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8/10 @Browns Loss
8/20 @Chargers Win
8/26 TEXANS Win
8/31 BALTIMORE Loss
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Date Opponent Time
9/11 @Vikings Loss
9/17 PATRIOTS Loss
9/24 @Panthers Win
10/2 @Dolphins Win
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10/15 LIONS Win
10/22 @Packers Win
10/29 BEARS Win
11/5 BUCS Win
11/12 @Bills Win
11/19 REDSKINS Win
11/26 @Rams 3:25
12/3 PANTHERS 3:25
12/7 @Falcons 7:25
12/17 JETS 12:00
12/24 FALCONS 12:00
12/31 @Bucs 12:00
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NFC South W L   PF PA Div
N.O. 8 2 0 302 196 2-0
Car. 7 3 0 213 180 2-1
Atl. 6 4 0 231 210 0-1
T.B. 4 6 0 203 228 0-2

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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
The Latest News
Saints play one of NFL's best offenses at Los Angeles, and may be missing 3 from defense Posted By: Andrus Posted On Today 08:50 PM


By Glenn Guilbeau - USA Today Network

METAIRIE - The New Orleans Saints learned they could come back from probable defeat and win a close game last week in their 34-31 overtime victory over Washington, which led 31-16 with less than three minutes to go.

This week, the Saints, 8-2 and leading the NFC South, will find out if they can win amid roster adversity when they play at Los Angeles, 7-3 and leading the NFC West. Kickoff is at 3:25 p.m. central time at the Coliseum on CBS.

New Orleans will be without starting right defensive end Alex Okafor, who tore his achilles tendon late in the Washington game and is out for the season, and is not expected to have starting cornerback Marshon Lattimore, who injured his ankle early against the Redskins and did not practice Wednesday. Starting cornerback Ken Crawley, a second-year player out of Colorado, also missed practice Wednesday with an abdomen injury. Crawley played all but two snaps of the Washington game...

Full Story - The Daily Advertiser
What They're Saying: The New Orleans Saints Posted By: Andrus Posted On Today 08:46 PM


Kristen Lago | Rams Writer/Reporter

On the hallmarks of a Wade Phillips defense:

“I would say the coverage scheme would start with man principles. In other words, he does a good job of mixing up his single safety man defense (and) two-man. They play some quarters looks (that) they match. There aren’t many spots where you are just sitting down. They do a real good job of matching their coverage to your personnel and contesting throws. I think over the years he’s built it from a 3-4 front, played some variations from it. You’re seeing even some tweaks this year. I think the technique (is sound). You don’t see many mental errors. You see guys knowing what to do and doing it awfully well.”

- Saints’ HC Sean Payton

"Wade Phillips is a guy who coached with the San Diego Chargers when I was there. Obviously we played against him a number of times. I have so much respect for him. He’s one of the most respected guys from my perspective in the league. You know the type of defense that’s going to be. You know the type of energy they’re going to play with and we’re going to have to match that and execute to perfection.”

- Saints’ QB Drew Brees...

Full Story - TheRams.com
Saints cornerback P.J. Williams ready if needed to play larger role against Rams Posted By: Andrus Posted On Today 08:42 PM


By Joel A. Erickson

Saints cornerback P.J. Williams has played against Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Sammy Watkins before.

With Watkins at Clemson and Williams at Florida State, the pair faced off against each other in two games.

But there was enough talent on both sides of the ball that Watkins and Williams didn't really go toe-to-toe during the two Florida State wins.

"He played to the field," Williams said. "I was the boundary corner in college. ... They moved him around a lot, but we killed them."

Williams and Watkins might see a lot more of each other Sunday...

Full Story - The Advocate
Saints' starting cornerbacks Marson Lattimore, Ken Crawley miss practice Thursday Posted By: Andrus Posted On Today 08:40 PM


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

The New Orleans Saints have a conundrum at the cornerback position.

Starters Marshon Lattimore (ankle) and Ken Crawley (abdomen) missed a second consecutive day of practice Thursday, leaving their availability very much in the air before Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Rams.

