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8/11 @N.E. 6:30
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8/26 STEELERS 7:00
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9/18 @Giants 12:00
9/26 FALCONS 7:30
10/2 @Chargers 3.25
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10/16 PANTHERS 12:00
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11/6 @49ers 3:05
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11/27 RAMS 12:00
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12/11 @Bucs 12:00
12/18 @Cards 3:05
12/24 BUCS 12:00
1/1 @Atlanta 12:00
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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.
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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.
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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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New Orleans Saints feeble on both sides in exhibition loss to Steelers Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Today 09:12 AM

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The New Orleans Saints' problematic preseason continued Friday night.

In the end, the Pittsburgh Steelers won the exhibition, 27-14, but the display by the Saints' starters was much worse than the final score.

The Saints' defense had looked good in the first two preseason games, but the group struggled mightily Friday, allowing 231 yards to the Steelers in the first quarter and 296 yards in the first half as Pittsburgh led 21-7 at the break.

Meanwhile, the offensive issues from the previous two exhibitions continued to plague the Saints. The blocking was suspect, and besides a couple early runs by C.J. Spiller, the rushing attack was unimpressive.

By Josh Katzenstein / Times-Picayune

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New Orleans Saints still looking for consistent pass rush Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Today 09:10 AM

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The New Orleans Saints' only sack in Friday night's exhibition loss came on the Pittsburgh Steelers' final pass play with 6:18 remaining in the fourth quarter, a play by cornerback Cortland Finnegan.

After the 27-14 loss, coach Sean Payton mentioned two of the team's biggest issues as the regular season approaches, and the Saints' pass rush is "obviously very concerning."

"We're not consistent yet," said defensive end Darryl Tapp, who could've had a sack in the first half if not for a clear holding penalty that wasn't called. "We'll have good spurts and good moments and then other times we're just out there fighting. So, it's something that we got to continue to work at."

By Josh Katzenstein / Times-Picayune

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New Orleans Saints offensive line struggles remain under the microscope Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Today 09:06 AM

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Following a third straight preseason loss, New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton didn't hold back on the issues he believes are plaguing the team.

"The one thing that's concerning and troubling right now is Week 3 of the preseason that our ability to protect and then our ability to rush the passer," Payton said. "Those are two things I think that if you just watch the game that are concerning, obviously very concerning."

The Saints got to the Pittsburgh Steelers' quarterbacks four times (one sack, three quarterback hits) on the game, but quickly fell behind 14-0 in the first quarter before losing 27-14.

By Herbie Teope / Times-Picayune

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Bobby: Highlight of Saints-Steelers was the new video boards Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Today 09:04 AM

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For the third game in a row, the Saints got a L hung on them in the 2016 preseason. After the Saints' discouraging loss to the Steelers, the Cajun Cannon Bobby Hebert had plenty to relfect on.

"When it rains in the preseason, it pours!" Hebert said. "The Saints have lost 8 preseason games in a row - last one was August 23 2014 when they beat the Colts! And theyll be 0-9 come Thursday... I think the Ravens backups are just better than our backups. I dont know what kind of momentum you can say we'll have going into the Raiders game!

Was there anything positive to take away from this matchup?

By WWL Reporting

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Saints LB Stephone Anthony taking decreased role 'on the chin' Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 08-25-2016 11:51 AM

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Stephone Anthony, like many people, was nervous when he needed to ride a cart into the locker room at halftime of the New Orleans Saints' preseason debut in New England.

But, less than two weeks after suffering an unspecified leg injury, Anthony returned to training camp Monday and participated fully in all three practices so far this week in Metairie.

"I'm extremely blessed, extremely fortunate that it wasn't as bad as we thought it was, and I'm healthy," Anthony said Wednesday.

By Josh Katzenstein / Times-Picayune

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New Orleans Saints fan gets special moment at practice 2 weeks after husband's death Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 08-25-2016 11:49 AM

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Sylvia Masters had never attended a New Orleans Saints practice. Neither had her mother. But on Wednesday, more than two weeks after the passing of her husband of 25 years, Rachel Masters went with her daughter from their home in Houma to watch their beloved football team in person for the first time.

