into that experiment, Wilson finds himself back at outside linebacker.
Only this time, he’s doing so in the 3-4 alignment being implemented by new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.
Of all the moves, the latest one has Wilson the most excited.
Per Mike Triplett:
The high-intensity CrossFit workouts that helped Payton get into the best physical shape of his life have inspired a new approach to the Saints’ offseason workout program.
The Saints’ new workouts now include both the rapid series of various high-intensity workouts, but also the spirit of competition that CrossFit promotes.
Players will sometimes “draft” teams that might be made up of an offensive lineman, a defensive back, a receiver and a quarterback, etc. Then they will compete against each other to finish the circuit in the fastest time.
Per Pat Yasinskas:
Scott (CJS): Why do you think Sedrick Ellis is out of a job? From what I remember, he was solid for the Saints.
PY: Wouldn’t say he was solid. I’d say he was an underachieving former first-round pick.
Brian( Kenner LA ) [via mobile]: Hey Pat. Just a quick statement. I don’t think the Saints D is as bad as the stats say. Everyone, even you, thought it was a middle of the pack D last year and with the additions of Bunkley and Lofton they were better. So when you throw in a new coach and all the bounty stuff. I feel like they were set up for failure. With the additions this year and some normalcy, I see a bounce back. At least to the middle of the pack. Which is all they need. Thoughts??
PY: If they can get to anywhere near the middle of the pack on defense, Saints will be in great shape.
Paul (Knoxville): Any chance the Saints are setting up to release Harper, sign a veteran S (Woodson?) to replace Harper, and start Vaccaro..then upgrade the pass rush?
PY: Half of Harper’s base salary is guaranteed. They’d take a cap hit if they cut him.
Per Pat Yasinskas:
Linebacker Jonathan Vilma was slowed by knee problems the past two seasons. But Vilma has said the knee issues are a thing of the past, and he feels better than he has in several years. If that turns out to be true, that could be a huge boost for a defense that ranked No. 32 in the league last season. But Vilma, 31, is going to have to make some adjustments to his game as the Saints switch to a 3-4 defense. It’s a scheme Vilma did not thrive in when he was with the New York Jets early in his career.