August 11th, 2011
By Ed Staton
NFL Network reporter Albert Breer visited the New Orleans Saints training camp on Friday and after intervidepthewing coach Sean Payton, came away believing the Saints have an advantage in returning to the Super Bowl.
Payton told the writer he loved this roster, but they (players) still have a lot of work to do. “We’ve got a lot more than we’ve had in years past,” said the coach. “We’re deeper in the defensive line, at linebacker, we’ve got a good young group at receiver.”
Payton said he and his coaching staff often put up their roster and compare it to a season ago, two seasons go, then put it up to teams in the NFC South, and this gets “everyone” excited.
The Saints dealt off Reggie Bush and replaced him with a reasonable facsimile in Darren Sproles and lost center Jonathan Goodwin to San Francisco, but replaced him with six-time Pro Bowler Olin Kruetz, who wasn’t re-signed by the Bears.
When defensive lineman Remi Avodele left for the Vikings, the Saints brought in Aunrayo Franklin from 49ers. They had already signed defensive tackle Shaun Rogers.