Saints News 5/6/13: Saints' Undrafted Rookie Chase Thomas Has Been Doing His Homework on Rob Ryan


The undrafted LB from Stanford jumped at the chance to join the Saints and says in an interview with that he's been studying film of Ryan's Cowboys defense. His former college coaches rave about his work ethic and intelligence. He may surprise a lot of people once training camp begins.



Who dat talkin' 'bout dem Saints?

Stanford's Thomas prepared to 'chase' NFL success with Saints
"I like the 3-4 defense. I knew that they needed outside linebacker depth, and I liked how Rob Ryan attacks the offense with multiple, aggressive blitz packages. I am willing to be involved in any special teams." Thomas admitted to checking out past Dallas Cowboys games, focusing on key components of the Ryan defense. He talked to Ryan following the draft and learned how his talent could afford him opportunities in New Orleans to utilize his pass rushing and blitzing skills.

Passion, versatility marked New Orleans Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro's tenure at Texas |
Texas Coach Mack Brown and secondary coach Duane Akina knew Vaccaro would become a great player after observing his passion early on

Sean Payton Receives Honorary Doctor of Public Service Degree at Eastern Illinois University
New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton received an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree from Eastern Illinois University at commencement exercises on Saturday in recognition of his generosity and service to society. SATCH NOTE: Suck on that, Roger!

Malcolm Jenkins will not pull a Reggie Bush with Saints | National Football Post
Unlike running back, he welcomes competition to roster

NFP Sunday Blitz - Yahoo! Sports
MLB/ILB—Kevin Reddick, Saints. It wouldn’t have been a surprise to see him picked as high as the third round. He was a pretty good college player and he has the skills to translate.

Malcolm Jenkins didn't want to be like Reggie Bush -
Jenkins didn't want to create tension, so he decided to tweet Vaccaro a welcome message. It was opposite from the way Reggie Bush handled the same situation after the Saints drafted running back Mark Ingram in 2011. Bush infamously tweeted, "It's been fun New Orleans."

Saints Nation: Only One Saint Makes Pro Football Focus' Top 101 in 2012

Drew Brees and the Saints' backup QB battles, examining unlikely 6th-round pick Rufus Johnson, and more on 'Black and Gold Today' |
Drew Brees' spot is safe, but how will a Rob Ryan-led defense and a Chris Ivory-less backfield impact Brees' offense?

New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton honored with honorary doctorate at Eastern Illinois University |
Payton joked that he won't make assistant coaches call him "Dr." -- except on special occasions


Other NFL News

Jacksonville fans ask Obama to get the Jaguars to sign Tebow | ProFootballTalk
The Bureau of Labor Statistics announced on Friday that 165,000 new jobs had been added to the American economy in the last month. But it would have been 165,001 if Tim Tebow had been able to find work. Some fans in Jacksonville want President Obama to do something about that.

Why can't John Abraham get a job? - NFL Videos
Eric Davis and Mark Kriegel discuss why John Abraham is still without a job at this point in free agency.

Veteran tackle pool becoming more shallow | ProFootballTalk
The Dolphins have signed one of the top offensive tackles left, agreeing with ex-Falcon Tyson Clabo Sunday. And Clabo off the market, it was time to add another tackle to PFT's All-Unemployed Team.

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