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The Saints Best Draft Choices -- Mike Detillier Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 11:28 PM


The Saints Best Draft Choices

By Mike Detillier

With the 2015 NFL draft less than two weeks away I give you my opinion of the best draft choices in the history of the New Orleans Saints based on production and where they were selected. Let's hope the Saints can do a repeat of 1981 or 2006 and hit big come draft day.


1. Willie Roaf - The Saints acquired the 8th overall pick in Round 1 in the 1993 draft after they dealt outside linebacker Pat Swilling to the Detroit Lions. They used that pick on Louisiana Tech offensive tackle Willie Roaf.

Roaf was not just good in a Saints uniform, but he was dominant. The 11-time Pro Bowler was regarded around the NFL as the best left offensive tackle in the league for almost a dozen seasons and he was named to the NFL All-Decade team in the 1990's and 2000's. He stands alongside quarterback Drew Brees as one of the two best players to ever wear the Black and Gold. He was inducted into Pro Football's Hall of Fame in 2012.


2. Rickey Jackson - "City Champ" was overshadowed in college by his Pittsburgh Panther teammate Hugh Green. In the NFL the spotlight went more to Lawrence Taylor in New York with the Giants than to the Saints outside linebacker, but there was not a more complete player at his position than Jackson in the 1980’s and 1990’s.

The leader of the "Dome Patrol" defense was a 6-time Pro Bowler. He registered 128 career quarterback sacks, had 10 or more sacks in 6 different seasons and he recovered 28 fumbles. The 2nd round pick of the Saints in 1981 was just a magnet to the football against the run and as a pass rusher, and there was not a tougher guy out on the field than Jackson. He was inducted into Pro Football's Hall of Fame in 2010. He was the first "real" New Orleans Saints football talent to make it to Canton.


3. Morten Anderson - I have always said that in my 27 years covering the NFL Morten Anderson was the best placekicker I have ever seen and one of the two best kickers all time along with Jan Stenerud, who is in the NFL Hall of Fame.

Bum Phillips selected Anderson in the 4th round of the 1982 draft with the 86th overall selection. Anderson became the best kicker in the NFL in his timeframe and he made the NFL All-Decade team for the 1980's and...
Offensive lineman Mike Golic Jr. agrees to terms with Saints, report says Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 04-15-2015 05:39 PM


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The Saints have agreed to terms with center/guard Mike Golic Jr., according to ESPN.

Golic was briefly with the Saints last summer after the Saints agreed to terms on a contract on draft night. He was released before training camp in June.

Golic, a 2013 undrafted rookie free agent, last played in the Arena Football league.

By Katherine Terrell / Times-Picayune

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Pass rusher Randy Gregory, tackle Jake Fisher, to visit Saints, report says Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 04-13-2015 01:10 PM


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Nebraska pass rusher Randy Gregory and Oregon tackle Jake Fisher will visit the Saints, according to a report by Fox Sports 1.

The Saints are likely doing their due diligence on Gregory, who was projected as a high first-round pick but failed a drug test at the NFL Combine in February. He also tested positive for marijuana use twice while at Nebraska.

While Gregory's character concerns may cause him to slip down the draft board, he is still considered a top prospect who had 17.5 sacks in just two seasons at Nebraska.

By Katherine Terrell / Times-Picayune

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5 New Orleans Saints issues flying under the radar heading into 2015 season Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 04-13-2015 01:09 PM


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Let's take a breather from talking about the NFL Draft with the New Orleans Saints for a minute or two. Let's also take a break from re-living the Saints' musical chairs within the roster.

The Saints have been one of the hottest topics around the league during this offseason, and rightfully so with shakeups on the roster, the coaching staff and the plan for ownership once Tom Benson dies. It seems like topics surrounding the Saints have been endless (and I've written about all of them at least 20 times by now).

So I came up with a few Saints topics I think have flown a bit under the radar this offseason that will play a significant role in whether the Saints rebound, stagnate or fall in 2015.

By Larry Holder / Times-Picayune

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New Orleans Saints Sign LB Anthony Spencer To A One-Year Contract Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 04-10-2015 02:25 PM


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The New Orleans Saints have signed LB Anthony Spencer to a one-year contract. The announcement was made by Saints’ Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis.

Spencer, an eight-year NFL veteran was originally a first round draft pick (26th overall) of the Dallas Cowboys in 2007 and has played both linebacker and defensive end as a professional. In his eight seasons in Dallas, he played in 104 games with 67 starts and has posted 497 tackles (317 solo), 33 sacks, 17 passes defensed, 12 forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries.

