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8/10 @Browns Loss
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8/26 TEXANS Win
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9/11 @Vikings Loss
9/17 PATRIOTS Loss
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
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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
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12/31 @Bucs 3:25
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Car. 2 0 0 32 6 0-0
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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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Saints sign veteran DE Kendall Langford Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 11:19 PM


By Nick Underhill -- Advocate

The Saints are bolstering their defensive line.

Veteran defensive end Kendall Langford announced on Twitter that he's signed with New Orleans following a Tuesday workout.

Full Article -- Advocate
NFL Trade Rumors: Saints In Talks With Several Teams To Trade Kenny Vaccaro, Could Be First Step Of Rebuild Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 11:10 PM


By Nathan Francis -- Inquisitr

The NFL trade rumors suggest that Kenny Vaccaro could soon have a new home, with the New Orleans Saints reportedly in talks with several teams to ship off the wayward safety in what could be the first step of a total rebuild.

Though the 26-year-old Vaccaro has been a starter ever since he was picked No. 15 overall in the first round of the 2013 draft, the team is reportedly ready to part ways with him after something of a falling out. Vaccaro was benched during the team’s blowout loss to the New England Patriots, and ESPN reported that Vaccaro was surprised and put off by the benching.

That has led to reports that the Saints are looking to trade Kenny Vacarro, and Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported that a handful of teams are already in discussions with the Saints.

The team has made no public statements about the trade talks, though Saints coach Sean Payton did have some telling remarks. When asked about whether the team intended to trade Vacarro, Payton did not deny the reports and seemed to justify the team’s decision to entertain offers for the safety.

“It’s not unusual early in the season for teams to call (about players),” Payton said.

Full Article -- Inquisitr
Winless Saints search for answers against Panthers Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 10:53 PM


The Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers made the most of their limited offense through two games.

They might need more to defeat a New Orleans Saints team that often has good production against the Panthers.

The teams will meet Sunday afternoon at Bank of America Stadium in the first NFC South matchup for each this season.

The game is more critical for the Saints (0-2), who stumbled against the Minnesota Vikings and the New England Patriots.

"These guys are grown men, and they understand the sense of urgency we have to play with and we have to practice with now starting with two losses," New Orleans coach Sean Payton said.

Full Article -- Yahoo Sports
Saints offense working to iron out 'poor' 3rd-down conversation rate Posted By: Andrus Posted On Yesterday 09:29 PM


By Nick Underhill

During the past decade in the NFL, only two teams have converted more than half of their third-down attempts.

One of them was the Indianapolis Colts. The other was the Saints, and in nearly every other season during that span, New Orleans has flirted with eclipsing the mark.

That’s why it’s been staggering to watch the Saints offense convert on just 34.8 percent of its third-down attempts through two games this season. That’s the figure of a regular offense — not one posted by a team that has, in many ways, set the standard for production for the rest of the league over the last dozen seasons.

“The third down (conversion rate) is behind — poor, if you will,” coach Sean Payton said. “It was one of the points we talked about in the meeting today. I think that (it’s) certainly (not up) to our standard.”

It certainly hasn’t been. Since Payton took over in 2006, the Saints have converted on less than 35 percent of their third downs in 30 games. One of those came this season, in Sunday's 36-20 loss to New England (33.3 percent). The season-opening 29-19 loss at Minnesota was just a tick over the barrier (36.4 percent)...

Full Story - The Advocate
Things getting worse for Saints' secondary as Marshon Lattimore, Sterling Moore miss practice Posted By: Andrus Posted On Yesterday 09:27 PM


By Mike Triplett | ESPN Staff Writer

METAIRIE, La. -- The outlook has only grown bleaker for the No. 32-ranked defense in the NFL this week.

The New Orleans Saints' top cornerback, Marshon Lattimore, missed practice Wednesday while he remains in the concussion protocol. And veteran backup Sterling Moore missed practice with a chest injury.

