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2017 Schedule
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8/10 @Browns Loss
8/20 @Chargers Win
8/26 TEXANS Win
Regular Season
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Date Opponent Time
9/11 @Vikings Loss
9/17 PATRIOTS Loss
9/24 @Panthers Win
10/2 @Dolphins Win
-- Bye --
10/15 LIONS Win
10/22 @Packers Win
10/29 BEARS Win
11/5 BUCS Win
11/12 @Bills Win
11/19 REDSKINS 12:00
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
Post Season
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NFC South W L   PF PA Div
N.O. 7 2 0 268 165 2-0
Car. 7 3 0 213 180 2-1
Atl. 5 4 0 197 179 0-1
T.B. 3 6 0 173 208 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


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
Jerry Jones' first commissioner sabotage was Jim Finks! Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Today 04:48 AM

by J.W. Miller -- J.W. Miller Sports

The NFL’s death spiral has turned inward. After the League has endured external disruptions over National Anthem player protests, lower TV ratings, unhappy sponsors, lower attendance and concerns about whether the game is unsafe, Dallas owner Jerry Jones is leading an insurgency from within. Jones’ stated purpose is to stop a lucrative contract extension for Commissioner Roger Goodell that in reality would result in Goodell’s ouster.

Owners elect a commissioner to do two things: Make Money and Handle Problems. There is no doubt that Goodell has made money for the owners as league revenue has surged to an estimated $14 billion. Goodell has been well compensated, pulling in more than $200 million in salary and bonuses since becoming commissioner in 2006. But the problems persist, and the popular perception is that*Goodell has done little to halt the slide. That's a good reason but not the real reason.

Jones’ motivation is purely personal after Goodell moved to suspend Cowboys star RB Ezekiel Elliott after a prolonged investigation of several domestic violence incidents. It wasn’t the first time Jones stood at the gates of the NFL commissioner’s office, waving pitchforks and torches. Barely eight months into his ownership of the Cowboys in 1989, Jones joined a cabal of insurgents who protested the selection of Saints President and GM Jim Finks to succeed Pete Rozelle as commissioner.

Full Article -- J.W. Miller Sports
Washington Redskins vs New Orleans Saints: Preview and prediction Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Today 03:39 AM

by Treasure Washington -- isportsweb

As one of three red-hot NFC teams, the New Orleans Saints look to push their winning streak to eight against the Washington Redskins this Sunday.

The Saints have been so dominant this season to the point that they have scored 30 or more points in four of their seven wins. Since Adrian Peterson‘s departure for the Arizona Cardinals, the run game has significantly improved.

The Saints set a franchise record with their six rushing touchdowns last Sunday against the Buffalo Bills. Mark Ingram ran for half of the touchdowns, while Alvin Kamara, Trey Edmunds and even Drew Brees had one touchdown apiece.

Meanwhile for the Redskins, they will be without offensive stars Terrelle Pryor and Jordan Reed, as well as center Spencer Long. Pryor’s time with the Redskins has mainly been mixed so far, and Reed has struggled to stay on the field this season due to his lingering hamstring issues. Long and the offensive line have also dealt with their fair share of issues this season, as they constantly get shuffled to different positions week after week.

Full Article -- isportsweb
Back to Basics: How Sean Payton Learned from History and Resurrected the Saints Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Today 02:46 AM

By Mike Freeman -- B/R

A few weeks ago, one of the best strategists in the history of football was talking to his young, upstart team about a rock-and-roll legend named Fats Domino.

Domino died last month, and as Saints coach Sean Payton likes to do on occasion with his younger group, he talked to it about history—appreciating it, learning about it, contextualizing it. In this case, he wanted to make sure his players knew about Domino's influence on music. That he was born in New Orleans and sold more than 65 million records.

"I knew I had to fill them in on his life," Payton told B/R.

Being a student of history isn't Payton's primary job, of course. Mostly, he spends his time being one of the NFL's great offensive minds, an innovator who helped Drew Brees become a prolific quarterback. Now in his 12th season under Payton, Brees is on track for his 12th consecutive 4,000-yard year, an NFL record.

Full Article -- B/R
Complete corner: Marshon Lattimore already among Saints' best tacklers Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 10:24 PM

By Josh Katzenstein -- Picayune

New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore has quickly established himself as one of the top cornerbacks in the NFL, but his impact extends beyond his tight coverage.

Through nine games and even though he has missed one, Lattimore leads the Saints with 31 solo tackles, a surprising number considering how rarely opposing quarterbacks target him. He also hasn't missed a tackle this season, a claim he could also make for his final season at Ohio State.