By New Orleans Saints.Com

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John DeShazier: Saints will face Super Bowl MVPs in preseason Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 04-09-2015 07:18 PM


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The New Orleans Saints possibly will face three Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks – including reigning champion Tom Brady of New England, a four-time Super Bowl winner – in their upcoming preseason schedule.

Brady, a three-time Super Bowl MVP, and the Patriots will play New Orleans in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in the first of the Saints’ two home preseason games. The date has not been announced.

New Orleans’ preseason will open on the road against Baltimore and quarterback Joe Flacco; the Ravens won Super Bowl XLVII in New Orleans, with Flacco being named MVP of the game. The Saints then will play their preseason home opener against the Patriots.

By John DeShazier / New Orleans Saints.Com

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New Orleans Saints 2015 Preseason Opponents Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 04-09-2015 07:16 PM


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In their four-game 2015 preseason schedule, three of the New Orleans Saints’ opponents will be from the AFC, while all four posted winning records in 2015.

The Saints will kick off their 2015 preseason when they travel to face the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. This will be the second consecutive year that New Orleans will face Baltimore in the preseason. In addition to hosting the Ravens in a 22-13 preseason loss at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on August 28, 2014, the Saints later dropped a 34-27 home decision to Baltimore on November 24. This will be the first time the Saints play at the Ravens in the preseason. Baltimore holds a 2-0 advantage in the preseason series.

The following week, the Saints will host the New England Patriots in the home opener at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. It will mark the first time that the Saints have hosted the Super Bowl XLIX Champions in the preseason since 1986 and the first time the Saints play a defending Super Bowl champion in the preseason since they played at the Patriots in 2005. New England holds a 6-4 edge in the preseason series.

By New Orleans Saints.Com

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Talent or Character? -- Mike Detillier Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 04-04-2015 04:54 PM


Talent or Character?

By Mike Detillier

The NFL draft is no more than an educated guess on a player. It was a line used often by former San Francisco 49ers and NFL Hall of Fame head coach Bill Walsh and it is 100% accurate. Everyone has a plan when it comes to draft day, but never does it work out just right.

It is the part of the draft that is intriguing because with 32 teams there are 32 different opinions on who are the best players and which player “fits” what that team wants on their squad.

For all the talk and game-planning, that moment of surprise always happen. While teams won’t admit it, those events happen and you have to be ready to make a choice on a player that you didn’t think would be there for various reasons and also to have a lengthy bullpen of players ready for when you select in the early rounds of the draft. Those moments are starting to emerge early on in the process with less than a month to the 2015 NFL draft.

Just a month ago no one thought that Nebraska defensive end/outside linebacker Randy Gregory would be available for the New Orleans Saints at the thirteen overall pick.

That is in play today.

There were rumblings of problems with Gregory at Nebraska, but on the field in his two seasons with the Cornhuskers, Gregory wreaked havoc in the Big Ten and he recorded 29 tackles for losses and 17½ quarterback sacks.

He was projected by most as a top 7 pick in the 2015 NFL draft when he decided to leave Nebraska a year early, but since he failed a drug test at the NFL Combine and has admitted to having problems at times in the past with marijuana use, Gregory has fallen out of the top 10. He has witnessed Florida’s Dante Fowler, Jr, Missouri’s Shane Ray, Clemson’s Vic Beasley and the biggest draft jumper of them all in Kentucky’s Alvin “Bud” Dupree, spring ahead of him on most boards.

With Cleveland sitting at #12 and New Orleans selecting one pick later I don’t see Gregory getting out of that fire-zone of picks, but if Gregory is available and the Browns pass on him the big question mark will be would the New Orleans Saints pass on him?

Pass rushers are at a...
New Orleans Saints re-sign wide receiver Joe Morgan Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 04-03-2015 10:46 AM


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The New Orleans Saints have re-signed wide receiver Joe Morgan to a one-year deal, according to a source.

"Thank you to the saints for another opportunity to be apart of the WHO DAT NATION!!! #WHODAT #LIKEA13OSS," Morgan confirmed through Tweets on Thursday night.

Morgan, 27, will get another chance with the Saints despite four rocky seasons that displayed brief flashes of his potential.

By Katherine Terrell / Times-Picayune

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Jahri Evans' pay cut of nearly $6 million in base salary helps clear cap space for Saints Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 04-03-2015 10:44 AM


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The New Orleans Saints have $4.6 million in available cap space after factoring in a pay cut to Jahri Evans and the contract of recently signed cornerback Kyle Wilson.

