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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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Date Opponent Time
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
Post Season
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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


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 Saintsí early watch list -- Mike Detillier Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Today 02:05 AM

Saintsí early watch list

By Mike Detillier -- Houma Courier

The New Orleans Saints open up training camp on Wednesday and here are a few observations to watch for as they enter the 2017 NFL season.


Before the first snap in pads, the New Orleans Saints have lost defensive tackle Nick Fairley for the entire season and most likely he will never take an NFL snap again due to a serious heart issue.

Fairley was a one-season look for the Black and Gold, but he turned potential into production in 2016, and he was the most physically gifted inside pass rusher the Saints have had since LaíRoi Glover.

If they played a game tomorrow, the Saints would start Tyeler Davison and Sheldon Rankins at defensive tackle and second-year prospect David Onyemata would be called upon to be the rotation defensive tackle.

Davison is a solid inside starter who excels in run support. Rankins, who was the Saintsí first-round pick in 2016, flashed some strong interior pass rush skills last season once he came back from a broken fibula, but watch out for the development of Onyemata. The 6-foot-4, 305-pounder from Manitoba College in Canada got some NFL seasoning last season and he is a very sharp young man in picking up new techniques. The loss of Fairley is huge for a defense in desperate need of impact players on defense.

The Saints also lost one of the premier left tackles in the NFL in Terron Armstread, who underwent surgery for a torn labrum and is expected to miss at least half the season and maybe more. Just listen to the interviews with Saints quarterback Drew Brees and you can clearly hear the voice of concern about the loss of this very gifted left tackle in his voice. Right now that left tackle spot is in the hands of 2017 first round pick Ryan Ramczyk, who is coming off of a torn labrum to his hip, but he is a very gifted left tackle prospect.

Also the Saints will start training camp without starting center Max Unger practicing. His return was supposed to be by the third week of the preseason, but Unger said after the last OTA session that he wants to return for Week 1 of the regular season. That foot injury and his progress will be closely monitored as the preseason comes to an end. Unger is one of the best offensive centers in the game and without him being in the starting lineup would be a huge negative for the Saints offense.

Veteran offensive center/guard Josh LeRibeus was running with the Saints first-team offense at center in the practice sessions

Full Article -- Courier

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Tyler Jackson: Son of a New Orleans Saints Legend Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 10:40 PM

By John Butler -- Last Word on Sports

It goes without saying that life is a little different for the child of an NFL Hall of Famer.

As one could imagine, there are some positives.

“One thing is, not too many people can say that they have a Hall A Fame father, that’s pretty cool,” Jackson mentioned.

Jackson would go on to mention that he appreciates the amount of time he gets to spend with his father, despite his popularity and busy schedule.

The Downside

As one could imagine, there are also some drawbacks to being born to such a legend.

“The negatives, less personal time because of his busy schedule and there is no sense of a normal life,” he emphasized. “Often times people think, since your father is a Hall of Famer, you get a lot of perks. One of the drawbacks is, he’s a Hall of Famer. I’m just the kid trying to make it in this world. I am an athlete and often get compared to my father. I respect the game of football. However, my love is for basketball. Also, when people find out who my dad is, they try to challenge me, etc. Most of the time, I don’t say a word until I have total trust in a person. To me, it’s just a name. My loyalty lies because he’s my dad.”

Full Article -- LWOS
A relative calm settles over Saints on eve of training camp Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 10:06 PM

By Brian Allee-Walsh -- Sun-Herald

NEW ORLEANS - The silence is almost deafening.

All appears to be quiet on the labor and legal fronts for the New Orleans Saints on the eve of training camp when it comes to ageless future Hall-of-Fame quarterback Drew Brees and aging billionaire owner Tom Benson.

A year ago, there was much ado that Brees had not been able to reach a contract extension and the team might lose No. 9 in free agency at the end of the 2016 season, and Benson was locked in a highly contentious lawsuit with three estranged family members over ownership stakes in the Saints and Pelicans.

