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8/20 @Texans 7:30
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
10/23 @Chiefs 12:00
10/30 SEAHAWKS 12:00
11/6 @49ers 3:05
11/13 BRONCOS. 12:00
11/17 @Panthers 7:25
11/27 RAMS 12:00
12/4 LIONS 12:00
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.
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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Saints' Nate Stupar emerging on defense with athleticism, play-making ability Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Yesterday 06:54 PM

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New Orleans Saints linebacker Nate Stupar dropped back in coverage early in the first quarter of Week 7 action against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith surveyed the field and spotted tight end Travis Kelce, who measures 6-5, 260 pounds, breaking open down the field before unleashing a pass.

There was a problem, however, for Smith and the Chiefs on that play – they didn't account for Stupar's athleticism as he jumped the route more than 15 yards down the field.

By Herbie Teope / Times-Picayune

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Saints LB Dannell Ellerbe categorizes rehab progress as 'leaps and bounds' Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Yesterday 06:51 PM

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New Orleans Saints linebacker Dannell Ellerbe's quad injury has prevented him from playing in a regular-season game entering Week 8.

While he admits to feeling frustration, the linebacker believes he is progressing well.

"Leaps and bounds," Ellerbe said. "I feel like I'm very close."

The eighth-year pro is also aware of the fan frustration over him not being healthy this season.

By Herbie Teope / Times-Picayune

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Takeaways from Coach Sean Payton's Wednesday teleconference Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Yesterday 06:49 PM

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A few short takes from New Orleans Coach Sean Payton’s Wednesday teleconference:

1. In a league where offenses have thrived the last several years – especially in the passing game – Seattle remains one of the top pass defenses in the league. The Seahawks allow 226 passing yards per game this season, ninth fewest in the NFL. Last season, they allowed 210.2, second-fewest in the league; two and three years ago, it was 185.6 and 172, respectively, which were fewest in the league; and in 2012, it was 203.1, sixth fewest.

“When you watch the tape it’s really two things,” Payton said. “They’re very talented, and I would say they’ve got outstanding technique. They’re playing a little bit of man-to-man, but you see a lot of zone coverage. It forces you to come underneath with throws. I think that combination of coverage and what they’re able to do with their rush plans make it extremely challenging.”

By John DeShazier / New Orleans Saints.Com

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Bobby: Saints keep shooting themselves in the foot Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 10-23-2016 08:22 PM

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New Orleans got off to the start they wanted, but couldn't seal the deal in frenetic Arrowhead Stadium. Bobby Hebert said on the Point After that the way the Cheifs are structured, there was no way the Saints could play the way they did and win the game.

The Black and Gold racked up penalties and turnovers and there was just no way to recover from that in front of the rowdy Kansas City crowd.

"If you look at the Chiefs last year, they were +14 in the turnover and now after this game, they're +7 - thats a playoff team," Bobby began. "And If you look at what Andy Reid has done witih the Chiefs, he's now 6-1 against opponents in Arrowhead Stadium. They definitely take care of the homefield advantage!"

By WWL Reporting

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Turnovers, penalties cost Saints in 27-21 loss to the Chiefs Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 10-23-2016 03:53 PM

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The brief winning streak is over.

The New Orleans Saints had two costly turnovers, and the defense again gave up too many big plays in a 27-21 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.

Things started well for the Saints (2-4) as quarterback Drew Brees threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Brandin Cooks on their opening drive, a play in which Cooks lined up in the backfield and then beat linebacker Frank Zombo on a wheel route.

After that drive, though, the Saints had an incredibly sloppy first half. The Chiefs (4-2) answered the touchdown on the following drive with former LSU running back Spencer Ware weaving through the defense for a 46-yard receiving touchdown.

By Josh Katzenstein / Times-Picayune

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Brandin Cooks on long TDs: 'I turn it into a track meet' Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 10-23-2016 03:24 PM

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Brandin Cooks is fast -- really fast.

This isn't new information. But his 87-yard touchdown catch on Sunday showed the Saints don't mind taking advantage of his speed, which has now become historic. Cooks became the first player in league history to score touchdowns of 85 yards or more in his team's first five games on Sunday.

"I turn it into a track meet," Cooks said, via The Times-Picayune. "It feels like you get the baton handed off to you and you just run. On the track, you're not looking around, you're just going. So, that's what I feel like is my vision."

