Saints News 4/18/13: Sean Payton Talks Draft, QB and LT Positions in Radio Interview

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Payton: “Right now we are strictly in a weightlifting and conditioning phase. It’s good to have our players back. Monday was our first chance to have a team meeting and my first chance to see a lot of these guys that I hadn’t met during this past year. In the meantime, the coaches are working on the playbooks and the installation schedules and really getting ready for OTAs (Organized Team Activities) and draft preparations."

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Sean Payton Says the Left Tackle Position is Wide Open
Sean Payton Talks Draft, Quarterback and Left Tackle Positions with WWL Radio

Sean Payton Spotted a Tad Bit Nipply | Terez Owens
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton stopped by for a visit at Mugshot Grill in Tuscaloosa over the weekend. He sure looks like he’s having a good ol time. Looking forward to seeing him back on the sidelines where he belongs.-TO

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Pat Y over at Yahoo reports that Peter King reports that the Falcons might be interested in trading up from 30. This is something that Pat himself reported earlier, so I guess he’s taking King’s report as some sort of confirmation…or validation. Whatever. And, of course, it might be true.

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Florida DT Sharrif Floyd figures to stand above the rest

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New Orleans Saints: Could Select Manti Te'o in 2013 NFL Draft
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Saints Nation Podcast: Trading with the Enemy

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Saints question of the day

Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback/analyst Ike Taylor shares his thoughts on newest New Orleans Saints | NOLA.com
"(Lewis) has a lot of pride as a corner. He's somebody who's going to be up for the challenge," Taylor said of Lewis, a fellow New Orleans native who signed a five-year, $26.3 million deal with the Saints after a breakout season opposite Taylor in the Steelers' secondary last year.

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Other NFL News

Report: Ravens open at Denver | ProFootballTalk
The leaks have begun. With the schedule set to be officially released at 8:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com reports that the Ravens will open the season at Denver on Thursday, September 5.

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Boston Marathon bombings hit home for sports event organizers in New Orleans | NOLA.com
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