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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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10/29 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
12/24 FALCONS 12:00
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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Bradley Sylve returning to an NFL roster Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Today 10:35 PM


By Mark Inabinett --al.com

Former Alabama cornerback Bradley Sylve has been signed by the New Orleans Saints to a spot on the NFL team's practice squad.

Herbie Teope, the Saints beat writer for the Times-Picayune, reported*on Tuesday night that Sylve had joined the Saints. Sylve was among several players who worked out for New Orleans on Tuesday, which was a day off for the Saints' regulars.

Sylve is a native of Port Sulphur, Louisiana, and played high school football at South Plaquemines in Empire, Louisiana.

Full Article -- al.com
Report | Saints CB Sterling Moore dealing with injury Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Today 10:27 PM


By Sam Robinson -- FanRag

The New Orleans Saints are already weakened at cornerback and know this predicament all too well based on the events of last year. But another key performer may be out after sustaining an injury in Week 2.

Sterling Moore suffered a pectoral injury against the New England Patriots, Nick Underhill of the New Orleans Advocate reports. Moore is seeking additional medical opinions to determine what his return timetable would be, per Underhill, who adds the Saints are already working out corners.

Demontre Hurst, Bradley Sylve and Trovon Reed worked out for the team on Tuesday. Pectoral injuries can be difficult to surmount, and a torn pec would sideline Moore for the rest of this season.

Full Article -- FanRag
Stephone Anthony trade: A parting of ways with the linebacker seemed inevitable Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Today 07:09 PM


By Nick Underhill -- Advocate

It's been clear things weren't working out for Stephone Anthony here for a while.

He couldnít get on the field last season, was struggling with his assignments and quickly sank down the depth chart behind players who signed as free-agent bargains. The fact that he's been traded to Miami Dolphins will send shockwaves given that Anthony is a former first-round pick, but recent history suggests it was more likely he was going to struggle to find a role here than suddenly start thriving.

That wonít take the sting out of things. The draft pick used to select Anthony was part of the package New Orleans received from the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for tight end Jimmy Graham. Center Max Unger was the other piece of the deal, and heís worked out well for the Saints, but the organization was supposed to get another potential building block for its star tight end.

Instead, the Saints will now watch and see if the light comes on for Anthony in another city. New Orleans received an undisclosed draft pick in exchange for the linebacker. It will be surprising if itís a high pick once the details are disclosed.

This missed pick will certainly rekindle talk of some of the teamís recent draft gaffes. There isnít a single member of 2014 draft class, which featured wide receiver Brandin Cooks and cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste, who remains on the roster. And along with Anthony, quarterback Garrett Grayson, linebacker Davis Tull, cornerback Damian Swann and running back Marcus Murphy are gone from the 2015 class.

Full Article -- Advocate
Speculation starts early on Saintsí Sean Payton and Drew Brees after another 0-2 start Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Today 01:39 PM


By Brian Allee-Walsh -- Sun Herald

NEW ORLEANS -- I have no idea how this season ultimately is going to play out for the winless New Orleans Saints, although they certainly are going down a slippery slope.

Unfortunately, the season could slip-slide away before Halloween if they arenít careful, beginning Sunday at noon against the Carolina Panthers (2-0) in Charlotte, N.C..

But I am relatively confident of one thing ó Coach Sean Payton, who has a minimum 62 regular-season games remaining on a five-year, $45 million contract through 2020, will survive this season, no matter how far the defense declines under coordinator Dennis Allen.

Payton will not be fired, nor will he resign, not as long as owner Tom Benson remains engaged at age 90 and Mickey Loomis remains the teamís general manager. I suspect that if a coaching change occurs, it would come by mutual agreement after the season and only if Payton listens to his yearnings.

Full Article -- Sun Herald
Bill Belichick after meeting with Steve Gleason: 'An inspiration to all of us' Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Today 01:24 PM


By Mike Reiss -- ESPN Staff Writer

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick had reason to smile after Sunday's 36-20 victory over the New Orleans Saints, and it wasn't just because of the game. It's always nice for him to be able to catch up with former Saint Steve Gleason.

Adam Ney of WWL-TV took a snapshot of Belichick and Gleason after the game and shared it on Twitter late Monday night.

On Tuesday morning's conference call, Belichick was asked about the meeting with Gleason, who has been diagnosed with ALS.

Full Article -- ESPN
Saints defensive end Hau'oli Kikaha taking advantage of limited role thus far Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Today 01:11 PM


By Josh Katzenstein -- Picayune

As the New Orleans Saints approached this offseason, they were cautious not to rely too much on Hau'oli Kikaha.

The team certainly hoped Kikaha, a 2015 second-round pick, return to make an impact in 2017 after missing all of 2016 due to a knee injury, but the Saints didn't let Kikaha's future potential impact their decisions to acquire players in free agency -- like defensive end Alex Okafor -- or in the draft -- defensive ends Trey Hendrickson and Al-Quadin Muhammad.

