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New Orleans Saints fans vote Mark Ingram as team's offensive MVP of preseason Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Yesterday 02:39 PM

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New Orleans Saints fans voted Mark Ingram as the team’s offensive MVP of the preseason in a poll on the team’s website this week.

Ingram received 50 percent of the 1,364 votes. Following Ingram, TE Jimmy Graham (10%) and WR Joe Morgan (9%) rounded out the top three.

Ingram finished the preseason with a team-best 156 rushing yards on 22 carries (7.1 average) and a 22-yard touchdown.

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New Orleans Saints fans vote Kenny Vaccaro as team's preseason defensive MVP Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Yesterday 02:37 PM

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New Orleans Saints fans voted Kenny Vaccaro as the team’s defensive MVP of the preseason in a poll on the team’s website last week.

Vaccaro earned 52 percent of the 900 votes in the poll. Along with Vaccaro, Vinnie Sunseri (35%) and Cameron Jordan (8%) rounded out the top three.

Vaccaro had seven tackles, two pass deflections, sack, interception and a forced fumble in the preseason.

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Looking at the crystal ball for the 2014 New Orleans Saints Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Yesterday 02:32 PM

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Thirteen is the magic number in the NFC. In the past decade, 12 NFC teams posted records of 13-3 or better. Nine of them earned the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs. The lone exceptions? The 2011 Saints and 49ers, and the 2007 Packers.

The bad news is the Saints have finished 13-3 only twice in their 47-year history. The good news is both occurred in the past five years. Their challenge in 2014 is to make it three out of six.

Earning the No. 1 seed in the playoffs isn't a sure thing. Only five No. 1 NFC seeds have advanced to the Super Bowl in the past decade. But it certainly enhances a team's chances, especially when one's home venue is as formidable as the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, where the Saints are 40-11 the past six seasons.

By Jeff Duncan / Times-Picayune

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New Orleans Saints reveal new depth chart following final cuts Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Yesterday 12:07 PM

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The New Orleans Saints made their final cuts to get the roster down to a league-mandated 53 players, and there a few interesting surprises. One of the biggest things is that the Saints don't have a single placekicker on the team and they kept three quarterbacks. On Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, even without a kicker around, the Saints released their new depth chart.

With the roster set in place, there aren't many shocking twists to who is sitting where on the depth chart. There has not been a starting center named yet though as both Jonathan Goodwin and Tim Lelito are listed on the first string as a possible starter.

Rookie wide receiver Brandin Cooks is listed as the third wide receiver behind Marques Colston and Nick Toon on one side of the field. The Saints have been incredibly impressed with Cooks in the preseason and he will likely make a huge impact once the season starts.

By Danny Cox / New Orleans Saints Examiner

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New Orleans Saints name 10-man practice squad: Pierre Warren included Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Yesterday 11:21 AM

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The New Orleans Saints spent Sunday, Aug. 31, 2014, working on putting together their 10-man practice squad after every team made their final cuts. There were not a lot of surprises as some young players looked very promising during the preseason, but just didn't have that one extra step to make it onto the active roster for the Saints.

One of the first players named to the practice squad was that of wide receiver Brandon Coleman, and it's not a surprise. He showed promise in training camp and the preseason, but the depth at wide receiver for the Saints goes far enough already.

Safety Pierre Warren is one of the players that many Saints' fans hoped would make the roster, but a crowded secondary stopped that. Still, he was brought back for the practice squad after an impressive preseason with 10 tackles, one interception, two passes defensed, and one special teams tackle.

By Danny Cox / New Orleans Saints Examiner

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New Orleans Saints ready for college-type rivalry with Atlanta Falcons to open season Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 08-30-2014 07:09 PM

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Rivalries in college football are commonly different than in the NFL. But not when the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons meet.

Much of that has to do with familiarity.

"When you play a team twice, be it Atlanta, Carolina and Tampa, you become much more familiar with them," Saints coach Sean Payton said. "And not only do you play them twice, you play them twice every year."

For the Saints, playing a team like the Atlanta Falcons twice a year is the closest they'll get to a college-type rivalry. So when game week comes along, the players involved tend to take it and run with it.

