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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 to play 5 primetime games in 2014 Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Today 06:15 AM


Full Story – WWLTV.Com


The New Orleans Saints will play in five primetime games in the 2014-2015 season.

The news comes after the NFL released its highly anticipated schedule Wednesday night.

The Saints will play Monday Night Football and Sunday Night Football twice. They have one Thursday Night Football game. They will open the season in Atlanta against the Falcons.

The first primetime game comes in week four in Dallas against the Cowboys, on Sunday, Sept. 28.

By WWLTV

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NFL reveals New Orleans Saints 2014 regular season schedule Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Yesterday 07:41 PM


Full Story – Examiner.Com


Football fans around the world were anxiously awaiting the release of the 2014 NFL schedule when the league released it on the evening of Wednesday, April 23, 2014. The Who Dat Nation has been waiting for their beloved New Orleans Saints to get back on the field, and now they know it will be Sept. 7, 2014, against the rival Atlanta Falcons to start things off.

The Saints have an interesting schedule ahead of them for the 2014 season, and it includes five primetime games. The first comes in week four when they travel to Dallas to take on the Cowboys in a Sunday Night Football game.

They'll have another go on Sunday Night Football when they face off with the Green Bay Packers at home in week eight. It's going to be a short week for the Saints as they will then travel to Carolina to face off with the Panthers on Thursday Night Football in week nine.

By Danny Cox / New Orleans Saints Examiner

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Adaptable Saints more balanced than ever Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Yesterday 01:45 PM


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The New Orleans Saints are evolving.

At their core, they haven't changed much since coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees arrived in 2006. The Saints are still led by a dynamic passing offense that toys with opponents inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, where New Orleans was 8-0 last season.

But the Saints will win the NFC South this year because they might just have the best defense in the division, too. Adding three-time Pro Bowl safety Jairus Byrd and future Hall of Fame cornerback Champ Bailey further bolstered a young defense that had a breakout year in 2013 under new coordinator Rob Ryan.

Meanwhile, New Orleans has also been embracing a more traditional run game while parting ways with offensive weapons like Darren Sproles and Lance Moore.

By Mike Triplett / ESPN

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New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram unsure if team will exercise fifth-year option Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Yesterday 01:42 PM


Full Story – Nola.Com


Defensive end Cam Jordan recently received a fifth-year option on his contract keeping him with the New Orleans Saints through the 2015 season. Running back Mark Ingram isn't so sure he'll receive the same treatment.

Ingram said at the Capital One Celebrity Shootout at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans at TPC Louisiana on Tuesday that he's uncertain as to whether or not the Saints will give the No. 28 overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft an added year.

The team has until May 3 to extend a fifth year to Ingram as part of a stipulation in the collective bargaining agreement, which would cost about $5.2 million in base salary.

By Larry Holder / Times-Picayune

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New Orleans Saints cornerback Champ Bailey says he still has some football left in him Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Yesterday 01:40 PM


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Roland "Champ" Bailey has been in the business of the NFL longer than the vast majority of players to ever suit up in the NFL as Bailey, who turns 36 in June, is set to enter his 16th season in the NFL. So he understands good and well naysayers exist.

Can someone his age with his wear and tear still play in the NFL much less win a starting job at cornerback with the New Orleans Saints this offseason?

"We'll see," Bailey said at the Capital One Celebrity Shootout at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans at TPC Louisiana on Tuesday.

By Larry Holder/ Times-Picayune

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New Orleans Saints tackle Zach Strief bucks roster turnover trend with new deal Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Yesterday 01:38 PM


Full Story – Nola.Com


Offseason workouts opened up for the New Orleans Saints on Monday and the team decided to hold a competition in the weight room. Then something struck Saints tackle Zach Strief.

"We're picking teams and we don't know half the people in the room. You're pointing at guys (he didn't know)," Strief said Tuesday at the Capital One Celebrity Shootout at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans at TPC Louisiana.

Roster turnover occurs on every team in the NFL every offseason, and there's no circumventing it.