But, even with the new faces around, Kikaha this summer proved worthy of a role on defense. Right now, he's the No. 3 defensive end, and in Sunday's loss to the New England Patriots, he tallied his first sack since Oct. 15, 2015.

"It felt great," Kikaha said of taking down quarterback Tom Brady for a 7-yard loss. "It was a good play. Everybody executed well and the blitz came home."

Full Article -- Picayune
1 Saints film room: Defense struggles against Tom Brady's quick trigger Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Today 12:36 PM


By Nick Underhill -- Advocate

The Saints created pressure on Tom Brady.

The problem is the pieces of the defense often werenít working in tandem to make it count, or Brady was simply getting rid of the ball too quickly for the jailbreaks to reach the gates during the Saintsí 36-20 loss to the New England Patriots.

Thereís not a whole lot that can be done when the quarterback is getting the ball out in an average of 2.24 seconds, or 2.12 when you remove the play when Brady got sacked after holding the ball for 6.57 seconds. On average, thatís enough time for a snap, quick read, and throw. And thatís exactly what the Patriots quarterback did on the 14 throws he got rid of the ball in under 2 seconds.

And the problem with the pressures is that, even when they impacted the quarterback, it didnít impact the results. The Saints knocked on Bradyís door 15 times. He completed 12 of those passes, was sacked twice and ran away from it another time.

The issue showed up early in the game when Cam Jordan, who was lined up at tackle, beat center David Andrews and hit Brady. It was one of the individual highlights of the game for Jordan, but Brady got the ball out in 2.1 seconds and connected with James White, who beat safety Vonn Bell, for a gain of 12 yards on third-and-5.

Full Article -- Advocate
First Look: New-look offense still shaky, but Carolina Panthers defense has been as good as it's ever been Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Today 11:07 AM


By Joel Erickson -- Advocate

WHEN: Noon Sunday

WHERE: Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, N.C.

TV: FOX

RADIO: WWL-AM, 870; WWL-FM, 105.3 in New Orleans; KMDL-FM, 97.3 in Lafayette; WDGL-FM, 98.1 in Baton Rouge; en espaŮol, WGSO-AM, 990

2017 RECORDS: New Orleans 0-2; Carolina 2-0

COACHES: Saints, Sean Payton, 11th season, 94-68; Panthers, Ron Rivera, seventh season, 55-42-1

PANTHERS BREAKDOWN

LAST WEEK: Carolina ground out a tough, nasty 9-3 win over a Buffalo Bills team that is now coached by former Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott. Buffalo's defense smacked around Cam Newton for six sacks, but Carolina's defense was even better to keep Carolina undefeated.

Full Article -- Advocate
Vaccaro takes benching in stride, vows to improve Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Today 10:57 AM


By Joel Erickson -- Advocate

He has been through this before. Vaccaro was benched late in a 2014 season that was marred by injury.

Vaccaro told reporters Monday afternoon that he hadn't received an explanation yet.

"No, but Iíve been here before, though. I remember '13, I remember '14, when you donít win, you donít play and youíre giving up 390 yards passing, emotional things happen," Vaccaro said. "Iím just trying to be professional, take it day by day, just trying to be a good pro, a good teammate. Thereís nothing really else I can do. You know Iíve been here through it all, through a thousand different members in the secondary, Iím still here standing, and Iím staying here until they donít want me no more."

Saints coach Sean Payton, who said after the game that Vaccaro needed to be more consistent, also said Monday that other concerns went into the decision.

"Part of it is also trying to get some snaps to Vonn Bell," Payton said. "We've got to keep working with (Vaccaro's) consistency and his alignments, and I think I know he feels like he can play better. ... He's going to be important to our success."

Full Article -- Advocate
Individual soap operas compound Saints' dismal start Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Today 10:47 AM


By Larry Holder -- Picayune

There have been two losses and three individual sagas during the New Orleans Saints' first couple weeks of the regular season.

First, Willie Snead suspended three games by the NFL for his DWI arrest in June leading up to the season opener at Minnesota. Then, there was the drama with Adrian Peterson's death stare at Sean Payton for the running back's lack of touches against his former team.

In the next episode of "As Airline Drive Turns," Payton benched Kenny Vaccaro, who'd been the subject of trade reports, during the Patriots' demolition of the Saints.

Each plot twist has presented a unique challenge, and each tale deserves a chapter in the brief history of the 2017 Saints.

Full Article -- Picayune
Saints' Michael Thomas commanded extra attention from Patriots defense in Week 2 Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Today 10:30 AM


By Herbie Teope -- Picayune

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas found himself a marked man in Week Two.

The second-year pro received the star treatment from the New England Patriots defense and one-on-one opportunities against a cornerback weren't often present.

"I'm seeing a lot of safety over the top with the corner and possibly a dropper -- a linebacker -- in the flats," Thomas said Monday. "But I trust in the game plan and the coaches here to draw up a play to get the ball in my hands and create opportunities for me.

"I just have to take advantage of my opportunities and make a play when my number is called. I understand they might be tougher throws or contested throws, but I just have to make the play."

