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John DeShazier's New Orleans Saints mailbag Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Yesterday 09:24 AM


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Why did @Saints let Jimmy Graham go?

I’ll give a two-questions-for-one-answer deal here. Simply, the New Orleans Saints had to give up something good (Graham) in order to get something good (center Max Unger) that, likely, was more of a necessity than was Graham. The offensive line was in need of a serious upgrade and the only way to obtain a Pro Bowl center was to surrender a Pro Bowl tight end. From the team’s perspective, look at it this way: At the time when Jimmy Graham was better known as a basketball player, the Saints were first (in 2006), fourth (2007), first (2008) and first (2009) in the NFL in total offense. That isn’t meant to throw shade on Graham’s presence and performance; the Saints will miss his presence on the field, because of the mismatches he created and his play-making ability.

He’s the prototype of today’s NFL tight end and a red zone asset like few others. But also, let’s not forget two things: The Saints got along fine offensively before he arrived, and the Saints are the franchise that helped him refine his talents and provided the quarterback and gameplans that helped him become an All-Pro. New Orleans doesn’t have another Jimmy Graham on the roster to replace the Jimmy Graham it lost, but it does have a C.J. Spiller, a Brandin Cooks, a Josh Hill and others to help make up for the lost production.

By John DeShazier / New Orleans Saints.Com

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New Orleans Saints Spotlight | Get to know RB Marcus Murphy Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Yesterday 09:20 AM


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When the New Orleans Saints drafted Missouri running back Marcus Murphy in the seventh round of the 2015 NFL Draft, the selection wasn't made with the intention of Murphy becoming an every down back.

The selection was made because of Murphy's return abilities, something he said he prides himself on.

"That's something I did in college and I made some big plays," Murphy said. "I just want to focus on just getting on the field any way I can. I just want to come out and contribute. Special teams is big. It's just like offense and defense. That's a big part of my game. I did it in college all five years. It's just something I have experience in. I knew it would play a big role."

By Andrew Lopez / Times-Picayune

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New Orleans Saints Spotlight | Get to know CB Damian Swann Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Yesterday 09:18 AM


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New Orleans Saints cornerback Damian Swann is an "Atlanta guy," so he grew up a Falcons fan, but things have suddenly changed after the Saints drafted him in the fifth round.

"Well, I'm an Atlanta guy, so of course I was a Falcons fan until I ended up in New Orleans. I like Tom Brady. I like the Patriots," Swann said about his favorite NFL team. "I just like good coached teams, good teams with good players that win consistently and (New Orleans) is one of the programs and I want to keep it going here."

Swann added that he hasn't been able to get out and really see much of New Orleans, but he has been able to meet a lot of his teammates, get some "good work in" and get ready for football.

By Julie Boudwin / Times-Picayune

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Andrus Peat agrees to contract with New Orleans Saints Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 05-21-2015 06:30 PM


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Offensive tackle Andrus Peat, the only unsigned player among the New Orleans Saints' nine draft picks, has agreed to terms with the team.

The Saints announced the move on Thursday afternoon. Yahoo Sports first reported the agreement.

Terms of the deal were not immediately available, but all the Saints signings have been consistent with predetermined salary and bonus slots.

By Evan Woodbery / Times-Picayune

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New Orleans Saints place WR Andy Tanner on injured reserve Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 05-21-2015 06:27 PM


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Wide receiver Andy Tanner, who has been affiliated with the New Orleans Saints since 2010 but has never played in a game, is back with the squad.

Tanner was placed on the injured reserve on Thursday after clearing waivers.

Tanner was waived with an injury designation on Wednesday, although the details of his injury are unknown.

By Evan Woodbery / Times-Picayune

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Dustin Hopkins, Zach Hocker next up on Saints' kicking carousel Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 05-19-2015 05:30 PM


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Another player has been booted from the New Orleans Saints' place-kicking carousel. There have been more patrons on this ride in recent years than the iconic one nestled behind Storyland in City Park.

On Monday, kicker Shayne Graham fielded questions about competing against Dustin Hopkins and Zach Hocker for the job. By Tuesday, Graham lost the competition before it started as the Saints released the well-traveled veteran.

