Saints News 6/6/13: Joe Morgan Feared For His Job After Arrest

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Joe Morgan gave a very candid interview today regarding his recent DWI arrest. He said the team was very supportive and also seemed to indicate without going into much detail that Sean Payton gave him a very stern talking to about it. In other news, Roman Harper, Terron Armstead, and Patrick Robinson were limited today. Plus, 'Harper's Inspirational Tweets' returns for your reading pleasure!

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'Harper's Inspirational Tweets' returns

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Who dat talkin' 'bout Saints minicamp?

Keenan Lewis back at Saints practice | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
Cornerback Keenan Lewis was back for the second day of minicamp Wednesday after having spent Monday night in a local hospital for treatment…

Roman Harper, Patrick Robinson limited in Thursday's practice | NOLA.com
Roman Harper and Patrick Robinson were two of the newest faces to be held out of practice at New Orleans Saints minicamp on Thursday. Robinson, who left practice early to wrap his knee on Wednesday, was on the exercise bike during morning practice.

Saints are buying into new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan - ESPN
"He doesn’t have to really instill it," middle linebacker Curtis Lofton said. "He just does it by being himself and saying the things he says, like, 'We’re going to be a great defense and you guys are great players.' As a player, that gives you confidence. When you’re a confident player and your coach believes in you, you want to make him right. That’s how he gets the aggressiveness part."

Payton: Saints play-calling role still undecided | ProFootballTalk
The New Orleans Saints are getting a much-needed boost from the return of head coach Sean Payton to the sidelines after a yearlong suspension stemming from the Bountygate case.

Live updates from New Orleans Saints minicamp: Day 3 | NOLA.com
Updates from the Saints facility in Metairie

Saints WR Toon healthy, says IR season was beneficial to him | wwltv.com New Orleans
"Obviously I’m still a young guy," said Toon, all of 24 years old. "That’s what it boils down to. … Still have a lot to learn. Obviously last year was beneficial in terms of being able to be here, be around the guys and get acclimated to this level and get acclimated to the offense."

Is Kenny Vaccaro Potentially a Pro Bowl Player?
Does Kenny Vaccaro have the potential for a Pro Bowl berth? Will he even beat out the incumbents?

Will Smith embracing position change - NFC South Blog - ESPN
"I’m still rushing the passer,’’ Smith said. "I’m still doing the same things I’ve always done. I wouldn’t say it reinvigorates me. It just puts me in a better position than I was in last year.’’

Blaine Gabbert, Ryan Mathews among 10 guys who must step up - NFL.com
Mark Ingram, RB, New Orleans Saints: The devaluation of running backs has prompted teams to pause before investing a first-round pick in the position. Ingram's modest contributions to the Saints' offense further cement this line of thinking. The third-year pro has totaled just 1,076 rushing yards over two seasons, failing to crack the lineup as a full-time starter. Most importantly, Ingram hasn't wowed observers when he has been on the field. The Alabama product is a hammerhead runner with strength and power, but he lacks the burst and speed to run away from defenders. As a result, he fails to break off big runs, amassing just six runs of 20-plus yards in 278 rushing attempts.

Quietly, Marques Colston turns 30 - NFL Nation Blog - ESPN
"Really?" Ellard asked when a reporter informed him it was Colston’s birthday. "OK, well, all the young guys will have to sing 'Happy Birthday' to him in the meeting room.’’

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Meet Joe Blackout

Saints’ Joe Morgan feared for his job after he was arrested | ProFootballTalk
The Saints didn't take any action against receiver Joe Morgan after he was arrested for drunk driving, but Morgan was worried they would. Morgan talked to reporters about the arrest today, and he said he was afraid his job could be in jeopardy.

New Orleans Saints WR Joe Morgan on his DWI arrest: 'I made a mistake for sure' | NOLA.com
"One of the good things about this team, is that it's not like guys don't care about you at all," Morgan said. "They actually look at you like family. I call a lot of the guys around here my brother. When they found out the situation, everyone was calling to say 'Joe, are you OK?' They were making sure my well being was taken care of first besides the football aspect of it. I love that part of the New Orleans Saints, that it's a family atmosphere."

Saints WR Morgan says he learned lesson from DWI, 'made a mistake' | wwltv.com New Orleans
"I made a mistake for sure," Morgan said. "As a man I can say that. It was something that was truly a mistake. The good thing about it is I didn’t get hurt and that more importantly, nobody else got hurt, so that was a God-given thing. I think God teaching me a lesson. I learned the hard way but it’s good that I actually learned that lesson."

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Other NFL News

London calling: NFL wants UK team, and soon; Jags look like best fit - CBSSports.com
Forget the long flights, crotchety coaches and spurned fans. Jason La Canfora says the money is just too good for the NFL not to have a team in London in the next decade.

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Lagniappe

Recent success characterizes Saints’ Mt. Rushmore | ProFootballTalk
The Saints' franchise went 33 years without winning a playoff game. In recent years, they've been a consistent contender, winning a Super Bowl. And so that history is reflected in any effort to identify the organization's all-time greats. Half of the Pro Football Talk on NBCSN Mt.

Covington's oldest resident sought for June 29 bicentennial parade | NOLA.com
The city's most senior citizen will ride in the parade that will also feature New Orleans Saints super fans as special guests. Fleur-D-Licious, Who Dat Chef, Whistle Monster, Mack the Quack, the Who Dat Clown, Gris-Gris Man, Soul Saint, Stunt Double Coach, the Saints Joker and the Sign Man will all ride on a special Saints float.

Ted Lewis: ‘Lombardi’s Legacy’ to have captive audience | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
Born nine months after Vince Lombardi died in 1970, Saints quarterback coach Joe Lombardi never knew his legendary grandfather. So over the…

Podcast: Report from the Saints OTA's on Wednesday | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
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Video

VIDEO: Offense Minicamp Highlights - June 5, 2013
Highlights from offensive drills from the first day of Saints Minicamp presented by Verizon on Wednesday, June 5, 2013.




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