What happened next went beyond their wildest expectations.

"I was shocked," Rachel Masters said.

About midway through the final Saints training camp practice of the year, coach Sean Payton walked toward the sideline and said he needed two fans to join him on the practice field.

By Christopher Dabe / Times-Picayune

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Sean Kelley: Observations from Wednesday's New Orleans Saints practice Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 08-25-2016 11:46 AM

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The New Orleans Saints held their final open practice of Training Camp 2016 presented by Verizon on Wednesday. The crowd at practice was perhaps the biggest yet. There was some cloud cover but for the most part, it was a typical hot August day as the team practiced in helmets and shoulder pads for the third straight time. Here are some observations:

1. Knock on wood. The Saints may be the healthiest I can remember at this point in camp over the last several years. Despite this being a more competitive and physical camp, the numbers of injuries both serious and nagging are down. It’s one of the positives Coach Sean Payton pointed out when reflecting on the last month. Sheldon Rankins is the only Saint who doesn’t qualify here.

By Sean Kelley / New Orleans Saints.Com

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Kenny Vaccaro stands out in fourth-down drills, and other Saints practice observations Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 08-25-2016 07:52 AM

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The final New Orleans Saints training camp-style practice showed off what has been the major storyline of the offseason: the defense is improving.

The often-criticized unit excelled in a series of team drills involving fourth-down situations during Wednesday's practice at the team facility. Fourth-year safety Kenny Vaccaro received his turn as the headliner in those drills to continue an overall uptick defensively.

Vaccaro picked up two possible sacks (we don't really know because no one is hitting Drew Brees) on blitzing situations and at least one pass breakup on Coby Fleener during the drills. Even if the first play wasn't a sack, undrafted rookie corner De'Vante Harris cleaned it up anyway by swatting away a Brees offering to Willie Snead deep downfield.

By Larry Holder / Times-Picayune

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Saints want better offensive display in third preseason game Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 08-25-2016 07:49 AM

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For most of training camp, the New Orleans Saints' defense has looked better than the offense.

Some of the surprising imbalance is clearly a result of the defense performing better than it has the past two years, thanks largely to some new players and an improved comfort level under coordinator Dennis Allen.

But, as the team prepares for its third preseason game Friday night against the Pittsburgh Steelers (7 p.m. at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome), coach Sean Payton thinks it's time for the offense to show it can perform how the Saints expect.

By Josh Katzenstein / Times-Picayune

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Gumbo rah-rah: How a St. Bernard dog became the New Orleans Saints mascot Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 08-25-2016 07:47 AM

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Even at the time, it made little sense to most people when the Louisiana Restaurant Association in 1967 gifted the then-fledgling New Orleans Saints with a St. Bernard dog to serve as the team's mascot. Granted, the breed had the word "saint" in its name, and the gift was said to be an homage to New Orleans' neighboring St. Bernard Parish, but other than that, any connections seemed pretty thin.

Only in retrospect did the gift of Gumbo, as the pooch was named, reveal itself as a perfect fit. After all, St. Bernards are used as Alpine rescue dogs. And if anybody needed rescuing over the first 40-plus years of the team's 50 years in existence – not to mention a nip from that barrel of brandy traditionally tied around the necks of that particular breed -- it was the Saints and their loyal but beleaguered fans.

By Mike Scott / Times-Picayune

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Sean Payton: I'd want rookie WR Michael Thomas in fantasy football Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 08-24-2016 12:05 PM

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New Orleans Saints rookie Michael Thomas has made some sensational plays this summer, but for the most part, his teammates have been the ones praising the wide receiver publicly.

Thomas, a second-round pick, has been extremely humble while discussing his performance in his first training camp, and coach Sean Payton has been quick to point out some ways in which Thomas needs to improve, like trying to catch everything with two hands instead of making impressive one-handed grabs.