Full Article -- Picayune
Lopsided losses have Saints at early tipping point Posted By: Andrus Posted On Today 12:03 AM


AP
Sep 18, 2017 at 10:43p ET

METAIRIE, La. (AP) Itís one thing to be 0-2 for a fourth straight season.

Itís another to not even look competitive in a pair of double-digit losses, which is what the Saints have done heading into their first NFC South game at Carolina.

Lopsided losses to Minnesota and New England have the Saints at a tipping point. If they rally, they could become one of the NFLís better comeback stories Ė particularly on the heels of three-year playoff drought. If they continue to stumble, however, it could signify the crumbling of Sean Paytonís nearly 12-year coaching regime.

This is hardly the scenario linebacker A.J. Klein envisioned when he left the Panthers for the Saints as a free agent this offseason.

ĒAm I surprised? Yes, Iím a little surprised. But at the same time, itís self-inflicted wounds and we have to be able to respond,Ē Klein said. ĒThese are very critical weeks for us. Weíre ready to just get to work.Ē ...

Full Story - Fox Sports
NFL's worst September team, Saints will find out 'what we're made of' Posted By: Andrus Posted On Today 12:00 AM


By Mike Triplett | ESPN Staff Writer

NEW ORLEANS -- Spoiler alert: If you donít want to find out how the New Orleans Saintsí 2017 season is going to end, donít go back and watch 2014, 2015 or 2016.

The Saints have started 0-2 for the fourth straight year, and it sure looks like theyíre heading toward a fourth straight 7-9 finish -- heck, that might be a best-case scenario at this point.

New Orleans is 1-11 in September over the past four years, the worst record in the NFL during that stretch, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Perhaps the season still can be salvaged -- the Saints did scratch and claw their way back to .500 each of the past three years after starting 1-3, 0-3 and 0-3. But it will require a major overhaul in a major hurry, with a road game upcoming against the Carolina Panthers in Week 3, followed immediately by a weeklong trip to London to face the Miami Dolphins...

Full Story - ESPN.com
'Undisciplined' Saints defense knows it must clean up mental mistakes quickly Posted By: Andrus Posted On Yesterday 11:58 PM


By Joel A. Erickson

The numbers are staggering.

In the span of six days and two games, the New Orleans Saints defense has given up 1,025 total yards, 793 passing yards and a completion percentage of 80.3.

What makes it worse is that the problems have been obvious. Overhauled and revamped for three years now, the Saints still believe in the young talent they've assembled, but the mental mistakes New Orleans has made in the first two games have crippled any chance the defense had of getting off to a fast start.

"Undisciplined, at all three levels," safety Kenny Vaccaro said. "When you need to play outside leverage, be outside leverage. When you need to be in a certain gap, be in a certain gap. It's just all over the tape."

A few of those mental mistakes have been obvious. Broken coverages that leave receivers wide open. Ten men on the field to start the season in Minnesota; 12 men on the field too long against New England, long enough for Tom Brady to notice and take advantage of the free play...

Full Story - The Advocate
Saints pass rusher Hau'oli Kikaha, who sacked Tom Brady on Sunday, trying to make most out of situational role Posted By: Andrus Posted On Yesterday 11:57 PM


By Joel A. Erickson

The New Orleans Saints can use plenty more of what Hau'oli Kikaha gave them in limited action on Sunday.

Kikaha, who is coming off of a 2016 sophomore season that was lost to injury, played just nine snaps, but he registered a quarterback hit, a tackle-for-loss and an eye-popping sack of Tom Brady.

Facing off against Patriots veteran Nate Solder, Kikaha blew past the tackle on the outside and swarmed Brady in a flash for his first sack since an Oct. 15, 2015 game against the Falcons, prompting Sean Payton to say the team needs to find more ways to get him involved.

"He gives you an edge presence, and the one thing he can do is bend," Payton said. "Typically, with Tom, it's hard to get to him outside, because he does such a good job of climbing the pocket. ... Hopefully, we can continue to get that kind of production and keep working ways for him to be involved in the pressure."...

Full Story - The Advocate
Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro: 'I'm staying here until they don't want me' Posted By: Andrus Posted On Yesterday 11:56 PM


By Joel A. Erickson

Veteran Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro is trying to take the team's decision to pull him out of Sunday's loss to New England in stride.

He has been through this before. Vaccaro was benched late in a 2014 season that was marred by injury.

Vaccaro told reporters on Monday afternoon that he hadn't received an explanation yet.

"No, but Iíve been here before, though. I remember í13, I remember í14, when you donít win, you donít play and youíre giving up 390 yards passing, emotional things happen," Vaccaro said. "Iím just trying to be professional, take it day by day, just trying to be a good pro, a good teammate. Thereís nothing really else I can do. You know Iíve been here through it all, through a thousand different members in the secondary, Iím still here standing, and Iím staying here until they donít want me no more."...

Full Story - The 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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Kamaraís 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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