Q: Is there any update on Vilma?
A: No update yet. We know he worked hard to make it back last season, only was able to play against the New York Jets and had to shut it down because his surgically-repaired knee just wouldn’t allow him to do the things he was capable of doing. I don’t want to speculate on his future, but I’ll say this: He said that he’d know when it was time to let go, and that he wouldn’t have any hesitation doing so.
Q: When are you going to overcome Seattle's 12th man?
A: Nothing wrong with being disappointed after a playoff loss but if it’s any consolation, the Saints were eliminated by the NFC’s Super Bowl representative, a Seattle team that only lost one home game this season. Taken in the larger context, a year after finishing 7-9 and out of the playoffs, the Saints went 12-6, won the first road playoff game in franchise history and fell one game short of playing in the NFC Championship Game. All in all, not bad.
Q: What position do you think the @Saints will pick in the 1st round of the draft?
A: Much of that could depend on the health of returning injured players. For example, if you believe the Saints need a linebacker, should they draft one in the first round if
Q: What positions will the Saints look to upgrade in the draft?
A: That pretty much can be summed up by the answer above to @rico_strong1. For some of the areas that may appear to require an upgrade, the actual upgrade already may be on the roster, in the form of an injured player to will return next season. For instance, a healthy Patrick Robinson, who started 16 games in 2012, likely is a better alternative than a rookie cornerback. So, until we know who’s back healthy and whom the Saints can pluck in free agency (they were able to get
A: So far, so good. Graham either will sign a long-term deal or will play next season under the franchise player tag, Thomas is under contract for another year and Ryan hasn’t yet been stolen away (and he says he loves being on Coach Sean Payton’s staff, and loves New Orleans). I can’t give you a guarantee, but I’d say you shouldn’t be overly concerned.
A: He missed two kicks, from 45 and 48 yards, under pretty difficult conditions. I wouldn’t be shocked if there wasn’t competition for the kicking job in training camp, but I also wouldn’t be shocked if Shayne Graham wasn’t part of the competition. He made his first six field goals as a Saint, including four in the playoff win against the Eagles. Probably, his confidence is less likely to be shaken than a younger kicker. But I wouldn’t say the job is his to lose. He may have to win it, again, in training camp.
Q: Would you pick up (LSU receivers) Odell Beckham Jr. and Jarvis Landry if you had the chance?
A: Both are fantastic players. Personal preference? Beckham. Love his hands and the fact that he also can play special teams, and he just looks polished. He isn’t the fastest guy in the world, but he seems like he’ll take less time to adapt and even though Landry seems to make just as many circus grabs, there’s something about Beckham that I just like a little more. But that’s just me.