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10/2 @Chargers 3.25
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10/16 PANTHERS 12:00
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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 3:25
12/18 @Cards 3:05
12/24 BUCS 12:00
1/1 @Atlanta 12:00
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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.
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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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Saints returners hoping to contribute more down the stretch Posted By: Andrus Posted On Yesterday 06:16 PM


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The New Orleans Saints have clicked on offense the entire season, and the defense has come on in the past month to put the team in position for a potential run to close the regular season.

Special teams, however, has been an issue outside of punter Thomas Morstead, whose 48.9 gross punting average ranks third in the league.

The Saints recently addressed the kicking game, which experienced well-documented woes with blocked kicks, by bringing aboard Kevin O'Dea and the jury remains out if O'Dea will have the desired impact.

But one area of special teams continues to be missing entering Week 13's game against the Detroit Lions.

From muffed catches to a lack of big plays, the Saints return game has been an enigma in 2016.

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

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Saints defensive tackle Nick Fairley ready to show the Lions what could have been Posted By: Andrus Posted On Yesterday 06:12 PM


Full Story - New Orleans Advocate

Nick Fairley thought he would spend a decade in Detroit.

He had the pedigree. Drafted out of Auburn with the No. 13 pick in 2011, Fairley looked like a defensive cornerstone for the Lions after three years, teaming with Ndamukong Suh to form the NFL's most disruptive interior.

Fairley still had blemishes, to be sure. He allowed his weight to balloon to 320 pounds, and two arrests in 2012 landed him in the NFL's drug program.

But he also had production. Fairley posted 5.5 sacks in 2012 and six more in 2013, establishing himself as one of the NFL's most explosive interior pass rushers — if not one of the league's most consistent.

"I felt like I wasn't going anywhere," Fairley said.

Then the bombshell dropped. Lions general manager Martin Mayhew told reporters at the NFL owners' meetings in the spring of 2014 that Detroit wouldn't be picking up the fifth-year option in Fairley's rookie contract; the Lions didn't believe he was worth $5.5 million at that point in his career. Mayhew also told reporters that some of Fairley's weight could be "repositioned."

BY JOEL A. ERICKSON

Full Story - New Orleans Advocate
Vonn Bell, Jairus Byrd are starting to form a solid combination in the back of the Saints defense Posted By: Andrus Posted On Yesterday 06:07 PM


Full Story - New Orleans Advocate

The Saints secondary doesn’t want to be viewed as a group of individuals.

They’re the sum of their parts. One player doesn’t make or break the group. They succeed together. They fail together. The players realize that and used some symbolism before last week’s game against the Los Angeles Rams by running through the pyrotechnics and smoke during pregame introductions as a group instead of as individuals.

“We just wanted to show our comraderie, that we’re starting to grow together, that we’re starting to play together,” safety Kenny Vaccaro said. “Just unity, really. In the secondary, it’s not necessarily individuals. It’s all of us playing together.”

The New Orleans secondary is finally starting to realize its potential. It won’t be until next year that the team will find out what could have been by having both Delvin Breaux and P.J. Williams on the field together because Williams is on injured reserve. But Breaux is back from a broken fibula and looks to be fully recovered. That’s been a big development for this team and has helped open up some of the things the team can do on defense.

But the backbone of the secondary, and perhaps the identity of the whole defense, is the team’s safeties. Where most teams use three linebackers in their base defense, New Orleans has opted instead to deploy three safeties — Vaccaro, Vonn Bell and Jairus Byrd — and keeps those players on the field for nearly every snap.

BY NICK UNDERHILL

Full Story - New Orleans Advocate
Final Q&A with Coach Sean Payton ahead of Lions game Posted By: Andrus Posted On Yesterday 05:54 PM


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What are your thoughts on the report that the league will add an eighth official?

“All I know is they have been discussing for the last year and a half the addition of an eighth official on game day. From my information it’s just something that’s just been discussed. I don’t know, while I’m fairly certain it isn’t finalized yet. It’s been discussed pretty in depth.”

What does an eighth official add?


“Well it would be on the defensive side of the ball. In the back end to get a look. When they took the umpire if you recall the umpire used to sit at linebacker depths if you will and a few years ago they moved him back behind the offense opposite the referee. One of the challenges is capturing or seeing defensive holding on the defensive line or screens down field. There are some calls that become more challenging to make. I know that’s one area, the one thing these guys all do a great job with are their eyes. On every play are trained to go here, here, here, here and that person’s eyes would have the same type of assignment. Here than here and I know that’s one of the main reasons.”

Did you have any personal relationship with Joe McKnight?


“No, I never met him. I’ve heard the name only because of Reggie Bush.”