By Katherine Terrell / Times-Picayune

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St. Louis Rams cut defensive end Michael Sam Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 08-30-2014 07:06 PM

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The St. Louis Rams cut Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team. Coach Jeff Fisher repeated over and over that it was purely a football decision.

"I will tell you this: I was pulling for Mike," Fisher said at news conference on Saturday. "I really was, and I don't say that very often. Mike came in here and did everything we asked him to do."

The seventh-round pick has been forthright and confident as his progress was watched as closely as any rookie in the league. He has been cheered by athletes and celebrities. In the end, the defensive end couldn't make a team stocked with pass rushers and lost out to undrafted Ethan Westbrooks, who proved more productive and more versatile.

By Associated Press / Times-Picayune

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Champ Bailey's inability to win starting job ultimately cost him spot with New Orleans Saints Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 08-30-2014 07:04 PM

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No Champ Bailey? No Robert Meachem? No kickers? No misprint.

There's a lot to digest after the New Orleans Saints chopped their roster down to 53 players by Saturday afternoon's deadline. And I have to give it to the team's brass: There's no nonsense when it comes to the Saints making their cuts by what they see, or in some cases, what they don't see.

It's one of the major reasons the Saints have been a transformed franchise since Sean Payton came to town in 2006.

Here's a look at each position group as it stands today (because it will obviously change in the coming days):

By Larry Holder / Times-Picayune

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The New Orleans Saints 53-man roster after 2014 final cuts Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 08-30-2014 06:59 PM

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The New Orleans Saints made their final cuts on the afternoon of Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, and some of them were quite shocking. Veteran cornerback Champ Bailey and wide receiver Robert Meachem were surprising, but not totally unexpected. Those cuts were necessary and it helped get the Saints to their final 53-man roster, but one that doesn't yet include a single kicker.

That's right, the Saints cut both kickers they had in training camp and the preseason. Rookie Derek Dimke was looking to edge out veteran Shayne Graham, but neither was impressive enough. The Saints will bring in kickers this week for tryouts.

New Orleans ended up keeping three quarterbacks which is different from the past few years. Drew Brees was an obvious lock. Luke McCown and Ryan Griffin will serve as his back-ups.

By Danny Cox / New Orleans Saints Examiner

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New orleans saints make 22 roster moves Posted By: Andrus Posted On 08-30-2014 04:08 PM

For Immediate Release: Aug. 30, 2014


The New Orleans Saints made 22 roster moves today to reach the NFL-mandated active roster limit of 53, it was announced by Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis.

The club has waived C Matt Armstrong, CB Derrius Brooks, WR Brandon Coleman, ILB Todd Davis, K Derek Dimke, CB Terrence Frederick, WR Charles Hawkins, TE Nic Jacobs, G Marcel Jones, WR Seantavious Jones, T Tavon Rooks, RB Derrick Strozier, NT Lawrence Virgil, CB Trevin Wade, S Pierre Warren, T/G Jason Weaver. The team has terminated the contracts of CB Champ Bailey, OLB Keyunta Dawson, K Shayne Graham, FB Greg Jones, WR Robert Meachem and T Thomas Welch.

Beginning Sunday, the Saints and all 32 NFL teams may establish a practice squad of up to 10 players. The Saints will open the regular season Sunday, September 7 when they play the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome at 12:00 pm CT.

John DeShazier: With preseason over, players left waiting for the call Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 08-29-2014 06:50 PM

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Even after giving all he had last training camp and preseason, and playing better than almost anyone could have forecast, Khiry Robinson still was unsure.

He had needed a rookie tryout just to earn an invitation to join the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted rookie out of West Texas A&M. He wasn’t assured of anything as the Saints prepared for the final roster cuts and went about the business of trimming the roster to 53 players entering the 2013 regular season.

“I was in a room just waiting, waiting for the call,” Robinson said. “I didn’t know what to expect. I didn’t know if they were supposed to call or not call.

“I actually had my bags packed already. I was like, ‘I guess it’s time to go.’

By John DeShazier / New Orleans Saints.Com

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Sean Payton talks about upcoming roster cuts, Falcons game Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 08-29-2014 06:37 PM

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Opening Statement: “We just finished meeting as a team, this would be kind of like our in season Monday schedule, the day after. The players have been lifting, they will watch the film, and we will get the corrections made, some easy observations after watching the tape. The two areas that stood out, we really struggled offensively on third down and when you have a game like that time of possession, really that shifts in favor of your opponent.