Several days before the teamís season opener against Oakland, Brees agreed to a fully guaranteed one year, $24.5 million extension and stated his intention to play out his career in the Big Easy if the team wants him.

Full Article -- Sun-Herald
Back on duty: Dome Patrol's Vaughan Johnson gets nod for Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 12:13 PM

By Advocate news services

The New Orleans Saints' linebackers of the late 1980s and early 1990s — the vaunted group known as the Dome Patrol — are considered by many the best collection of talent at that position in NFL history.

The most physical player of the quartet was Vaughan Johnson, a 6-foot-3, 235-pounder who put a wallop on any runner who ventured into his territory.

Once, when discussing the unfortunate ball carriers who crossed paths with the four-time Pro Bowl pick, he was quoted as saying, "I like to see their eyes roll back."

That's why Saints fans' eyes were always on Johnson and his star defensive teammates. And that's why Johnson will be inducted to the Allstate Sugar Bowl Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame on Aug. 5 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Full Article -- Advocate
Saints counting on newcomers at every level of revamped defense Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 11:33 AM

By Mike Triplett -- ESPN

The New Orleans Saints should have at least six new starters when the NFL season opens. Here's a starting lineup projection:


Quarterback (Drew Brees): The 38-year-old led the NFL in passing yardage for the seventh time last season with 5,208 and he is now just 5,830 yards away from breaking Peyton Manningís career record of 71,940.

Running back (Mark Ingram): Adrian Peterson may be stealing the spotlight, but that doesnít mean heíll take over Ingramís job as the Saintsí lead back. Ingram, 27, ran for a career-high 1,043 yards last season and is a strong pass-catcher and pass protector.

Running back (Adrian Peterson): The Saints are a pass-first team, but Iím putting two running backs in their starting lineup since they have two of their biggest stars sharing the backfield. Peterson, at 32 years old, is determined to prove the laws of aging running backs donít apply to him.

Full Article -- ESPN
Big-name linebackers on bubble in Saints' 53-man roster projection Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 07-21-2017 01:28 PM

By Mike Triplett -- ESPN

The New Orleans Saints open training camp on July 26 at their practice facility in Metairie, Louisiana. Hereís a 53-man roster projection:

QUARTERBACKS (2): Drew Brees, Chase Daniel

You can write these two guys in Sharpie. After that, itís a toss-up as to whether the Saints will keep a third developmental QB on the active roster. Young contenders Garrett Grayson and Ryan Nassib will need strong preseason performances to earn a place.

RUNNING BACKS (4): Mark Ingram, Adrian Peterson, Alvin Kamara, Daniel Lasco

The Saints had to make two tough cuts here with Travaris Cadet and Marcus Murphy. But I think their spots are in jeopardy because rookie Alvin Kamara is the new ďjokerĒ back as a runner/receiver and new receiver Ted Ginn Jr. should be a primary return man.

Full Article -- ESPN
New New Orleans: How Bears GM Ryan Pace is using Saints blueprint Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 07-21-2017 01:13 PM

By Adam L. Jahns -- Chicago Sun-Times

Three years into general manager Ryan Paceís run with the Bears, and the Saints are marching in.

Highlighted by quarterback Mitch Trubiskyís arrival, parts of Paceís current Bears roster reflect his 14 years with the New Orleans Saints.

Will Trubisky turn out to be the next Drew Brees?

The Bears can only dream.

But Trubisky and other players who echo Paceís past provide more to watch this year at training camp. Players report to Olivet Nazarene University on on Wednesday.

Full Article -- Sun-Times
Eric Kendricks on Adrian Peterson: ĎI canít wait to play himí Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 07-20-2017 11:45 PM

Add the Minnesota Vikingsí young linebacker to the list of players on the teamís defense that are eager to finally lay a hit on the former Vikings running back.

