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Saints News 5/20/13: Saints Eager To Start Organized Team Activities

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Saints OTAs begin tomorrow and Coach Payton is especially eager to get started. In other news, the NFL wants to overhaul the offseason and push the Draft back to May. In other, other news, the Saints and Pelicans have hired Doug Tatum (formerly of NOLA.com) as Executive Director of Digital Media. Maybe the Saints official website will now finally be upgraded to a more modern look containing less mind-boggling suck.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Saints">#Saints</a> Waive DE Braylon Broughton: <a href="http://t.co/N4gKYPN5Qn" title="http://bit.ly/10IxEXX">bit.ly/10IxEXX</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/status/336579983722024960">May 20, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Looks like 2014 NFL draft will be held May 15-17. In 2015 and 2016, league year would start early March, combine mid-March.</p>&mdash; Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) <a href="https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter/status/336577524450598912">May 20, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Tentative dates for NFL Draft in 2015 would be May 7-9 and in 2016 it would be May 5-7.</p>&mdash; Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) <a href="https://twitter.com/AdamSchefter/status/336578966460723202">May 20, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>At this point, contrary to a report, the change in draft date is not tied to a change in the league year. Full story ahead @<a href="https://twitter.com/cbssports">cbssports</a></p>&mdash; Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) <a href="https://twitter.com/JasonLaCanfora/status/336564328641740801">May 20, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>"@<a href="https://twitter.com/bornachef">bornachef</a>: @<a href="https://twitter.com/juniorg93">juniorg93</a> wat yu think about Will Smith moving to OLB bruh"man I just work here bros</p>&mdash; NuLa C.E.O. (@JuniorG93) <a href="https://twitter.com/JuniorG93/status/336576405095714817">May 20, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Saints &amp; Pelicans Announce Hiring of @<a href="https://twitter.com/dougtatum">dougtatum</a> as Executive Director of Digital Media <a href="http://t.co/reAJq2mbmA" title="http://bit.ly/10QEewA">bit.ly/10QEewA</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/status/336571861989212160">May 20, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Tatum joins the Saints and Pelicans after serving 13 years, first as deputy then as lead sports editor, at the The Times-Picayune</p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/status/336572405998821377">May 20, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>"@<a href="https://twitter.com/sedrickellis1">sedrickellis1</a>: It's taunting me!...damn! <a href="http://t.co/5sSmsWvVcG" title="http://twitter.com/SedrickEllis1/status/336528686272626688/photo/1">twitter.com/SedrickEllis1/…</a>"don't do it lol</p>&mdash; Reidel Anthony (@ReidelAnthony15) <a href="https://twitter.com/ReidelAnthony15/status/336529339623546881">May 20, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>NFL combine dates have been set for 2014. Logistically would be very difficult to move. NFL Draft date hasn't yet been set in stone.</p>&mdash; Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) <a href="https://twitter.com/AlbertBreer/status/336559014072680448">May 20, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>The league can move events without union approval, but it cannot change the start of the league year. Which creates an interesting dynamic.</p>&mdash; Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) <a href="https://twitter.com/AlbertBreer/status/336556459510882304">May 20, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Buy a $2 raffle ticket for your chance to be my guest "A Sainted Weekend" here: <a href="http://t.co/P8bPcrQIaV" title="http://mf.tt/Xswf">mf.tt/Xswf</a> ... Ends: May 31st.