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8/10 @Browns Loss
8/20 @Chargers Win
8/26 TEXANS Win
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9/11 @Vikings Loss
9/17 PATRIOTS Win
9/24 @Panthers 12:00
10/2 @Dolphins 8:30am
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10/22 @Packers 12:00
10/29 Bears 12:00
11/5 BUCS 3:05
11/12 @Bills 12:00
11/19 REDSKINS 7:25
11/26 @Rams 12:00
12/3 PANTHERS 12:00
12/7 @Falcons 7:25
12/17 JETS 3:05
12/24 FALCONS 12:00
12/31 @Bucs 3:25
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Atl. 3 0 0 87 66 0-0
Car. 2 1 0 45 40 0-1
T.B. 1 1 0 46 41 0-0
N.O. 1 2 0 73 78 1-0

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2017 Saints Draft
Rd  Pick Player/Pos.
1 (11)  Marshon Lattimore  CB
1 (32)  Ryan Ramczyk OT
2 (42)  Marcus Williams  FS
3 (67)  Alvin Kamara RB
3 (76)  Alex Anzalone LB
3 (103)  Trey  Hendrickson DE
6 (196)  Al-Quadin  Muhammed DE

2017 Undrafted Rookie Free Agent Signings:
Devoroe Lawrence -DT, Aub.
Andrew Lauderdale-OT, NH
Sae Tautu -LB, BYU
Travin Dural -WR, LSU
Cameron Lee -G, Ill. St.
Arthur Maulet -CB, Memphis
Colin Buchanon-G/T, Mia.(Oh)
Cameron Tom-C, S. Miss.
Ahmad Fullwood -WR, Fla.
Joseph Robinson -Woodgett -FB,UMass
Chase Dominguez -LS, Utah
Clint Van Horn -T, Marshall

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2016 Saints Draft
Rd  Pick Player/Pos.
1 (12)  Sheldon Rankins DT
2 (47)  Michael Thomas WR
2 (61)  Von Bell FS
4 (120)  David Oneyemata DT
7 (237)  Daniel Lasco RB
2016 Rookie Free Agents Signings:
Jack Allen, OL, Michigan State
Joseph Cheek, OL, Texas A&M
Ken Crawley, DB, Colorado
Jared Dangerfield, WR, WKU
Trae Elston, DB, Ole Miss
De'Vante Harris, CB, Texas A&M
Marcus Henry, C, Boise State
Sione Houma, FB, Michigan
Dillon Lee, LB, Alabama
Tommylee Lewis, WR, N. Ill.
Ryker Matthews, OT, BYU
DJ Pettway, DL, Alabama
Jeff Schoettmer, S, UNC
Dominique Tovell, LB, UL-Laf.
Landon Turner, G, UNC
John Walker, DB, Colorado
Jordan Williams, WR, Ball St.
Avery Young, OL, Auburn
Jake Lampman WR Ferris St.
Jimmy Pruitt CB San Jose St.
2015 Saints Draft
Rd  Pick Player/Pos.
1 (12)  Andrus Peat OT
1 (31)  Stephone Anthony LB
2 (12)  Hau'Oli Kikaha LB
3 (11)  Garrett Grayson QB
4 (14)  P.J. Williams CB
5 (12)  Davis Tull LB
5 (18) Tyeler Davison DT
5 (31) Damian Swann CB
7 (13) Marcus Murphy RB
2015 Rookie Free Agents Signings: DL - Tavaris Barnes, Kaleb Eulls, Ashaad Mabry, Bobby Richardson, G - Doniel Gambrell, Cyril Lemon, WR - R.J. Harris, Malcolme Kennedy, OT- Sean Hickey, LB Marcus Pierce-Brewster, Stephon Sanders, TE - Harold Spears, Jack Tabb, LB Henry Coley, OL Antonio Johnson, K Zach Hocker and WR Kyle Prater.
2014 Saints Draft
Rd  Pick Player/Pos.
1 (20)  Brandin Cooks WR
2 (58)  Stan Jean-Baptiste CB
4 (126)  Kahri Fortt ILB
5 (167)  Vinnie Sunseri SS
5 (169)  Ronald Powell DE
6 (202)  Tavon Rooks OT