"I just like tackling," Lattimore said.

Full Article -- Picayune
Saints sensational again, and not taking it for granted Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 10:06 PM

Associated Press -- WWL

Saints coach Sean Payton downplays how dominant New Orleans has looked the past two months, preferring instead to tell his players to tune out the hype and focus on what they still need to fix.

"We talk about realities of today, each week, and the understanding of we're just past the midway point of the season," Payton said.

"The experts will be talking playoffs, Super Bowl. It's the craziest stuff ever. ... Tune it out and laugh at it, understand what it is, but there's so much more we have to do and accomplish."

Sure, the Saints have made mistakes during their seven-game winning streak — from fumbles to sporadic special teams gaffes — but those have been far outweighed by sensational plays across the roster by young players and veterans alike, producing a whopping 18.4-point average margin of victory.

Games routinely come down to the last possession in the NFL. Yet even when the Saints have won by as few as eight points, they've closed out games simply kneeling on the ball and running out the clock — seven games in a row.

Full Article -- WWL
The biggest NFC threats to the Eagles' Super Bowl hopes Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 09:51 PM

by Bob Brookover -- Philly Inquirer

It’s all in front of the Eagles. Keep winning and the NFC road to the Super Bowl will go through Philadelphia. Keep winning and Lincoln Financial Field will be the site of the NFC championship game for the first time since 2005, which is the last time the Eagles reached the Super Bowl.

Sounds simple, but it will not be easy. The NFC is loaded with worthy Super Bowl contenders. The Eagles will see one of them Sunday night in Dallas and a couple of others – Seattle and the Los Angeles Rams on the road — following their home game against the Chicago Bears next Sunday.

In order, here’s a look at the NFC threats to the Eagles’ Super Bowl aspirations.

New Orleans Saints (7-2)

They appeared to be the same old Saints when they surrendered 65 points and more than 1,000 yards in season-opening losses to Minnesota and New England. Since then, they have won seven straight and allowed 14.3 points per game. With the continued brilliance of Drew Brees and the dynamic running combination of Mark Ingram and rookie Alvin Kamara, the Saints are the biggest postseason threat to the Eagles. Their offense is third in scoring and second in yards and their defense has allowed the fifth-fewest points and the eighth-fewest yards. Brees is 5-2 against the Eagles since joining the Saints in 2006, and two of the Eagles’ last five playoff appearances ended with losses to the Saints, including the last one at the Linc in 2013.

Full Article -- Inquirer
Roger Goodell has a Jerry Jones problem and nobody knows how it will end Posted By: Andrus Posted On Yesterday 07:59 PM

By Don Van Natta Jr. and Seth Wickersham

This story appears in ESPN The Magazine's Dec. 4 Fans, Family, Food, Football Issue. Subscribe today!

THERE WAS A PAUSE. It was Aug. 9, inside Roger Goodell's sixth-floor office at the NFL's Park Avenue headquarters in New York City -- down the hall, past the executives' offices and his assistant's desk, and through a large, thick wooden door that is both imposing and usually left open to serve as a welcome. Goodell huddled over a speakerphone with general counsel Jeff Pash. On the other end was Jerry Jones. Adhering to the protocol of giving owners a 48-hour heads-up before a major disciplinary issue involving their team is announced, Goodell and Pash informed Jones that after a 13-month domestic violence inquiry, the Dallas Cowboys' star running back, Ezekiel Elliott, would face punishment -- a six-game suspension.

The line went quiet. Seconds passed. Goodell's decision was an unconscionable violation of trust, Jones later told associates, because he believed that the commissioner had assured him this past spring that there would be no suspension. Jones saw in Elliott a genuine opportunity, a player so good that he had made Jones believe that this year he just might win a Super Bowl for the first time since 1996. His anger was palpable. Finally, according to sources with direct knowledge of the call, Jones broke the silence. He aimed his words not only at Goodell's decision but also at his role as judge, jury and executioner in the case...

Full Story - ESPN.com
Saints' offseason additions powering surging offense Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 07:21 PM

By Nick Shook -- NFL.com

The New Orleans Saints have won seven straight.

Is the year 2009? No, but there are some similarities.

In that season, the Saints reeled off 13 straight wins to open the campaign before dropping their final three, which were essentially meaningless games. New Orleans also ran out to a 13-3 mark with an incredibly balanced and dangerous offense.