By Nick Shook / NFL.Com

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Saints looking for ways to produce many more happy returns Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 10-22-2016 07:23 PM

Full Story –TheAdvocate.Com

The New Orleans Saints got their first game-changing return last week against Carolina.

Tommylee Lewis fielded a punt and headed right, cut through three Panthers to get upfield, stepped through a tackle and ripped off 59 yards, brought down only when he tried to fake his way past punter Andy Lee and ended up losing his balance.

Lewis' stumble kept him out of the end zone, but he also gave the Saints' return game a much-needed spark. New Orleans is now averaging 12.6 yards per punt return, but the Saints have only been able to produce 17.1 yards per kickoff return, which ranks 30th in the NFL.

By Joel A. Erickson / The Advocate

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Quotes from Sean Payton's Friday Press Conference Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 10-22-2016 04:46 PM

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What do you see in the Kansas City offense?

“The Kansas City offense is extremely good. They do a good job running the football. The quarterback does a good job of spreading the ball around on third downs and I think they give you a lot of looks that become challenging, so trying to replicate that in practice is a big task and on the road this is going to be a good challenge.”

Third down percentage has improved since the beginning of the year, do you attribute that to better down and distances?

“I think it is a little bit of both. I would like to think that we are improving in our execution and then certainly when you are in the 10 or 11 (yards to go) plus your numbers aren’t going to be as good and they go hand in hand. We spent a lot of time on it, hopefully that continues, but I think it will be important statistic in this game, both teams.”

By New Orleans Saints.Com

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Saints rule out six players, including Stephone Anthony Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 10-22-2016 04:40 PM

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The New Orleans Saints are getting healthier in some key areas, but they’re still dealing with plenty of injuries throughout their roster.

A total of six players were ruled out for Sunday’s game at the Kansas City Chiefs, including backup linebacker Stephone Anthony, who was just added to the injury report Friday with a hamstring issue.

The other players ruled out were CB Delvin Breaux (fibula), CB Sterling Moore (abdomen), LB Dannell Ellerbe (quad), OL Andrus Peat (groin) and RB Daniel Lasco (hamstring).

By Mike Triplett / ESPN

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Kristian: Big names return to Saints practice today Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 10-19-2016 08:46 PM

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Saints offensive tackle Terron Armstead is back - well at practice at least. Armstead participated in the potion of practice that was open to the media on Wednesday, and was listed on the injury report as limited in participation.

Terron hasn't played since week 2 of the season after suffering a knee injury in the loss to the Giants. Having Armstead back this week would be key for a number of reasons, but more importanlty because Andrus Peat did not practice after suffering a leg injury in the win over the Panthers. CB Delvin Breaux also returned to the practice field for the first time since week 1 after he broke his fibula, but the team officially designated him as "Did Not Practice."

In addition, rookie DT Sheldon Rankins also returned to the practice field. Rankins officially can't come back until week 9. He was activated on the Reserve Injured list, and the team has two weeks to activate him to the roster.

By Kristian Garic / WWL

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Saints rookie DT Sheldon Rankins expected to come off IR Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 10-19-2016 08:35 PM

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Help has arrived for the New Orleans Saints' 31st-ranked defense.

First-round draft pick Sheldon Rankins returned to practice Wednesday and has been designated as the Saints' one player to return from injured reserve this season.

The rookie defensive tackle was placed on IR in Week 1 after he suffered a broken left fibula during training camp. Wednesday was the first day he was eligible to return under NFL rules. The earliest Rankins can return to a game is Week 9 at the San Francisco 49ers.

By Mike Triplett / ESPN

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A battle of opposites when dynamic Saints face stout Chiefs Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 10-19-2016 08:33 PM

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We're going to see a clash of styles Sunday at Kansas City -- which traditionally provides a challenge for the New Orleans Saints.

The 2-3 Saints will be on the road against an unfamiliar AFC opponent in the 3-2 Kansas City Chiefs, who typically rely on a stingy defense, a stout running game and a conservative passing attack.

The Chiefs have been far from perfect this season. They got trounced by another dynamic offense three weeks ago, when they lost at the Pittsburgh Steelers, 43-14. But they bounced back in impressive fashion with a 26-10 win at the Oakland Raiders last week.