Barring another move (which could easily happen given Sean Payton's history with kickers), the competition will come down to two players who have never attempted an NFL field goal.

By Larry Holder / Times-Picayune

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NFL owners pass rule allowing longer PAT attempts in 2015 Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 05-19-2015 05:28 PM


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The NFL has approved several rule changes regarding extra points, according to Dean Blandino, NFL's vice president of officiating.

Extra point attempts will be moved back from the 2-yard line to the 15-yard line, making it a 33-yard try.

The NFL experimented with longer PATS in the preseason, resulting in a miss for former New Orleans Saints kicker Shayne Graham at the longer distance.

By Katherine Terrell / Times-Picayune

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Saints quarterback Drew Brees makes first published comments on Garrett Grayson, says 'I’ve been impressed with what I’ve seen Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 05-19-2015 05:25 PM


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One couldn’t blame Drew Brees if he decided to shun Garrett Grayson and treat him like a threat.

In some ways, that’s exactly what Grayson is. Right now, while he’s still at the top of his game, Brees has nothing to worry about. He is still one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL.

But what about in a year or two, when he’s a little bit older and a little bit farther removed from his prime?

When the Saints selected Grayson in the third round out of Colorado State, to some degree, the organization was admitting that day could eventually arrive, that there will be a future in New Orleans that no longer involves Brees. Depending on how things develop, it could be Grayson who pushes him out of the picture.

By Nick Underhill & Joel A. Erickson / New Orleans Advocate

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New Orleans Saints release Shayne Graham, create 2-way kicker battle Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 05-19-2015 05:23 PM


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The three-way kicker battle is now a two-way competition.

The Saints announced Tuesday that they have released kicker Shayne Graham, leaving the team with Zach Hocker and Dustin Hopkins at the position.

Taking his place on the roster is wide receiver Lance Lewis.

The 6-foot-2, 207-pound receiver spent last season on the San Francisco 49ers’ practice squad after originally hooking on with the Washington Redskins as an undrafted free agent out of East Carolina in 2012. He also spent some time with the Dallas Cowboys.

Graham made 19-of-22 field goals last season and earned NFC Special Teams Player of the Month honors in October.

By Nick Underhill / New Orleans Advocate

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John DeShazier: Andrus Peat impressing with his size, athleticism Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 05-18-2015 03:44 PM


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Don’t let the smooth delivery fool you.
Andrus Peat barely speaks above a whisper, and that isn’t exactly the volume emittance expected from a man who best can be described as mammoth – 6 feet 7, 313 pounds with calves the size of some men’s waists and thighs that rival the size of tree trunk.

But the first of New Orleans’ two first round picks, No. 13 overall, isn’t so mild on the field. You don’t rise to the level of second-team All-American, Outland Trophy semifinalist and starter in the final 27 games of your college career by tiptoeing around and asking politely.

So it should come as no surprise that the Saints, despite having Terron Armstead and Zach Strief returning as starters at left and right tackle, respectively, expect Peat to find his way and contribute after ending his college career as a standout left tackle at Stanford.

By John DeShazier / New Orleans Saints.Com

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Saints kicker Shayne Graham not sweating the competition this summer Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 05-18-2015 03:37 PM


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New Orleans Saints kicker Shayne Graham wasn't hard to spot on the golf course Monday morning.

Graham, one of many Saints competing in the Saints Hall of Fame Celebrity Golf Classic at Chateau Country Club, was clad head to toe in maroon and orange—colors of his alma mater, Virginia Tech.

Graham was relaxed and cracking jokes, despite hearing the news that the Saints had signed kicker Zach Hocker the day before. The Saints now have three kickers on the roster, with Dustin Hopkins also in the mix.

By Katherine Terrell / Times-Picayune

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Saints tackle Zach Strief: Andrus Peat is taking my job eventually Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 05-18-2015 03:35 PM


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Zach Strief knew what it meant when the New Orleans Saints took tackle Andrus Peat with the No. 13 overall pick in the 2015 draft.

Strief is a realist. He knew when he re-signed with the Saints in 2014 that it was his last chance at a big contract. He also knows now, at 31, that no player's career lasts as long as they want it to last.

"I understand how it works. I also understand that I'm not playing forever. I never intended to," said Strief, who signed a five-year deal worth a reported $20 million.

