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Saints News 5/25/13: First Week of OTAs in the Books

Today's menu includes: Around the horn coverage of the Harper redo deal, wrapping up the week of OTAs, and this just in - Ralph's live-tweeting his viewing of the Saints win over the Falcons in 2012.

Ralph gave me an excuse to use this photo again. Thank you, Ralph.
Ralph gave me an excuse to use this photo again. Thank you, Ralph.
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@MilneMalbrough I'm trying to put your Saints-Falcons game live tweet stream in the Fleur-de-Links but can't use any of them that have profanity. The first two are out, but they clean up after that.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Drew just threw an awful pick, good thing Samuel acted like jack ass. Cam Jordan impresses me more and more as I rewatch 2012</p>&mdash; Ralph Malbrough (@MilneMalbrough) <a href="">May 25, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Ivory just housed the entire Falcon defense. If healthy I think Jet fans will love him and Rob Ryan will be very tempted to over use him</p>&mdash; Ralph Malbrough (@MilneMalbrough) <a href="">May 25, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>lack of pass rush by Saints deF can't be over stated.more I watch Saints O-line more I think they can play start Armstead and be ok at LT</p>&mdash; Ralph Malbrough (@MilneMalbrough) <a href="">May 25, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="">#JuniorGalette93</a>.Com Is Being Worked on As I Tweet It Will have All Tge information and Updates on What I Am Doing! <a href="">#WHODAT</a></p>&mdash; NuLa C.E.O. (@JuniorG93) <a href="">May 25, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>For all the talk of Graham's struggles in 2012 &amp; I think he has more hurt than he let on against ATL he shows that he is destroyer of worlds</p>&mdash; Ralph Malbrough (@MilneMalbrough) <a href="">May 25, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Hicks every now &amp; then looks like young L'roi Glover with burst of power/speed. Of course it was like twice a month inn 2012 but it's there</p>&mdash; Ralph Malbrough (@MilneMalbrough) <a href="">May 25, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Watching Graham be Godzilla in downtown Tokyo against ATL secondary, @<a href="">andrewjuge</a> theory of Watson/Graham duo being really good intrigues</p>&mdash; Ralph Malbrough (@MilneMalbrough) <a href="">May 25, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Also @<a href="">andrewjuge</a> have we forgotten about Corey White? Yes he was atrocious early in '12 but he got better &amp; that's what we want from rookies</p>&mdash; Ralph Malbrough (@MilneMalbrough) <a href="">May 25, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>@<a href="">milnemalbrough</a> he sucks</p>&mdash; Andrew Juge (@AndrewJuge) <a href="">May 25, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>@<a href="">andrewjuge</a> He went from being not NFL worthy to warm body by ATL game. He does fit Saints draft success; small school+ physical skills</p>&mdash; Ralph Malbrough (@MilneMalbrough) <a href="">May 25, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Saints up 28-17 and they STILL CAN'T EVEN TOUCH MATT RYAN.Please Rob Ryan deliver us a pass rush even if it's average it will be better</p>&mdash; Ralph Malbrough (@MilneMalbrough) <a href="">May 25, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Will Smith has no speed and he can't over power tackles anymore so please explain why he will be ok at LB? I will wait</p>&mdash; Ralph Malbrough (@MilneMalbrough) <a href="">May 25, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Julio Jones just made a great catch and the Saints coaches got a penalty.Oh look David Hawthorne actually does something constructive</p>&mdash; Ralph Malbrough (@MilneMalbrough) <a href="">May 25, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>The Saints just rushed 6 and Lindsay Lohan is closer to an Oscar than Saints were to Matt Ryan</p>&mdash; Ralph Malbrough (@MilneMalbrough) <a href="">May 25, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Saints survive late. To recap; Graham awesome, Brees Awesome, pass rush a disgrace and that is Rob Ryan's biggest challenge</p>&mdash; Ralph Malbrough (@MilneMalbrough) <a href="">May 25, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>I LOVE <a href="">#WHODATNATION</a> I PROMISE u Will Be Proud OF Me This YEAR!! <a href="">#WHODAT</a></p>&mdash; NuLa C.E.O. (@JuniorG93) <a href="">May 25, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>SO to Super Bowl champ @<a href="">sedrickellis1</a> for buying us 15 dollar shots yesterday <a href="">#theman</a></p>&mdash; Collin (@AZnelly) <a href="">May 25, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Looks like my mom really enjoyed her ride in the jeep. Haha <a href="" title="">…</a></p>&mdash; Justin Drescher (@jdrescher88) <a href="">May 25, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Happy Bday to my Big homie @<a href="">shawnemerriman</a></p>&mdash; Darren Sproles (@DarrenSproles) <a href="">May 25, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>@<a href="">iwillsmith</a> @<a href="">sedrickellis1</a> @<a href="">thejimmygraham</a> &amp; @<a href="">camjordan94</a> <a href="" title="">…</a>" <a href="">#cantwaitforfootball</a> <a href="">#WhoDatNation</a> <a href="">#whodat</a> <a href="">#bestofnola</a></p>&mdash; rita rita (@ritaleblanc) <a href="">May 25, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Hopping on a flight to Italy for @<a href="">curtmenefee</a> wedding and 9 days ofR&amp;R. I need to convince pilots to show fights on the flight. <a href="">#nochance</a></p>&mdash; Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) <a href="">May 25, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="">#TweetYourWeight</a> 175 pounds. I can now fit back into my cargo shorts, so I'm officially rescinding the <a href="">#fatass</a> tag on myself.</p>&mdash; Held Over (@hakimdropsball) <a href="">May 25, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p><a href="">#BallinRT</a> @<a href="">soonerscoop</a> <a href="">#Sooners</a> move on the the WCWS after run-ruling Texas A&amp;M for the second day in a row. OU wins 8-0 in 5 innings.</p>&mdash; Curtis Lofton (@CurtisLofton50) <a href="">May 25, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>RT @<a href="">ae3zzz</a>: Congrats OU softball!! <a href="">#WCWS</a> bound✌</p>&mdash;Kenny Stills (@KSTiLLS) <a href="">May 25, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Former????RT @<a href="">nolanews</a> Former Saint Roman Harper to host annual 'Sainted Weekend' <a href="" title=""></a></p>&mdash; Snake and Jakes NOLA (@snakeandjakes) <a href="">May 25, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>@<a href="">zachstrief</a> finally par <a href="" title="">…</a></p>&mdash; JAHRI EVANS (@J_7TRE_E) <a href="">May 25, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>The deadline for entry in my "A Sainted Weekend Raffle Contest" is May 31st! Get your $2 raffle ticket here: <a href="" title=""></a> <a href="">#WhoDat</a></p>&mdash; Roman Harper (@Harp41) <a href="">May 25, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Cahokia boys track and field team Illinios State champions again!!! <a href="">#3Peat</a></p>&mdash; Terron Armstead (@blindside_2) <a href="">May 25, 2013</a></blockquote>

