Saints News 6/7/13: Jimmy Graham Looks Fully Healthy & Totally Awesome In Minicamp


The Brees-to-Graham connection was reportedly on full display and unstoppable during minicamp practices. The Pro Bowl tight end says he is 100% healthy after playing most of last season with a wrist injury. In other news, rookie DE Rufus Johnson draws accolades from Rob Ryan and minicamp observers. He reportedly "looks the part" and has displayed impressive athleticism during practice.



Who dat talkin' 'bout dem Saints?

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In the no-brainer observation category, fourth-year Pro Bowl tight end Jimmy Graham continues to play at the highest of levels after a "down" year in 2012. The synergy between Graham and Drew Brees is unlike any other tight end-quarterback combos in the league, and it was on full display during minicamp.

Top five observations on New Orleans Saints defense from this week's minicamp | young player who certainly passed the eyeball test was sixth-round draft pick Rufus Johnson from Tarleton State. The 6-foot-5, 272-pounder is long, lean and chiseled. And his athleticism was evident on the field. He made a handful of standout plays, including a batted pass at the line of scrimmage and a couple of would-be sacks if they were going full contact.

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"We’re playing this young kid from Tarleton State and changing positions is the first thing he's doing," Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan said. "He has got a lot on his plate but talent-wise and physicality, this kid is going to be good."

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"I’m healthy and I have the opportunity to come out next season and be the starter," Brown said.

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"He definitely seems happier than we've ever seen him," wide receiver Lance Moore said Wednesday. "That time off definitely gave him a chance to reflect and realize how much he needs this game, how much he misses this game. And we're just as thankful to have him back."

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"I think oftentimes it appears that we are throwing the ball a lot and, yet, when we have been really successful, we have had good balance and I think that’s important,’’ Payton said during minicamp this week.

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"He has another gear," safety Malcolm Jenkins said. "The defensive backs learned that right away last year when he got here."

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"I’m still getting used to a lot of stuff, but it definitely helps having a similar terminology out there," he said. "There are some differences, but it’s pretty close. I’m able to say the play and know what’s going on without having to think too hard."

Former No. 2 overall pick Jason Smith trying to make it with Saints | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
"I don’t know where I stand," Smith said. "It’s not my job to judge that. "I respect Charles and I respect Terron, and we’re developing a good relationship. And (right tackle) Zach (Strief) has been teaching all of us."

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There's been plenty to learn during the Saints' run through OTAs and minicamp.

Sean Payton Wraps Up Minicamp
Head Coach Sean Payton spoke with the media on Thursday at the conclusion of the Saints Minicamp presented by Verizon


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