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TBD @Chargers TBD
8/26 TEXANS 7:00
8/31 BALTIMORE 7:00
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9/11 @Vikings 6:10
9/17 PATRIOTS 12:00
9/24 @Panthers 12:00
10/2 @Dolphins 8:30am
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10/15 LIONS 12:00
10/22 @Packers 12:00
10/29 Bears 12:00
11/5 BUCS 3:05
11/12 @Bills 12:00
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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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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1 Underhill -- Five BIG questions for Saints camp: Who fills Cooks' red-zone role? Who has Brees' blind side? And more ... Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Today 10:21 AM


By Nick Underhill -- Advocate

The New Orleans Saints have never had issues getting into the end zone during coach Sean Payton's tenure, and last season was no different.

The team scored on 66 percent of its trips to the red zone, placing it third in the NFL behind the Titans (72 percent) and 49ers (68 percent). It was an improvement from 2014 and 2015, when the Saints scored on 60 percent of its trips in both seasons.

There’s no question Brandin Cooks, who was traded to the New England Patriots in March, played a big role. The receiver caught 10 of 11 targets for 57 yards and three touchdowns in the red zone last season, making him the most reliable target on the team this side of running back Mark Ingram, who caught all 10 of his red-zone targets.

So, with Cooks out of the picture, how will things change?

The Saints used an alignment with three or more players split out on 90 red-zone passing plays last season (yielding 60 completions), as opposed to 20 with two or fewer split out (leading to 14 completions). Of the plays with two or fewer players split out inside the 10-yard line, four turned into touchdowns.

Full Article -- Advocate
Saints sign offensive lineman Martin Wallace, defensive back Dejaun Butler Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 06:06 PM


By John Katzenstein -- Picayune

The New Orleans Saints continued to reshape the their 90-man roster on Tuesday, signing three players just a couple days before training camp begins.

In addition to the previously reported addition of offensive lineman Kristjan Sokoli, the Saints also signed veteran offensive lineman Martin Wallace as well as defensive back Dejaun Butler.

Wallace has spent time with seven teams since entering the league as an undrafted rookie in 2013. He worked out for the Saints on Tuesday before signing with the team. He's appeared in one game -- in 2013 with the Cleveland Browns -- but has worked at tackle, guard and center, which should help the Saints as they enter camp with left tackle Terron Armstead, center Max Unger and center/guard Senio Kelemete on the physically unable to perform list.

Full Article -- Picayune
1 Saints sign former defensive lineman Kristjan Sokoli to play the other side of the ball Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 04:33 PM


By Joel Erickson -- Advocate

The New Orleans Saints are signing Kristjan Sokoli as an offensive lineman, according to a Tuesday tweet from his agent, Brett Tessler.

Sokoli, who was born in Albania, is an interesting case. Drafted out of the University of Buffalo by Seattle in the sixth round of the 2014 draft, Sokoli's 6-foot-5, 300-pound frame led Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable to wonder about moving him to center.

Full Article -- Advocate
1 Dannell Ellerbe's frustrating tenure in New Orleans is coming to a close Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 04:02 PM


By Nick Underhill -- Advocate

The idea of Dannell Ellerbe was always better than the reality of Dannell Ellerbe.

He represented the ultimate “if” for this team. His talent was proven. He was the most-gifted linebacker on the roster the last two seasons. The problem is Ellerbe missed more than half of his games during his tenure with the Saints, and that's why he won't be playing for the team at all this season.

New Orleans is placing Ellerbe on injured reserve after he failed a physical due to a foot injury, according to a source. The team will waive him once he’s healthy, NFL Network reported.

It seems the Saints simply got tired of waiting for Ellerbe to get healthy. But his talent was undeniable. Though he only appeared in nine games last season, he finished the year with four sacks and 44 tackles, making him one of the more productive players for a defense in need of playmakers.

Full Article -- Advocate
New report finds brain disease in nearly all former NFL, college football players studied Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 03:08 PM


By Lindsey Tanner -- AP Medical Writer

CHICAGO (AP) — Research on 202 former football players found evidence of a brain disease linked to repeated head blows in nearly all of them, from athletes in the National Football League, college and even high school.

It's the largest update on chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a debilitating brain disease that can cause a range of symptoms including memory loss.

The report doesn't confirm that the condition is common in all football players; it reflects high occurrence in samples at a Boston brain bank that studies CTE. Many donors or their families contributed because of the players' repeated concussions and troubling symptoms before they died.

"There are many questions that remain unanswered," said lead author Dr. Ann McKee, a Boston University neuroscientist. "How common is this" in the general population and all football players?