While Lattimore suffered his injury in Week 11, it is unclear when Crawley suffered the abdomen injury.

Crawley was observed on the field Thursday participating in the stretching and conditioning portion of practice open to the public, but his practice designation shows he didn't do much outside of stretching...

Full Story - NOLA.com
Drew Brees, Mark Ingram garner FedEx Air and Ground Player of the Week awards Posted By: Andrus Posted On Today 08:38 PM


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


NFL weekly awards keep coming for the New Orleans Saints, and this time it was a clean sweep.

Quarterback Drew Brees and running back Mark Ingram were named the FedEx Air and FedEx Ground Player of the Week for Week 11, the league announced Thursday.

Brees completed 29 of 41 passes for 385 yards and two touchdowns with an interception in Week 11's thrilling 34-31 overtime win over Washington.

Down 15 points late in the fourth quarter, Brees led a furious comeback on the Saints' final two possessions, completing 11 consecutive passes for 164 yards and two touchdowns...

Full Story - NOLA.com
Saints' Marshon Lattimore not present for start of Thursday's practice Posted By: Andrus Posted On Today 08:37 PM


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

The New Orleans Saints began a second day of practice without a top cornerback.

Rookie Marshon Lattimore (ankle) was not observed on the field with his teammates during the portion of Thursday's practice open to the media.

Lattimore suffered the ankle injury in Week 11 and his absence through two days of on-field work leaves his availability in the air for Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Rams.

Second-year cornerback Ken Crawley, who did not practice Wednesday with an abdomen injury, was observed on the field participating in the team stretching and conditioning portion of practice...

Full Story - NOLA.com
Drew Brees explains his high-five for young fan at start of overtime Posted By: Andrus Posted On Today 08:36 PM


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

As overtime began in last Sunday's matchup between the New Orleans Saints and Washington, FOX's cameras caught Saints quarterback Drew Brees doing something peculiar.

After the Saints kicked off to Washington, Brees briefly walked away from the sideline to give a high-five to a young girl. Considering the tense situation, it was surprising to see Brees do anything that took his eyes off the field, but the quarterback said he does the same thing at some point in every game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

The girl, 10-year-old Sophia Dominguez of Mandeville, was the Copeland's Jr. Tee Retriever for the game, so last Sunday, she would run onto the field after each kickoff, grab the tee and run back to the Saints sideline.

"For each half, we kickoff once and we receive once," Brees said. "So, whenever we're the kickoff team, I am always down there stretching wherever we're kicking off from. And so after I finish stretching, we kick off, the junior tee retriever runs out and grabs the tee, and on the way back, I always give them a high-five."...

Full Story - NOLA.com
Saints piling up franchise, NFL records during historic win streak Posted By: Andrus Posted On Today 08:34 PM


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

During the New Orleans Saints' eight-game winning streak, they've had several historic achievements.

Whether it's something that happened in one game, or an accumulation of multiple games, the 2017 Saints continue to etch their name in the record books, either in the NFL or within the franchise.

Here are some of the records the Saints have either set or are closing in on as they sit at 8-2 (via Elias Sports Bureau and Pro Football Reference):

Week 3 at Carolina Panthers, 34-13

First game with three interceptions forced since Dec. 12, 2015 against the Bears.
Held Panthers quarterback Cam Newton to the third-lowest passer rating, 43.7, of his career...

Full Story - NOLA.com
Terron Armstead says Saints "haven't accomplished anything" yet Posted By: Andrus Posted On Today 12:31 AM


By Seth Dunlap

One of the biggest reason for the Saints turnaround this season has been the stellar play across the offensive line. There's been no one more pivotal among that group than left tackle Terron Armstead who returned from a shoulder injury during week six. Armstead's return was a steadying influence among a group that has dealt with a slew of injuries this season. He joined the Players Show on WWL Radio this week and expressed how glad he was to be back and healthy.