2014 UDFA SIGNINGS

2013 Saints Draft
Rd  Pick Player/Pos.
1 (15)  Kenny Vaccaro S
3 (75)  Terron Armstead T
3 (82)  John Jenkins DT
5 (144)  Kenny Stills WR
6 (183)  Rufus Johnson DE
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What We Learned: Young Saints secondary steps up to force three turnovers in thrashing of Panthers Posted By: Andrus Posted On Today 08:51 PM


By Ellias J. Williams

The entire secondary proceeded to feast on an ailing Panthers offense. Yes, it’s worth noting they were down Kelvin Benjamin and Greg Olsen (Saints also down Lattimore and Breaux), but the defense showed no mercy on the Panthers QB and WR corps as they proved to be a constant nuisance to Cam Newton and company. With stellar individual INTs by Marcus Williams, Kenny Vaccaro, and P.J. Williams, the play of the young defensive backs proved to be pivotal in the outcome of the game. Lets take a look at a few things we learned about the Saints in Week 3.

The defense is starting to play more like a unit and it showed during the win over the Panthers. Now granted, you expect this type of focus in a division game, but it was still nice to see them win individual matchups. Sure, Christian McCaffrey is going to be a thorn in the Saints’ side for years, but because his play is dependent on the QB getting him the ball and the creativity of the O-coordinator calling the plays, he should rarely be the guy that beats us.

One of the most encouraging things is that two of the INTs were jumped routes, suggesting good recognition and gasp...coaching. It was also nice to watch them withstand Cam Newton’s fiercest battle cry’s and patented surges as they matched him blow for blow and held him to a season low 43.8 QBR after two previous games in the 84.0 range. With that being said, all it takes is one outing like this to build confidence for a much maligned defensive group and suddenly a light bulb can flip on...

Full Story - CSC
Saints receive roster exemption for Willie Snead; re-sign John Kuhn, Kendall Langford Posted By: Andrus Posted On Today 08:47 PM


By Herbie Teope, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

The New Orleans Saints made a series of roster moves after Sunday's game.

The Saints received a roster exemption for wide receiver Willie Snead, whose three-game suspension for an alcohol-related incident in June was lifted by the NFL commissioner, according to Monday's NFL Transactions report.

Coach Sean Payton said Friday that Snead would fly to London with the team for Week Four's game against the Miami Dolphins. With the suspension lifted, Snead should be available.

Meanwhile, the Saints re-signed fullback John Kuhn and defensive lineman Kendall Langford, both of whom were released as vested veterans ahead of Week Three...

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Ted Ginn delivers deep touchdown Saints had been hoping for vs. Panthers Posted By: Andrus Posted On Today 08:46 PM


By Herbie Teope, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Wide receiver Ted Ginn created plenty of problems for the New Orleans Saints before he joined the team this season.

In 2016 while with the Carolina Panthers, Ginn had one game with five catches for 54 yards and another with three catches for 46 yards including a 40-yard touchdown. In 2015 for the Panthers, he had one performance with four catches for 93 yards and one with five catches for 80 yards and two touchdowns, including a 45-yarder.

Finally, on Sunday, the Saints benefitted from one of those deep Ginn touchdown passes as he caught a 40-yard score against the Panthers in a 34-13 New Orleans victory.

"You want to make big plays, and that's what I did for my team and that's all I can really do," Ginn said after the game in which he finished with two catches for 44 yards and a 15-yard run...

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Louisiana lawmakers: New Orleans Saints should lose state support after player protests Posted By: Andrus Posted On Today 08:44 PM


By Julia O'Donoghue - NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Offended by New Orleans Saints players who protested by sitting during the national anthem Sunday (Sept. 24), state House Rep. Kenny Havard, R-Jackson, called for Louisiana's government to pull state funding, tax breaks and other support from the professional football franchise.

"Disrespecting our national anthem and flag in the name of social injustice is the highest form of hypocrisy," Havard said in a written statement Monday.

State Rep. Valarie Hodges, R-Denham Springs, has also requested the Saints' state benefits be reviewed by the Legislature's Senate and House budget committees as a result of the players' protest. Hodges is a member of the House Appropriations Committee, which oversees state finances...