Evans' 2015 base salary was cut from $6.8 million to $1,003,000 in 2015 and from $8 million in 2016 to $3.8 million. He will make $4.9 million in base salary in 2017.

Evans, however, will recoup much of the money via a $5.4 million signing bonus in his renegotiated deal that added a year to his contract, according to a league source.

By Katherine Terrell / Times-Picayune

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Saints give Evans 1-year contract extension, sign Wilson Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 04-01-2015 03:00 PM


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NEW ORLEANS — The New Orleans Saints have agreed to a one-year contract extension with veteran right guard Jahri Evans and have signed cornerback Kyle Wilson to a one-year contract.

General manager Mickey Loomis, who announced the moves on Wednesday, did not disclose financial terms. Evans' extension means his contract now runs through the 2017 season.

While Evans' agent, Jerrold Colton, declined to provide specific financial details of his client's contract, he said it allows the Saints to "significantly" lower Evans' salary cap number in the 2015 and 2016 seasons, while giving Evans "more guarantees and security going forward."

By Brett Martel / The News Tribune

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New Orleans Saints need the Brandon Browner who shut down Calvin Johnson: Film Study Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 03-31-2015 04:09 PM


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If anyone was curious as to why the New Orleans Saints targeted and heavily courted former Seahawks and Patriots cornerback Brandon Browner, crank on the game film of Browner's performance in Week 12 of last season.

Browner went heads-up with Detroit Lions all-world receiver Calvin Johnson that Sunday. The 6-foot-4, 221-pound cornerback turned "Megatron" into a non-factor en route to the Patriots' 34-9 win over Detroit.

On a Patriots team that possessed arguably the best cornerback in the game, Darrelle Revis, Browner still drew the assignment on Johnson as Revis handled Golden Tate.

By Larry Holder / Times-Picayune

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New Orleans Saints' Josh Hill on Jimmy Graham: 'He was always there for me' Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 03-31-2015 04:05 PM


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For Josh Hill, the disadvantage of having a locker next to Jimmy Graham was getting blocked out when reporters and TV cameras surrounded the team's star tight end.

In 2015, Hill will have a new neighbor in the New Orleans Saints locker room and he'll probably be surrounded by a lot more reporters.

Hill, a third-year tight end from Idaho State, emerged as an unexpected weapon last season and is likely to see a bigger role after the Saints traded Graham to the Seattle Seahawks earlier this month.

By Evan Woodbery / Times-Picayune

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Atlanta Falcons lose fifth-round draft pick in 2016, fined $350,000 for using fake crowd noise Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 03-30-2015 06:01 PM


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The NFL announced Monday morning that the Atlanta Falcons will lose a fifth-round draft pick and will be fined $350,000 for piping in fake crowd noise during the last two seasons.

The league said the fifth-round pick will be taken away from the Falcons in 2016, and if the team has multiple picks in that round, the highest selection will be forfeited.

Team president Rich McKay will be suspended from competition committee starting on April 1, and can't be reinstated until June 30.

By Julie Boudwin / Times-Picayune

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Saints down to $850K in cap space based on Dannell Ellerbe deal Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 03-30-2015 05:57 PM


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The New Orleans Saints are down to roughly $850,000 in salary-cap space according to updated information from ESPN Stats & Information and the NFL Players Association -- a decrease of $700,000 from previous estimates.

The difference comes from linebacker Dannell Ellerbe’s deal. It was originally believed that a $2.1 million roster bonus due April 1 would count against the Miami Dolphins’ salary cap. Instead, it will count against the Saints’ cap at $700,000 per year from 2015-17.

That’s not a major difference for the Saints, but every dollar counts since they’re so close to the cap. They’ll probably need to create about $2 million more in salary-cap space to fit in their draft picks, barring trades. And they’ll need even more if they plan to add any other free agents above the veteran minimum salary level.

By Mike Triplett / ESPN

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Sean Payton on possible Brees trade: 'It's not that time' Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 03-25-2015 07:33 AM


Full Story – CBS Sports.Com


Though the New Orleans Saints appear to have started their rebuilding effort in earnest, head coach Sean Payton says the team will not be trading quarterback Drew Brees any time soon. "Yeah, it's not that time. ... We're not interested in moving on from Drew Brees," Payton said, according to FOX Sports. "He's going to be a part of our next championship."