By Larry Holder / Times-Picayune

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New Orleans Saints Pro Bowl guard Ben Grubbs talks about visiting Angola Prison Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 04-20-2014 08:27 AM


Full Story – New Orleans Saints.Com


You, Mike Singletary and a few others made a very faith filled visit up to Angola Prison – talk about that trip?

“Our chaplain, Pastor Rob sent out a mass text to myself, Benjamin Watson, Luke McCown and a few other guys and I was the only one that was able to go. Benjamin Watson couldn’t make it. Luke actually agreed to go but his wife apparently surprised him with Men’s Final Four tickets so he ended up having to back out.

“So here I am by myself and it’s my first time going to a prison. I was scared. I didn’t know what to expect. Pastor Rob, our chaplain said that everything is going to be fine. He has done this often but never been to Angola before. He was like pretty much your job is to give your testimony. I never really have given my testimony.

“God has been really moving in my life here recently. Just going to the PAO and being baptized and embracing my walk quietly. I couldn’t turn it down. I wanted to be a support for him so that’s how it all happened. I went to Angola Prison here in Louisiana.”

By New Orleans Saints.Com

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New Orleans Saints safety Jairus Byrd answers fans questions on Twitter Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 04-20-2014 08:25 AM


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Who was the first player to welcome you? Via @Maximus7Mobley

“Keenan Lewis”

What are your goals for this season? Via @OliverRoot


"To win every game"

What game are you looking forward to playing most this season? Via @SaintsTruth

"First game in the Dome"

By New Orleans Saints.Com

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2014 NFL draft projections for New Orleans Saints | Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier would fill niche, says Jeff Duncan Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 04-20-2014 08:21 AM


Full Story – Nola.Com


In my initial mock drafts, I've projected a trade-down scenario for the New Orleans Saints in and still believe a deal is a possibility at No. 27. With so many quarterback-needy teams reportedly cooling on "first-tier" prospects Blake Bortles, Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater, it's possible they elect to address other positions at the top of the first round then deal back into the bottom of the round to snag a quarterback. That scenario could be tempting for the Saints, especially if no top target is on the board at No. 27.

But for the sake of argument, I'll assume the Saints stick at No. 27 and take the best player available. They can go in a number of directions. I still see cornerback as the greatest position of need but I don't see many can't-miss prospects on the board at No. 27 so I'll go in a different direction with Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier.

By Jeff Duncan / Times-Picayune

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First Round Projections -- Mike Detillier Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 04-19-2014 11:47 PM


First Round Projections

By Mike Detillier


With the May 8th NFL draft approaching quickly here is my take at Round One.

1st Round Projections

1. Houston Texans, Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

2. St. Louis Rams (from Wash. R.), Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn

3. Jacksonville Jaguars, Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo

4. Cleveland Browns, Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

5. Oakland Raiders, Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M

6. Atlanta Falcons, Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

8. Minnesota Vikings, Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida

9. Buffalo Bills, Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA

10. Detroit Lions, Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

11. Tennessee Titans, Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

12. New York Giants, Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

13. St. Louis Rams, Odell Beckham, WR, LSU

14. Chicago Bears, Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh

15. Pittsburgh Steelers, Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State

16. Dallas Cowboys, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama

17. Baltimore Ravens, Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame

18. New York Jets, Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State

19. Miami Dolphins, Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State

20. Arizona Cardinals, Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

21. Green Bay Packers, Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame

22. Philadelphia Eagles, Marqise Lee, WR, USC

23. Kansas City Chiefs, Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville

24. Cincinnati Bengals, Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State

25. San Diego Chargers, Dee Ford, DE/OLB, Auburn

26. Cleveland Browns(from Indy Colts)- Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State

27. New Orleans Saints, C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama

28. Carolina Panthers, Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

29. New England Patriots, Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State

30. San Francisco 49ers, Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

31. Denver Broncos, Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State

32. Seattle Seahawks, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington


Buddy D Tales

For the past few weeks I have shared some past New Orleans Saints memories as told to me by legendary sports broadcaster Buddy Diliberto and his writings and commentaries at that time.

The response from the stories has been terrific and so here is another Buddy D draft day story.