"How many years of football is too many?" and "What is the genetic risk? Some players do not have evidence of this disease despite long playing years," she noted.

It's also uncertain if some players' lifestyle habits — alcohol, drugs, steroids, diet — might somehow contribute, McKee said.

Full Article -- Advocate
2017 New Orleans Saints Training Camp Preview: Tight End Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 11:47 AM


Will the Saints see more targets to their tight ends in 2017?

By Bob Rose -- CSC

The New Orleans Saints possessed arguably the best receiving tight end in the NFL from 2011-2014 in Jimmy Graham. When Graham was traded in 2015, veteran Ben Watson stepped up his productivity to a near Pro Bowl level. The offseason of 2016 saw the Saints move in a younger direction at the position, allowing Watson to depart in free agency and signing a young, athletic tight end to big deal, and an eye towards the future.

Canal Street Chronicles continues our position-by-position breakdown of the New Orleans Saints as they prepare to open their 2017 training camp. Today, we focus on the position that disappointed many last season, and hopes to rebound in a big way.

Tight End

Camp Roster: Coby Fleener, Josh Hill, Michael Hoomanawanui, John Phillips, Clay Harbor, Garrett Griffin

Offseason Losses: none

Offseason Additions: Clay Harbor (free agent)

Full Article -- CSC
1 Saints' David Onyemata returns home to Nigeria as NFL growth continues Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 09:45 AM


By Mike Triplett -- ESPN

METAIRIE, La. -- David Onyemata didn't really get any questions about Drew Brees, Adrian Peterson or the New Orleans Saints' playoff hopes when he returned home this summer for the first time in more than six years.

Frankly, most of Onyemata's friends and family in his hometown of Lagos, Nigeria, have never heard of Brees, Peterson or the Saints.

Onyemata said the question he got most frequently was simply: How did he wind up playing a sport he had barely even heard of six years ago?

"Most people I talked to, they're like, 'How'd you do it? Like, how did that happen?'" said the Saints' second-year defensive tackle, whose unlikely path from Lagos to the NFL is one thing that translates in both parts of the world.

Full Article -- ESPN
Metrics that Matter: Drew Brees' accuracy is off the charts Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 09:38 AM


By Scott Barrett -- PFF

In our last article, I highlighted quarterbacks atypically sensitive to a particular coverage scheme (man or zone). One takeaway from the article was how much better New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees performed against man coverage rather than zone coverage over the past two seasons. After discussing the significance with Saints beat writer Nick Underhill, I’m not sure the data is very meaningful, and isn’t just skewed by variance on a small sample.

He posited that the data may have been disrupted by a two-week stretch where Brees was potentially dealing with an injury. In Weeks 13 and 14, Brees faced off against the zone-heavy Lions (68.4 percent) and Buccaneers (73.3 percent). In these two games, he totaled 583 yards on 85 attempts (6.86 yards per attempt), with no touchdowns and six interceptions. In his previous 125 games, he only had two total games without a touchdown pass. Since 2009 (134 games), Brees has only ever posted a passer rating below 65.0 six times. Two of those games came during this two-week stretch. To round out the season, over his next three games, Brees returned to form, totaling 1,038 yards on 132 attempts (7.86 yards per attempt), with seven touchdown passes and only one interception.

As a means of making amends to Mr. Brees, assuming he was injured during this stretch, I wanted to be more complimentary of him in today’s piece.

Full Article -- PFF
USA Today Projects The 2017 Records For All 32 Teams: Saints Mid-Level, Niners Down, Pats Undefeated Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 07-24-2017 09:50 PM


Full Story – Inquisitr.Com


The 2017 NFL regular season is set to begin with the Kickoff Game on Sept. 7, but will that one game give any indication as to how the whole year will go? That game will feature the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots taking on the Kansas City Chiefs, and if USA Today is right, those teams won’t even be close in the standings by season’s end. The media outlet has made their 2017 record projections for all 32 teams and it appears there is a clear-cut favorite to win it all.

With training camps starting up this week and all 32 teams ready to have veterans and rookies ready to report, media outlets are going to start making all their season projections. USA Today revealed their full 2017 record predictions for every single team and have their playoff teams in place.

By Danny Cox / Inquisitr.Com

Full Story – Inquisitr.Com
Dannell Ellerbe among Saints players starting on the physically unable to perform list Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 07-24-2017 05:29 PM


By Nick Underhill -- Advocate

The Saints will be without four players to start the summer.

The team placed left tackle Terron Armstead (shoulder), center Max Unger (foot), linebacker Dannell Ellerbe and offensive lineman Senio Kelemete on the active/physically unable to perform list on Monday.