NFL teams sometimes temper public expectations for rookies, hoping to avoid the arrogance that can beset young players, but Payton said Tuesday that's not the case with Thomas.

By Josh Katzenstein / Times-Picayune

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DT Nick Fairley looking like an active, athletic starting option for Saints Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 08-24-2016 12:03 PM

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Friday's game being an exhibition isn't tempering New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Nick Fairley's excitement.

A native of Mobile, Ala., Fairley grew up cheering for the Saints, and the upcoming preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers will be his first Superdome experience with the home team.

"Actually, as a kid, growing up I didn't go to any of the games," he said Tuesday. "I came here as a rookie when I was in Detroit, but now, I'm playing, I'm on their sideline and I get the cheers from their fans? I got chills talking about it."

By Josh Katzenstein / Times-Picayune

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Saints rookie Sheldon Rankins recovering well after surgery, source says Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 08-24-2016 12:00 PM

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New Orleans Saints rookie defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins is recovering well from an Aug. 16 surgery to repair a broken fibula suffered in training camp, a source with knowledge of the situation said Wednesday.

Rankins, who underwent the procedure in North Carolina, is wearing a hard cast and back in New Orleans, where he will continue to be evaluated at the team's training facility in Metairie, the source said.

While initial reports forecasted Rankins' return at six weeks, there is no hard timetable for Rankins to get back on the field, the source said.

By Herbie Teope / Times-Picayune

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Sean Payton on Monday's training camp practice Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 08-23-2016 05:21 PM

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How do you gauge the extent to which having too much youth in cornerbacks, with reserve safeties is a liability or not?

“There is a balance, obviously sometimes you are more experienced, look Delvin Breaux has played a lot of football, so I don’t look at him maybe as a second(year) player with the experience he had. In a good way, we have some young free agents and I think each day they are making improvements and making strides. The looks that they are getting verse the last two opponents that we have practiced with and then played with have been good. PJ (Williams) is in his second year, be it first year playing and (Damian) Swann obviously the same way. I like the fact that we are young, but I like the fact that we are improving and getting better.”

Would you have more comfort with youth because of (Dennis) Allen?

“I don’t think that has anything to do with it. What we try to do is evaluate what we see on a daily basis and that is the production. How they perform in the 1 on 1 and how they are doing with the team 7 on 7s and constantly grading that type of film.”

By New Orleans Saints.Com

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Coby Fleener still 'a work in progress' in Saints offense Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 08-23-2016 05:12 PM

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It's easy to see the things Coby Fleener does well on a football field.

The 6-foot-6 tight end can get open, catch the ball and run downfield, and in a New Orleans Saints offense in which quarterback Drew Brees likes to throw to tight ends, Fleener should have plenty of chances to showcase those skills.

However, some of the finer points of the position could limit Fleener's opportunities as he adjusts to a new offense.

By Josh Katzenstein / Times-Picayune

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Saints rookie Vonn Bell thinks he can be a better blitzer than Tyrann Mathieu Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 08-23-2016 05:10 PM

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Despite having veteran starting safeties, Kenny Vaccaro and Jairus Byrd, the New Orleans Saints want safety Vonn Bell to have a role on defense as a rookie.

And even though the Saints drafted Bell for his speed and coverage skills, another talent could help the second-round pick see the field this season.

"I think he's a pressure player, so when he comes, I think he can really get to the quarterback pretty quickly," coach Sean Payton said of Bell. "(He has) good burst. He's done a really good job. He's opened some eyes."

By Josh Katzenstein / Times-Picayune

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The Young Standouts in the NFL -- Mike Detillier
Posted On 08-06-2016

The Young Standouts in the NFL

By Mike Detillier

Here is my look at the top 45 players in the NFL 25 years old and younger

1. Khalil Mack - Defensive End/Outside Linebacker - (Oakland Raiders)

Mack is 25 years old and one of the three most dominating defensive players in the league along with J.J. Watt and Von Miller. His next contract will be the largest ever given to a defensive player. He posted 15 quarterback sacks in 2015.