"In 1972 the Saints finished 2-11-1 and John Mecom,...
New Orleans Saints re-sign WR Robert Meachem to a one-year deal Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 04-18-2014 12:18 PM


Full Story – New Orleans Saints.Com


New Orleans Saints Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis announced Friday that the club has re-signed veteran free agent wide receiver Robert Meachem to a one-year contract.

Meachem is a seven-year NFL veteran who was originally the club’s first round draft pick (27th overall) in 2007. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound former Tennessee standout has played in 92 regular season games with 33 starts and has posted career totals of 171 receptions for 2,800 yards (16.4 avg.) with 27 touchdowns.

Spending the 2012 season in San Diego, all but 14 of the catches and two of the touchdowns have occurred in a Saints uniform. His 16.5 yards per catch average in a Saints uniform is ranked second all-time in club record books. In eight playoff games with one start for the Black and Gold, Meachem has posted 17 receptions for 293 yards (17.2 avg.) with one touchdown.

By New Orleans Saints.Com

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New Orleans Saints fans vote Odell Beckham Jr. as LSU Tiger they want the Saints to draft Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 04-14-2014 11:58 AM


Full Story – New Orleans Saints.Com


LSU WR Odell Beckham Jr. was voted as the LSU player that New Orleans Saints fans would want the team to draft the most in a poll on NewOrleansSaints.com last week.

Beckham Jr. earned 58 percent of the 2,719 votes. Along with Beckham Jr., WR Jarvis Landry (18%) and RB Jeremy Hill (8%) rounded out the top three.

Beckham Jr. claimed the 2013 Hornung Award as college football’s most versatile player. He earned first-team All-America honors as a junior in 2013 as both a kick returner (Football Writers Association of America) and return specialist (CBSSports.com).

By New Orleans Saints.Com

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49ers' Aldon Smith busted at LA airport after making bomb threat, police say Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 04-14-2014 11:54 AM


Full Story – Nola.Com


LOS ANGELES -- San Francisco 49ers linebacker Aldon Smith was arrested Sunday at Los Angeles International Airport after authorities said he became belligerent during a security screening and threatened that he had a bomb.

The 24-year-old player was randomly selected for a secondary screening at Terminal 1 and became uncooperative with the process, airport police Sgt. Karla Ortiz said. She said he told a TSA agent that he had a bomb before walking to the gate. When airport police officers caught up with him, Ortiz said Smith became uncooperative and was taken into custody.

A witness video posted on TMZ.com shows Smith exchanging words with an officer as he was being handcuffed and escorted out of the gate area.

By Associated Press / Times-Picayune

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USC's Marcus Martin meets with Panthers, Saints, Eagles Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 04-14-2014 11:49 AM


Full Story –NFL.Com


USC center Marcus Martin, considered one of the top two players at his position in the draft, has met with Carolina, New Orleans and Philadelphia.

The National Football Post reported on Martin's visits. He and Colorado State's Weston Richburg are vying to be the first center selected.

Neither is seen as a first-rounder, though there always is a possibility that one could sneak into the first round.

There have been just nine centers drafted in the first round this century. Wisconsin's Travis Frederick was a surprise first-rounder last season, by Dallas, and played well as a rookie.

By Mike Huguenin / NFL.Com

Full Story –NFL.Com
CBA change may stagnate extensions Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 04-14-2014 11:34 AM


Full Story –ESPN.Com


Q: At what point do the New Orleans Saints draft a highly ranked QB as a future starter? Drew Brees is on the downside of his career, and didn't the Colts teach everyone the dangers of not having a capable, future starting QB if your Hall of Fame QB suddenly goes down or retires?

Is this the year for the Saints to draft a future starter such as Jimmy Garoppolo, Aaron Murray or AJ McCarron in the second to fourth rounds?

Rusty in Mandeville, La.

By John Clayton / ESPN

Full Story –ESPN.Com
Loomis: Saints' offseason going as planned Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 04-14-2014 11:30 AM


Full Story –ESPN.Com


From the outside looking in, the New Orleans Saints’ offseason has probably seemed a bit hectic.