By Adam Patrick -- Viking Age

When the Minnesota Vikings take the field for the first time during the upcoming 2017 regular season against the New Orleans Saints, the air inside U.S. Bank Stadium is going to be full of excitement. Not only because of it being the teamís first game of the year, but also because Adrian Peterson will be playing against the Vikings for the first time in his NFL career as he is now a member of the Saints.

During his time in Minnesota, the teamís coaching staff let it be known that tackling Peterson in practice was not allowed. So now, all of those players on the Vikingsí defensive side of the ball that never got to hit the star running back during practice are salivating at the thought of finally being able to lay a hit on their former teammate.

Full Article -- Viking Age
Saints add Ryan Herman to front office Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 07-20-2017 10:49 PM

By Nick Underhill -- Advocate

The Saints are diving deeper into analytics.

The team has always been open to any and all information that can help them make decisions or highlight a new way of thinking, but the team is making a deeper commitment by hiring Ryan Herman to serve as a football analyst.

Full Article -- Advocate
1 Saints mailbag: Three running backs on the field at same time this season? -- Underhill Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 07-20-2017 12:59 PM

By Nick Underhill -- Advocate

Do you see Saints utilizing all three RBs on the field at the same time (Ingram, Peterson, Kamara)?

ó Covfefe Valenti (@Valenti_Andrew) July 20, 2017

This is certainly intriguing to think about. The Saints only used three men in the backfield on two passing plays last season, and on both occasions one of the players in the backfield was a tight end.

Here are both plays:

Full Article -- Advocate
Adrian Peterson revival adds drama to 2017 New Orleans Saints camp Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 07-20-2017 12:40 PM

By Mike Triplett -- ESPN

The New Orleans Saints open training camp on July 26 at their practice facility in Metairie, Louisiana. Here's a closer look at the Saints' camp:

Top storyline: The two most important things the Saints need to accomplish this summer involve revamping the defense and replenishing the banged-up offensive line. But the most compelling storyline will be the revival of Adrian Peterson.

One of the NFL's all-time great running backs is determined to prove he's not close to being finished at age 32, despite missing most of last year with a torn meniscus in his knee. Peterson is especially motivated since the Minnesota Vikings let him go after 10 years, and he had to settle for a bargain deal with the Saints that would entail sharing time with Mark Ingram. Peterson has received rave reviews from his new teammates so far, but we'll be able to gauge his progress even better once the pads come on.

Full Article -- ESPN
Who are the best defensive players in the NFC South by position? Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 07-20-2017 12:12 PM

By Jon Ledyard -- FanRag

Our division positional rankings series rolls into the NFC South, taking a look at some of the more talented defensive players in the NFL. Every team in the division has had a difficult time getting consistently dominant play out of their defensive units as a whole on a year-to-year basis, but each team has aspects of that side of the ball that they’d like to hang their hats on as a clear strength, at least on paper.

When complete, this series will consist of 16 parts, as we rank the position groups of each division in the NFL on both sides of the ball. Keep in mind that each position group is ranked based on current ability, with a lean toward “near future” projections thrown in. Here are the divisions and position groups we’ve completed so far:

Interior Defensive Linemen

1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Gerald McCoy, Chris Baker, Stevie Tu’ikolovatu, Clinton McDonald

2. Carolina Panthers – Kawaan Short, Star Lotulelei, Vernon Butler, Kyle Love

3. Atlanta Falcons – Grady Jarrett, Dontari Poe, Derrick Shelby, Ra’Shede Hageman, Courtney Upshaw, Jack Crawford

4. New Orleans Saints – Sheldon Rankins, Tony McDaniel, David Onyemata, Tyeler Davison (Nick Fairley)

Analysis: This is a strong group across the board in the NFC South, but Gerald McCoy and Chris Baker on the same team should be fun to watch for Tampa Bay fans. Both can rush the passer and stop the run with equal propensity, although it remains to be seen how they’ll work on the field at the same time. Stevie T can eat a handful of snaps (no pun intended) as a run clogger every game, which should free up Baker and McCoy for even the occasional rotation to stay fresh.