It's not known what ailments Kelemete and Ellerbe are battling, but Ellerbe was sidelined this summer with a foot injury.

Full Article -- Advocate
1 Tickets for Saints' opening weekend of training camp are going fast Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 07-24-2017 05:18 PM


By Joel Erickson -- Advocate

The New Orleans Saints are not charging fans for admission to training camp practice, but if they were, the first practice open to the public would be a sellout.

New Orleans announced that all of the tickets available for Saturday's practice – the first practice of training camp open to fans – have been distributed, and only a few remain for Sunday's practice.

The team's practice facility on Airline Drive has a capacity of between 5,000 and 6,000 fans, according to team president Dennis Lauscha, and at least 20,000 tickets for the 11 open practices had been distributed as of Friday.

Full Article -- Advocate
1 Tickets for Saints' opening weekend of training camp are going fast Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 07-24-2017 05:18 PM


By Joel Erickson -- Advocate

The New Orleans Saints are not charging fans for admission to training camp practice, but if they were, the first practice open to the public would be a sellout.

New Orleans announced that all of the tickets available for Saturday's practice –*the first practice of training camp open to fans*– have been distributed, and only a few remain for Sunday's practice.*

The team's practice facility on Airline Drive has a capacity of between 5,000 and 6,000 fans, according to team president Dennis Lauscha, and at least 20,000 tickets for the 11 open practices had been distributed as of Friday.

Full Article -- Advocate
2017 New Orleans Saints Training Camp Preview: Offensive Line Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 07-24-2017 04:34 PM


The Saints offensive line surpassed the expectations of many in 2016. Can they do it again?

By Bob Rose -- CSC

Training camps are beginning throughout the entire National Football League, and the New Orleans Saints have returned "home". After spending half of their preseason camp at the Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.V. in each of the last three years, the Saints will conduct their entire camp at the team facilities in Metairie this summer. The heat and humidity of the Louisiana summer might affect the group in our focus today more so than perhaps other positions.

Canal Street Chronicles continues our training camp positional previews, today by looking at the big nasties on the Saints that don't usually get the headlines.

(*) denotes rookie

Offensive Line

Camp Roster: Terron Armstead (T), Andrus Peat (G/T), Zach Strief (T), Ryan Ramczyk* (T), Bryce Harris (T), Khalif Barnes (T), Larry Warford (G), Landon Turner (G), Senio Kelemete (G/C), John Fullington (G), Josh LeRibeus (G), Chris Watt (G), Max Unger (C), Jack Allen (C), Cameron Tom (C)

Offseason Losses: Jahri Evans (free agent), Tim Lelito (free agent)

Offseason Additions: Larry Warford (free agent), Ryan Ramczyk (draft)

Full Article -- CSC
Source: Hau'oli Kikaha expected to be 'good to go' for Saints training camp Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 07-24-2017 02:56 PM


By Nick Underhill -- Advocate

Hau'oli Kikaha is expected to be good to go for the start of training camp, according to a source.

The Saints pass rusher has been recovering from an ACL injury that kept him out of action last season. He was also limited during the offseason program.

It is expected that Kikaha will compete with Alex Okafor for the starting spot at defensive end opposite Cam Jordan. Rookies Trey Hendrickson and Al-Quadin Muhammad are also in the mix.

Full Story -- Advocate
Source: Josh Hill passes physical, plans for camp still being determined Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 07-24-2017 02:40 PM


By Nick Underhill -- Advocate

Josh Hill could be nearing a return to action.

The Saints tight end passed a physical after being sidelined during the offseason program following a broken fibula suffered last season, according to a source.

Full Article-- Advocate
New Orleans Saints: The Quiet Contender No One’s Talking About Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 07-24-2017 01:31 PM


By Mark Wilson -- Inscriber

The New Orleans Saints have the NFL right where they want them. No one is talking about the Saints as possible contenders and that should suit the team just fine. Looking back at the past two years what other division in the NFC can say they have played better than the NFC South? In 2015, it was the surprise rise of the Carolina Panthers who rode a high-scoring offense to the Super Bowl. In 2016, it was the high-scoring offense in which the Atlanta Falcons rode to the Super Bowl. While neither team walked away victorious they put the rest of the NFC on notice that they can no longer take the southern teams for granted.

As we get ready to begin the 2017 NFL season, the Saints took what was an explosive offense which features Drew Brees an added one of the best running back in NFL history in Adrian Peterson. While it’s still not situated how Sean Payton will use both Peterson and Mark Ingram, it’s safe to say the Saints rushing attack will be one of the best in the league.

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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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