Saints News 6/5/13: Payton Says Saints Haven't Yet Decided Who Will Call Plays


OC Pete Carmichael called plays last year and most of the 2011 season after Payton relinquished the duty when Jimmy Graham accidentally took out one of his knees. Which would you prefer to dial up plays for the juggernaut that is the Saints offense? In other very welcome news, CB Keenan Lewis returned to practice today after missing yesterday due to an overnight hospital stay.



Who dat talkin' 'bout Saints minicamp?

Payton says Saints haven’t settled on who will call plays yet | New Orleans
"We haven’t even worked through all that," Payton said. "But look, Pete has been invaluable. He has been tremendous." Payton added, "His role will be significant."

Keenan Lewis returns, three others miss New Orleans Saints minicamp practice |
While Lewis was able to return, three Saints players missed practice. Offensive tackle Terron Armstead, who left Tuesday's practice with some type of injury to his midsection, cornerback Ryan Steed and tight end Benjamin Watson missed drills.

New Orleans Saints know they need to do a better job of exploiting Darren Sproles' dynamic skill set |
Like tight end Jimmy Graham, Sproles fell back down to earth last year because of injuries and increased attention from defenses

Though pad-less, Saints OTA’s, minicamp important for linemen, rookies | New Orleans
For nearly 30 percent of the Saints roster, it would seem that organized team activities and the five minicamp practices aren’t very worthwhile.

Saints TE Graham shows there’s no lingering issues with wrist | New Orleans
Jimmy Graham leaped up, floating above the defensive player unlucky enough to be covering him, and snared a pass from quarterback Drew Brees with one hand.

Graham says he’s almost 100 percent | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
Tight end Jimmy Graham has yet to overcome the injuries that last season minimized his playmaking ability. But he’s getting close, and expe…

Tweaks, wrinkles make Saints offense hard to defend each year | New Orleans
For much of the past seven seasons, the New Orleans Saints’ offense has sat either at or near the top in the league’s rankings.

Highlights from start of Saints minicamp
The Drew Brees-to-Jimmy Graham combination continues to be the most effective offensive passing plays of the offseason in mini-camp, as it has been thus far in the OTA's.

Saints hope changes work out in efforts to regain championship form
Can a team in transition still compete for a Super Bowl championship?

Normalcy Restored: Joe Vitt back to best coaching role with Saints
"Last year, we kind of had our moments where Joe would grab me and say, 'Man, I haven't seen you in a while,' and we'd kind of hug it it out and talk a little bit,'' Saint quarterback Drew Brees said between minicamp workouts Tuesday. "Obviously, last year things were a little different.

Saints’ Vitt enjoys being just an assistant again | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
After extenuating circumstances turned him into a mere football coach last season, grizzled defensive assistant Joe Vitt finally is back to…

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Jarred Fayson impresses coach Sean Payton at practice Tuesday |
An undrafted free agent out of Illinois, Fayson originally signed with the Saints in 2011

New Orleans Saints' defense needs to know 'Jack' this season |
Outside linebacker position is critical to new 3-4 defense's success

Saints Nation: Mini Camp Updates

Now’s time for Saints free agents to ‘learn their job’ | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
The gigantic "Do Your Job" poster is gone. In its place, figuratively, is one of Saints coach Sean Payton saying, "Learn Your Job." At leas…

New Orleans Saints Rookie Linebacker Rufus Johnson Impressing in OTAs - Who Dat Dish - A New Orleans Saints Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
Jun 4, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan talks to his defense during the team The New Orleans Saints opened

Live updates from New Orleans Saints minicamp |
Day 2 of minicamp starts Wednesday morning

Saints CB Keenan Lewis Attends OTAs After Hospital Visit - Who Dat Dish - A New Orleans Saints Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.
November 18, 2012; Pittsburgh , PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Keenan Lewis (23) celebrates a tackle against the Baltimore Ravens during the firs

NFL's best deals: QBs Kaepernick, Wilson are steals -- right now - NFL - News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy
Jimmy Graham -- New Orleans Saints ($1.3M cash; $1.5M cap): Graham can do things so few can, and he is the prototypical athlete at this position all teams are seeking now in the age of two-tight end sets and spread formations. Graham should be ready to put up huge numbers with Sean Payton back overseeing things and, in the final year of his deal, is ready to keep up his rise. Forty-three tight ends make more than Graham's average of $825,000 per year, including the likes of Alex Smith and Bear Pascoe. Chew on that one.

Panthers, Saints get their Mt. Rushmores today | ProFootballTalk
We started the Mt. Rushmore process with a quartet of longstanding NFL franchises. On Wednesday, the teams on which we'll focus will both be relatively more recent.


Other NFL News

Mangini hired as 49ers offensive consultant - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
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Sean Payton: "We Had Some Nice Defensive Plays"
New Orleans Saints Head Coach Sean Payton recaps the second day of the 2013 Saints Minicamp presented by Verizon on Wednesday, June 5. 2013.

Rookie Premiere: Kenny Stills - NFL Videos
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Kenny Still bares all at the NFLPA Rookie Premiere, including his childhood nickname and what '90s sitcom he still watches today.

PFT Live: Cap issues could push Graham out of New Orleans | ProFootballTalk
Mike Florio talks with Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune about the lack of communication between the Saints front office and Jimmy Graham about a new contract.

PFT Live 06/05: Larry Holder, Darin Gantt | ProFootballTalk
Mike Florio talks with Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune about there being no talks of Jimmy Graham's contract, as well as the Saints Mount Rushmore.

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