Add that to the fact that veteran starter Delvin Breaux will miss at least half the year with his broken fibula. If Lattimore and Moore can't play Sunday at the Carolina Panthers, the Saints will be relying on inexperienced corners P.J. Williams, De’Vante Harris, Ken Crawley -- and hope.

The good news for the Saints is that Carolina's offense isn't necessarily built to exploit New Orleans' biggest weakness this year -- breakdowns in the secondary that lead to explosive plays deep down the field. And the Panthers are hurting, too, with go-to tight end Greg Olsen on injured reserve because of a broken foot...

Full Article - ESPN.com
Panthers adjust hand signals for Sunday's game against Saints with A.J. Klein, Ted Ginn Jr. in mind Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 07:57 PM


By Herbie Teope -- Picayune

Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera admits to adjusting calls and hand signals in 2016 when safety Roman Harper returned to the New Orleans Saints.

Rivera experiences deja vu in 2017 with hand signals when considering two of his former players -- linebacker A.J. Klein and wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. -- are now on the Saints' sideline.

"We've worked on changing them since last year because we had so many guys leave and we ended up playing them," Rivera said Wednesday in a teleconference. "We had to make some adjustments with Buffalo, obviously. We made adjustments for New Orleans."

Full Article -- Picayune
Saints players react to team trading Stephone Anthony to Dolphins Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 07:45 PM


By Josh Katzenstein -- Picayune

First-round picks are supposed to be building blocks for their respective NFL teams.

Stephone Anthony seemed to fit that description as a rookie with the New Orleans Saints when he started every game at middle linebacker as a rookie in 2015, but in 2016, Anthony rarely played.

Then, on Tuesday, the Saints traded him to the Miami Dolphins for a fifth-round pick, sending a reminder to every player on the team that their time with the Saints could end at any time.

"I think it just teaches you a lesson that great players sometimes don't even start in the league," defensive tackle Tyeler Davison said. "Everybody here is really, really good, and you never know what snap is your last or when your opportunity can come to an end if you don't do good enough."

Full Article -- Picayune
Saints players react to team trading Stephone Anthony to Dolphins Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 07:10 PM


By Josh Katzenstein -- Picayune

First-round picks are supposed to be building blocks for their respective NFL teams.

Stephone Anthony seemed to fit that description as a rookie with the New Orleans Saints when he started every game at middle linebacker as a rookie in 2015, but in 2016, Anthony rarely played.

Then, on Tuesday, the Saints traded him to the Miami Dolphins for a fifth-round pick, sending a reminder to every player on the team that their time with the Saints could end at any time.

"I think it just teaches you a lesson that great players sometimes don't even start in the league," defensive tackle Tyeler Davison said. "Everybody here is really, really good, and you never know what snap is your last or when your opportunity can come to an end if you don't do good enough."

Full Article -- Picayune
Saints rookie running back Alvin Kamara reminds Carolina Panthers of their own multitalented rookie back Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 06:21 PM


By Joel Erickson -- Advocate

When Luke Kuechly sat down to watch the film of the New Orleans Saints — a team he's watched dozens of times — one new number jumped out at him.

Alvin Kamara, the rookie running back who has taken over the team's so-called satellite role, caught Kuechly's eye immediately.

Only two games into his career, Kamara already reminds Kuechly of one of the most devastating weapons Drew Brees had during his decade-plus in New Orleans.

"He's kind of in that (Darren) Sproles ... family a little bit, where he's really good out of the backfield; he's really good running the ball," Kuechly said. "He's shifty in space. They can get him out on screens and mismatch opportunities on linebackers. If you're Drew Brees, I think you're happy to have him."

Full Article -- Advocate
Miami Dolphins’ Stephone Anthony: I carry a chip on my*shoulder Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 05:50 PM


Palm Beach Post

DAVIE — After flaming out after two seasons in New Orleans, the newest linebacker of the Miami Dolphins seems motivated.

“I don’t think you can be good at this game if you don’t carry a little bit of a chip on your shoulder,” Dolphins linebacker Stephone Anthony said Wednesday.