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Saints 'attack' with Michael Thomas to set tone in first victory Posted By: Andrus Posted On Today 08:43 PM


By Mike Triplett | ESPN Staff Writer

METAIRIE, La. – Defenses did a decent job of bottling up New Orleans Saints receiver Michael Thomas in the first two weeks.

But the Saints uncorked their best offensive weapon during the opening drive on Sunday.

Thomas caught five passes for 50 yards on that opening drive – including two third-down conversions and his first touchdown of the season – to give the Saints a 7-3 lead en route to a 34-13 win at the Carolina Panthers.

“We came out with more intensity and a sense of urgency. We attacked them, we didn’t let them attack us,” Thomas said of the Saints’ first win of the season. “We played confident football and made a lot of huge plays on offense and defense.

“That’s Saints football, and that’s what we’ve been waiting for.”...

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Kenny Vaccaro, Saints' defense bounce back after hitting bottom Posted By: Andrus Posted On Today 11:32 AM


By Mike Triplett | ESPN Staff Writer

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- No unit in the NFL had a worse start to this season than the New Orleans Saints' defense, which allowed more than 1,000 yards and 65 points in a pair of lopsided losses.

And, by extension, no individual player probably had a tougher week than Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro, who was the subject of trade rumors before being temporarily benched last Sunday.

So did anyone have a better Week 3 than the Saints’ defense, which shut down the Carolina Panthers in a 34-13 rout?

Or Vaccaro, who intercepted one pass and tipped one up that led to another pick by teammate Marcus Williams?...

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What was the key to Saints' secondary causing Panthers QB Cam Newton so many problems? Posted By: Andrus Posted On Today 11:30 AM


By Joel A. Erickson

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The New Orleans Saints secondary spent last week's interviews taking ownership of the mental mistakes that cost the defense dearly during the first two games.

The Saints defensive backs also spent last week picking up any cue they could find in the Carolina Panthers' offense.

Then the Saints went out and took advantage of Carolina's tendencies to befuddle Cam Newton, who was picked off by P.J. Williams, Marcus Williams and Kenny Vaccaro, passed for just 21 yards in the first half and struggled to find anybody open down the field.

"P.J.'s pick? Film study," Vaccaro said. "My pick was film study. I don't think it necessarily had anything to do with inaccuracy, we were just making plays. The ball that Marcus picked was tipped twice, somebody had to deflect it."...

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Saints go their own way by traveling to London for entire game week Posted By: Andrus Posted On Today 11:29 AM


By Joel A. Erickson

The New Orleans Saints celebrated their win over the Carolina Panthers on Sunday by eating a team dinner in Charlotte, loading onto a plane and lifting off at around 7:25 Eastern time, their course set over the Atlantic Ocean.

New Orleans landed in London roughly eight hours later, beginning a week of preparation for next Sunday's showcase at Wembley Stadium against the Miami Dolphins.

The Saints are the only NFL team out of the first wave of four teams scheduled to make an early-season trip to London to spend the entire week in England. Both Jacksonville and Baltimore, the two teams that played in Wembley on Sunday, didn't land in London until Friday, the same plan the Dolphins plan to follow this week.

New Orleans coach Sean Payton is sticking to what worked the last time the Saints played in the NFL's International Series, a 37-32 win over the San Diego Chargers in 2008...

Full Story - The Advocate
Snap Counts: Ken Crawley's first action of season comes in starter's role Posted By: Andrus Posted On Today 11:28 AM


By Joel A. Erickson

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Ken Crawley had to wait two weeks before his number was called this season.

Crawley, who played 501 snaps, or 47.7 percent of the defensive total, as a rookie, was inactive for the first two games, relegated to the bench.

Injuries to Marshon Lattimore and Sterling Moore this week promoted Crawley to the active roster, and the second-year cover man out of Colorado headed straight to the starting lineup on Sunday against the Panthers.

Crawley played 57 snaps at cornerback on Sunday, leap-frogging fellow second-year cornerback De'Vante Harris, who logged just seven snaps on defense after taking 62 in the first two games.