By Mike Triplett / ESPN

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No offense, but New Orleans Saints don’t spell defense with a ‘D’ Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 10-19-2016 08:30 PM

Full Story – Sun Herald.Com

Victory Monday has passed.

The 24-hour celebratory rule has expired.

It’s Reality Wednesday.

Question: Have you ever seen such a disparity in terms of production between an offensive unit and defensive unit as the one that exists on the 2016 New Orleans Saints?

By Brian Allee-Walsh / Sun Herald

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Saints kicker Wil Lutz named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 10-19-2016 08:27 PM

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New Orleans Saints rookie kicker Wil Lutz was named the NFC's Special Teams Player of the Week on Wednesday following his 52-yard game-winning field goal against the Carolina Panthers last Sunday.

Lutz, who was signed by the Saints after he was cut by the Baltimore Ravens at the end of training camp, is the first rookie Saints kicker to receive the honor. Lutz's kick with 11 seconds remaining gave the Saints a 41-38 win over the Panthers and improved New Orleans to 2-3 heading into Sunday's game at Kansas City.

By New Orleans Saints.Com

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Kenny Vaccaro wants defense to work Monday despite coaches offering off day after Week 6 win Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 10-17-2016 09:10 AM

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Victory Mondays are common in the NFL.
Games on Sunday leave so many players with bumps and bruises, so after a win, players typically appreciate an off day.

New Orleans Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro is different.

"Coach gave us the day off, and I was like, 'No,'" Vaccaro said after the Saints beat the Panthers, 41-38, Sunday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. "I want the whole defense to meet tomorrow with the coaches, and we're going to go through this whole tape.

"We won the game, but I don't have a good taste in my mouth. I think there's some things out there that I know that we didn't do that we need to execute, little things that are going to cost us in the future."

By Josh Katzenstein / Times-Picayune

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Sean Payton on benching LB James Laurinaitis: 'We felt like it' Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 10-17-2016 09:07 AM

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James Laurinaitis was upset he had to sit out the New Orleans Saints' Week 4 game due to a quad injury, the first game of his career he ever missed.

What happened Sunday might be even more disappointing for the veteran linebacker.

Laurinaitis was active after healing from his injury, but he didn't reclaim his starting spot at middle linebacker. Instead, the Saints kept Craig Robertson in the middle and Nate Stupar on the weak side, the lineup they used when Laurinaitis missed the win over the San Diego Chargers.

By Josh Katzenstein / Times-Picayune

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Hope Ellerbe is Healthy -- Mike Detillier
Posted On 10-02-2016

Hope Ellerbe is Healthy

By Mike Detillier

Right now the New Orleans Saints are in desperate need of play-makers on defense. Arguably two of their best defensive players in cornerback Delvin Breaux and defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins will not be back “active” for the team until mid-season or maybe even a little after that point due to injuries.

One good player for the Saints is outside linebacker Dannell Ellerbe. There is no questioning his talents, but right now the speedy outside linebacker just can’t stay healthy and he has not played a snap in the 2016 regular season.

That looks to be different today since the word is that Ellerbe looks like a “go” for the Saints and he is a difference-maker on defense.

Last season Ellerbe played in 6 games and started 4 and he was in on 39 tackles, he had 1 forced fumble and 1 pass deflection, but during training camp Ellerbe got nicked up again and he has seen no action for a defense that really needs his football field presence.

Since the start of the 2014 season Ellerbe has played in just 7 games in 35 possible games in the NFL. The Saints acquired Ellerbe and a third round pick from the Miami Dolphins in exchange for wide receiver Kenny Stills.

Saints coaches have praised the former Baltimore Ravens linebacker, but his absence due to injuries has created a huge hole at outside linebacker for the Saints.

A healthy Ellerbe will not cure all the defensive ills for the Saints, but he is a productive player, super instinctive to the football and the best cover linebacker the team has. If he does play watch what type impact Dannell Ellerbe makes for the Saints defense. Just hope and pray he can stay healthy.

Disturbing Saints stat

Last season the New Orleans Saints defense gave up a league-high 29.8 points per game. In the 3 games played in 2016 the Saints defense has given up an average of 32 points per game.

That is just not acceptable at any level of football and the Saints organization has spent a lot of money in free agency and used a number of high picks via the draft to cure this major ill, but there are still gaping holes on defense due to a lack of talent and...
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)

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