By Katherine Terrell / Times-Picayune

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Back to the Past? -- Mike Detillier Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 05-16-2015 10:29 PM


Back to the Past?

By Mike Detillier


The rules in the NFL dictate that the league in the future will be heavily centered on the passing game, but more and more teams are paying attention to the fact that without a strong offensive line and running game you have zero chance of winning a Super Bowl. And you had better be able to match up downfield at the cornerback slots with bigger cover people due to the huge numbers of kingsize wide outs hitting the league.

I have written and spoken about this quite often that with all the "read-option" and "spread" offenses we all see in high school and college football it will affect the NFL in a negative manner. Just think about how the NFL will look in five years with no Drew Brees, no Peyton Manning, no Tom Brady, no Tony Romo and put five more years on Philip Rivers, Ben Roethlisberger and Eli Manning.

There are very few sure things in the league at quarterback from "star" quality young quarterbacks. Andrew Luck has that star feature and so does Russell Wilson, but from a sure thing standpoint, that is it.

We will not go back to 1960's or 1970's football in that teams will rely heavily on the ground game to move the ball, but we are inching in that direction due to the success of what the Seattle Seahawks and Dallas Cowboys have done the past few seasons.

And we saw some evidence of that feature on draft day. In 2015 there were 19 offensive linemen taken in the first 100 picks.

What we see coming out of the high school and college ranks are less quality defensive linemen and pass rush outside linebackers, but more quality offensive linemen and defensive backs.

The NFL has always put a premium on quarterbacks and pass rushers, but the colleges are just not supplying them in the numbers to fully supply 32 teams, but they are pumping out offensive linemen, defensive backs and wide receivers in huge numbers.

In the 2015 NFL draft there were 22 defensive backs selected in the first 100 selections and 14 wide receivers selected in the top 100. In the 2014 NFL draft there were 15 defensive backs selected in the first 100 picks and 15 wide receivers chosen in the top 100. And 22 offensive linemen were taken in the top 100 in 2014.

One AFC...
Saints first rounder Andrus Peat could fit at left guard, draft expert says Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 05-16-2015 03:32 PM


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Thoughts on Andrus Peat

"I had him as a late first rounder but I had a lot of scouting friends who thought he was a top 10 player and maybe someone the Giants would have taken at No. 9 or to the Rams. Opinions on him were wide spread. But he's a great athlete and the trend with offensive tackles is you want a guy with a good lower body and you could build up his strength and improve his hands. That's what it's going to take with Peat, There are game films where he dominated and game films where he got dominated. ... He's up and down, but he's young.

I do think this was a best player available pick. I don't think he's a better left tackle than Terron Armstead is right now. Maybe eventually. Zach Strief is getting a little bit older so maybe this was one of those picks where we're going to make this pick now and figure it out down the road. Peat could probably play guard for a year and kick outside.

By Larry Holder / Times-Picayune

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Bobby on rookie minicamp: "Saints need impact players" Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 05-16-2015 03:29 PM


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The Saints will hold their annual Rookie Mini-Camp this weekend at their facility on Airline Drive. The Black and Gold welcome in eight draft picks, 13 undrafted free agents and many tryout players will partake in the club’s three day camp.

“We need this draft class to make an impact right away,” said the Cajun Cannon Bobby Hebert. Bobby points back to the Saints 2006 draft class, which was the first under then first year head coach Sean Payton. “That class was not only able to come in and make an impact, but the 2006 class eventually helped the Saints win the Super Bowl.” Reggie Bush, Roman Harper, Jahri Evans, Zach Strief and Marques Colston all became starters for the Saints with Colston, Evans and Strief all still with the team as starters on offense.

By Deke Bellavia / WWL

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Sean Payton: "This camp is further along than other rookie camps." Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 05-16-2015 03:26 PM


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New Orleans Saints' Coach Sean Payton addressed the media Saturday as his rookie class wrapped up their second day of rookie mini-camp. Coach Payton was asked a variety of questions ranging from how the practices have been, to the firing of Monty Williams, to the situation with the New England Patriots.