2. Luke Kuechly - Middle Linebacker - (Carolina Panthers)

Simply put, Kuechly at 25 years old is the best middle linebacker in the NFL. Terrific versus the run and a superb pass cover linebacker.

3. Odell Beckham, Jr. - Wide Receiver - (New York Giants)

New age version of what Lynn Swann (Steelers) was in the 1970’s. OBJ’s eye-hand coordination is at the top rung of the ladder. He’s just 23 years old.

4. Tyron Smith - Offensive Tackle - (Dallas Cowboys)

25 years old and Smith is the best left tackle in the NFC.

5. Aaron Donald - Defensive Tackle - (Los Angeles Rams)

Aaron is undersized, but quick and dominating. The 25-year old was in on 11 quarterback sacks and 63 tackles in 2015. Donald is the most disruptive interior player in the NFL.

6. Todd Gurley - Halfback - (Los Angeles Rams)

Gurley is on the verge of being the best halfback in the NFL. If healthy the 22-year old Gurley is a workhorse back with great power and speed.

7. Fletcher Cox - Defensive End/Tackle - (Philadelphia Eagles)

Cox is the most underrated big man athlete in the pros. The 25 year old Cox can play end, tackle or on the nose.

8. Derek Carr - Quarterback - (Oakland Raiders)

Carr is a gunslinger QB. with a strong arm, excellent leadership skills and he is an accurate passer from the pocket. Carr is 25 years old and getting better each season.

9. Zack Martin - Offensive Guard - (Dallas Cowboys)

Zack is 25 years old, but he plays old-school. Martin is the best offensive guard in the NFC.

10. DeAndre Hopkins - Wide Receiver - (Houston Texans)

He’s just 24 years old and Hopkins has already caught 239 passes for 3,533 yards and 19 touchdowns.

11. Le’Veon Bell - Halfback - (Pittsburgh Steelers)

What to Watch for -- Saints Training Camp 2016 -- Mike Detillier
Posted On 07-23-2016

What to Watch for -- Saints Training Camp 2016

By Mike Detillier

The 2016 training camp for the New Orleans Saints is right around the football corner and here are my observations on the “Watch” items during camp and in the preseason.

Finding a Pass Rush

When the 2015 NFL season ended the biggest need for the New Orleans Saints was to find a top edge pass rusher to compliment Cam Jordan.
Well, it is still the biggest need on the 2016 version of the New Orleans Saints.

What the Saints added this offseason to give them an edge rusher was signing journeyman veteran defensive end Daryl Tapp. The 11-year veteran has started just 4 games over the past 6 seasons in the NFL and over the past 3 seasons Tapp has recorded 3 ½ quarterback sacks.

At this stage they are hoping Tapp fills in as a role player defensively along the same lines of another veteran signee in safety Roman Harper.

The signing of Tapp is not likely to put fear in any opposing offense.

The loss of Hau’oli Kikaha to a torn ACL during the offseason workout sessions really put a dent into a position that is crying out for a signature player. What you have now on the roster are three “maybe” players in Obum Gwachum, Kasim Edebali and a player with potential in Davis Tull, if he can stay healthy.

Cam Jordan is the only “front seven” player the Saints have on the defensive roster at this time that would be a surefire “impact” player on any of the other 31 teams.

In the NFL it is all about having a signature player at the quarterback spot and defensive people who can put the opposing quarterback on his back and influence a throw.

Right now, the Saints have just one part of that winning combination. Expect to be in shootout games each week without that constant edge pressure.

Stopping the Run

In any level of football you better stop the run first or teams will just keeping pounding away at you. It doesn’t matter when you get the yardage you have to be able to slam the rushing door shut when needed.

For all the talk of a lack of a pass rush and it certainly was not there, what it masked was the fact that the Saints gave up a whopping 4.9 yards per rush to opposing running backs.

That is unacceptable at any level of...
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