Anthony was shipped to Miami for a fifth-round pick. Because he was a first-round pick just three years ago, that would seem insulting.

“I’m not sure if it’s a fifth-round pick … it doesn’t matter honestly,” Anthony said. “This is about me and my new opportunity. I’m excited. What those guys have going on, it’s now their problem.”

Full Article -- Post
Rookies Alvin Kamara, Christian McCaffrey bring speed, versatility to respective offenses Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 05:22 PM


By Josh Katzenstein -- Picayune

The New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers each used the draft this year to add a dynamic playmaker to their offense.

With the eighth overall pick, the Panthers selected Christian McCaffrey, the highly productive and efficient running back from Stanford who finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting in 2015.

In the third round, the Saints traded up to draft running back Alvin Kamara, who was efficient at Tennessee but didn't have nearly as big of a role as McCaffrey.

When the Saints and Panthers play on Sunday, the two rookies will likely have several opportunities to impress, and because the Saints see Kamara in practice every day, they shouldn't be too surprised by anything McCaffrey does.

Full Article -- Picayune
Saints promote veteran defensive tackle David Parry, place Mitchell Loewen on injured reserve Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 04:36 PM


By Joel Erickson -- Advocate

The New Orleans Saints brought veteran defensive tackle David Parry up from the practice squad and placed Mitchell Loewen on injured reserve, according to the league's transactions wire.

A source told The Advocate that Loewen suffered a high ankle sprain in the fourth quarter against the Patriots, but there was no timetable for his return.

Full Article -- Advocate
Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore misses practice Wednesday Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 03:58 PM


By Josh Katzenstein -- Picayune

New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore underwent testing for a brain injury during Sunday's loss to the New England Patriots, and if Wednesday's practice was any indication, Lattimore likely did suffer a concussion.

Lattimore was not on the field during the portion of practice open to media Wednesday. The team's official injury report should provide clarity on the rookie's absence.

Full Article -- Picayune
Saints re-sign defensive end Darryl Tapp: source Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 03:33 PM


By Josh Katzenstein -- Picayune

The New Orleans Saints have leaned heavily on their starting defensive ends the first two games, but they'll enter Sunday's game with another option in the rotation.

Defensive end Darryl Tapp re-signed with the Saints on Wednesday, according to a league source. Tapp spent 2016 with the Saints, and although he made the initial 53-man roster, the team cut him in the days leading up to the Week 1 game against the Minnesota Vikings.

The 33-year-old Tapp had 17 tackles, a half sack and nine quarterbacks hits last season. He played 16 games with two starts.

Full Article -- Picayune
Forbes: New Orleans Saints worth $2 billion, ranking 27th in NFL Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 03:26 PM


By Josh Katzenstein -- Picayune

Forbes released its annual NFL team valuation list this week, and the New Orleans Saints remain near the bottom of the league.

With an estimated value of $2 billion, the Saints rank 27th among the 32 NFL teams, according to the list. The teams behind the Saints are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cleveland Browns, Cincinnati Bengals, Detroit Lions and Buffalo Bills.

Full Article -- Picayune
Stephone Anthony's trade from Saints a product of injury, lack of development Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 03:18 PM


By Joel Erickson -- Advocate

The high ankle sprain that cost Stephone Anthony most of the preseason also led to the Saints' decision to trade him on Tuesday for a fifth-round pick.

Anthony, the former first-round pick who had fallen out of favor due to difficulty reading and diagnosing plays, entered training camp with something to prove.

New Orleans needed to see more than the initial preseason game, when he had three tackles, a sack, a tackle-for-loss and a quarterback hit in 33 snaps against the Cleveland Browns. The injury robbed the Saints of the chance to see if he could continue to be a pressure player.

"Where he was at, with regards to where we were at, in his development," Payton said. "Unfortunately, his injury during training camp really prevented him from getting the snaps we were hoping to see, and ultimately, it came down to a decision roster-wise for us."

Full Article -- Advocate
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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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