For the last two years, many NFL teams have spent the May and June months preparing for training camp away from the facilities. This year, organized team activities (OTAs) are back and allowing for a glimpse into every NFL team’s future, including the New Orleans Saints. Already after the first round of OTAs we’ve seen big names return to the facility, some veterans passing on the voluntary workout period, and young rookies standing out.
One thing that’s a clear and recurring trend for the Saints: leadership. On both both sides of the ball we’ve gotten a look at veteran leadership and team culture taking shape. Even first-year players have done well to assert themselves into leadership roles.
There will be two more rounds of OTAs taking place from May 31-June 2 and June 7-10. After that, a mandatory minicamp is scheduled for June 14-16 before a short hiatus leads to training camp. Training camp dates will be announced at a later time, which will likely include dates open to the public.