I think defensively against the zone scheme and those are the two things that stood out and then our inability on offense to stay on the field. A lot of guys received a lot of different looks, a lot of snaps. We will begin, we already begun, but we will continue through today and tonight with regards to the roster and kind of go from there. We will announce those decisions I know as soon as possible.

By New Orleans Saints.Com

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NFL Preseason Report Cards for Every Team Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 08-29-2014 11:53 AM

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New Orleans Saints- Grade 'A'
What We Learned

There’s no doubt that the New Orleans Saints, much improved on the defensive side of the ball in 2013, still have some work to do when it comes to that aspect of their game.

But they may have found one cure for what ails them courtesy of Drew Brees and Co.

It may come in the form of running back Mark Ingram, who may be on the verge of a breakout year in his fourth NFL campaign

By Russell S. Baxter / Bleacher Report

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WR Joe Morgan makes up for lost time Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 08-29-2014 11:47 AM

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For a long time this summer, New Orleans Saints receiver Joe Morgan talked about taking "baby steps" in his recovery from a 2013 knee injury. He didn’t even begin practicing until training camp.

Lately, however, Morgan has been in a dead sprint.

No Saints receiver has stood out more during the past three games than Morgan, who caught another four passes for 33 yards in Thursday’s preseason finale against the Baltimore Ravens.

He appears to have gone from the roster bubble to possibly even starting in Week 1 if Kenny Stills is still nursing a quad injury.

By Mike Triplett / ESPN

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How to be a Saint Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 08-29-2014 11:45 AM

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STANDING IN THE hot Louisiana sun after a recent Saints practice, swarmed by a battalion of reporters with their television cameras, microphones and notebooks, Jimmy Graham couldn't help but feel as if he'd committed a heinous crime. The charges -- though ambiguous -- were serious: dishonor, disrespect, selfishness, immaturity. The evidence had been broadcast on national TV just a few nights earlier when the Saints played the Titans at the Superdome, only Graham's motive was unclear. As the cross-examination intensified, the fifth-year tight end couldn't help but roll his eyes at the theater of the absurd surrounding him.

Jimmy, were your actions a spur-of-the-moment thing, or was there premeditation?

Does this mean there's lingering animosity between you and the Saints?

Jimmy, do you regret what you did?

At one point, Graham chuckled at the severity of the questions. He answered each one with a wink or a playful shrug of his huge shoulders. He cracked a few jokes. He also reminded those in attendance that he'd never do anything to hurt his team (in a game that mattered, at least). He didn't say "I'm sorry."


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10 things we learned from New Orleans Saints training camp Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 08-29-2014 11:25 AM

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1. Brandin Cooks is for real. The rookie receiver lived up to the hype, and then some, at New Orleans Saints training camp. True, every NFL team has had its share of “Training Camp All-Pros,” which may be one of the reasons that Coach Sean Payton has appeared to temper his public enthusiasm regarding Cooks. No doubt, he has seen more than a few flameouts in his day. But, that said, there doesn’t appear to be anything Cooks doesn’t do well. Teammates gushed about him from Day 1 and every day thereafter, he delivered. It’s not just that he’s fast; he’s also shifty, smart (he knows several receiver positions), athletic and appears to have great hands. If the Saints can get him in space – and nobody will figure out ways to do that better than Payton – then he’ll provide highlights all season. If opponents try to take him away, that’ll leave more operating room for his teammates. It’s a win-win situation for the Saints.

2. The jump from Year 1 to Year 2 generally is significant for a player. That certainly seems to be the case for safety Kenny Vaccaro. Vaccaro has dialed back the aggression toward teammates (he tackled almost anything that moved last year as a rookie) while becoming even wiser in Rob Ryan’s defense, and that’s saying something because Ryan called him probably the smartest rookie he has coached. Vaccaro now knows how to align teammates and his responsibilities have decreased with the addition of free agent safety Jairus Byrd and the overall improvement of the defense. If that means he’ll play faster, opposing offenses should beware because Vaccaro is a weapon in coverage, as a rusher and definitely as a tackler.