"It's definitely been a hard fought journey. It's been a long road," Armstead said. "Now my fifth year in it's been a long road, it's been a great journey in New Orleans and I've been loving every part of it."

He's back, and the Saints are rolling. The team has won eight straight games which has many people talking about a deep playoff run...

Full Story - WWL
Mickey Loomis: 'Trials and tribulations' from 2016 paying off for Saints this year Posted By: Andrus Posted On Today 12:29 AM


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

The New Orleans Saints' rookie class has received plenty of warranted praise this year, but as general manager Mickey Loomis noted on Tuesday, the improvement of some second-year players also has been key to the team's turnaround.

Speaking on Sirius XM NFL radio with Bill Polian and Alex Marvez on Tuesday night, Loomis mentioned how the Saints losing their starting cornerbacks early in 2016 helped improve the team's depth at cornerback this year.

Last season, Delvin Breaux and P.J. Williams both suffered injuries within the first two weeks of the season that forced a couple rookies, Ken Crawley and De'Vante Harris, into expanded roles earlier than the Saints planned...

Full Story - NOLA.com
Coby Fleener making plays in key moments for Saints Posted By: Andrus Posted On Today 12:28 AM


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


Saints tight end Coby Fleener didn't see a target through the first three quarters of the Saints' overtime win against Washington.

But when the ball came his way he certainly took advantage of it.

Fleener caught all five passes thrown to him for 91 yards and set up Alvin Kamara's game-tying score with a 29-yard catch and run.

"Those were significant," Saints coach Sean Payton said. "One was improvised, he got into the seams real well, and the play he makes on our sideline for the tying touchdown, to put us in position, was really good."...

Full Story - NOLA.com
To beat Saints, Rams must focus on stopping the run Posted By: Andrus Posted On Today 12:25 AM


By Alden Gonzalez | ESPN Staff Writer

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Rams' defensive players left Minneapolis frustrated. They blitzed a season-high 20 times and quickly penetrated into the backfield on most of the attempts, but not once did they sack Case Keenum, the Minnesota Vikings' slippery quarterback.

It overshadowed what might have been an even bigger problem in Sunday's 24-7 loss -- the Rams had trouble with the run again.

Vikings running back Latavius Murray picked up 95 yards on only 15 attempts, averaging a season-best 6.33 yards per carry in the process. Jerick McKinnon averaged a meager 3.43 yards on 14 carries, but the Rams still gave up 171 yards on 35 attempts, which led to Minnesota holding the ball for more than 37 minutes.

The Rams' defense is allowing the fifth-most rushing yards per game (123.3) and the sixth-most rushing yards per carry (4.53) as it prepares to face a New Orleans Saints offense with the NFL's most efficient running game...

Full Story - ESPN
NFL Week 12 Power Rankings, ATS Picks: Saints remain No. 1, make smart pick Sunday Posted By: Andrus Posted On Today 12:23 AM


By Neil Greenberg

The New Orleans Saints keep marching on (see what I did there?). After overcoming a 15-point deficit against the Washington Redskins — just the second time in NFL history a team won a game after trailing by at least 15 points with less than three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter — the Saints extended their win streak to eight games, pushing them to the top of this week’s power ranking.

[Saints’ Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara are the best running back tandem in the NFL]

Unlike other power rankings, these take into account a team’s actual record, what its record should be based on points scored and allowed — also known as its Pythagorean win percentage — and how much better or worse its opponents are in relation to a .500 team. A good team playing against good opponents will be near the top, while one that struggles against mediocre or poor teams will trend toward the bottom. A more detailed description of the method can be found in the Week 1 rankings...

Full Story - Washington Post
Several Saints could earn contract incentives over the next 6 weeks, but none bigger than Mark Ingram Posted By: Andrus Posted On Today 12:13 AM


By Nick Underhill


The biggest contract stipulation or bonus on the New Orleans Saints’ has nothing to do directly with yards or sacks.

It’s a postseason honor. And depending on how the voting goes, Mark Ingram could potentially reach free agency a year early.

