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2016 Schedule
Date Opponent Time
8/11 @N.E. 6:30
8/20 @Texans 7:30
8/26 STEELERS 7:00
9/1 RAVENS 7:00
Regular Season
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Date Opponent Time
9/11 RAIDERS 12:00
9/18 @Giants 12:00
9/26 FALCONS 7:30
10/2 @Chargers 3.25
-- Bye --
10/16 PANTHERS 12:00
10/23 @Chiefs 12:00
10/30 SEAHAWKS 12:00
11/6 @49ers 3:05
11/13 BRONCOS. 12:00
11/17 @Panthers 7:25
11/27 RAMS 12:00
12/4 LIONS 12:00
12/11 @Bucs 12:00
12/18 @Cards 3:05
12/24 BUCS 12:00
1/1 @Atlanta 12:00
Post Season
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Date Opponent Time
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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


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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Drew Brees confident Saints’ young receivers will play beyond years Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Yesterday 12:24 PM

Full Story – NewOrleansAdvocate.Com

The old man in the New Orleans Saints’ receiver room is anything but. Brandin Cooks is still only 22 years old, a third-year receiver on the cusp of stardom.

But the 137 catches he’s made in the first two years of his career make Cooks the obvious bell cow of a Saints receiver group that has only one receiver older than the age of 24, and that’s veteran Vincent Brown, a 27-year-old who will have to fight hard for a roster spot in training camp. The top four receivers in New Orleans are Cooks, Willie Snead (23), Brandon Coleman (24) and newly minted draft pick Michael Thomas (23).

“I’ll continue to be who I am, continue to work hard and be a natural-born leader,” Cooks said. “I’m young, but it’s kind of funny, because in a sense, I have the most experience on the team.”

By Joel A. Erickson / New Orleans Advocate

Full Story – NewOrleansAdvocate.Com
New Saints weapon Coby Fleener’s a self-proclaimed ‘nerd’ with an eye on the tech industry Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 06-29-2016 01:58 PM

Full Story – NewOrleansAdvocate.Com

Nerds are no longer a stereotype, not in an age when comic-book movies dominate the box office and high-profile tech companies buy and sell each other for billions of dollars, all while racing to create the next gadget that will find its way into half the hands in the country.

Some stand 6-foot-6, weigh 251 pounds and have the kind of explosive athleticism capable of ripping off 40 yards in 4.51 seconds, blurring the line between jock and nerd into the Saints’ prize offensive acquisition in free agency this offseason.

Coby Fleener freely admits where he stands.

“I happily call myself a nerd,” Fleener said.

By Joel A. Erickson / New Orleans Advocate

Full Story – NewOrleansAdvocate.Com
Kasim Edebali has quietly become a potential answer at edge rusher for Saints defensive line Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 06-26-2016 01:43 PM

‘Freakish’ German has ability to complement Saints Pro Bowler Jordan at other DE

Full Story – NewOrleansAdvocate.Com

The New Orleans Saints have been quietly confident in their stable of young edge rushers all offseason, leaving the spot untouched in both the draft and free agency, even after second-year starter Hau’oli Kikaha went down with a torn ACL during organized team activities.

Two of their options at the position remain largely unproven. Obum Gwacham and Davis Tull both possess freakish athletic capabilities, but the pair also have only 97 total NFL snaps between them, leaving their potential contribution more projection than production at this point.

Then there’s Kasim Edebali, the former undrafted defensive end from Boston College who has become a key staple of the Saints defensive line without much fanfare. Edebali finished second on the team with five sacks last season in just 361 defensive snaps, and heading into his third year, the Saints say he’s only getting better.

By Joel A. Erickson / New Orleans Advocate

Full Story – NewOrleansAdvocate.Com
Second-year Saints cornerback Damian Swann believes he’s put concussion problems behind him Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 06-26-2016 01:40 PM

Full Story – NewOrleansAdvocate.Com

A lot of people have ideas about what’s best for Damian Swann.