By NewOrleansSaints.com

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Look beyond the sacks, you'll see Saints DE Cameron Jordan has 'the glow' Posted By: Andrus Posted On Yesterday 05:47 PM


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METAIRIE, La. -- If defensive ends are measured by sacks, then Cameron Jordan might not make it to his third career Pro Bowl this season.

That would be too bad, though, because the New Orleans Saints defensive end is probably having one of the best two seasons of his career.

Although Jordan has “just” five sacks, his 17 quarterback hits, 12 tackles for loss and four batted passes put him in the top eight in the NFL in each of those categories.

The scouting service Pro Football Focus ranked Jordan’s performances in Week 10 and Week 11 as two of the nine best performances by edge defenders in any games this season, tucked in between multiple performances by Von Miller and Khalil Mack.

And Jordan’s 639 snaps (roughly 90 percent of the Saints’ defensive snaps) rank fourth among NFL defensive linemen.

By Mile Triplett | ESPN Staff Writer

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Saints' Nick Fairley says Lions declining his option was turning point Posted By: Andrus Posted On Yesterday 05:42 PM


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METAIRIE, La. -- Nick Fairley didn’t agree with the Detroit Lions' decision to let him go after the 2014 season. But he did understand it.

In fact, Fairley said the Lions' decision to decline their fifth-year option on him for the 2015 season was probably the biggest turning point in his six-year career to date.

The 28-year-old former first-round draft pick and college star at Auburn thinks he is “playing the most consistent I’ve played ever in my career” in his first season with the New Orleans Saints.

“When they didn’t pick it up, it kind of hit home then. And I sat back and evaluated myself,” Fairley said. “‘I could’ve been more consistent, I could’ve made that play, I could’ve did this or did that.’ So I just went back and evaluated myself, and I was like, ‘To get better, I have to do these things.’ And I think that’s the things I’ve been doing.”

By Mike Triplett - ESPN Staff Writer

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Former Saints player Steve Gleason visits his old stomping grounds
New Orleans Saints vs. Detroit Lions: Three key matchups Posted By: Andrus Posted On Yesterday 05:37 PM


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The New Orleans Saints (5-6) will try to improve their standing the postseason race Sunday against the NFC North-leading Detroit Lions (7-4) at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Although the Saints have proven to be better in recent games than they were during the 0-3 start, they still haven't had as much success winning close games as the Lions, who have had every game this season finish within a 7-point margin.

Considering the unlikelihood of some of Detroit's wins this year, it's difficult to pinpoint all of its strengths and weaknesses, but here are three matchups that could determine the outcome Sunday:

Saints tight ends vs. Lions back seven

New Orleans tight ends contributed in a big way in last week's win over the Los Angeles Rams as Josh Hill had career highs of six catches for 74 yards and Coby Fleener added four catches for 59 yards.

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


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Lions sign WR TJ Jones; Marvin Jones could miss Saints game Posted By: Andrus Posted On Yesterday 05:33 PM


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With leading receiver Marvin Jones battling a thigh injury that could keep him out of Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints, the Detroit Lions signed wide receiver TJ Jones off the practice squad today.

Jones was limited in practice all week and listed as questionable on the injury report after moved cautiously while taking sporadic reps during the open portion of practice Friday.

He leads the Lions with 730 yards receiving on 42 catches, but has had a quiet November with just six catches in three games.

Golden Tate, Anquan Boldin and Andre Roberts will be the Lions' top three receivers if Marvin Jones cannot play Sunday. TJ Jones caught 10 passes in 10 games last year and was one of the team's final cuts in training camp.

By Dave Birkett | Detroit Free Press

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Saints' Nick Fairley, Darryl Tapp looking forward to matchup against former team Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Yesterday 01:38 PM


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New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Nick Fairley was a first-round pick of the Detroit Lions in 2011 and thought he'd be in Detroit for the duration of his career.

Defensive end Darryl Tapp spent the past two years with the Lions, experiencing a playoff berth in 2014 and then a disappointing 2015 that included a 1-7 start.

Fairley and Tapp are excited to see some of their former teammates Sunday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Fairley even asked Tapp for Lions defensive end Ezekiel Ansah's new phone number and plans to call him before the game.

By Josh Katzenstein / Times-Picayune

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Saints enter final stretch of the season needing win after win ... Posted By: Andrus Posted On 12-02-2016 05:21 PM


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The phrase "must-win games" is thrown around so loosely within sports. Often times it's a fallback story line to present when there isn't a better one in the sports media hopper.

I try to avoid the term "must-win" as late into a season as possible. For instance, it would have been silly, to me, to coin the New Orleans Saints' Week 4 game at San Diego a must-win. Yes, the Saints had opened the season 0-3. Losing another game would have been improbable to rebound from for a Saints team struggling for answers.

