May 29, 2014; Metairie, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) during organized team activities at the New Orleans Saints Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
As we draw closer to the end of the first week of New Orleans Saints OTAs, we have a huge increase in news articles to bring to you today.
Jeff Duncan | The Times-Picayune | Drew Brees is busier and better than ever
"He’s not Drew Brees. He’s Drew Brees, Inc. He’s Drew Brees, devoted husband and father of three, soon to be four. He’s one of the biggest stars in all of professional sports, a rare crossover celebrity into the mainstream of American culture.Gone are the days when he and wife Brittany would fly to the Bahamas on a whim or take a weekend trip to Watercolor, Fla., just because. These days his every waking hour is scheduled almost to the minute. Between football, family and his myriad business interests and charitable endeavors, Brees is anything but “off” during the offseason."
It’s a great read on Drew Brees, Who Dat Nation. Brees leads a very structured lifestyle to deliver on all of his obligations. He’s been a long-standing hero to the city of New Orleans and the state of Louisiana, but now you can just label him a super hero, if you already haven’t. His kind and generous character is scarce among the sports world. Could you do what Brees does every day of your life?
Andrew Lopez | The Times-Picayune | Tim Lelito fully embracing New Orleans Saints starting center position in OTAs
"“It feels good,” Lelito said. “I’m just trying to learn as much as I can and get used to everyone being out there – Ben, Jahri and getting used to (quarterback) Drew (Brees)’s cadence and stuff.”"
There’s nothing better to hear than Lelito being completely focused with his large task at hand. Last year, I talked at length about Charles Brown at the left tackle position, and stated that it was only his job to lose. For Lelito? It’s the exact same scenario. Lelito is currently competing with former team-mate Matt Armstrong, and newcomer Mike Golic Jr. Should Lelito continue to shine through OTAs and training camp, the Saints may not even need to bring in veteran Jonathan Goodwin.
Guerry Smith | The Advocate | Linebacker Victor Butler glad to be back after missing 2013 season with injury
"“I’m just happy to be out there with a helmet playing football again,” he said. “Missing a whole year was heartbreaking. It’s like an alcoholic not being able to drink, a fish out of water. I was feeling horrible.”"
Butler was going to make a huge impact for the team last year, and for the Saints to make the massive turnaround from worst to fourth ranked defense in just a year is astounding. We can only look forward to Butler’s contributions on the outside, as he should line up opposite of Junior Galette. Butler should split time with veteran Parys Haralson.
Mike Triplett | ESPN | CB Robinson getting chance to start fresh
"“Look, he’s still a young player that we’ve seen develop,” Saints coach Sean Payton said of Robinson, who turns 27 in September. “He’s someone that can run, that we think has good instincts. So I’m sure he’s just as anxious as we are to get out here healthy.“We felt last offseason he did a lot of good things. So he’s right there as one of the guys competing for playing time and for a spot at that corner position.”"
Simply put, this is make or break time for Patrick Robinson. We were all eager to see him work his magic last year, but sadly the season-ending patella injury against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 2 squelched any chance of that. While Robinson will battle Champ Bailey for the starting role, he also fights Corey White for the nickel/slot cornerback position. Robinson has seven interceptions in his career (all coming from the 2011 and 2012 season).
Other Articles to Check Out:
- New Orleans Saints punter Thomas Morstead doesn’t plan on arm wrestling for favorite number
- Optimum Performance: Heading off injuries before they become a statistic
- Graham sails, Ryan dances, Brees does it all
- Video: The sights and sounds of the Saints’ OTAs
- Quick takes from Saints practice
- Byrd vital to Saints’ turnover crusade