Saints News 4/16/13: Sean Payton Preaches Perseverance In His First Address to Team

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He met with his entire team army for the first time since reinstatement Monday at the start of OTAs. Jabari Greer says Payton did a great job of getting the team troops refocused after a disappointing season campaign and Malcolm Jenkins tweets that workouts basic training has been rearranged. If I'm reading his tweet correctly, workouts training may be even more intense than usual. Sean Payton's scorched earth, take-no-prisoners war against the rest of the NFL has begun!

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Who dat talkin' 'bout dem Saints?

Payton's message to Saints on Day 1: Perseverance | wwltv.com New Orleans
"Sean has a unique ability to gauge the temperature of the room and capture the heart of the players," cornerback Jabari Greer said. "He did a great job of getting us re-focused at the start as we start this 2013-14 journey."

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | State of the Team: New Orleans Saints
There’s no Bountygate turmoil, no Sean Payton suspension, and no Drew Brees contract distraction hindering the Saints heading into 2013. The expectations are this offense will return to its high-flying form. Statistically, it wasn’t far off from that form in 2012. However, inopportune turnovers, mild week-to-week instability in the passing game and knowing they had to compensate for one of the worst defenses in history all seemed to compromise this offense’s flow.

2013 NFL draft preview: Plenty of pass-rush help to be had | NOLA.com

LSU's Barkevious Mingo projected as a top-15 pick

New Orleans Saints create backup QB battle between Luke McCown, Seneca Wallace | NOLA.com

Luke McCown is familiar with the Saints' system, while Seneca Wallace holds more experience

Saints Nation: Is Joe Morgan Ready For Breakout Season?

The Saints' offense under Sean Payton has always had the need for speedy receivers to run properly. That weapon is largely used as a decoy to open up underneath options by stretching the field, but it's also used to exploit unsuspecting defenses when the time is right. Joe Morgan is entering year three as a receiver for the Saints, but this is the first year he comes in being the unquestioned top deep threat on the team.

Seneca Wallace signs contract with New Orleans Saints - NFL.com
Seneca Wallace has been added to the New Orleans Saints as the team tries to find a new backup for QB Drew Brees. Wallace spent last season out of football after the Cleveland Browns cut him.

Should the New Orleans Saints trade up, trade down or stand pat at No. 15? | NOLA.com
Saints question of the day

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New Orleans Saints Rumors: Team May Bring Back Sedrick Ellis
New Orleans Saints Rumors: The Saints may bring back defensive end Sedrick Ellis. Find out how this move could affect the team.

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Other NFL News

NFL will release full 2013 schedule on Thursday night | ProFootballTalk
We already know — and have known since the end of the 2012 regular season — every team’s home and away opponents, but the league puts a lot of work into the schedule, considering everything from putting marquee teams in prime time, to avoiding long road trips on short weeks, to keeping the Florida teams out of the sun on early afternoons in September, to avoiding conflicts with Jewish holidays for the New York teams.

NFL to announce 2013 schedule at 7 p.m. Thursday | NOLA.com
The New Orleans Saints will face all of their NFC South division foes twice -- Atlanta, Carolina, Tampa Bay -- and host home games against Arizona, San Francisco, Dallas, Buffalo and Miami along with road games at St. Louis, Seattle, Chicago, New England and the New York Jets.

NFL to "review and enhance" security plans for draft | ProFootballTalk
Monday's attack at the Boston Marathon has relevance to security issues for every sports league in the nation. Most immediately for the NFL, it raises questions about security in and around Radio City Music Hall for next week's draft.

Brian Kelly: No, the Alabama game did not expose Manti Te’o | ProFootballTalk
Before Manti Te'o was exposed as a gullible dope who fell for a bizarre hoax, he was exposed in Notre Dame's national championship game loss to Alabama as a player who can get run over by elite competition. But that's not how Fighting Irish coach Brian Kelly sees it.

Oregon reports major violation during Chip Kelly era | ProFootballTalk
Just like when Pete Carroll got out of Southern Cal ahead of the NCAA posse for the Seahawks head coaching job, it appears Eagles coach Chip Kelly left Oregon just in time. Obviously, it’s a coincidence.

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Lagniappe

Joe Andruzzi, former New England Patriots player, helps after Boston Marathon blasts - ESPN Boston
Former New England Patriots offensive lineman Joe Andruzzi was at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday when two explosions killed at least three people.

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