The New Orleans Saints kicked off a good week of organized team activities, or OTAs. For those who missed what went on, we get you caught up on the ten biggest headlines of the week.
"“When you’re struggling as bad as we’re struggling for two years, and some of the same problems keep coming up — you know, 10 guys on the field — those are things that just are hard to live with,” Payton said."
"“I’d love a long-term deal to get done, something that would lock me up for the rest of my career,” Brees said at the Saints’ annual charity softball game on Wednesday night. “I plan on playing for a few more years, and obviously, I expect them to be here. I’m not stressing about it at all, honestly. I haven’t given it a whole lot of thought since we were talking about it, maybe a month and a half or two (ago).”"
"“He’s over there now,” Payton said. “We moved him to guard. We felt before the draft that was something we wanted to do. We spent some time in the offseason talking with him and going through that decision. We think he’s got a lot of the attributes you need. He’s smart. He’s tough. He’s got the size you’re looking for.”"
"“We expect him to be ready when training camp starts,” Payton said. “Right now, he’s getting walk-through snaps and work off to the side.”“He’s going through his rehab,” Payton said. “It’s right on schedule, so it’s nothing different than what was expected.”"
"“C.J.’s health and his movement skills look noticeably different,” Payton said. “He worked his butt off in the offseason to get the strength back in that leg he had his injury. That’s been real encouraging.”"
"“I am excited that the young guys we have at defensive end aren’t rookies anymore,” Jordan said. “The transition from the first year to second year, that’s the big leap, and that’s where we look for that transition. We’re excited for them to produce.”"
"“It kind of makes my job easier. So I’m enjoying it,” Anthony said. “It’s gonna show the different things I can do. So I’m gonna have some fun with it and make the best of it.”"
"His head isn’t spinning. He understands what he’s supposed to be doing. He’s confident in the huddle. He’s ready to take charge of whatever group of players he’s leading during practices.”I want to take command of the guys,” Grayson said. ”That was something I don’t know if I necessarily know if I did the right way late year because I didn’t really know the offense that well. I don’t want to say I was timid, but I wasn’t really commanding guys like you should.”"
"After one practice with no pads, I still can’t say, but the kid does look legit. The 6-ft-3, 212 pound wide out from Ohio State is a physical specimen. His muscles have muscles, so I don’t imagine many DBs will be able to out-physical him. Thomas got to run with the ones quite a bit and caught a handful passes from Drew Brees."
"“It’s not a referendum or a vote against New Orleans,” said Doug Thornton, the co-presenter for the New Orleans Super Bowl committee. “It’s a vote for new stadiums and new markets.”"