We're hitting December now. This is must-win territory for teams still hovering around .500. Lose games this time of the year, and you're left likely sitting on the couch after New Year's Day.

Where do the Saints stack up heading against the rest of the teams in the hunt? They don't have the worst odds, but the forecast is pretty grim as the Saints host one of the teams with a better outlook in the Detroit Lions on Sunday.

By Larry Holder, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

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Mark Ingram says toe is feeling better, will see how he feels on Sunday Posted By: Andrus Posted On 12-02-2016 05:18 PM


Full Story - New Orleans Advocate


Mark Ingram wouldn’t make any statements about his availability for Sunday, but he seems optimistic about how things went for him on Friday.

The Saints running back had missed the previous two days with a toe injury, and said that he felt good after returning to practice from what he called a “little soreness.”

“It’s not nearly as bad as it once was,” Ingram, who has suffered more serious toe injuries before, said. “It’s just a little sore – it was a little sore. I’ve been getting treatment on it during the week. It felt good today. We’ll see.”

Offensive tackle Terron Armstead (quad/knee) and running back Daniel Lasco (hamstring) missed practice. Both players have been ruled out.

BY NICK UNDERHILL

Full Story - New Orleans Advocate
Drew Brees, Mark Ingram named FedEx Air, Ground Players of the Week Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 12-02-2016 03:36 PM


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New Orleans Saints players swept the weekly FedEx awards announced Thursday as quarterback Drew Brees was named the FedEx Air Player of the Week while running back Mark Ingram was named the FedEx Ground Player of the Week.

Brees was 28 of 36 for 310 yards with four touchdowns and a 139,6 rating in the Saints' 49-21 victory over the Los Angeles Rams this past Sunday.

Ingram carried the ball 14 times for 146 yards and a 10-yard touchdown. That works out to a whopping 10.4 average per carry, thanks in large part to a 61-yard run in the third quarter. It's the second national honor for Ingram this week as he was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week on Wednesday. Ingram also had a 21-yard TD reception while Brees chipped in a 1-yard touchdown run.

By New Orleans Saints.Com

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First meeting between Saints, Buccaneers flexed to 3:25 p.m. national time slot Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 12-02-2016 11:56 AM


Full Story –TheAdvocate.Com


The NFC South race is still too close to call.

And it appears that FOX has noticed.

The New Orleans Saints' Dec. 11 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a game initially scheduled for noon, has been flexed into the national 3:25 p.m. time slot for maximum exposure.

If the Saints can fight their way back into the playoff race, there could be more flex possibilities later on this season; according to the team's announcement, the season finale against Atlanta is a possibility to be flexed as well.

By Joel A. Erickson / The Advocate

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First Look: Detroit Lions at New Orleans Saints Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 12-02-2016 11:52 AM


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LIONS BREAKDOWN

LAST WEEK:
Detroit took control of the NFC North in gritty fashion, sandwiching two Matt Prater field goals around a clutch interception by Darius Slay to beat the Minnesota Vikings 16-13 in their traditional Thanksgiving Day game.

OFFENSE: Detroit has scored more than 30 points in a game just twice this season, and the Lions have failed to crack the 20-point mark four times. Working with very little semblance of a running game, Detroit ranks 26th in the NFL in total offense and 19th in the league in scoring. With starting running back Ameer Abdullah injured, versatile back Theo Riddick has taken over the primary duties; he leads the Lions with 355 yards rushing and a respectable 4.0 yards per carry.

By Joel A. Erickson / The Advocate

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Saints need to go on the kind of run the Lions have been on Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 12-02-2016 11:50 AM


Full Story –ESPN.Com


For the New Orleans Saints (5-6) to have any shot at the playoffs, they’re going to have get through one of the NFL’s hottest teams -- the 7-4 Detroit Lions, who have won six of their last seven games heading into Sunday’s game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

And they’re going to have to steal some of the Lions’ fourth-quarter mojo.

The Saints have lost five games by six points or less this year -- four of them by a field goal or less.

The Lions, meanwhile, have come back to win all seven of their games after trailing in the fourth quarter.

By Mike Triplett / ESPN

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Drew Brees has MVP-type numbers, but not the wins Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 12-01-2016 10:00 PM


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Statistically speaking, Drew Brees would be more than worthy of consideration for the NFL MVP award.

The 37-year-old New Orleans Saints quarterback is in the midst of one of his better seasons in his 16-year career. He leads the NFL in passing yards (3,587), completion percentage among regular starters (71.5) and touchdown passes (30).

