OTAs are officially underway for the New Orleans Saints. Unlike rookie minicamp, the media is actually given access to the event and its players before and after each session.
With that in mind, there is now plenty of news flowing out of New Orleans, some of it good, others bad.
Let’s take a look.
Per Mike Teiplett (video in link):
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees talks about how good it feels to have a “normal” offseason for the first time since Super Bowl hangover, lockout, the bounty scandal and his contract negotiations over the past three years.
Per NOLA.com’s Mike Teiplett:
“It’s awesome. I got lucky,” Ryan said in his first interview session with the New Orleans media Thursday. “I’m fortunate enough to be with a great program like the Saints, led by Sean Payton. I haven’t felt this way since I was in New England with Bill Belichick. So I’m working for the best and I hope to be a small part of our success.”
“These guys have been well-coached before. They’re smart. They’re just ready to win,” Ryan said. “I think we all have a chip on our shoulder after last season. I don’t like getting fired. I knew I’d have a job in five minutes (his infamous quote right after the Dallas firing), so it was no big deal. I know I got my feelings hurt and so did our players. We’re looking to do something about it. …
Per Katherine Terrell:
The New Orleans Saints have waived defensive end Greg Romeus, the team announced on Thursday afternoon. Romeus was a former seventh round draft pick out of Pittsburgh in 2011.
Romeus did not take any snaps with the Saints during his first two seasons while recovering from a pair of knee injuries. He tore his right ACL as a senior at Pittsburgh, while also being hampered by a back injury.
He was a potential early pick in the 2010 NFL draft after being named the Big East co-defensive player of the year in 2009. But after returning for his senior season, he had to have surgery for back pain.