</p>&mdash; Roman Harper (@Harp41) <a href="https://twitter.com/Harp41/status/336556963901079552">May 20, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>AUDIO: Will Smith (@<a href="https://twitter.com/iwillsmith">iwillsmith</a>) talks about playing at linebacker <a href="http://t.co/epvdhRtAbg" title="http://bit.ly/16Fk9RE">bit.ly/16Fk9RE</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Saints">#Saints</a> via @<a href="https://twitter.com/wwlamfm">wwlamfm</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/status/336541721200586752">May 20, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>My first piece over @<a href="https://twitter.com/sbnation">sbnation</a> just posted. Excited to be doing stuff over there now as well as at FO. <a href="http://t.co/u8ltVjIjLJ" title="http://bit.ly/10gzmEp">bit.ly/10gzmEp</a></p>&mdash; Ben Muth (@FO_wordofmuth) <a href="https://twitter.com/FO_wordofmuth/status/336539122711814146">May 20, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Watching this game right now at 1am. Good memories huh ? @<a href="https://twitter.com/jonvilma51">jonvilma51</a> @<a href="https://twitter.com/scottshanle">scottshanle</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23NFCChampionship">#NFCChampionship</a> <a href="http://t.co/Sh9MpDBI5F" title="http://twitter.com/SaintsTruth/status/336255016321024000/photo/1">twitter.com/SaintsTruth/st…</a></p>&mdash; Truth's Scythe (@SaintsTruth) <a href="https://twitter.com/SaintsTruth/status/336255016321024000">May 19, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>@<a href="https://twitter.com/saintstruth">saintstruth</a> @<a href="https://twitter.com/jonvilma51">jonvilma51</a> no doubt!! memories that will last a lifetime. lot of respect for my MIKE backer. hell of a teammate and person</p>&mdash; Scott Shanle (@scottshanle) <a href="https://twitter.com/scottshanle/status/336259718932754432">May 19, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>@<a href="https://twitter.com/scottshanle">scottshanle</a> we walk together forever</p>&mdash; Jonathan Vilma (@JonVilma51) <a href="https://twitter.com/JonVilma51/status/336267274346450944">May 19, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>@<a href="https://twitter.com/jonvilma51">jonvilma51</a> @<a href="https://twitter.com/scottshanle">scottshanle</a> bad boys for life???... <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23movietweet">#movietweet</a></p>&mdash; cameron jordan (@camjordan94) <a href="https://twitter.com/camjordan94/status/336500562625433601">May 20, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>@<a href="https://twitter.com/camjordan94">camjordan94</a> @<a href="https://twitter.com/scottshanle">scottshanle</a> stay out of this kind sir</p>&mdash; Jonathan Vilma (@JonVilma51) <a href="https://twitter.com/JonVilma51/status/336534076825686016">May 20, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>@<a href="https://twitter.com/camjordan94">camjordan94</a> @<a href="https://twitter.com/jonvilma51">jonvilma51</a> I'm will swith right!</p>&mdash; Scott Shanle (@scottshanle) <a href="https://twitter.com/scottshanle/status/336507078980034561">May 20, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>@<a href="https://twitter.com/scottshanle">scottshanle</a> @<a href="https://twitter.com/jonvilma51">jonvilma51</a> that puts jv as martin Lawrence hahahaha</p>&mdash; cameron jordan (@camjordan94) <a href="https://twitter.com/camjordan94/status/336507624419893248">May 20, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>@<a href="https://twitter.com/camjordan94">camjordan94</a> @<a href="https://twitter.com/jonvilma51">jonvilma51</a> sorry jv just trying get you fired up. Ha</p>&mdash; Scott Shanle (@scottshanle) <a href="https://twitter.com/scottshanle/status/336508846874955776">May 20, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>@<a href="https://twitter.com/scottshanle">scottshanle</a> @<a href="https://twitter.com/camjordan94">camjordan94</a> Shut. Up. Both of you.</p>&mdash; Jonathan Vilma (@JonVilma51) <a href="https://twitter.com/JonVilma51/status/336534273085554689">May 20, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Audio: Sean Payton talks about the <a href="https://twitter.com/search/%23Saints">#Saints</a> starting organized team activities this week <a href="http://t.co/lXmvpt9Rgk" title="http://bit.ly/10gKYY5">bit.ly/10gKYY5</a> via @<a href="https://twitter.com/wwlamfm">wwlamfm</a></p>&mdash; New Orleans Saints (@Saints) <a href="https://twitter.com/Saints/status/336527190718050304">May 20, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Sean Payton Signing autographs at saints hall of fame golf tournament <a href="http://t.co/7v2NAmZY2e" title="http://twitter.com/juankinc4/status/336511710854778880/photo/1">twitter.com/juankinc4/stat…</a></p>&mdash; juan kincaid (@juankinc4) <a href="https://twitter.com/juankinc4/status/336511710854778880">May 20, 2013</a></blockquote>

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Who dat talkin' 'bout dem Saints?