By John DeShazier / New Orleans Saints.Com

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Mike D's 10 Weekly Observations sponsored by Thibodaux Regional Medical Center
Posted On 08-22-2014

Mike D's 10 Weekly Observations sponsored by Thibodaux Regional Medical Center -- @thibodauxregion

By Mike Detillier

1. Even though it is preseason...

Every "Who Dat Nation" member wants to see the best player to ever wear the black and gold in quarterback Drew Brees connect with 2014 1st round pick Brandin Cooks.

Brees is still one of the elite players in the game today and you are looking at a future superstar and the next "Steve Smith" in Brandin Cooks.

2. Free Safety Jairus Byrd is something special...

Despite missing a host of time on the field in the OTA's and training camp due to recovery from off-season back surgery, Byrd stood out so much once he hit the practice field for the first time this week.

He made a play on a pass over the middle that Saints QB. Ryan Griffin looked one way and threw to the other side of the field and Byrd took an angle to the ball that you rarely see and broke up the would-be completion.

Byrd is a special player and you can clearly see why the Saints paid what they did to get him and why he has intercepted 22 passes over the past 5 seasons.

Kenny Vaccaro and Jairus Byrd are the best safety tandem east of Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor in Seattle.

3. The Saints OL. is much improved...

Last season the Saints Offensive Line gave up more QB sacks and Drew Brees got hit more than any other time in his carer in New Orleans.

The Saints O-Line playing without Ben Grubbs and Jahri Evans in the starting lineup early on has given up just one QB sack in 82 passing plays. Kudos to Terron Armstead, Zach Strief, Tim Lelito, Jonathan Goodwin, Bryce Harris, Marcel Jones, Thomas Welch, Jason Weaver and Senio Kelemete..

They have done well to protect Ryan Griffin and Luke McCown.

4. The Most Important Player on D

Right now due to health, depth and injuries on defense the most important player defensively for the New Orleans Saints is cornerback Keenan Lewis. It would be a Mount Everest dropoff in cornerback play if Lewis were to miss playing time for an extended period.

With injuries to Patrick Robinson, injury and Father Time issues with Champ Bailey and Stanley Baptiste in the learning stages, cornerback is a real concern from a starting and depth issue...
Morgan Steals the Show -- Mike Detillier
Posted On 08-17-2014

Morgan Steals the Show

By Mike Detillier

Last training camp, early on New Orleans Saints wide receiver Joe Morgan was the player virtually everyone talked about offensively being the most improved football player.

But Morgan’s season came to an end when he was tackled hard in the Black and Gold scrimmage by Kenny Vaccaro and he ended up missing the 2013 season due to a torn knee ligament.

Morgan missed practicing with the team during the OTA sessions in the spring while working with trainers off to the side and so his ability to show everyone he was back from the major knee surgery was cut off until the preseason started.

Friday night against the Tennessee Titans Morgan was the star offensively for the Saints catching three passes for 108 yards in the Saints 31-24 victory over the Titans.

Morgan displayed again a certain burst and pull away speed we all saw from him in 2012 and early on in the training camp period of 2013.

“It’s been a long process,” Morgan said. “I just went out there and did things I felt comfortable with and that I knew I could do. I got to keep working hard and not get complacent. I trust my knee will hold up and I trust myself too. Very excited to get back in the groove and play some football. With Brandin (Cooks), Marques Colston, Kenny Still, Nick Toon, Robert Meachem and Jimmy Graham out there I am just excited to get in some catches. It was really special to walk back on the field, especially in the Super Dome and feel the love from the “Who Dat Nation.”

The ability to hit the deep pass plays was a missing part of the New Orleans Saints offensive team in 2013.

With a healthy Joe Morgan and an emerging young star talent in Brandin Cooks in the lineup the Saints will have that element in 2014.

Big Battle at the Backup Quarterback Slot

Saints head coach Sean Payton was livid despite the 31-24 victory over the Tennessee Titans over the unbelievable amount of penalties, 22 for the Saints, in Friday night’s win, but he also will have a huge decision to make when the final cut down to 53 happens in late August.

Ideally Payton would like to keep just two quarterbacks on the roster and have an extra roster spot open for a wide receiver, safety or a linebacker that could help out on special...

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