Their ideas are rooted in good intentions. The Saints’ second-year cornerback saw his rookie season cut short by three concussions suffered in a span of nine weeks, a streak of injury that has left some wondering if the long-term implications of concussions could force Swann to think about taking off his helmet for good.

Swann gets it.

“A lot of people just want to see me healthy,” Swann said. “A lot of people want to see me do things and be OK beyond football. Everybody has their concerns, everybody has their worries, but at the end of the day, the decision is going to be pretty much my own.”

By Joel A. Erickson / New Orleans Advocate

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Prized 'recruit' Dan Campbell makes presence felt as Saints assistant Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 06-24-2016 04:05 PM

Full Story –ESPN.Com

Sean Payton didn’t exactly interview Dan Campbell for the roles of New Orleans Saints assistant head coach and tight ends coach.

“In his case, it was a little bit of a recruitment,” Payton said.

Campbell was in high demand after he raised his profile last year by serving as the Miami Dolphins' interim head coach. The Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings were also among teams reportedly interested in hiring the fiery assistant.

Fortunately for the Saints, Payton had a recruiting edge because as had coached Campbell for a total of eight years when he was a tight end with the New York Giants, Cowboys and briefly with the Saints.

By Mike Triplett / ESPN

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Saints Announce Roster Moves Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 06-24-2016 03:59 PM

Full Story – NewOrleansSaints.Com

The New Orleans Saints announced today that they have placed CB Kyle Wilson on the reserve/injured list and have signed DT C.J. Wilson. The announcements were made by Saints’ Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis.

Wilson, 6-3, 290, comes to New Orleans after splitting the 2015 season between the Oakland Raiders and Detroit Lions. He opened the year appearing in four games with one start for the Raiders and recorded five tackles (two solo). In eight games for Detroit, he posted eight tackles (six solo) and one sack.

By New Orleans Saints.Com

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The Greenbrier, site of New Orleans Saints training camp, experiencing heavy flooding Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 06-24-2016 03:56 PM

Full Story – Nola.Com

The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, W. Va is currently experiencing heavy flooding due to extreme rain in Greenbrier County.

The New Orleans Saints have held training camp at the resort for the last two seasons and are expected to fly to West Virginia on July 26 for a third year of training camp in the area.

There is no word on how the Saints facilities at the Greenbrier have fared during the flooding.

By Katherine Terrell / Times-Picayune

Full Story – Nola.Com
Saints training camp practice schedule announced Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 06-21-2016 06:36 PM

Full Story – WWL.Com

The Saints announced the 2016 training camp schedule, holding practices at both the Greenbrier in West Virginia and ending at the Saints' Metairie facility on Airline. That includes 22 practices for Saints fans to watch their team practice.

They'll begin on-field workouts in a non-padded practice session in West Virginia, Thursday, July 28 beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Here is the announcement sent out by the New Orleans Saints:

The New Orleans Saints 2016 Training Camp presented by Verizon will feature a total of 22 practices for fans to watch the team, starting at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., and ending at the Saints' Metairie practice facility. Continued..

By WWL.Com

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The way of winning: Back with the Saints, safety Roman Harper aims to show the defense what it takes Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 06-20-2016 02:05 PM

Full Story – NewOrleansAdvocate.Com

In his first week back with the New Orleans Saints, it seemed like Roman Harper had a teleporter — because he was everywhere.

The veteran safety, who returned to the Saints earlier this month after two seasons with the Carolina Panthers, was moving all over the practice field during minicamp, putting his fellow defenders where they needed to be. After a pass deflection, he jogged back to the sideline as his teammates celebrated by patting him on his helmet and shoulder pads.

And when the defense made stops during the two-minute drills, he congratulated his teammates with jumps of excitement or a simple pat on the back.

By Canaan Cadwell / New Orleans Advocate

Full Story – NewOrleansAdvocate.Com
Small frame, big potential: Saints undrafted rookie Tommylee Lewis is trying to prove his worth Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 06-20-2016 02:02 PM

Full Story – NewOrleansAdvocate.Com

Willie Snead, like fellow Saints receiver Tommylee Lewis, grew up in Palm Beach County, Florida.