Full Article -- FanRag
4 New Orleans Saints Who Will Make the Pro Bowl in 2017 Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 07-20-2017 11:45 AM

Whether you care about the Pro Bowl or not, these are some Saints players that should be in the conversation for this season.

By lok12lok -- CSC

Pro Bowlers from the New Orleans Saints have been rare for the last three seasons. 7-9 records have held several great players back but it could all change in 2017 if the team starts winning. So today we take a look at the players who could be joining the NFL's elite in Orlando next season.

Cam Jordan, Defensive End

Itís really a joke that Cam Jordan hasnít been to the Pro Bowl more than two times (2013, 2015). He has consistently been one of the very best defensive players this league has to offer, and you could even argue he has gotten better every year despite the sacks totals dropping to 7.5 in 2016.

He impacts both the running and the passing game, and he also functions as one of the leaders on a very young and inexperienced defense. The Saints are hoping this could be the season the defensive pieces fall into place, and if that were to happen Jordan will undoubtedly make the Pro Bowl.

Full Article -- CSC
Drew Brees' allegiance to Saints takes drama out of extension talk Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 07-19-2017 11:06 AM

By Mike Triplett -- ESPN

METAIRIE, La. -- Technically, Drew Brees is in the same situation as Kirk Cousins.

The New Orleans Saints quarterback also is heading into the final year of his contract. And unless something changes in the next month, there appears to be no urgency from either Brees or the Saints to work out an extension.

But there is one huge difference between the two. While Cousins appears likely to test the free-agent market next March, Brees has made it pretty clear that he has no desire to play anywhere else but New Orleans.

Brees, 38, could have become an unrestricted free agent this year. (Can you imagine the payday he would have been offered from other QB-needy contenders after he led the NFL in passing yards for the seventh time last season with 5,208 yards?!)

Full Article -- ESPN
Saints RB battle: Adrian Peterson, change-of-pace back? It's Big Easy to believe Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 07-19-2017 10:39 AM

By Vinnie Iyer -- Sporting News

It will be weird to see Adrian Peterson in a Saints uniform this season. What should not be weird is him finding his new groove as more of a receiving back.

Peterson, 32, is in the process of reinventing himself in the best way possible in New Orleans' loaded offense.

After the former Viking finally found his new NFL home in April, it was presumed he would be an early-down power alternative to oft-banged up, sometimes-doghoused Mark Ingram. That seemed even more the case a few days later, when the team used a third-round draft pick on Alvin Kamara, who built his stock as a busy, bursty, pass-catching back in college.

But from the get-go, coach Sean Payton said there would be a well-defined role for Peterson mixed in with Ingram. Kamara has done well early as a rookie, but it's becoming more evident that he's more of an initial threat to take touches away from Travaris Cadet despite the latter's re-signing in March. That's the remnant of the Darren Sproles pure receiving role.

Full Article -- Sporting News
1 Willie Snead Has a Great Opportunity to Grow in New Orleans Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 07-18-2017 07:54 PM

By Dan Pizzuta -- Number Fire

Itís nice to be a receiver in New Orleans. Drew Brees is your quarterback, and youíre on one of the most pass-heavy offenses in the league.

In the past five seasons, the Saints have ranked second in pass attempts four times, while in the other, they ranked fourth. Part of that is the Brees thing. Another part is a defense thatís going to give up a billion yards per game. Either way, playing wideout down on the Bayou is a nice gig.

This dynamic gave us some passing game stars in previous seasons. Jimmy Graham was a top-tier tight end with New Orleans. Marques Colston was a target machine at his peak. Brandin Cooks was a big-play threat. Today, everyone is excited about what Michael Thomas will do in 2017, even if he might have trouble living up to the current hype.

Full Article -- Number Fire
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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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