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8/10 @Browns 7:00
TBD @Chargers TBD
8/26 TEXANS 7:00
8/31 BALTIMORE 7:00
Regular Season
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9/11 @Vikings 6:10
9/17 PATRIOTS 12:00
9/24 @Panthers 12:00
10/2 @Dolphins 8:30am
-- Bye --
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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TBA TBA TBA
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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Willie Snead is hoping to show what he can do outside of the slot Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Today 05:21 PM


By Nick Underhill -- Advocate

Willie Snead has conquered the underneath game.

People know what he can do out of the slot. They know his ability to find soft spots in zones or catch a pass over the middle, break a few tackles, and take off for a big gain. What Snead wants to do now is show people that he can also make more plays down the field and develop into something of a deep threat.

“I think more of the deep ball and getting behind defenders and showing that I do have some speed,” Snead said. “It’s hard to show in the slot. Everything is faster. Ball is coming out faster.”

Last season, 78 of Snead’s targets came from the slot, where he caught 57 passes for 714 yards, according to The Advocate’s charting. Of those, he was targeted 56 times on slants, screens, crossing routes, in routes, out routes, and curls for 455 yards.

Full Article -- Advocate
The numbers game: Saints dive deeper into analytics with hiring of Ryan Herman Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Today 04:35 PM


By Nick Underhill -- Advocate

The explosion of data in football analytics has caused a problem for those interested in figuring out what it all means and how to apply it.

There are ways to easily find out how much separation a wide receiver gets on a particular route and from what area of the field or the distance a team splits out its tight ends on every play. But until that information can be processed into something more meaningful, it’s just data.

None of this is new. New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis likes to point out that he has been involved in analytics since 1983, when he worked in Seattle. The Seahawks had one of the NFL's biggest “computer departments,” as they were called back then, and were doing a lot of the same things that are going on now.

The idea was the same — study the game and dig up useful information — but it wasn’t called analytics.

Full Article -- Advocate
Defensive end Hau'oli Kikaha leaves no stone unturned in quest to return better than ever for Saints Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Today 04:22 PM


By Joel Erickson -- Advocate

Three days before the start of training camp, Saints head coach Sean Payton headed up to the team facilities late on a Sunday night to take a look at the locker room renovations that were completed over the summer.

Payton wasn't expecting to see any of the players. Not at 9:30 or 10 p.m. on a Sunday, so close to the start of camp.

Then third-year defensive end Hau'oli Kikaha emerged out of the darkness, finishing up after a late-night workout.

"There is no one else around," Payton said. "I was like, ‘What are you doing here Sunday night at 9:30?’"

Kikaha's late-night workout was nothing out of the ordinary for him.

Full Article -- Advocate
Source: Saints bolster depth by reaching deal with Orlando Franklin Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Today 03:49 PM


Mike Triplett -- ESPN

METAIRIE, La. - The New Orleans Saints have agreed to a one-year contract with former Los Angeles Chargers guard Orlando Franklin, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Franklin, 29, was released in May -- just two years into a five-year, $36.5 million contract -- after the Chargers drafted guards in both Round 2 and Round 3.

The 6-foot-6, 315-pounder battled inconsistency last year and missed six games due to injuries in 2015. But he has been a full-time starter with 89 career starts in six years with the Denver Broncos and Chargers. Franklin was drafted in the second round in 2011.

Full Article -- ESPN
Willie Snead is using his contract situation as motivation Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Today 03:17 PM


By Nick Underhill -- Advocate

Willie Snead is using his contract situation as motivation.

It’s all he can do.

The wide receiver was hoping to sign a new deal with the Saints this offseason. He instead had to return to the team on a one-year deal as an exclusive rights free agent that will pay him $615,000. Snead put off signing the deal for as long as he could, with hopes of getting something better, but he’s now trying to put the situation behind him.

“At the end of the day I had to prove myself coming in, and I have to keep proving myself now just to show them that I can be the No. 2 or even No. 1 guy in this offense,” Snead said. “That’s one of my goals, just trying to get better and better and prove myself.”

Full Article -- Advocate
Saints' Hau'oli Kikaha feels great after return from knee injury Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Today 03:06 PM


By Amos Morale III -- Picayune

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton said he stopped by the team's practice facility Sunday night to see the completed renovations to the Saints locker room but also got a chance to see just how committed Saints pass rusher Hau' oli Kikaha is to contributing to this season.

