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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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11/5 BUCS 3:05
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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
T.B. 1 0 0 29 7 0-0
N.O. 0 2 0 39 65 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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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
Kenny Vaccaro, Saints defense aim to rally from 'embarrassing' start Posted By: Andrus Posted On Yesterday 11:54 PM


By Mike Triplett | ESPN Staff Writer

METAIRIE, La. -- Kenny Vaccaro said Monday that he still never got an explanation for why he was benched during Sundayís 36-20 loss to the New England Patriots.

At the same time, Vaccaro appreciates that neither he nor the Saints defense as a whole has played well enough this year to prevent such coaching decisions.

The Saints (0-2) are on pace to shatter some of their own unwanted NFL records with 512.5 yards allowed per game, three TD passes allowed per game and an opponentsí passer rating of an astonishing 141.4.

ďIíve been here before,Ē said Vaccaro, who was also temporarily demoted late in the 2014 season. ďWhen you donít win, you donít play, and youíre giving up 390 yards passing, emotional things happen.

ďSo 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.Ē...

Full Story - ESPN.com
Saints defense lacks carryover of preseason success to regular season Posted By: Andrus Posted On Yesterday 11:52 PM


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

Four games of preseason action provided optimism of a defensive turnaround for the New Orleans Saints.

The reasons for hope were justified, as the Saints successfully got after the quarterback with 17 sacks, played the run well by allowing 74.2 yards per game, effectively produced 29 pass breakups and ranked fourth against the pass (161.3 yards allowed per game).

But life comes fast in the NFL and ultimately serves as a reality check when games matter.

Instead of building on preseason success, the Saints have struggled defensively through two regular-season games with no evidence of carryover from the previous month...

Full Story - NOLA.com
Despite benching, Sean Payton says Kenny Vaccaro will be 'important to our success' Posted By: Andrus Posted On Yesterday 11:50 PM


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


Sunday's game wasn't the first time the New Orleans Saints benched safety Kenny Vaccaro.

A 2013 first-round pick, Vaccaro lost his job briefly toward the end of the 2014 season.

"When you don't win, you don't play, and (when) you're giving up 390 yards passing (per game), emotional things happen," Vaccaro said Monday, a day after coaches pulled him in favor of Vonn Bell during the second half of a 36-20 loss to the New England Patriots.

"So, like I said, I'm just trying to be professional, take it day by day, just trying to be a good pro, a good teammate. There's nothing really else I can do. You know I've been here through it all. Through a thousand different members in the secondary, I'm still here standing. And I'm staying here until they don't want me no more."...

Full Story - NOLA.com
Enhanced Saints rushing attack struggling through first two games Posted By: Andrus Posted On Yesterday 11:49 PM


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


A popular expectation for the New Orleans Saints this offseason was that the offense would run the ball more.

Considering they still have Drew Brees at quarterback, there was no guarantee that would happen, but with Mark Ingram, Adrian Peterson and rookie Alvin Kamara, there was reason to think the Saints would aim for a more balanced offense in 2017.

Through two games, that hasn't been the case. Obviously, the score has in some ways dictated the Saints' play calling as they've trailed by double digits for the duration of the second halves in losses to the Minnesota Vikings and New England Patriots.

Still, the disparity between run and pass plays this season has to be disconcerting to the Saints. So far, the team has had 83 pass plays (including sacks) and 38 run plays. That means the Saints have had 69 percent pass plays compared to just 31 percent run plays...

Full Story - NOLA.com
Saints' Mitchell Loewen suffered high-ankle sprain Sunday: source Posted By: Andrus Posted On Yesterday 11:47 PM


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

New Orleans Saints defensive lineman Mitchell Loewen suffered a high-ankle sprain in Sunday's 36-20 loss to the New England Patriots, according to a source familiar with the situation.

The 6-foot-5, 275-pound Loewen went down at the 3:29 mark of the fourth quarter and was helped off the field by the Saints' trainers to the bench area of the sidelines.

He appeared unable to place weight on his left leg before the Saints training staff placed him on a cart to be taken to the locker room.

Loewen, who played on six defensive snaps and 11 special teams snaps, was later observed on crutches after the game.

Full Story - NOLA.com
Saints snap counts: Coaches using minimal defensive line rotation Posted By: Andrus Posted On Yesterday 11:46 PM


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

New Orleans Saints defensive end Hau'oli Kikaha notched his first sack since Oct. 15, 2015 in Sunday's loss to the New England Patriots.

The play happened on one of Kikaha's nine snaps in the game, a surprisingly low number for the team's top backup on the edge.

Through two games, the Saints have used minimal rotation along the defensive line. In Sunday's game, it was logical to expect rookie Trey Hendrickson's presence would give coaches a chance to rotate the linemen more, but he suffered a left leg injury early in the game and finished with just seven snaps (9 percent).

