While Dave is away having an awesome vacation, he's asked me to help piece together posts of Saints training camp-related links from around the web. For those like me who, over the past few months, have been starving for Saints news, prepare to gorge yourself on the current plethora of Saints links out there (What is a plethora? El Guapo explains). They're popping up so fast, I can't keep track of them. Even if you were to visit sites like KittenPants.com (yes, this site actually exists), there might be a Saints article there. I guess this is another advantage of being the current world champion.
Well, here's my first attempt at trying to help fill Dave's massive shoes. I'm sure that by the time I get this posted, there will be many more Saints stories out there. Feel free to link to any important ones I've missed in the comment section. If I were to recommend anything out of today's news, it would be the Gregg Williams videos. I freakin' love that dude! The ESPN "Camp Confidential" post by Pat Yasinskas is also a must-see. Make sure you check them out. There's plenty more after the jump. Enjoy and.....TWO DAT!!!
Tony Gonzalez: Saints great for NFC South - NFC South Blog - ESPN
"I think it’s the best thing that could ever happen,’’ Gonzalez said. "You get that measuring stick, and it was a measuring stick for us last year. Both those games [against New Orleans] we could have won. There is no doubt about it, but we didn’t and that’s just how it goes in the NFL. Playing them twice is only a plus for us. ... We’ll see how we do against them this year."
New Orleans Saints could mix and match different bodies at strong-side linebacker | NOLA.com
Newcomer Clint Ingram is anxious to join the rotation as he recovers from knee surgery
Gruden: New Orleans Saints can repeat - NFC South Blog - ESPN
"It starts with having a great quarterback,’’ Gruden said. "That’s the No. 1 ingredient. If you’ve got the right steak, you’ve got a chance to cook it up pretty good. You can put herbs on it or make it medium rare or whatever you want to do. You’ve got one of the great quarterbacks in the history of this game. You’ve got a heck of a good chance to repeat. I promise you that.
Camp Confidential: Saints - NFC South Blog - ESPN
ESPN.com NFL Power Ranking (pre-camp): 2
Saints coach Sean Payton: Vicodin case will be resolved before regular season - The Huddle: Football News from the NFL - USATODAY.com
"I expect not only the individual case with the club and Mr. Santini, but also as it pertains to the U.S. Attorney's office will be handled sooner rather than later. And I just appreciate the owner's (Tom Benson) support. As I said in the beginning, 'We look forward to the truth coming out.''
Observations from New Orleans Saints' Saturday afternoon practice | NOLA.com
Tailback Reggie Bush, defensive end Junior Galette continue to shine
New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton expects Marques Colston, Clint Ingram to return to practice first | NOLA.com
Heath Evans, DeMario Pressley, Jimmy Wilkerson held out of afternoon practice
Reggie Bush focused on Saints, not on problems at USC - USATODAY.com
"The whole situation is terrible, and nobody feels worse about than I do," Bush said. "At the same time, I can't dwell on the negative. I have a job to do, and I have a whole organization and city riding on my back. Not just my back, but the team."
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Rod Harper spends time after practice returning kicks and catching balls | NOLA.com
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Rod Harper did more than just run routes at Saturday morning's practice. After Saturday's morning session, Harper not only stuck around to return a few punts, he caught passes from a JUGS machine about five yards away from it. Harper said he caught somewhere around 200 balls in that session.
Kristian: STC Day 1 – PM Practice Report - WWL - AM870 | FM105.3 | News | Talk | Sports
"Good first day...good first day," Coach Payton told the Saints following the afternoon practice inside the friendly confines of their indoor facility. The Saints spent a good portion of the PM practice working on special teams, namely in the coverage units.
Saints Head Coach Sean Payton Transcript
From Saturday morning
New Orleans Saints say they're hungry for more as training camp opens | NOLA.com
Team shows passion, drive that led to Super Bowl win
New Orleans Saints fans welcome players to 2010 training camp | NOLA.com
Faithful early, eager for first practice
New Orleans Saints training camp roundup 7/30/2010 | NOLA.com
Times-Picayune's Day 1 coverage including a great video of Gregg Williams schooling the press yesterday on why the team can and will be better.
Malcolm Jenkins providing competition for Darren Sharper as New Orleans Saints' starting safety | NOLA.com
He's making a seamless transition from cornerback and Rotoworld was wrong about him staying at CB (polite jab at Stu's accountability index. :-))
Pierre Thomas seeks to bridge gap in contract dispute with New Orleans Saints | NOLA.com
RB seeks longer, more lucrative deal
Saints Notes: Vilma still stewing over missing out on ring | shreveporttimes.com | Shreveport Times
METAIRIE - New Orleans Saints middle linebacker Jonathan Vilma has a national championship ring from the 2001 season at Miami when he was a sophomore and a Super Bowl championship ring from last
Brees, Payton wowed by rookie tight end | New Orleans News, Local News, Breaking News, Weather | wwltv.com | Eye on Black and Gold
Former basketball player impresses coach, QB with work ethic, skills.
Saints look to make winning an art - NFC South Blog - ESPN
METAIRIE, La. -- The New Orleans Saints wrapped up their first day of practice in an indoor facility that has a new look and feel.
Saints prepare to defend championship - NFL News - FOX Sports on MSN
Saints prepare to defend championship
Reggie Bush feels 100 percent, ready to put offseason behind him for the New Orleans Saints | NOLA.com
"It's been a roller-coaster offseason, but I'm back here on the football field, back in front of the Who Dat Nation," Bush said. "This is where I live to be every day, to be out here and just working toward a championship and trying to make a difference."
New Orleans Saints hold third training camp practice outdoors | NOLA.com
Working again in high heat, the New Orleans Saints practiced outdoors in pads Saturday morning for nearly two hours, the third session of their 2010 training camp. The team worked extensively on special teams, particularly the punting game. Coach Sean Payton announced before camp began that the Saints were seeking versatility and more consistency in their punt returns.
Notes on New Orleans Saints Saturday morning practice | NOLA.com
Observations from the morning workout.
New Orleans Saints tight end Jeremy Shockey has an animated practice | NOLA.com
The tight end played to the crowd during the scrimmages.
Devery Henderson comes up gimping while running route, continues to practice | NOLA.com
He continued to practice after the situation.
New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton evaluating a number of players at punt returner | NOLA.com
"When it comes to the returners," said head coach Sean Payton, "we'll continue to work Reggie (Bush) and Lance Moore, but you're going to see Tracy Porter get work. Rod Harper a year ago did some good things in the preseason. Overall in the return game, it's just being more efficient with our blocks and setting up our returns. It's just one phase, one specific area we look at to try to improve on and really get to where we were executing in the postseason. It was something that we did a better job with as the year went on. But you'll see those four guys working back there as returners, and depending on the depth at the other spots and who's in the front unit blocking."
|Reggie Bush on punt returning and repeating|
|Pierre Thomas talks about practicing in the heat|
|Usama Young says he'll play whatever position the team needs|
|New Orleans Saints fullback Heath Evans says he's glad to be back|
|Marlcolm Jenkins on moving on this season|
|Gregg Williams on Darren Sharper's return|
|Carl Nicks on how good the New Orleans Saints offensive line can be|
|Breaking down Day 2 of Saints training camp|
Madden 11 preview: Saints win second SB (against the Jags? Really?), celebrate, and meet President Obama
Let's all team up and help keep this the best place for Saints news on the web while Dave is enjoying his vacation. That lucky SOB!