For the most part, Crawley held up well, making nine tackles, breaking up two passes and adding a key tackle-for-loss that held an early Carolina drive to just a field goal...

Full Story - The Advocate
Saints snap counts: Offense leans on extra lineman, blocking tight ends with no fullback Posted By: Andrus Posted On Today 11:25 AM


By Josh Katzenstein, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

The New Orleans Saints went into Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers without a fullback after releasing John Kuhn on Thursday.

Yet, by the end of a 34-13 victory, the Saints had amassed their best rushing performance of the season, totaling 149 yards on a 5.5-yard average.

In the game, reserve offensive lineman Josh LeRibeus played a season-high nine snaps, becoming the sixth offensive lineman in the team's jumbo package. He had previously played just two offensive snaps.

Tight ends Josh Hill and Michael Hoomanawanui also played season highs for snaps and percentages, with Hill on the field for 37 snaps (64 percent) and Hoomanawanui getting 28 snaps (48 percent). Those two are primarily blockers, and receiving-first tight end Coby Fleener played just 14 snaps (24 percent)...

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New Orleans Saints injuries: How the team fared in Week 3 Posted By: Andrus Posted On Today 11:24 AM


By Herbie Teope, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Defensive tackle David Parry suffered a left leg injury in the first quarter of Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers and did not finish the contest.

Parry went down at the 12:06 mark of the first quarter and had to be helped off the field. Trainers took him to the bench area before taking him to the locker room on a cart.

The Saints eventually ruled Parry out before the start of the second quarter.

Parry, who was elevated from the practice squad Thursday, was among three defensive linemen the Saints added to the active roster in the week leading to Sunday's game.

The Saints signed Darryl Tapp and Kendall Langford before releasing both players Saturday...

Full Story - NOLA.com
Fullback John Kuhn traveling with Saints to London, expected to re-sign Monday: source Posted By: Andrus Posted On Today 05:55 AM


By Josh Katzenstein, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune


CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Fullback John Kuhn was with the New Orleans Saints in Charlotte for Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers, but he didn't play in the game.

After being released on Thursday, Kuhn remains a free agent, but that status will change soon.

The Saints are expected to re-sign Kuhn on Monday, which is when the team arrives in London for next Sunday's game against the Miami Dolphins, according to a league source. Kuhn was in Charlotte so he could travel with the team Sunday night.

Veteran defensive end Darryl Tapp was also with the Saints in Charlotte, presumably to travel to Charlotte, but it's unclear if or when the team will re-sign him...

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Here's what every NFL team did during the national anthem Sunday Posted By: Andrus Posted On Today 05:49 AM


By Benjamin Hoffman & Lance Booth, The New York Times

Widespread calls for demonstrations at Sunday’s games erupted after President Donald Trump’s comments this weekend criticizing players for kneeling during the national anthem and owners for tolerating the displays. Starting with Jacksonville’s game against Baltimore in London, players, coaches and several owners protested across the league.

Here is a look at what each team did during the playing of the national anthem:

Tennessee Titans at Seattle Seahawks

In the day’s largest protest so far, neither team was on the field for Meghan Linsey’s singing of the national anthem.

While the Titans’ not participating was something of a surprise, the Seahawks had announced in advance that they would not participate.
“As a team, we have decided we will not participate in the national anthem,” the team said in a statement. “We will not stand for the injustice that has plagued people of color in this country. Out of love for our country and in honor of the sacrifices made on our behalf, we unite to oppose those that would deny our most basic freedoms.”...

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New Orleans defense harasses Cam Newton to give Saints first win Posted By: Andrus Posted On Today 05:42 AM


By Joel A. Erickson

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Cam Jordan couldn't take it anymore.

On a day when everyone wanted to ask about the Saints' decision to participate in a league-wide protest stemming from President Donald Trump's comments on Friday, Jordan spent several minutes explaining his motives, his method and why he sat for the national anthem.

But he could only take it so long before excitement bubbled over about the way the New Orleans defense responded to two weeks of embarrassment by harassing, hitting and befuddling Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton in a 34-13 win over an NFC South rival that sent the Saints into London on a high note.