In 2017, New Orleans has rushed for 1,280 yards (142.2 per game) through its first nine games. In the Saints' first nine games of 2009, they rushed for 1,360 yards (151.1 per game).

New Orleans also won the Super Bowl during that season.

The 2017 Saints rushing attack received a great statistical boost last week with its blowout win over Buffalo, a game in which New Orleans rushed for 298 yards as a team, its best mark of the season. Coincidentally, those 2009 Saints also had their best rushing performance of the season (222 yards) at the same stadium in Orchard Park, New York, in a Week 3 win over the Bills.

Full Article -- NFL.com
Quarterbacks the New Orleans Saints could draft to succeed Drew Brees Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 06:21 PM

by Matt Reed -- isportsweb

The New Orleans Saints have returned to being a championship contender in the NFL this season. And quarterback Drew Brees has been a large factor to the Saints having this success. This is happening while Brees is in his 17th season and is approaching 40 years old. This means that the Saints should start thinking about the future of the franchise at the quarterback position. That answer can be found on the college football field.

Next year’s draft hold some of the best quarterback talent in a few years. Some early mock drafts predict as many as six quarterbacks being drafted in the first round. And even the quarterbacks that would be drafted in the next few rounds could still be starters in the NFL. The Saints have a large field to pick through to find a quarterback talent to develop. Here are some quarterbacks the Saints could go with.

Josh Allen, Wyoming

Allen began this season as the most hyped quarterback in college football. He threw for over 3,000 yards last year for Wyoming and almost decided to enter the 2017 NFL Draft. He decided to stay in school and has improved in becoming a pro-style quarterback. He has a large frame with mobility to move around the pocket, and is often compared to Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz. Although, the hype around Allen has dropped and he is predicted to be picked in the late-first/early second round of next year’s draft. This would be right where the Saints would have their pick. With Allen maturing and becoming more of a pocket passer, he could be the perfect understudy to Brees.

Full Article -- isportsweb
Saints' Mark Ingram, Alvin Kamara add more weekly awards Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 05:57 PM

By Josh Katzenstein -- Picayune

As the New Orleans Saints have piled up wins, their players have received plenty of recognition from the NFL.

Whether it's awards directly from the league or those handed out by its sponsors, it seems like at least one Saints players is receiving some kind of recognition nearly every week.

Running back Mark, for example, was the Castrol Edge Clutch Performer of the Week for Week 6, and now, he's won the award again for Week 10. Against the Bills, Kamara had 138 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown.

Full Article -- Picayune
Kenny Vaccaro, A.J. Klein listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Washington Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 05:43 PM

By Joel Erickson -- Advocate

Saints strong safety Kenny Vaccaro and linebacker A.J. Klein are both listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Washington.

Vaccaro, who injured his groin in the first half against Tampa Bay and missed last week's game against Buffalo, practiced on a limited basis on Wednesday and did not practice on Thursday or Friday.

Klein injured his ankle on the first play against Buffalo and sat out both Wednesday and Thursday before practicing on a limited basis on Friday.

Full Article -- Advocate
Keys to Success: Saints should rely on smash mouth formula to defeat finesse Redskins Posted By: Andrus Posted On Yesterday 03:56 PM

If the 2010 Saints could play the 2017 Saints, it would look like this game and my money would be on the team that runs the ball well and plays good defense.

by Ellias J. Williams

Do you remember the mirror matches in Mortal Kombat?

What about the 2010 Saints team that saw Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas share the backfield (injuries), Jeremy Shockey and Jimmy Graham platoon at TE, a defense that couldn’t match the success from ‘09 due to up and down play, and a QB (Drew Brees) just hitting his prime throwing to a cast of WRs that was the sum of all its parts?

When I look at the Redskins team the Saints will be facing this week, I can’t help but feel like the Saints will be matching up against a Doppelganger of their old selves.

They’ve got Kirk Cousins in his prime, an injured backfield with two RBs in Samaje Perine and Chris Thompson, two TEs in Vernon Davis and Jordan Reed, a cast of talented but not complete WRs, and a solid defense that hasn’t found its consistency all year...

Full Story - CSC
John DeShazier: Winning never gets old for Saints Coach Sean Payton Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Yesterday 01:21 PM

Full Story – NewOrleansSaints.Com

The hair may be flecked with a touch of gray, the eyesight a bit dimmer – hence, the gameday specs – and the times, they have a-changed.

“I think he even alluded to it, where his references are really starting to date him a little bit,” New Orleans Saints right tackle Zach Strief said. “The musicians he picks out, the movies he references.”