New Orleans Saints eager to start organized team activities | NOLA.com
"It's obviously exciting," Payton said. "It's good to be back around the coaches and players. There are a lot of new faces. ... Certainly I'm anxious to see some of these guys on the field that I haven't seen. But it's exciting, it's nice."

Will Will Play Will? - Who Dat Social Club
The big question is, of course: Can Smith pull it off? Smaller questions are: What makes PayLoo, or Rob Ryan, believe he can? And, What if he can’t?

Saints and Pelicans Announce Hiring of Doug Tatum as Executive Director of Digital Media
Tatum will oversee the direction of all digital media properties and the support staffs for both the Saints and Pelicans, including all social media accounts and all team related mobile and email platforms. He will also manage the team’s overall digital marketing strategy, mobile commerce, digital advertising and search initiatives.

Akiem Hicks prepares to burn bright in second Saints season
It could be an ideal fit for a big man on a mission whether Akiem Hicks acts as a battering ram collapsing the pocket or gobbling up runners like a spider pounces on victims caught in the web.

Coach Sean Payton returns officially, Will Smith's shift, and camp position battles on 'Black and Gold Today' | NOLA.com
Coach Sean Payton will lead a Saints practice for the first time since the final practice before the 2011 NFC Divisional playoff game against the 49ers.

Tom Brady more confident than ever as New England Patriots need him more than ever - NFL - Peter King - SI.com
3. I think the early returns on Sean Payton's enthusiasm and verve for the New Orleans Saints job are extremely positive. He's Mr. Positive, from what I hear, instead of Mr. Bitter. That's the best way he could have done this, because it's only so long that you can use the we-got-jobbed speech as motivation for a 10-month offseason, regular season and postseason run.

Moss Point's Tom Johnson seeks new position with Saints | Sports | The Sun Herald
METAIRIE -- Moss Point native Tom Johnson spent his first two seasons with the Saints securing his role as a contributor, a defensive tackle that could be relied on to come off the bench and make plays.

Will Smith will start Saints OTAs as a linebacker | ProFootballTalk
Will Smith had to take a huge pay cut to stay a Saint. Now, he’s making another significant adjustment. According to Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times Picayune, Saints G.M. Mickey Loomis said Smith will open OTAs as an outside linebacker.

Saints Nation: Will Smith to Play OLB in 3-4?

Will Smith Not the Answer For New Orleans Saints at OLB - Who Dat Dish - A New Orleans Saints Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.

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Other NFL News

Offseason overhaul close to happening | ProFootballTalk
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the league and the NFLPA are on the verge of a deal that would move the draft to May, something the league has wanted. The change would apply to at least the next three years.

Pro Bowl remains in trouble, supposedly | ProFootballTalk
The league continues to huff and puff about the Pro Bowl, even as the TV audience blows the doors off the numbers generated by the World Series. More huffing and puffing is expected this week in Boston, at the quarterly league meetings.

Super Bowl 50 site to be decided Tuesday | NOLA.com
San Francisco and South Florida are competing to host the game.

Titus Young knows he has mental health problem, former Lions teammate says - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
Titus Young knows he has mental health problem, former Lions teammate says Titus Young knows he has mental health problem, former Lions teammate says

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick calls critics 'ignorant' - NFL News | FOX Sports on MSN
The embattled Eagles quarterback, who has come under fire for his penchant for turnovers and holding on to the ball too long in the pocket, fired back at his naysayers.

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