Defensive end Cameron Jordan, meanwhile, played all 76 snaps. It's not uncommon for him to play every down, but it is a rarity among most defensive lineman. Fellow starting defensive end Alex Okafor played 59 snaps (78 percent) while Kikaha played just nine (12 percent)...

Full Story - NOLA.com
Snap Counts: Saints shake up personnel in secondary Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 11:13 PM


By Joel Erickson -- Advocate

For the Saints offense, the second game of the season played out much like the first, forced to the air by the hole New Orleans dug in the first half.

The New Orleans defense tried a few personnel changes in the secondary without much luck.

After giving only five defensive backs more than 10 snaps in the season opener against Minnesota, the Saints gave seven players in the secondary more than 10 snaps, including six who played more than 30.

Safety Vonn Bell, who took just six snaps in the opener, played 33 against New England, in part because he took over for Kenny Vaccaro at times in the second half. Veteran cornerback Sterling Moore, who didn't see any time at all in the opener, was given 32 defensive snaps, while De'Vante Harris's playing time fell from 44 to 18.

With that in mind, here's a few other observations from the weekly division of playing time.

Full Article -- Advocate
It's time for the Saints to move on from Sean Payton... Posted By: Andrus Posted On 09-17-2017 11:36 PM


By Steven Ruiz


For over a decade, the Saints were the league’s most entertaining team to watch. They’re still capable of putting up points in bunches, but that is no longer the case.

Watching a Saints game is a lot like watching an Arena League game. There’s plenty of scoring but it just feels … cheap. New Orleans’ 36-20 loss to New England was a complete mismatch, and, despite the scoring, almost a chore to watch. The offense never really got going and the defense never had a chance of slowing down Tom Brady, who threw for 447 yards and three touchdowns a week after this same defense allowed Sam Bradford to put up a career best effort.

The defense has long been a problem. A problem Sean Payton has tried (and failed) to solve by constantly replacing his defensive coordinators. The coaches have changed; the results have not. At a certain point, Payton has to take some of the blame for the team’s defensive woes.

The Saints are undisciplined on the field — that’s a sign of bad coaching. On the very first snap of the season, the Saints defense had only 10 men on the field. On Sunday, the Patriots easily exploited matchups all over the field, and the Saints secondary had trouble executing even the most basic coverages…

Full Story - USAToday
A different style of play on defense leads to same results for Saints in loss to Patriots Posted By: Andrus Posted On 09-17-2017 08:23 PM


By Nick Underhill

The Saints have been revamping their defense for three years.

And things have stayed about the same for three years. The players have changed. The coordinators and position coaches have changed. But the results ó lots of yards and lots of points ó have stayed the same.

Itís just two games, and there are several new and young players on the defense, so nothing is set in stone, but itís hard to look at the field and find reasons for optimism. Last week, New Orleans made Minnesotaís Sam Bradford look like Tom Brady. And during Sundayís 36-20 loss, the Saints watched Tom Brady appear as the best version of himself, as he passed for 447 yards.

So, where does that leave this team after starting 0-2 and bringing its September record to 1-11 over the past four seasons?...

Full Story - The Advocate
Saints off to another debilitating September start after blowout loss to Patriots Posted By: Andrus Posted On 09-17-2017 08:21 PM


By Joel A. Erickson

For the fourth straight season, the New Orleans Saints find themselves with their backs against the wall in September, focused on fighting their way out of a predicament of their own making.

The New England Patriots shoved the Saints further into the crevice Sunday.

Behind a brilliant performance from Tom Brady, the Patriots buried a beleaguered Saints defense early and ran away with a 36-20 victory that sinks New Orleans to 0-2, the kind of start that has sunk the Saints the past three years.

New Orleans is 1-11 in the month of September over the past four seasons, a stretch that has produced three consecutive 7-9 finishes previously.

"It puts you in a little bit of a hole, but again, we can't cry over spilled milk here," Saints quarterback Drew Brees said. "We have to press on, and we have to find a way to get a win."...

Full Story - The Advocate
September stumbles: Saints start 0-2 for fourth season in a row Posted By: Andrus Posted On 09-17-2017 08:19 PM


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

The need for a hot start was a common talking point among New Orleans Saints players this offseason.

The Saints lost their season opener each year from 2014-16, and eventually, enough losses piled up for the team finished 7-9 each season. In 2013, New Orleans won its first five games before an 11-5 finish and a trip to the postseason. The players who have been around since then have evidence to think a strong start can catapult the team to a successful season.

Yet, that hot start has evaded the Saints again this year. They lost to the New England Patriots on Sunday, 36-20, and fell to 0-2. Digging out of a one-game hole is easy enough, but now the Saints face even more pressure to fix their problems quickly.

For the fourth straight season, the Saints are 0-2, and this year's team wants to ensure that the season doesn't end with similar results to the previous three...

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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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