Saints News 5/20/13: Saints Eager To Start Organized Team Activities

Chris Graythen

Saints OTAs begin tomorrow and Coach Payton is especially eager to get started. In other news, the NFL wants to overhaul the offseason and push the Draft back to May. In other, other news, the Saints and Pelicans have hired Doug Tatum (formerly of NOLA.com) as Executive Director of Digital Media. Maybe the Saints official website will now finally be upgraded to a more modern look containing less mind-boggling suck.

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New Orleans Saints eager to start organized team activities | NOLA.com
"It's obviously exciting," Payton said. "It's good to be back around the coaches and players. There are a lot of new faces. ... Certainly I'm anxious to see some of these guys on the field that I haven't seen. But it's exciting, it's nice."

Will Will Play Will? - Who Dat Social Club
The big question is, of course: Can Smith pull it off? Smaller questions are: What makes PayLoo, or Rob Ryan, believe he can? And, What if he can’t?

Saints and Pelicans Announce Hiring of Doug Tatum as Executive Director of Digital Media
Tatum will oversee the direction of all digital media properties and the support staffs for both the Saints and Pelicans, including all social media accounts and all team related mobile and email platforms. He will also manage the team’s overall digital marketing strategy, mobile commerce, digital advertising and search initiatives.

Akiem Hicks prepares to burn bright in second Saints season
It could be an ideal fit for a big man on a mission whether Akiem Hicks acts as a battering ram collapsing the pocket or gobbling up runners like a spider pounces on victims caught in the web.

Coach Sean Payton returns officially, Will Smith's shift, and camp position battles on 'Black and Gold Today' | NOLA.com
Coach Sean Payton will lead a Saints practice for the first time since the final practice before the 2011 NFC Divisional playoff game against the 49ers.

Tom Brady more confident than ever as New England Patriots need him more than ever - NFL - Peter King - SI.com
3. I think the early returns on Sean Payton's enthusiasm and verve for the New Orleans Saints job are extremely positive. He's Mr. Positive, from what I hear, instead of Mr. Bitter. That's the best way he could have done this, because it's only so long that you can use the we-got-jobbed speech as motivation for a 10-month offseason, regular season and postseason run.

Moss Point's Tom Johnson seeks new position with Saints | Sports | The Sun Herald
METAIRIE -- Moss Point native Tom Johnson spent his first two seasons with the Saints securing his role as a contributor, a defensive tackle that could be relied on to come off the bench and make plays.

Will Smith will start Saints OTAs as a linebacker | ProFootballTalk
Will Smith had to take a huge pay cut to stay a Saint. Now, he’s making another significant adjustment. According to Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times Picayune, Saints G.M. Mickey Loomis said Smith will open OTAs as an outside linebacker.

Saints Nation: Will Smith to Play OLB in 3-4?

Will Smith Not the Answer For New Orleans Saints at OLB - Who Dat Dish - A New Orleans Saints Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.

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Other NFL News

Offseason overhaul close to happening | ProFootballTalk
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the league and the NFLPA are on the verge of a deal that would move the draft to May, something the league has wanted. The change would apply to at least the next three years.

Pro Bowl remains in trouble, supposedly | ProFootballTalk
The league continues to huff and puff about the Pro Bowl, even as the TV audience blows the doors off the numbers generated by the World Series. More huffing and puffing is expected this week in Boston, at the quarterly league meetings.

Super Bowl 50 site to be decided Tuesday | NOLA.com
San Francisco and South Florida are competing to host the game.

Titus Young knows he has mental health problem, former Lions teammate says - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
Titus Young knows he has mental health problem, former Lions teammate says Titus Young knows he has mental health problem, former Lions teammate says

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick calls critics 'ignorant' - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
The embattled Eagles quarterback, who has come under fire for his penchant for turnovers and holding on to the ball too long in the pocket, fired back at his naysayers.

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