After New Orleans traded Jimmy Graham to the Seahawks and Kenny Stills to the Dolphins earlier this offseason, there had been some offhand speculation that Brees might be on the block next. But both Payton and general manager Mickey Loomis shot that down.

"I don't know where those got manufactured from," Loomis said. "I haven't made a single call asking anybody about Drew Brees. I think that's, in general, some media members having too much time on their hands and you start coming up with these 'what if' scenarios. That's extent of that."

By Jared Dubin / CBS Sports

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The Saints Best Draft Choices -- Mike Detillier
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The Saints Best Draft Choices

By Mike Detillier

With the 2015 NFL draft less than two weeks away I give you my opinion of the best draft choices in the history of the New Orleans Saints based on production and where they were selected. Let's hope the Saints can do a repeat of 1981 or 2006 and hit big come draft day.


1. Willie Roaf - The Saints acquired the 8th overall pick in Round 1 in the 1993 draft after they dealt outside linebacker Pat Swilling to the Detroit Lions. They used that pick on Louisiana Tech offensive tackle Willie Roaf.

Roaf was not just good in a Saints uniform, but he was dominant. The 11-time Pro Bowler was regarded around the NFL as the best left offensive tackle in the league for almost a dozen seasons and he was named to the NFL All-Decade team in the 1990's and 2000's. He stands alongside quarterback Drew Brees as one of the two best players to ever wear the Black and Gold. He was inducted into Pro Football's Hall of Fame in 2012.


2. Rickey Jackson - "City Champ" was overshadowed in college by his Pittsburgh Panther teammate Hugh Green. In the NFL the spotlight went more to Lawrence Taylor in New York with the Giants than to the Saints outside linebacker, but there was not a more complete player at his position than Jackson in the 1980’s and 1990’s.

The leader of the "Dome Patrol" defense was a 6-time Pro Bowler. He registered 128 career quarterback sacks, had 10 or more sacks in 6 different seasons and he recovered 28 fumbles. The 2nd round pick of the Saints in 1981 was just a magnet to the football against the run and as a pass rusher, and there was not a tougher guy out on the field than Jackson. He was inducted into Pro Football's Hall of Fame in 2010. He was the first "real" New Orleans Saints football talent to make it to Canton.


3. Morten Anderson - I have always said that in my 27 years covering the NFL Morten Anderson was the best placekicker I have ever seen and one of the two best kickers all time along with Jan Stenerud, who is in the NFL Hall of Fame.

Bum Phillips selected Anderson in the 4th round of the 1982 draft with the 86th overall selection. Anderson became the best kicker in the NFL in his timeframe and he made the NFL All-Decade team for the 1980's and...
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Talent or Character? -- Mike Detillier
Posted On 04-04-2015


Talent or Character?

By Mike Detillier

The NFL draft is no more than an educated guess on a player. It was a line used often by former San Francisco 49ers and NFL Hall of Fame head coach Bill Walsh and it is 100% accurate. Everyone has a plan when it comes to draft day, but never does it work out just right.

It is the part of the draft that is intriguing because with 32 teams there are 32 different opinions on who are the best players and which player “fits” what that team wants on their squad.

For all the talk and game-planning, that moment of surprise always happen. While teams won’t admit it, those events happen and you have to be ready to make a choice on a player that you didn’t think would be there for various reasons and also to have a lengthy bullpen of players ready for when you select in the early rounds of the draft. Those moments are starting to emerge early on in the process with less than a month to the 2015 NFL draft.

Just a month ago no one thought that Nebraska defensive end/outside linebacker Randy Gregory would be available for the New Orleans Saints at the thirteen overall pick.

That is in play today.

There were rumblings of problems with Gregory at Nebraska, but on the field in his two seasons with the Cornhuskers, Gregory wreaked havoc in the Big Ten and he recorded 29 tackles for losses and 17½ quarterback sacks.

He was projected by most as a top 7 pick in the 2015 NFL draft when he decided to leave Nebraska a year early, but since he failed a drug test at the NFL Combine and has admitted to having problems at times in the past with marijuana use, Gregory has fallen out of the top 10. He has witnessed Florida’s Dante Fowler, Jr, Missouri’s Shane Ray, Clemson’s Vic Beasley and the biggest draft jumper of them all in Kentucky’s Alvin “Bud” Dupree, spring ahead of him on most boards.

With Cleveland sitting at #12 and New Orleans selecting one pick later I don’t see Gregory getting out of that fire-zone of picks, but if Gregory is available and the Browns pass on him the big question mark will be would the New Orleans Saints pass on him?

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