Almost as soon as the final organized team activity wrapped up Thursday, the New Orleans Saints scattered, ready to enjoy the NFL's five-week break between the end of offseason workouts and the start of training camp.

But not all of the Saints will be taking it easy.

New quarterback Ryan Nassib will be taking homework with him. Nassib, the former New York Giants backup who signed with New Orleans earlier this week, has five weeks to get up to speed on the Saints playbook. 

"It's going to take some time," Nassib said. "Coming in late in the offseason didn't help, but fortunately, I have some time over the break to really dive in and cram."

Nassib, a free agent after backing up Eli Manning for four seasons in New York, would have liked to sign with his new team a lot earlier in the NFL's offseason schedule, giving him time to absorb the offense during the summer.

An injury kept him on the market.

Nassib underwent surgery in December on an injured elbow, and as he rehabilitated the injury, the Saints and several other teams were forced to wait out the recovery process before getting a chance to watch him throw. 

"We had tried to get him in a little bit earlier, and he was not 100 percent, so we waited," Saints coach Sean Payton said. "A couple of teams like us waited. Once he was healthy to throw, we brought him in."

New Orleans has always kept an eye on Nassib, the former Syracuse passer who impressed the Saints in the 2013 draft process, only to be taken off the board by the Giants in the fourth round.

Nassib played sparingly in four seasons in New York, completing 9 of 10 passes for 128 yards and a touchdown over two years and five games.

Even though the Giants decided not to bring him back, the 27-year-old Nassib said he grew plenty in his time in New York. 

"I learned so much, on the field, off the field, not only about general football knowledge, but how an NFL locker room runs, and how the season and the league is,' Nassib said. 

Nassib, who signed with the Saints on Monday, spent the three days of mandatory minicamp watching Drew Brees, Chase Daniel and Garrett Grayson handle the team snaps, in large part because he had no time to learn the offense.

After just three days of work, it was clear how well Payton, Brees and Daniel know the offense that enticed Nassib to come to New Orleans. A passing game that has finished in the top five in every season for 11 years is hard for a quarterback to ignore. 

"It was quite obvious that these guys have been doing it for so long, because what they do is so sharp, so precise," Nassib said. "You watch them on tape, coming from the Giants, but coming here and hearing how detailed things are, it's extremely impressive."

With Brees still operating at a high level and Daniel signed to be his backup, Nassib will have to show plenty of potential for growth to carve out a spot on the team in training camp.

Before he can do that, Nassib has to learn the offense, and by all indications, his first week in New Orleans produced optimism that the former Giants backup will have no trouble learning the offense. 

"He is a quick study," Payton said. "His ability to take it in and understand it and be able to spit it out — certainly the experience has helped him — but that is something that I think is a strength of his."

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