May 29, 2014; Metairie, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) talks with tight end Benjamin Watson (82) during organized team activities at the New Orleans Saints Training Facility. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
We’re back with another packed edition of daily news, Who Dat Nation! I hope you’re having a good Hump Day. The weekend is right around the corner! Let’s jump into it:
Katherine Terrell | The Times-Picayune | New Orleans Saints revise practice times for 2014 minicamp
"Practices for the open minicamp, which runs Tuesday-Thursday (June 10-12) next week, will now be held from 11 a.m. to 1:20 p.m. each day. The previous practice schedule began at 10:15 a.m. daily.Gates open 45 minutes before practice and fans are allowed in on a first-come, first-served basis. Practice may be moved inside and closed to the public in the case of inclement weather."
This should mean only one thing to you, bring a fan. It will be quite hot. The gates will open at 10 a.m., and be sure to bring your Saints swag to get signed by the players! It’s a fantastic environment to be a part of.
Amos Morale III | The Times-Picayune | New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Junior Galette likes defense’s effort early in OTAs
"“The young guys, I know they are working hard,” he said. “You don’t have any pads on but you can tell the athleticism. We have real athletic guys in there.”Galette described those young guys as ‘hungry.’"
For starters, Galette’s offseason beard is looking better than ever. Junior Galette is someone who plays with so much energy and emotion on the field. He is quite the character on twitter, so be sure to follow him if you don’t already. For Galette to be excited about the defense, it makes me 10x more excited to see what happens over the next couple of months.
Mike Triplett | ESPN | Breakout candidate: Khiry Robinson
"“He is someone obviously that has more confidence now,” Payton said last week during the Saints’ first week of organized team activities. “You see him, just from an assignment standpoint, understanding the protections much quicker. That took a while for him last year. I think (with) a year under his belt, the overall understanding of all the things he needs to do at the running back position is a lot better."
Khiry Robinson continues to keep a mindset that things are not taken for granted. He is going to play a huge role in the Saints offense in 2014, and should be part of the one-two punch with Mark Ingram. The potential for both of these backs is mind-blowing.
Ramon Antonio Vargas | The Advocate | Saints about $1.72 million under cap with Jonathan Goodwin deal on books
"After signing center Jonathan Goodwin and defensive tackle Brandon Deaderick on Tuesday to one-year deals that pay them base salaries of $955,000 and $730,000, respectively, the Saints have about $1.72 million in salary cap space, according to an NFL Players Association report from Wednesday."
Our good friend, Mr. Vargas, was kind enough to get us an exact figure for the salary cap. The Saints are in a good spot, at the moment. Everyone should be watching when Jimmy Graham’s arbitration decision is made. That could send the Saints salary cap out of the sky.
Other articles to check out:
- New Orleans Saints running back Khiry Robinson not content to rest on lofty expectations for 2014
- New Orleans Saints Spotlight | Get to know safety Marcus Ball
- New Orleans Saints ink defensive tackle Brandon Deaderick to one-year deal