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Saints News: 6.13.08

Happy Friday the 13th.

The Baton Rouge Advocate had an article about Randall "Don't call me" Gay. It's all about Randall's transition into the new Saints system and the fact that with the absence of other cornerbacks like Mckenzie and David, he is able to get more reps in OTAs. Here is what he had to say.

“Fewer corners just means more reps,” Gay said. “You’ve got less time to sit back and watch people. You have to go out there and do it. It helps because instead of sitting there looking at other people doing it you’ve got to do it.”

“I’m just trying to learn, fit in, and do my job,” he said. “Basically I’m trying to learn the defense and get comfortable and get familiar with all the calls and everything that’s going on.”

“It’s just a competition and everybody’s working hard,” Gay said. “That’s all you can do. That’s what football is all about. Every position is like that and every position should be like that. Everybody should be competing and working hard to play. You want to play as much as you can so you have to go out there and compete.”

And here is what Payton had to say.

“I think some of the skill positions are a little bit easier initially because you have the chance to do a lot of things that don’t necessarily require the full uniform,” coach Sean Payton said. “Still, at cornerback and at safety, you’re relying on solid tackling, you’re relying on guys who can shed blocks and play not just one dimensionally in the passing game.”

“Some of the guys are getting more reps and I think those are valuable reps, when you look at one of them being a rookie and the other one being a guy that’s coming in from another system,” Payton said. “It’s much like what happens in training camp a lot of times. You can’t plan it, you don’t know who it’s going to be, but you have to have guys ready to get up and get to work.”

“We’ve gotten a lot done, starting with the offseason program and then moving into the mini-camp and these OTAs,” Payton said. “I think we’re ahead of where we have been in the last couple of years, which is encouraging.”

WWL had your usual "new guy moves to New Orleans and eats too much because our city is so awesome" story.

“I’ve literally gained eight pounds since I’ve been down here,” Brunell said. “Emeril’s Delmonico has to be the best I’ve ever had.”

“There’s some great restaurants down here and I’ve only scratched the surface,” he said. “I may be about 280 pounds by January.”

You better shape up fat boy!

"I came down here, met (General Manager) Mickey (Loomis), met Sean and some of the players," Brunell said. "I saw a little bit of the city. I told my agent shortly after, ‘Let’s try to make this happen.’ It seemed like a good fit. I really hoped it would work out here and it did."

“I’ve been comfortable to this point, but I realize I’ve got a long ways to go,” Brunell said. “It’s a great system. It takes time. But I guess, so far for the most part, I feel comfortable with things.

Here is what coach said.

“He has been sharp,” Payton said. “Generally, when a quarterback moves systems, there’s a time and orientation process that can be quick or sometimes slow. And in his case, it has been very fast. He has got a grasp real quickly with what we’re doing.”

David Patten played with Brunell for two years when they were both on the Redskins. Patten added his own two cents.

“I’ve been messing with him every day,” Patten said. “I’ve been telling him new life. I see the old Mark Brunell, back when he was the big-time quarterback in Jacksonville making things happen. It seems like he has been set free since he has gotten out of Washington.”

“I’m seeing him make throws now I never saw in Washington,” Patten said. “Now when I watch him, in my mind, I’m like, ‘That’s the old Mark Brunell with the zip on the ball.’ ”

Thats good news.

This one is about your boy Reggie Bush. Actually, its really about Kim Kardashian. Seems wedding bells may be Reggie's future.

“That’s definitely where we are heading,” the reality star told at a Celebrity Family Feud taping in L.A. Saturday when asked about marriage.”That’s something that we do talk about,” she said. “I think that when you spend so much time with someone who is such a big part of your life, that’s definitely the future.”

I would like to hear Reggie's take on all of this. I bet this is all news to him as well.