Payton is holding his 10th rookie mini-camp with his first being back in 2006 months after he was hired to rebuild the Black and Gold Franchise. Payton said that this camp may be the best one yet. "This camp is further along then other rookie camps we've had in the past," Payton said. "I'm impressed."

The Saints were able to land two first round picks in last month's 2015 NFL Draft, including defensive standout Stephone Anthony with the 31st pick in round one. Coach Payton said there were many things that he and his staff were sold on when it came to drafting the former Clemson Tiger.

By Deke Bellavia / WWL

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Back to the Past? -- Mike Detillier
Posted On 05-16-2015


Back to the Past?

By Mike Detillier


The rules in the NFL dictate that the league in the future will be heavily centered on the passing game, but more and more teams are paying attention to the fact that without a strong offensive line and running game you have zero chance of winning a Super Bowl. And you had better be able to match up downfield at the cornerback slots with bigger cover people due to the huge numbers of kingsize wide outs hitting the league.

I have written and spoken about this quite often that with all the "read-option" and "spread" offenses we all see in high school and college football it will affect the NFL in a negative manner. Just think about how the NFL will look in five years with no Drew Brees, no Peyton Manning, no Tom Brady, no Tony Romo and put five more years on Philip Rivers, Ben Roethlisberger and Eli Manning.

There are very few sure things in the league at quarterback from "star" quality young quarterbacks. Andrew Luck has that star feature and so does Russell Wilson, but from a sure thing standpoint, that is it.

We will not go back to 1960's or 1970's football in that teams will rely heavily on the ground game to move the ball, but we are inching in that direction due to the success of what the Seattle Seahawks and Dallas Cowboys have done the past few seasons.

And we saw some evidence of that feature on draft day. In 2015 there were 19 offensive linemen taken in the first 100 picks.

What we see coming out of the high school and college ranks are less quality defensive linemen and pass rush outside linebackers, but more quality offensive linemen and defensive backs.

The NFL has always put a premium on quarterbacks and pass rushers, but the colleges are just not supplying them in the numbers to fully supply 32 teams, but they are pumping out offensive linemen, defensive backs and wide receivers in huge numbers.

In the 2015 NFL draft there were 22 defensive backs selected in the first 100 selections and 14 wide receivers selected in the top 100. In the 2014 NFL draft there were 15 defensive backs selected in the first 100 picks and 15 wide receivers chosen in the top 100. And 22 offensive linemen were taken in the top 100 in 2014.

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The La’el Collins Saga -- Mike Detillier
Posted On 05-10-2015


The La’el Collins Saga

By Mike Detillier

In my 29 years of scouting the NFL and college football I have never seen anything happen to affect a football player in such a negative way in hours leading up to the NFL draft like what happened to LSU All-SEC and All-American offensive tackle La’el Collins.

In my opinion Collins goes down as one of the elite football players I have ever seen wear the purple and gold uniform and he would have been a teens pick in the 2015 NFL draft. But fate threw him a curveball like nothing anyone in the history of the NFL draft has ever been through.

In days leading to the NFL draft Collins’ name was linked to the murder investigation of a former girlfriend and an unborn child. He was never a suspect in the double homicide investigation, but his name was linked and in a sad case of what has happened in America today you are many times considered guilty until proven innocent.

The chain reaction of events were swift and with the backdrop of former athletes included in high profile police cases such as Rae Carruth, Aaron Hernandez, Adrian Peterson, Greg Hardy and Ray Rice the 6-5, 315 pounder became NFL toxic and no team would take a chance on drafting him even late in the process. But there was one wildcatter in the NFL that would take that chance.

Even before police officially made a statement about Collins, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones made his move. He became not only the owner of the franchise, but also recruiting coordinator for the Cowboys.

Like him or not, like the Cowboys or not, Jerry Jones does get credit for pulling off a deal that would have gotten most of the 31 other teams involved in quick fashion after the prized Tiger offensive lineman met with police and after blood work done determined him to not be the father of the child.

Jones knew what he had in hand. The proximity of Dallas to Baton Rouge made this a good situation for family to watch him play and for one of the top 20 players in the 2015 NFL draft Jones did not have to give up a draft choice. Jones also had a close relationship with LSU head coach Les Miles who at one time was an assistant coach for the Cowboys. He did his homework on the character and work ethic of Collins.

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