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Coach Millsap said they had a bad meet.... But won state by 59 points lol</p>&mdash; Terron Armstead (@blindside_2) <a href="">May 25, 2013</a></blockquote>


Harper's Redo Roundup

Strong safety Roman Harper signs contract extension with Saints | The Advocate
Sheldon Mickles - New Orleans Saints strong safety Roman Harper has signed a contract extension that will give the club some salary cap relief for this season, reported Friday.

Report: Roman Harper agrees to restructured contract |
Many thought the arrival of first rounder Kenny Vaccaro signaled bad news for Roman Harper with the New Orleans Saints. Rumors of his demise were greatly exaggerated.

New Orleans Saints are $5.1 million below salary cap |
Nakia Hogan - Roman Harper's contract helped shave $3.44 million off 2013 cap.


OTA Wrap-Up: Payton's Return and Ryan's Arrival

New Orleans Saints OTAs Photo Gallery |
Photos taken from the New Orleans Saints Organized Team Activities at the team's facility. photos taken by Michael C. Hebert.

Saints’ optimism returns with Payton back in the mix | The Advocate
Ted Lewis - The first time the black helicopter meandered over the Saints’ practice field, Sean Payton paid it no mind.

Saints welcome the return of their coach | The Sun Herald
Gary Estwick - Right tackle Zach Strief offered the best way to explain the importance of Sean Payton's return this season to the Saints.

Drew Brees happy for quiet offseason | The Advocate
Gary Estwick - Brees happy off-field story lines are behind Saints.

Rob Ryan brings Gregg Williams-like attitude back to Saints |
Brian Allee-Walsh - Rob Ryan is the second coming of Gregg Williams, a few pounds heavier perhaps with longer locks but they are one in the same.

Malcolm Jenkins: Rob Ryan 'similar' to Gregg Williams |
Marc Sessier - The Saints are switching from a 4-3 defensive scheme to the 3-4 under recently installed coordinator Rob Ryan, meaning everything will be new for his players. Well, almost everything.

Five NFL scheme changes to watch: Defense |
Marc Sessier - Here's a look at five clubs around the league that are promising to do things differently on defense in 2013. (HansDat note: Guess who's at the top of the list?)



Mickey Loomis Turning in His Best Work Yet |

Saints Offensive Line: Preview |
John Hendrix - When you think of offense, especially in terms of fantasy football, the offensive line never shows much in the stats sheet.

New Orleans aims for Super celebration in tricentennial of 2018 | The Advocate
Brian Allee-Walsh - LII plus CCC would equal a rollicking good time in New Orleans come February 2018, regardless of how anyone does the arithmetic.

Saints to host special teams clinic for high school coaches |
Saints to host a full day of classroom instruction by Saints Special Teams Coordinator Greg McMahon for high school coaches.

New Orleans Saint Roman Harper to host annual 'Sainted Weekend' |
Roman Harper hosts his fourth annual "Sainted Weekend" to benefit his Harper's Hope 4*1 Foundation in Prattville, Ala.

Baltimore Ravens star Jacoby Jones to hold annual charity event in New Orleans next Friday |
Katherine Terrell - He will host a celebrity basketball game and youth football camp.

NFL should be careful with calendar |
John Clayton - NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's staff is going to take the next week to finalize a revised offseason schedule for 2014. (HansDat note: Dave's for the changes, and John's against them...)