But the winning never gets old, and if a snapshot of its restorative qualities is necessary, find that video of rookie running back Alvin Kamara taking a screen pass in the second quarter against Tampa Bay on Nov. 5, and weaving and gliding his way 33 yards down the left sideline, absorbing one final tackle attempt between the 10- and 15-yard lines and keeping his feet by extending his left hand to the turf to keep his balance, then scooting into the end zone.

By John DeShazier / New Orleans Saints.Com

Full Story – NewOrleansSaints.Com
Saints react on Twitter to Steelers mimicking team picture celebration Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Yesterday 01:16 PM

Full Story – Nola.Com

Among the ways the New Orleans Saints defensive players have reveled in their recent success is by celebrating turnovers by taking a team picture.

After most takeaways since the Week 6 game against the Detroit Lions, Saints defenders will run to the player with the ball and then pose for the cameras in the back of the end zone. It's just one of the ways in which the team continues to have fun during its current seven-game winning streak.

Well, on Thursday night, the Pittsburgh Steelers decided to try that celebration, and Saints players were not pleased with the copycats. Rookie cornerback Marshon Lattimore even joked that stealing the celebration should have a punishment of 10 years in jail in China,

By Josh Katzenstein / Times-Picayune

Full Story – Nola.Com
Thomas Morstead: New Saints special teams coach Mike Westhoff has 'commanding presence' Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Yesterday 01:13 PM

Full Story – Nola.Com

New special teams coach Mike Westhoff joined the New Orleans Saints for the first time on Thursday, and although the veteran assistant is coming in midseason, the team's longest-tenured specialist said it felt like a seamless transition.

"He acted as if he's been here since the beginning," punter Thomas Morstead said. "We're happy to have him."

Westhoff, 69, came out of retirement to help the Saints special teams for the remainder of the season.

By Josh Katzenstein / Times-Picayune

Full Story – Nola.Com
Saints' pass defense preparing for showdown against Washington's Kirk Cousins Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Yesterday 01:10 PM

Full Story – Nola.Com

The New Orleans Saints enter Week 11 ranked seventh against the pass, allowing 201.4 yards per game.

New Orleans also has 10 interceptions, which is tied for the fourth-most in the league with Washington and the New York Jets.

Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins enters Sunday's game with 14 touchdown pass and ranked third in the league in passing with 2,474 yards, averaging 274.9 yards per game.

By Herbie Teope / Times-Picayune

Full Story – Nola.Com
Saints' running game thriving since Terron Armstead's return Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Yesterday 01:07 PM

Full Story – Nola.Com

Terron Armstead returned to the starting lineup in October following offseason shoulder surgery and the New Orleans Saints' rushing attack has been rolling since.

The Saints have rushed for at least 150 yards in four of the five games Armstead's played, after only topping the century mark once in the four games he missed, including the 298-yard performance in Sunday's 47-10 victory against the Bills.

He even logged a play for the highlight reel when he threw a block that sent a Bills defender flying and sprung quarterback Drew Brees for a touchdown run Sunday.

By Amos Morale III / Times-Picayune

Full Story – Nola.Com
National media hot on Saints as Sean Payton has interview request list 'that would choke you' Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 11-16-2017 04:41 PM

By Joel Erickson -- Advocate

The New Orleans Saints are the toast of the NFL community right now, riding high after ripping off seven consecutive wins that have put them in a deep group of NFC contenders.

All that success breeds attention.

After three years of being largely forgotten (other than scattered speculation about potential changes), the Saints are one of the stories everyone wants to tell.

"You name it, absolutely," Saints coach Sean Payton said, referring to the extra interview requests he's had. "I have a list on my desk here that would choke you."

Full Article -- Advocate
Alvin Kamara: The one who got away from 31 NFL teams (and Alabama) Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 11-16-2017 04:12 PM

By Mike Triplett -- ESPN

METAIRIE, La. -- Long before the NFL whiffed on Alvin Kamara, he was the one who got away from Alabama.

Kamara's breakout rookie year with the New Orleans Saints never should have been this big of a surprise. He signed with the Crimson Tide in 2013 as one of the top-rated recruits in the country (No. 32 overall on ESPN's 150 list and No. 2 among all-purpose backs by Rivals.com). He probably should have left there as a national championship star.

But Kamara's freshman season was derailed by a minor knee injury and some disciplinary issues, which buried him on a depth chart that also included current NFL backs Derrick Henry, T.J. Yeldon and Kenyan Drake, among others.

Full Article -- ESPN
Original Stories
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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