Catching up on all New Orleans Saints rookie camp action, news, and notes


The New Orleans Saints wrapped up their three-day rookie mini camp today. Many players shined, veterans impressed through workouts, and it just feels great to say we’re getting closer to the return of football. Needless to say, there’s been a lot of stories and news to emerge from the local media outlets with the vast amounts of action.

Let’s get you caught up on the biggest New Orleans Saints stories from this weekend.

Nick Underhill | The Advocate | He might not have solely picked the groceries, but Rob Ryan believes he has the ingredients for a good defense

"Still, regardless of his level of involvement, Ryan has no complaints about how his cupboards have been stocked. This whole offseason has been about getting him better players to work with on the defensive side of the ball and he’s impressed with what he’s seen so far.Speaking with the media following the second day of rookie minicamp, the defensive coordinator gushed about his new middle linebacker, Stephone Anthony, who was picked at the end of the first round of the draft. He also gave high praise to second-round pass rusher Hau’oli Kikaha."

I know the gut reaction tends to say, ‘Haven’t we heard this before?’, but I’d implore you to look past last season here. The Saints have brought in so many tools through free agency, and even more through the draft. That’s something you can’t exactly say has been a focal point from the past decade. Rob Ryan has been given the tools to make it work this season, and they’ll need to put it together very quickly to begin the season to salvage Ryan’s future with the Saints.

Joel Erickson | The Advocate | Saints rookie QB Garrett Grayson on learning under Drew Brees: ‘A dream come true for me’

"“When I went up and met him, I was like, ‘Holy cow, that’s Drew Brees!’ ” Grayson said. “It’s still kind of like the deer-in-headlights kind of thing, because it’s something that’s a dream come true for me, to be able to have this opportunity to learn from one of the best quarterbacks of all time.”“I told all the teams that I met with (that) I had no problem sitting and learning from a guy like Drew Brees,” Grayson said. “I kind of looked up at Aaron Rodgers and the success that he’s had, sitting behind Brett Favre, I think that’s helped him a ton. I have no problem taking that route.”"

For starters, be sure to follow and welcome new Saints beat writer Joel Erickson to the Big Easy. Garrett Grayson figures to be the future face of the franchise, and it’s honestly his job to win/lose. Grayson certainly has the right attitude about things, and is humble to learn from Drew Brees. If you look at the successes and failures of many of the younger quarterbacks around the league, this is really something that should happen more. Personally, I can’t wait to see what Grayson brings in the preseason.

Mike Triplett | ESPN | Saints’ Sean Payton talks up rookies Andrus Peat, Damian Swann

"“Man, absolutely,” Payton said when asked about Ingalls’ comments about how fluid Peat is. “You see it on film, you see it in the workouts. Then when he’s actually here, you see his size and then you see his athleticism. It’s pretty impressive.“You’ll feel when you guys get a chance to be around him. His size, his length, he’s a quick study, he’s smart, an impressive young player. Really impressive.”"

Peat contains a rare blend of size, strength, and athleticism. You’ve heard his name singled out more than a few times, and he figures to be a large presence (both literally and figuratively) on the Saints offense this season. We have several months until we ultimately figure out where he lines up, and if he’ll start. However, there’s a lot to love about Peat.

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As more news unfolds from the weekend, we’ll continue to add stories here.