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8/10 @Browns Loss
8/20 @Chargers Win
8/26 TEXANS Win
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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 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
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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
Saints' offseason additions powering surging offense Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Today 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 Today 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 Today 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 Today 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 Today 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 Today 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 Today 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 Today 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 Today 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 Today 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 Yesterday 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 Yesterday 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
Mark Ingram wins FedEx Ground Player of the Week Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 03:55 PM

By Joel Erickson -- Advocate

New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram has been named the FedEx Ground Player of the Week for his performance against Buffalo.

Ingram ripped off a season-high 131 yards and a career-best three touchdowns on 18 carries, leading the way for Saints ground game that racked up 298 yards against Buffalo, the third-highest total in franchise history.

Full Article -- Advocate
Michael Thomas proving he can be Saints' go-to receiver in any situation Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 03:44 PM

By Josh Katzenstein -- Picayune

In last Sunday's win over the Buffalo Bills, New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas made multiple tough, contested catches.

Thomas finished the game with season highs of nine catches and 117 yards. Because the Saints ran for 298 yards and a franchise-record six touchdowns, Thomas' performance was a bit overshadowed.

But, after the game, quarterback Drew Brees provided possibly the best description of why Thomas has been so effective in his first two NFL seasons.

"He's a guy I have a ton of trust and confidence in, and he loves to be put in those types of positions where he has the chance to just jump up and make a play," Brees said. "That's Mike Thomas."

Full Article -- Picayune
Sean Payton brought in Mike Westhoff because Saints 'needed help' on special teams Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 03:25 PM

By Joel Erickson -- Advocate

Sean Payton has been working hard to remind his team that it still has dents in the armor despite the Saints' seven-game winning streak.

He made a move this week to pop out a few of those dents.

Frustrated by some of the problems that keep recurring on the New Orleans special-teams units, Payton lured legendary special teams coach Mike Westhoff out of retirement to oversee the Saints' kicking game, which has been led by Bradford Banta and Kevin O'Dea.

"Sometimes what can happen during success is you can lose track of where you're needing to improve," Payton said. "Fortunately, we were able to recruit him off of his boat down in Florida."

Full Article -- Advocate
NFL Week 11 Power Rankings, ATS Picks: Saints rise, Eagles fall Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 03:15 PM

By Neil Greenberg -- Washington Post

The New Orleans Saints won their seventh straight game Sunday, outgaining their opponent with more time of possession in each contest. According to Elias, only four other teams have had that dominant of a stretch: the 1977 Dallas Cowboys, 1984 Miami Dolphins, 1985 Chicago Bears and 2015 Carolina Panthers. That’s a good enough run to put them at the top of this week’s power rankings.

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 their 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 Article -- Post
NFL Week 11 Preview: Redskins at Saints Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 02:59 PM

By PFF Analysis Team

The Washington Redskins visit the New Orleans Saints in Week 11 of the 2017 NFL season. PFF previews the top player matchups of the game.


PFFELO Ranking: 16

Coverage by: Mark Chichester

Matchup: Washington Redskins offense vs. New Orleans Saints defense

RB Samaje Perine vs. Edge Alex Okafor – With starting running back Rob Kelly set to miss the remainder of the season, the door starting job has been opened for running back Samaje Perine, and it’s up to the rookie to take advantage. This year, Perine has tallied 66 carries and averaged just 2.26 yards after contact per carry, the 40th-best mark among running backs, and his 35.8 overall grade would rank last if he’d have played enough snaps to qualify. In his first game as the team’s starter, he’ll be keen to improve on his start, but he’ll be in for a tough time against Alex Okafor, who has produced 14 run stops on 146 run-defense snaps this year, for a run-stop percentage of 9.6 percent, good for seventh among 4-3 defensive ends.

Full Article -- PFF
New Orleans-Washington Preview: Saints Defense vs. Redskins Offense Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 02:50 PM

Don't look now Saints fans, but your team has a top 10 defense! Next up, a challenge from the Washington passing game.

By Bob Rose -- CSC

The New Orleans Saints (7-2) host the 4-5 Washington Redskins this Sunday for a high noon showdown in the Mercedes Benz Superdome. The Saints, winners of seven straight, sit a half game ahead of the Carolina Panthers for the lead in the NFC South. Washington has lost 3 of their last 4 games and are four games behind the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC East, but have one of the more dangerous passing attacks in the league.

Today, Canal Street Chronicles will take a look at some of the challenges that the Redskins offense may present to a resurgent New Orleans defense.


The Saints pass defense has become a strength of the team, climbing to No. 7 in the NFL rankings. They have done it primarily with a very young but talented secondary, a solid defensive line, and an aggressive defensive coordinator. New Orleans has given up an average of less than 160 yards passing over the last seven games, and during that time has intercepted 10 passes and sacked the quarterback 22 times. Cornerbacks Marshon Lattimore, a strong rookie of the year candidate, and second year Ken Crawley have emerged into a pair of shutdown defenders, and have virtually taken opposing wide receivers out of relevance. Their coverage success has allowed Saints safeties and linebackers to play a variety of different coverage packages against the opposition's tight ends and running backs that have limited their effectiveness, as well as allowed coordinator Dennis Allen to employ different blitz and coverage packages. Ends Cam Jordan (7 sacks) and Alex Okafor (4.5 sacks) have each been effective rushers, but the Saints have gotten sacks from 12 different players.

Full Article -- CSC
12 reasons why you can believe in the 2017 New Orleans Saints Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 02:39 PM

By Jeff Duncan -- Picayune

So you didn’t see this Saints’ season coming, did ya?

Don’t be too hard on yourself. Few did.

Most pundits picked the Saints as a middle-of-the-pack outfit this season.

I was a bit more optimistic, picking them to go 10-6 in my preseason crystal ball column.

Yet, as bold as that prognostication seemed at the time, a 10-6 campaign would be extremely disappointing after the Saints’ surprising 7-2 start.

The Saints have won seven consecutive games and now have an 88 percent probability rate to make the playoffs. And how they are winning is perhaps the most surprising part of it all.

They are pounding opponents with a dominant rushing attack and suffocating, attacking defense.

When’s the last time you could say that about a Saints team in the Sean Payton-Drew Brees era?

Full Article -- Picayune
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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