"Anyone want to talk about the game?" Jordan yelled. "We won the game! There was a sack! There were seven tackles! My defense was balling! My young dogs were eating!"...

Full Story - The Advocate
Saints may have saved season and avoid a miserable flight to London Posted By: Andrus Posted On Today 05:38 AM


By Mike Triplett | ESPN Staff Writer

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Turns out, the New Orleans Saints weren't ready to call it a season just yet.

They got a stunning bounce-back performance from the NFL's 32nd-ranked defense (three interceptions and four sacks).

They got their best offensive performance to date against the Carolina Panthers, who had the top-ranked defense through two weeks.

And they got a win they desperately needed after an ugly 0-2 start.

The Saints' 34-13 victory at Carolina saved them from a miserably long flight to London on Sunday night. More importantly, it saved them from a miserably long season.

The Saints were staring down a realistic scenario in which they might start 0-4 heading into the bye week -- complete with all the "splash reports" speculating on coach Sean Payton's job security that would have come with it....

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Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro bounces back from bench vs. Panthers Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Today 01:57 AM


By Joel Erickson -- Advocate

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Frustrated and flummoxed by a convergence of forces a week ago, Kenny Vaccaro vowed to bounce back, even if he had to be pretty close to perfect.

Vaccaro made good on his promise against Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers on Sunday.

Devastating in coverage in the second half, Vaccaro kept snuffing out any chances Carolina had to get back into the game, deflecting a ball that Marcus Williams intercepted and then picking off one of his own to rubber-stamp the defense's resurgent performance.

"I've always fought through adversity," Vaccaro said. "When I broke my ankle my rookie year, when I got hurt my second year, I fought through adversity, but I'm built for it."

Only a week earlier, Vaccaro was the subject of trade rumors, reportedly a target of several NFL teams trying to take advantage of the team's depth at safety.

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Mike D's Very Early Look at the Top 52 Prospects for the 2018 NFL Draft
Posted On 06-08-2017


