As the only Heisman Trophy winner in Alabama's illustrious history, and one of two first-round picks by the Saints in 2011, running back Mark Ingram has spent the past two years in a state full of LSU fans who were eager to enjoy the days when the former Crimson Tide star's success no longer came at their expense.

Tight end Jimmy Graham says he appreciates the wisdom of securing one's financial future, but he also wanted to be all-in with a Saints team that he knew would be hungry following a 7-9 record in 2012.

And after an unwanted year away because of his bounty suspension, Payton also appears ready to get back to a particular aspect of coaching in which he made his name.

The Saints linebacker and longtime defensive captain appreciates that many will wonder if he's lost a step after 870 tackles since turning pro in 2004, not to mention several knee procedures in the past two years.

saints_campWith the focus back on football, optimism abounds in the Big Easy.

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