Recapping the New Orleans Saints first week of OTAs


Compete, compete, compete.  It’s a must for success at the NFL level, and something the New Orleans Saints want their players to be a part of all summer long, and eventually on into the regular season.

The Black and Gold will be closing out their first round of early OTAs this week.  Coach Sean Payton spoke with the media Thursday afternoon, giving a recap of the first few days back to work.

For starters, following the news of the Houston Texans receiving HBO’s ‘Hard Knocks’ gig this season, the Saints will not be holding joint practices with them anymore, Payton confirmed.  Instead, the New England Patriots will visit the Greenbrier in West Virginia before they go head-to-head in their preseason contest.

Coach Payton touched up on a number of other topics.

Running back Mark Ingram walked off the field with an ailment Thursday, but it was nothing specific and nothing serious.

Sean Payton also spoke on the recent transactions surrounding the kickers, including the release of veteran Shayne Graham, and the signing of Zach Hocker.

Missing big time with injuries a season ago, safety Jairus Byrd, WR Brandin Cooks and S Vinnie Sunseri were all full participants at OTAs.

Rookie QB Garrett Grayson was not at practice Thursday due to a mandatory rookie seminar.  Also not present at OTAs, center Max Unger, who is the father of a new child his wife gave birth to this week.

Following Payton was New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees, who spoke on preparations, new faces and his potential targets for the upcoming season.

Some more interesting storylines to follow as the New Orleans Saints progress through their offseason program:

– Rookie ILB Stephone Anthony 

– Tight end battle

– Brandin Cooks, his second year as a Saint, and bounce-back from injury

With the first week of organized team activities in the books, Sean Payton said the New Orleans Saints will run OTAs again next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  We’ll be sure to keep you updated during the entire offseason program here at Who Dat Dish.

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