A Very Early Look at the Top 52 Prospects for the 2018 NFL Draft

By Mike Detillier


1. Sam Darnold, Quarterback, USC

2. Josh Allen, Quarterback, Wyoming

3. Arden Key, Defensive End/Outside Linebacker, LSU

4. Derwin James, Safety, Florida State

5. Saquon Barkley, Halfback, Penn State

6. Malik Jefferson, Middle/Outside Linebacker, Texas

7. Josh Rosen, Quarterback, UCLA

8. Minkah Fitzpatrick, Cornerback/Free Safety, Alabama

9. Christian Kirk, Wide Receiver, Texas A&M

10. Bradley Chubb, Defensive End, North Carolina State

11. Derrius Guice, Halfback, LSU

12. Courtland Sutton, Wide Receiver, SMU

13. Christian Wilkins, Defensive Tackle, Clemson

14. Tarvarus McFadden, Cornerback, Florida State

15. Harold Landry, Defensive End/OLB, Boston College

16. Sam Hubbard, Defensive End, Ohio State

17. Calvin Ridley, Wide Receiver, Alabama

18. Vita Vea, Defensive Tackle, Washington

19. Mike McGlinchey, Offensive Tackle, Notre Dame

20. Trey Adams, Offensive Tackle, Washington

21. Cameron Smith, Middle Linebacker, USC

22. Marquis Haynes, Outside Linebacker, Ole Miss

23. Mark Andrews, Tight End, Oklahoma

24. Mason Rudolph, Quarterback, Oklahoma State

25. Jaylon Ferguson, Defensive End, Louisiana Tech

26. Lamar Jackson, Quarterback, Louisville

27. James Washington, Wide Receiver, Oklahoma State

28. Clelin Ferrell, Defensive End, Clemson

29. Da'Shawn Hand, Defensive End, Alabama

30. Iman Marshall, Cornerback, USC

31. Tyquan Lewis, Defensive End, Ohio State

32. Martez Ivey, Offensive Tackle/Guard, Florida

33. Jaire Alexander, Cornerback, Louisville

34. Lowell Lotulelei, Defensive Tackle, Utah

35. Connor Williams, Offensive Tackle, Texas

36. Marcus Allen, Free/Strong Safety, Penn State

37. Bo Scarbrough, Halfback, Alabama

38. Deon Cain, Wide Receiver, Clemson

39. Martinas Rankin, Offensive Tackle, Mississippi State

40. Jerome Baker, Outside Linebacker, Ohio State

41. Royce Freeman, Halfback, Oregon

42. Derrick Nnadi, Defensive Tackle, Florida State

43. Da'Ron Payne, Defensive Tackle, Alabama

44. Orlando Brown, Offensive Tackle, Oklahoma

45. Baker Mayfield, Quarterback, Oklahoma

46. Troy Fumagalli, Tight End, Wisconsin

47. Quenton Nelson, Offensive Guard, Notre Dame

48. Dante Pettis, Wide Receiver, Washington

49. Quin Blanding, Strong Safety, Virginia

50. Armani Watts, Free Safety, Texas A&M

51. Larry Allen, Jr., Offensive Guard, Harvard

52. Micah Kiser, Inside Linebacker, Virginia


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Kamara’s Early Impact and Much More -- Mike Detillier
Posted On 05-07-2017


Kamara’s Early Impact and Much More

By Mike Detillier

Coming out of every NFL draft folks ask about immediate impact players for their respective teams. Every once in a while you get a signature player as a rookie as a pass rusher or defensive back, but most of those immediate first year impact guys are on offense at halfback or wide receiver.

Last season the San Diego Chargers got a big impact hit on defense with the selection of defensive end Joey Bosa and in 2015 the Kansas City Chiefs hit early gold in cornerback Marcus Peters, but in 2016 look at the impact wide receiver Michael Thomas made with the New Orleans Saints and the huge impact halfback Ezekiel Elliott had with the Dallas Cowboys.

Early contributions of wide receivers Odell Beckham, Jr., DeAndre Hopkins, Amari Cooper, Mike Evans and Jarvis Landry made them Year 1 impact players in the NFL.

While cornerback Marshon Lattimore and free safety Marcus Williams are talented players to add to the Saints defensive squad and it is so needed, I believe the Year 1 impact performer will be Tennessee halfback Alvin Kamara.

He fits the role that Reggie Bush and Darren Sproles played so well with the Black and Gold and his receiving skills will eat up some of the catches wide receiver Brandin Cooks had on the offensive side of the ball.

With Cooks now in New England, the combination of Kamara and the addition of veteran wideout Ted Ginn, Jr. should fill in that huge opening of catches out on the field.

As a rookie Reggie Bush split time with Deuce McAllister at the halfback spot, but the former USC Heisman Trophy winner was the ideal fit in Sean Payton’s offense as the back in the slot as a receiver, the receiver catching the swing pass, the edge runner and punt returner.

While McAllister was still considered the lead-dog runner Bush touched the ball 271 times in 2006 as a runner, receiver and return man and contributed 1,523 yards of all-purpose yards.

Sproles was an established performer when he came to the Saints after six seasons with the San Diego Chargers, but in his first season with New Orleans in 2011 he touched the ball 242 times for 2,696 yards as a runner, receiver, punt returner and kickoff return man which set a new NFL all-purpose yardage mark.

One AFC general manager told me his team tried to trade up into the 3rd round to draft the speedy Volunteer halfback.

“We had to go defense in Round #2 to fill a huge need spot, but when Alvin fell into Round #3 we started making calls,” the AFC general manager said. “We knew other teams were too and we had found a trade partner, but the Saints got him first. We thought he could be a “Jamaal Charles-Kansas City Chiefs” type edge back and receiver. Before the knee injuries settled in with Jamaal he was a really good back and we were willing to part with multiple picks to get Kamara. He’s a great fit for the Saints. It is part of the business you miss out on a player that really can boost an offense quickly in the league and Kamara could have done that with us and he will with New Orleans.”

With Mark Ingram still the heavy-duty rushing back and him being backed up by 32-year old and future NFL Hall of Fame halfback Adrian Peterson, the speedy Kamara may not get 271 or 242 touches in the 2017 season, but you can bet the bank Sean Payton has a specific and extensive role for him in the Saints... Read More...
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