Video: Saints coach Sean Payton talks about signing Evan Baker to practice squad _lowres

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Saints coach Sean Payton during the first quarter against Kansas City Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, of the first preseason game of the year at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.


PHOENIX — Some leftover thoughts and quotes from Sean Payton’s meeting with the media on Wednesday:

On Marques Colston returning: “With every decision, there’s gotta be some vision. So Marques Colston, the vision coming up for ’15, he’s a guy that plays all three spots, there’s a toughness about him. There’s a size factor that obviously is a big plus for us. ”

On Travaris Cadet signing with the New England Patriots: “He’s exceptional as a receiver. His ability to run routes other than just from the running back route tree, he’s someone that can jump in the receiver line and run out routes and run cutbacks and actually has experience doing that. When he came to us as a free agent in ’12, the first week or two he was in receiver meetings, receiver drills. He’s exceptionally smart, he’s a great teammate. He’s someone we would have wanted to have back, were we not able to sign C.J. Spiller. I would say his hands and his football IQ are exceptional.”

On if Jimmy Graham being traded had anything to do with hurt feelings from last year’s negotiations: “No, no, that really had nothing to do with it. Zero.”

On former Cowboys defensive lineman visiting the Saints: “He was in on Monday. He’s someone we’re very familiar with, obviously. we played against him, Rob (Ryan) has worked with him. I don’t know if there’s anything to announce but he did take a visit.”

On keeping Jahri Evans instead of Ben Grubbs: “I think it started when we were kinda in discussion with a number of teams. We knew we were going to be able to afford one of the guards. Both guys we have great respect for, we graded very closely. It happened in a period of a few days. We were at kind of a threshold in regards to our salary cap.”

On Jairus Byrd’s health: “He’s fully recovered. He’s training right now and he’s been training with Spiller. … He’s healthy, though. I think having a full offseason will be important certainly in regards with what we’re doing. There’s going to be some changes structurally. We’ll look closely at the corner we just acquired and some of the talent (they will acquire). We’re not just going to turn the page and give it another try. We’ve got to be better at it. We have to be better in a lot of areas. …Some of the stuff we went through in tape study, it’s not a lot of good tape. There’s a lot of involvement when you finish 31st in the league in one area.”

On Drew Brees’ reaction to trading Jimmy Graham: ““Drew understands the challenges of winning. He also understands it would be nice for us to get to 26 points and win by seven instead of being down 10. There’s a lot that goes into that. It’s our job as coaches to put a plan together to allow him to have success. You don’t take any of the seven, eight, nine years for granted and throw the ball out there and say hey. We need to find unique ways to get C.J. Spiller the ball and maybe throw it to him eight yards on a wide route and watch him run for 60. We’ve got to say hey these are the guys we’ve got.”

On Josh Hill: “This Josh Hill is another player that I love. I love. When you look at his runs, jumps, height, weight, speed, you look at his measureables and he didn’t go to the combine. Thank god. We were doing this study last year with the draft class talking about some of the top picks at tight end. … Let’s throw the numbers up on the board and compare them. … Comparing him to the top guys in the draft, this guy is better. … If I told you this guy was our third-round draft pick you’d be excited now. We’ve just got to get this jersey off his back that says I cam here as a free agent. I think we feel like he has a bright future.”?