So Snead has an idea just why Lewis (and everybody else from that part of the country) is so darned quick on the football field.

“I think it might be something in the water, to be honest with you,” Snead explains.

OK, maybe it’s a little more than that.

By Rod Walker / New Orleans Advocate

Full Story – NewOrleansAdvocate.Com
Kenny Vaccaro is looking forward to having dynamic role in Saints’ defense Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 06-20-2016 01:59 PM

Full Story – NewOrleansAdvocate.Com

Kenny Vaccaro feels good about how things might come together this season.

Through his first three years in the league, he’s seen his role change in nearly ever season. He’s been a nickel back, a deep safety, and a weapon down in the box, which is where he’s been at his best.

There isn’t much at this point that can catch the versatile New Orleans Saints safety by surprise. But this year, it looks like defensive coordinator Dennis Allen is going to stick with what has worked best for Vaccaro and the defense.

“Feels like I’m kind of doing what I did back in ’13,” Vaccaro said. “I’m playing over the slot, I’m blitzing, I’m covering tight ends. I’m kind of doing everything.”

By Nick Underhill / New Orleans Advocate

Full Story – NewOrleansAdvocate.Com
New Orleans Saints LB Dannell Ellerbe says he'll be ready to go by training camp Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 06-17-2016 08:51 PM

Full Story – Nola.Com

New Orleans Saints linebacker Dannell Ellerbe is tired of his status on the injured list.

Ellerbe has played in only seven games in the past two seasons. A Week 1 hip injury in 2014, when Ellerbe was with the Dolphins, ended his season early.

A trade from the Dolphins to the Saints last offseason didn't help much either. Toe and hip injuries kept his playing time sparse.

"Just nagging injuries from last year was kind of difficult, but it was nothing that deterred me in any way, it was always something I knew I could bounce back from," Ellerbe said. "Now I'm ready to go."

By Katherine Terrell / Times-Picayune

Full Story – Nola.Com
Coby Fleener among the most-targeted receivers for Drew Brees at minicamp Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 06-17-2016 08:49 PM

Full Story – Nola.Com

Drew Brees came into the OTA and minicamp portion of the offseason with an expectation that Coby Fleener would frequently be an open receiver.

It's what Brees saw on film last year. And it's what he ended up seeing on the New Orleans Saints practice field this spring.

Fleener, along with returning receivers Brandin Cooks and Willie Snead, were the three most-targeted players by Brees in the three-day mandatory rookie minicamp that concluded Thursday.

By Christopher Dabe / Times-Picayune

Full Story – Nola.Com
Saints QB Garrett Grayson enters offseason break with a focus on footwork Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 06-17-2016 08:47 PM

Full Story – Nola.Com

The list of things Garrett Grayson has learned from Drew Brees in the 13 months since they became New Orleans Saints teammates would undoubtedly be long.

But one thing would stand above the rest.

"I don't think you could ever be too perfect with your footwork," Grayson said. "That's something I learned from No. 9. He constantly, every single day after practice, he's constantly working on his footwork to make sure his shoulders are aligned to make the right throw."

By Christopher Dabe / Times-Picayune

Full Story – Nola.Com
Defense rules the day for New Orleans Saints in second minicamp session Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 06-16-2016 03:52 PM

Full Story – Nola.Com

I don't want to overreact, but not highlighting this fact would be under-reacting.

The New Orleans Saints defense played pretty well overall against typically one of the league's top offensive units at Wednesday's minicamp practice. Plain and simple.

Sacks. Pass breakups. Interceptions. The mixture of plus plays easily stood out during the practice session. It's more evident as I went through my notes.

By Larry Holder / Times-Picayune

Full Story – Nola.Com
See how many passes Drew Brees completed on the first day of Saints minicamp Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 06-15-2016 12:17 PM

Full Story – Nola.Com

Drew Brees did not work with what coach Sean Payton called a specific pitch count in practices in his first seven or eight seasons with the New Orleans Saints.

That has changed in recent years.

But in the opening day of the three-day mandatory minicamp Tuesday, Brees held the lead in passing attempts by a good margin.