Via First-and-10 stats master Gene Guillot, here's a breakdown of what Brees is on pace for by season's end:

*474 completions (best in a single season in NFL history)
*663 attempts (fifth)
*5,217 passing yards (fourth)
*44 touchdowns (seventh)

By Larry Holder / Times-Picayune

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Hope Ellerbe is Healthy -- Mike Detillier
Posted On 10-02-2016


Hope Ellerbe is Healthy

By Mike Detillier


Right now the New Orleans Saints are in desperate need of play-makers on defense. Arguably two of their best defensive players in cornerback Delvin Breaux and defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins will not be back “active” for the team until mid-season or maybe even a little after that point due to injuries.

One good player for the Saints is outside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe. There is no questioning his talents, but right now the speedy outside linebacker just can’t stay healthy and he has not played a snap in the 2016 regular season.

That looks to be different today since the word is that Ellerbe looks like a “go” for the Saints and he is a difference-maker on defense.

Last season Ellerbe played in 6 games and started 4 and he was in on 39 tackles, he had 1 forced fumble and 1 pass deflection, but during training camp Ellerbe got nicked up again and he has seen no action for a defense that really needs his football field presence.

Since the start of the 2014 season Ellerbe has played in just 7 games in 35 possible games in the NFL. The Saints acquired Ellerbe and a third round pick from the Miami Dolphins in exchange for wide receiver Kenny Stills.

Saints coaches have praised the former Baltimore Ravens linebacker, but his absence due to injuries has created a huge hole at outside linebacker for the Saints.

A healthy Ellerbe will not cure all the defensive ills for the Saints, but he is a productive player, super instinctive to the football and the best cover linebacker the team has. If he does play watch what type impact Dannell Ellerbe makes for the Saints defense. Just hope and pray he can stay healthy.


Disturbing Saints stat

Last season the New Orleans Saints defense gave up a league-high 29.8 points per game. In the 3 games played in 2016 the Saints defense has given up an average of 32 points per game.

That is just not acceptable at any level of football and the Saints organization has spent a lot of money in free agency and used a number of high picks via the draft to cure this major ill, but there are still gaping holes on defense due to a lack of talent and serious injuries.

Injuries are not an excuse in the NFL. All teams have them, but that is what you do in the off-season. As an organization you try and project where a host of injuries...
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The Young Standouts in the NFL -- Mike Detillier
Posted On 08-06-2016


The Young Standouts in the NFL

By Mike Detillier


Here is my look at the top 45 players in the NFL 25 years old and younger


1. Khalil Mack - Defensive End/Outside Linebacker - (Oakland Raiders)

Mack is 25 years old and one of the three most dominating defensive players in the league along with J.J. Watt and Von Miller. His next contract will be the largest ever given to a defensive player. He posted 15 quarterback sacks in 2015.

2. Luke Kuechly - Middle Linebacker - (Carolina Panthers)

Simply put, Kuechly at 25 years old is the best middle linebacker in the NFL. Terrific versus the run and a superb pass cover linebacker.

3. Odell Beckham, Jr. - Wide Receiver - (New York Giants)

New age version of what Lynn Swann (Steelers) was in the 1970’s. OBJ’s eye-hand coordination is at the top rung of the ladder. He’s just 23 years old.

4. Tyron Smith - Offensive Tackle - (Dallas Cowboys)

25 years old and Smith is the best left tackle in the NFC.

5. Aaron Donald - Defensive Tackle - (Los Angeles Rams)

Aaron is undersized, but quick and dominating. The 25-year old was in on 11 quarterback sacks and 63 tackles in 2015. Donald is the most disruptive interior player in the NFL.

6. Todd Gurley - Halfback - (Los Angeles Rams)

Gurley is on the verge of being the best halfback in the NFL. If healthy the 22-year old Gurley is a workhorse back with great power and speed.

7. Fletcher Cox - Defensive End/Tackle - (Philadelphia Eagles)

Cox is the most underrated big man athlete in the pros. The 25 year old Cox can play end, tackle or on the nose.

8. Derek Carr - Quarterback - (Oakland Raiders)

Carr is a gunslinger QB. with a strong arm, excellent leadership skills and he is an accurate passer from the pocket. Carr is 25 years old and getting better each season.

9. Zack Martin - Offensive Guard - (Dallas Cowboys)

Zack is 25 years old, but he plays old-school. Martin is the best offensive guard in the NFC.

10. DeAndre Hopkins - Wide Receiver - (Houston Texans)

He’s just 24 years old and Hopkins has already caught 239 passes for 3,533 yards and 19 touchdowns.

11. Le’Veon Bell - Halfback - (Pittsburgh Steelers)

Troubled off the field, but when tuned-up just right the 24-year old is the most complete back in the league. Bell is fast, powerful, sure-handed and has great stamina.

12. Marcus Peters - Cornerback -...
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