The Saints have been full of surprises, from the big-name acquisitions of Jairus Byrd and Champ Bailey to the big-name departures of Darren Sproles and others.

And based on reactions from fans and national analysts alike, the biggest head-scratcher of all has been the fact that the Saints keep adding ammo to the roster despite a tight squeeze against the salary cap.

But none of these moves have been made on the fly.

By Mike Triplett / ESPN

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First Round Projections -- Mike Detillier
Posted On 04-19-2014


First Round Projections

By Mike Detillier


With the May 8th NFL draft approaching quickly here is my take at Round One.

1st Round Projections

1. Houston Texans, Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

2. St. Louis Rams (from Wash. R.), Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn

3. Jacksonville Jaguars, Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo

4. Cleveland Browns, Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

5. Oakland Raiders, Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M

6. Atlanta Falcons, Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

8. Minnesota Vikings, Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida

9. Buffalo Bills, Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA

10. Detroit Lions, Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

11. Tennessee Titans, Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

12. New York Giants, Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

13. St. Louis Rams, Odell Beckham, WR, LSU

14. Chicago Bears, Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh

15. Pittsburgh Steelers, Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State

16. Dallas Cowboys, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama

17. Baltimore Ravens, Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame

18. New York Jets, Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State

19. Miami Dolphins, Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State

20. Arizona Cardinals, Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

21. Green Bay Packers, Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame

22. Philadelphia Eagles, Marqise Lee, WR, USC

23. Kansas City Chiefs, Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville

24. Cincinnati Bengals, Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State

25. San Diego Chargers, Dee Ford, DE/OLB, Auburn

26. Cleveland Browns(from Indy Colts)- Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State

27. New Orleans Saints, C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama

28. Carolina Panthers, Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

29. New England Patriots, Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State

30. San Francisco 49ers, Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

31. Denver Broncos, Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State

32. Seattle Seahawks, Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington


Buddy D Tales

For the past few weeks I have shared some past New Orleans Saints memories as told to me by legendary sports broadcaster Buddy Diliberto and his writings and commentaries at that time.

The response from the stories has been terrific and so here is another Buddy D draft day story.

"In 1972 the Saints finished 2-11-1 and John Mecom,...
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What Happens in Round One for the Saints - Mike Detillier
Posted On 04-13-2014


What Happens in Round One for the Saints


By Mike Detillier

It is less than a month before the NFL draft and for at least one team what they do in the three-day event in May will lead them to a Super Bowl title.

For the 2014 New Orleans Saints the reach is close. The Saints, along with the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos, New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs and the Indianapolis Colts, are the clear-cut top teams in the league today and the right choices in May could well be the catalyst to put them in the Big Show.

The Saints have addressed some obvious needs in free agency in acquiring one of the elite free safeties in the game in Jairus Byrd, one of the all-time great cornerbacks in Champ Bailey-who at 36 years old will most likely be the #3 or nickel cornerback for the squad and a heavy duty lead blocker/H-back in Eric Lorig.

The holes on this football team are depth at the center spot with second-year center/guard Tim Lelito the likely starter, a “stretch the field” wide receiver, another cover cornerback or two and another starter type at linebacker, if he were available,

In Round One most would love to see LSU’s Odell Beckham, USC’s Marqise Lee or Oregon State’s Brandin Cooks on the board for the Saints, but it is highly unlikely any of the three will be there.

There is no center in this draft class that will be picked in Round One.

So that could well mean that the Saints go the route of a linebacker or cornerback in the opening round, if they stay pat at #27 spot.

With five receivers likely off the board in Sammy Watkins, Mike Evans, Beckham, Cooks and Lee and tight end Eric Ebron that means a defensive player will be pushed to late first round pick status.

On the opening night of the draft watch what happens to one of the three players in Ohio State outside linebacker Ryan Shazier, Alabama inside linebacker C.J. Mosley and Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller.

Cornerback is still a high need area for the Saints, but on paper you might not put linebacker high on the list, but with contracts due for outside linebackers Victor Butler and Junior Galette and inside linebacker David Hawthorne with a rich financial deal, linebacker is indeed a...
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