Brees completed 22 of 32 passes (68.8 percent) in all competitive passing situations, including 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills.

By Christopher Dabe / Times-Picayune

Full Story – Nola.Com
Original Stories
Dealing with the Ankle -- Mike Detillier
Posted On 05-29-2016

Dealing with the Ankle

By Mike Detillier

The medical profession, in particular the sports medicine field, has long dealt with ankle injuries.The ankle is the most common injury in playing basketball and soccer. In football ankle and knee injuries are the most common.

Recently, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Patrick Ellender with Ortho LA and Thibodaux Regional Medical Center spoke to coaches, parents, sports administrators and athletic trainers during one of the monthly Sports Medicine seminars at Thibodaux Regional Medical Center on the methods used to strengthen the ankle muscles and also the rehabilitation of injuries associated with the ankle.

“There is a misconception of an ankle injury,” Ellender said. “Many people think that the ankle sprain is just a sprain, but in reality it is a tear of the ligaments in the ankle. Our connection to Thibodaux Regional Medical Center gives us an avenue with these monthly seminars to help educate and bring awareness to the degree of joint injuries like the ankle.

Sometimes the expectations for parents and coaches are that with a little rest and ice the ankle injury will get better quickly, but in most instances that is not the proper way to treat and rehab an ankle injury. I am a big believer in aggressively trying to give therapy to ankle injuries. In some instances that injury with ice and rest will heal, but in many cases that quick rehab process will lead to long range problems and instability with the ankle later in life. I see many ankle injuries today for people in their 30’s and 40’s related to an injury that occurred in their teens.”

Ellender said that the key part is therapy and putting the ankle in a boot to grade #1 or #2 ankle sprains and for the worst case scenario in grade #3 ankle injuries, the rehabilitation part is putting the ankle in a cast and splint.

“When there is an injury to a joint and/or muscle, a major part of therapy is getting the muscles and tendons around the ankle to coordinate the tendons and muscles around them to work back together. There is a muscle shut down that has to be dealt with. With a Grade #1 ankle sprain the normal person is out of commission for one to three weeks. For a Grade #2 ankle injury that athlete may miss three to six weeks. For the more severe ankle...
The Knives are Out -- Mike Detillier
Posted On 05-29-2016

The Knives are Out

By Mike Detillier

For the past couple of years when anyone in the media mentioned any “turbulence” between New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton and former defensive coordinator Rob Ryan some people outside the football loop considered it “sensationalized reporting.”

It’s funny those same folks today are backing Saints head coach Sean Payton when last week Ryan lashed out at the Saints organization and they are saying it is sour grapes on the part of Ryan.

I have always felt the problem that lay between Payton and Ryan was not about defensive philosophy, but personnel moves and Payton who was the architect of a top-5 offense was staring at one of the worst defenses in the league the past two seasons.

Ryan pointed out a different defensive outlook on the part of Payton after the 2013 season in which the Saints defense finished fourth in the league in defensive yardage after giving up the most yards in NFL history in 2012 under then-Saints defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo.

Many say the Saints defense under Ryan was too complicated the past few years, but why was the defense not so complicated in 2013?

Somewhere between the war of words is the truth.

There is no debating the decision to bring in Buffalo Bills free safety Jarius Byrd and making him at that time the highest paid safety in NFL history was the decision of Sean Payton.

Payton has long considered Byrd as a signature player in the NFL and he was with the Bills, but injuries (back and knee) and his play last season looked like a very disinterested football player.

And guess who is injured and rehabbing an injury again?

In making that decision the Saints let Malcolm Jenkins leave via free agency to the Philadelphia Eagles and the former Ohio State All-American has developed into a Pro Bowl performer with the Eagles.

Money was the main issue regarding strong safety Roman Harper. Harper was a leader defensively for the Saints and a force in run support, but he was back then and still is today a liability in the coverage part of the game.

When the Saints selected Kenny Vaccaro from Texas in the 1st round of the 2013 draft he was picked to be the heir-apparent to Harper at strong safety. Both Payton and Ryan praised Vaccaro’s coverage...
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