"So, it is about 9:30 or 10:00 at night, and I am kind of meandering through, and all of a sudden, there is Hau' in a towel, and there is no one else around. I was like, 'What are you doing here Sunday night at 9:30?'," Payton said Wednesday with a laugh.

Kikaha joked that he had the same reaction.

"I was just wondering what HE was doing here," Kikaha said with a laugh.

Full Article -- Picayune
Saints say Drew Brees looks 26, not 38, as he opens camp, and quarterback's not worried about his contract Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Today 02:47 PM


By Joel Erickson -- Advocate

Drew Brees enters this training camp in the same position he was in last year.

Heading into the final year of his contract, a circumstance that has made him, and will continue to make him, a hot topic of discussion on NFL talk shows all season.

Brees isn't buying into any of that speculation this year.

"It's really a non-issue," Brees said. "For me, it's all about this season and how good we can be this season. ... I'll address it now. ... I don't expect (contract talks) to happen, I don't really desire them to. I just want to play football, I want to help this team win."

Full Article -- Advocate
1 Notes and observations from Saints training camp: Stephone Anthony is at a new spot Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Today 02:34 PM


By Nick Underhill -- Advocate

Stephone Anthony might have a new position. Or, at the very least, he’ll have the opportunity to win a new job.

The third-year linebacker spent the day playing weakside linebacker after working mostly at middle linebacker throughout the summer. If he can lock down the job, it would give New Orleans a replacement at the position with Dannnell Ellerbe on his way out. But, there’s a long way to go before that happens.

The first impression, while it wasn’t in pads, was good. Anthony had two moments that stood out. The first came when he read a run and stopped Adrian Peterson for no gain. The second came when he read a screen pass for Peterson and nearly broke it up in the backfield.

After sitting out most of last season due to issues with reading run and pass, it was important to see him make some plays and show his instincts. And playing on the weak side, where he can better show his athleticism and make plays, could be to his benefit.

Full Article -- Advocate
Saints' Kenny Vaccaro not focused on potential contract extension Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Today 02:23 PM


By Herbie Teope -- Picayune

New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis on Wednesday deflected questions on looming player contracts.

Safety Kenny Vaccaro, who enters the final year of his deal, took the same approach Thursday when asked if there were negotiations between his representative and the Saints.

"Right now, I'm not really worried about it, really," Vaccaro said. "That's between me and my agent."

Nevertheless, it appears the Saints' first-round pick (15th overall) in the 2013 NFL Draft has a preference on what he would like to see eventually happen.

Full Article -- Picayune
Drew Brees says 'I'm all good' after awkward collision on first day of Saints camp Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Today 02:02 PM


By Joel Erickson -- Advocate

The red jersey Drew Brees wears in practice wasn't enough to ward off contact entirely on the first day of the New Orleans Saints' training camp.

Near the end of practice, a scrum got a little too close to Brees and knocked the quarterback over.

Brees later said the fall was nothing to worry about.

"That's just kind of part of it," Brees said. "The piles kind of get pushed, maybe with pass rushing, that kind of thing, I just kind of went down, but I'm back up, I'm all good."

Full Article -- Advocate
Source: Saints defensive back Damian Swann to start camp on PUP list Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Today 01:50 PM


By Nick Underhill -- Advocate

Damian Swann is not going to be available for the start of training camp.

The cornerback was among a group of players who did not pass their conditioning test and was placed on the physically unable to perform list, according to a source.

Swann told The Advocate that he cramped up during his conditioning test and plans to take it again this week. Once he passes, he'll be cleared to return to action.

The team also placed tight end John Phillips on the non-football injury list, according to a source.

Full Article -- Advocate
Greenbrier camp setup 'outstanding,' but Sean Payton, Saints ready to bury past 3 years, start fresh back home Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Today 01:33 PM


By Nick Underhill -- Advocate

The hills are gone.

The fog that hung over the landscape as players stretched below in the shadow of the resort house isn’t there either. Instead, a blanket of humidity and a scorching sun will put a spotlight on everything happening. The “America’s Resort” slogan that served as a backdrop has been replaced by an Ochsner logo.

