Saints News 3/19/13: Mark Ingram Switches Jersey Number To #22; Keenan Lewis Now #28

Joe Robbins

New TE Ben Watson is now #82.



Who dat talkin' 'bout dem Saints?

Sean Payton not wasting any energy re-living bounty scandal |
"I spent a month where the emotions were anger and bitterness in regards to the penalty," Payton said in a recent interview before this year's NFL owners meetings in Phoenix.

Matt Hasselbeck in NFC South? - NFC South Blog - ESPN
The Saints are looking for a backup for Drew Brees after Chase Daniel left for Kansas City. Hasselbeck would be an ideal backup because he’s a student of the game and could quickly pick up Sean Payton’s complicated offense.

Martez Wilson ready for breakout season in Saints new 3-4 scheme
"Rob Ryan's coming here is one of the best moves because of his defenses," Wilson declared. "It will put me in a position to make plays. He will recognize I can play with athleticism and I will learn his expectations inside and out. He's aggressive, but puts players in positions to succeed. Basics are vital. I have the potential to be a starter, I know what it takes to be great. I will do whatever it takes to make plays. The team excitement will be high."

Handwerger: Saints have done their job in free agency | New Orleans
Benjamin Watson and Keenan Lewis aren’t exactly household names. One is on the downward slope of his career. One is on the upward slope.

Where are they now? Five defensive free agents worth watching for the New Orleans Saints |
On the eve of free agency, selected five defensive unrestricted free agents worth watching for the New Orleans Saints. A week into free agency, we look at what has transpired with the five players on the list.

Where are they now? Five offensive free agents worth watching for the New Orleans Saints |
On the eve of free agency, selected five offensive unrestricted free agents worth watching for the New Orleans Saints. A week into free agency, we look at what has transpired with the five players on the list.

Doug Marrone, Dennis Allen credit time with New Orleans Saints for their coaching rise |
"One of the first staff meetings we had in New Orleans was that when we take our staff photo, I want to be able to look at that photo and at the end of the day, you look up and say, 'Well that guy was a head coach here and he was a head coach there,'" Allen said at Tuesday morning's coaches breakfast with the media. "(Payton) took great pride in wanting to have one of the best coaching staffs and be able to move on and be able to do some of the same things he was able to do.

NFL Power Rankings: Saints on the rise - NFC South Blog - ESPN
The other surprise is that the New Orleans Saints are No. 12. I don’t disagree with the ranking, but it’s a huge leap for the Saints. They’re up seven spots from where they were at the end of last season and I don’t think it’s just because they signed free-agent cornerback Keenan Lewis. I think the voters are looking at the return of coach Sean Payton and assuming that will make the Saints a much better team, which is probably true.

Sean Payton calls Rob Ryan "passionate" and "confident" | ProFootballTalk

"I spent a lot of time in researching Rob because we really didn’t know each other that well," Payton said. "I kept hearing ‘passionate,’ ‘loyal,’ I kept hearing ‘confident,’ the players really play hard for him, and all of those qualities I think will be important for our defense. This is a game about passion and that’s what we’re looking for, you know players anybody in the building really in the framework of football operations we want them to have passion about their jobs. I think he has that and then really that guy that comes to work with the idea that the glass is half full and is looking forward to his next challenge. Now it’s up to us to try to as best we can through this free agency period and in the draft help our defense as much as we can and then pay close attention to what our players do well. I think that’s the most important element."

New York Jets offense to become like New Orleans Saints? Rex Ryan isn't kidding himself |

Ryan was asked during Tuesday morning's coaches' breakfast with the media at the NFL owners meetings at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel if his unstable offense can become a prolific unit like the New Orleans Saints.

If the New Orleans Saints sign Nnamdi Asomugha what should they do with Jabari Greer, Patrick Robinson? |

Saints question of the day

Newly signed TE Benjamin Watson is honored to be a New Orleans Saint |

"It's definitely an honor to play for an organization like the Saints," Watson said. "It's obviously an organization I have admired from afar. It's a great opportunity for me. I always wanted to be a part of a team like the Saints that's in the hunt and continues to be in the hunt. So I'm happy that they reached out to me and expressed to me that they wanted me to come."


NFL Rule Changes (because NFL owners want you to think they actually give a f*** about player safety ahead of concussion lawsuits)

Lots of sunshine at 2013 NFL owners meetings - ESPN
The NFL is in good shape as the owners convene to ponder rules changes, trade proposals and more, writes John Clayton.

Marshall Faulk: If runners can’t lower their heads, eliminate helmets | ProFootballTalk
"This is a joke," Faulk said on NFL Network. "If you’re a ball carrier and you’re trying to protect yourself, you’re going to duck. . . . I understand they want safety and I’m all for safety within the game. But it can’t just be some old guys in the room who didn’t carry a football making rules that are really going to affect how this game is being played. I just don’t understand."

NFL bans low blocks from behind | ProFootballTalk
Defensive players are now protected from being blocked in the knees from behind, after owners voted to change the league’s rules today.

Owners pass two rules to enhance player safety | New Orleans
The owners outlawed peel-back blocks anywhere on the field; previously, they were illegal only inside the tackle box. A player makes a peel-back block when he is moving toward his goal line, approaches an opponent from behind or the side, and makes contact below the waist.


NFL Free Agency & the Draft

NFL coaches concerned about Tyler Bray’s work ethic | ProFootballTalk
Tennessee's Pro Day will take place on Wednesday, and no one doubts that quarterback Tyler Bray will show off an NFL-ready arm. The problem for Bray is that there's a lot more to being an NFL quarterback than having a strong arm.

Bucs losing interest in Revis | ProFootballTalk
The biggest takeaway from our first full day at the league meetings in Phoenix is that, with the Jets and Buccaneers taking strong opposing positions as to the trade value of one of the best defensive players in football, the Buccaneers are close to moving on. The belief is that the Jets want a package headlined by a first-round pick, and that the Buccaneers are willing to part with, at most, a 2014 first-round selection.

Wes Welker’s camp says Patriots’ approach was "take it or leave it" | ProFootballTalk
Responding to Patriots owner Robert Kraft’s statement that Welker’s "agents misrepresented, in their mind, what his market value was," Welker’s agents at Athletes First have released a statement to Albert Breer of NFL Network, saying that there was no negotiating with New England because the Patriots were only interested in telling Welker to take what they were offering and like it.



Goodell: N.O. deserves another Super Bowl | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
PHOENIX — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Monday that the power failure that caused a 34-minute delay during the third quarter of Super…

Dolphins and Cowboys to play in Hall of Fame Game | ProFootballTalk
The Cowboys wanted to play in this year's Hall of Fame game and their wish has been granted. And they'll be playing against another team with a tie to 2013 inductee Bill Parcells when they take on the Dolphins on August 4 in Canton, Ohio.

League determines inappropriate Combine questions weren’t part of interview process | ProFootballTalk
So either the league has revolutionized the process for defending against wrongful hiring claims, or the NFL has devised a plan for tiptoeing through this specific H.R. minefield that entails pretending that there are no mines in the field.



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