As the team begins its preparation, here are all of the New Orleans Saints News, Rumors and Links to pay attention to today:
Per NOLA.com’s Katherine Terrell:
Payton felt it when standing next to former Saints player Steve Gleason at midfield Sunday. The Saints recognized Gleason, who is battling ALS, before the game, and invited him to join the pregame “Who Dat?” cheer alongside Payton.Payton alone would have been enough to draw a big cheer after his return from a season-long suspension. Together, the duo drew a standing ovation.
“He is a guy that has been so close to this program and epitomizes, when we came in 2006, of a player that worked extremely close and was very dedicated,” Payton said. “So, to be out there and enjoy that with him was special.
Per ESPN’s Pat Yasinskas:
Maybe the defense is better: It was only one game, but coordinator Rob Ryan seems to have the defense headed in the right direction. Holding Atlanta’s offense to 17 points is a pretty major accomplishment. And the defense came through with a huge interception at the end of the game to seal the victory. If the defense can play like this all season, the Saints could be very dangerous.
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