The location of training camp had little to do with this team going 7-9 the past three seasons, despite many cries that some type of Voodoo attached itself to the team while it trained at the Greenbrier Resort during that span. The fact that there are no remaining players on the roster from the 2014 draft and that the fact that players like Jairus Byrd, Brandon Browner, Junior Galette and C.J. Spiller are discussed in the past tense are far more pertinent talking points.

But that’s not the point. The Saints are here because it was time for change.

Full Article -- Advocate
Saints will "never say never" on a possible Nick Fairley return, but team doctors believe heart condition is permanent Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 08:46 PM


By Joel Erickson -- Advocate

The New Orleans Saints do not want to rule out a miraculous return for defensive tackle Nick Fairley, but the reality is that the team does not expect Fairley's heart condition to change to the point where he'd be able to return to the field.

Fairley was placed on the reserve/non-football injury list by the Saints at the end of June due to a change in a previously-known enlarged heart, ending his prospects for at least the 2017 season.

Diagnosed with an enlarged heart before he was drafted the Lions, Fairley went to three doctors this summer in an effort to make a decision on the change, but a doctor in Boston recommended the veteran defensive tackle retire from football. At least one other doctor believed he could still play.

"I would never sit at this table and use that word never," Saints head coach Sean Payton said. "As we sit here today, though, we've prepared ourselves for him not playing this season. ... The good side to that is, fortunately, this was discovered not the hard way."

Full Article -- Advocate
Navigating the looming spectre of injuries, as always, is great unknown for Saints as they open training camp Posted By: Andrus Posted On Yesterday 08:19 PM


By Joel A. Erickson

A great unknown hangs over the NFL as training camps open across the league this week, a week filled with optimism as teams begin the 2017 season in earnest.

Injuries can change the picture quickly, as the New Orleans Saints know all too well.

For two straight seasons now, the Saints have seen their plans on defense decimated by injuries in training camp, and as this camp opens, New Orleans faces a round of questions at a different spot on the roster.

Center Max Unger (foot), left tackle Terron Armstead (shoulder) and guard Senio Kelemete (unknown) have all been placed on the physically unable to perform list to start camp, and although the Saints believe they're deep up front, there is obvious reason to worry about the recovery of their stars.

"Because of the injury situation, the offensive line is a concern with Max Unger and Terron's injury," Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said. "We need to find some help there."

Unger, who underwent surgery to repair a space in the bones of the Lisfranc area of his foot this summer, remains on track to be back sometime around the end of August...

Full Story - The Advocate
Saints are looking to change the story with training camp set to open Posted By: Andrus Posted On Yesterday 08:18 PM


By Nick Underhill

The hills are gone.

The fog that hung over the landscape as players stretched below in the shadow of the resort house isn’t there either. Instead, a blanket of humidity and a scorching sun will put a spotlight on everything happening. The “America’s Resort” slogan that served as a backdrop has been replaced by an Ochsner logo.

The location of training camp had little to do with this team going 7-9 the past three seasons, despite many cries that some type of Voodoo attached itself to the team while it trained at the Greenbrier Resort during that span. The fact that there are no remaining players on the roster from the 2014 draft and that the fact that players like Jairus Byrd, Brandon Browner, Junior Galette and C.J. Spiller are discussed in the past tense are far more pertinent talking points.

But that’s not the point. The Saints are here because it was time for change.

“I think we’ve taken the approach, where three years, four years at a place (and we move camp), and I think we’ll change again,” coach Sean Payton said. “I think it was good to get back, especially now after three years on the road. The setup we had in West Virginia was outstanding.”...

Full Story - The Advocate
Saints' Sean Payton on injured Terron Armstead: 'He'll play this year' Posted By: Andrus Posted On Yesterday 08:16 PM


Amos Morale III, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Saints coach Sean Payton said at Wednesday's training camp press conference he expects injured left tackle Terron Armstead to play this season.

Armstead had surgery to repair a torn labrum he injured during the Saints minicamp in June.

The Saints coach who's entering his 11th season with the team said he "optimistic that he's going to contribute this year."

"We've got to make sure he's healthy when he does get back on the field but he'll play this year, "Payton said. "I'm not going to give you a game or a date yet it's too early to tell but I know he too is far along with the rehab. ...

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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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