The Saints running back has a clause in his deal that makes him a free agent if the Associated Press names him a first-team All-Pro. Ingram also could have fulfilled his contract a year early if he made the Pro Bowl in 2016 and 2017, but he did not receive the honor last season.

With the way Ingram has been running there’s a chance he could make the team. He currently ranks fourth in the NFL with 806 rushing yards, and his eight touchdowns are tied with the Rams’ Todd Gurley for the league lead. His 5.2 yards per carry is third among running backs behind New Orleans’ Alvin Kamara (6.2) and Green Bay’s Aaron Jones (5.3)...

Full Story - The Advocate
Drew Brees sixth in Pro Bowl voting among fans, third among quarterbacks Posted By: Andrus Posted On Today 12:11 AM


By Joel A. Erickson


New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is sixth among all NFL players in Pro Bowl voting, as of the results at the end of Tuesday.

Brees, who ranks third in the NFL in passer rating at 104.3, has accumulated 207,751 votes, placing him third among quarterbacks behind Philadelphia's Carson Wentz (273,367) and New England's Tom Brady (239,989).

Pittsburgh running back Le'Veon Bell, Los Angeles running back Todd Gurley and Pittsburgh receiver Antonio Brown round out the top 5...

Full Story - The Advocate
Marshon Lattimore not spotted during open portion of practice; Kenny Vaccaro, A.J. Klein back Posted By: Andrus Posted On Today 12:10 AM


By Joel A. Erickson

Rookie cornerback Marshon Lattimore was not spotted during the portion of practice open to the media on Wednesday.

Lattimore injured his left ankle on the first series against Washington.

But there is good news for the defense. Strong safety Kenny Vaccaro, who has missed the past two games with a groin injury, and linebacker A.J. Klein, who missed the Washington game with an ankle injury, were both present at practice...

Full Story - The Advocate
Sean McVay: 'I don't think it's fair to put me in the same category as Coach Payton' Posted By: Andrus Posted On Today 12:08 AM



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

NFL fans of offense should buckle in Sunday when the New Orleans Saints play the Los Angeles Rams at L.A. Memorial Coliseum.

The Saints enter Week 12 ranked third is scoring (30.2 points per game), first in total offense (415.7 yards per game), third in rushing (144 yards per game) and second in passing (271.7 yard per game).

The Rams are second in scoring (30.3), fourth in total offense (375.4), ninth in rushing (120.4) and ninth in passing (255).

Also in the spotlight are the two men commanding the sidelines in Saints coach Sean Payton and Rams coach Sean McVay, both of whom are regarded as offensive gurus...

Full Story - NOLA.com
Dexter McDougle ready to be a part of what Saints 'are striving for' Posted By: Andrus Posted On Today 12:07 AM


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

Newly signed New Orleans Saints cornerback Dexter McDougle went from one first-place team for another.

"I just came from Philly," he said. "They're also doing pretty well, so to come here to another team that's doing well also is a pretty good situation. And I'm just ready to work."

McDougle practiced with the Saints for the first time Wednesday and said he's working to be as prepared as he can be for Sunday's matchup at the Los Angeles Rams.

The Saints brought McDougle, who was waived by the Eagles earlier this month, in after standout rookie cornerback Marshon Lattimore left Sunday's game with an ankle injury...

Full Story - NOLA.com
Saints cornerback Sterling Moore ready to 'hit the ground running' Posted By: Andrus Posted On Today 12:05 AM


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


Cornerback Sterling Moore returns for a second stint this season with the New Orleans Saints after being released on Oct. 25.

Moore, who signed a one-year deal Monday, had dealt with a chest injury suffered in Week 2 and was inactive four consecutive games before the Saints went a different direction.

While the decision came as a surprise, Moore said it feels good to be back and he understood the circumstances leading to his release.

"It's obviously frustrating any time you get let go," Moore said Wednesday. "But I knew the roster situation, the injuries that we had on the o-line at the time and the way the defense was rolling, and I was hurt.

"It hurt, but at the same time I kind of knew the business aspect of it."...

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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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