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9/11 @Vikings Loss
9/17 PATRIOTS Loss
9/24 @Panthers 12:00
10/2 @Dolphins 8:30am
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10/29 Bears 12:00
11/5 BUCS 3:05
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11/19 REDSKINS 7:25
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12/3 PANTHERS 12:00
12/7 @Falcons 7:25
12/17 JETS 3:05
12/24 FALCONS 12:00
12/31 @Bucs 3:25
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Car. 2 0 0 32 6 0-0
T.B. 1 0 0 29 7 0-0
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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
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Dominant Panthers defense faces stiffest test vs. Saints Posted By: Andrus Posted On Today 01:30 AM

By Steve Reed

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — It’s time to find out if Carolina’s No. 1-ranked defense is for real.

After dominating performances against sub-par offenses in San Francisco and Buffalo, middle linebacker Luke Kuechly knows the Panthers will face their stiffest test Sunday when Carolina plays host to Drew Brees and the Saints’ high-flying offense.

“Their offense is still what it is — it’s explosive,” Kuechly said. “Drew makes it run and they’re very creative with the ball.”

The Panthers have been so dominant on defense that they’ve surrendered only two field goals in eight quarters and only once have allowed an opponent to reach inside their 25-yard line — and even that ended in a turnover on downs. Carolina is looking to become the first team to hold its first three opponents to three points or less since the 1937 Bears.

Carolina’s defense already consisted of several star players including Kuechly, outside linebacker Thomas Davis, defensive tackle Kawann Short and safety Kurt Coleman. But the team didn’t stand pat in the offseason, adding 17-year veteran defensive end Julius Peppers, cornerback Captain Munnerlyn and safety Mike Adams to the mix, bringing a veteran flavor to go along with two young, but improving cornerbacks in James Bradberry and Daryl Worley.

Full Article - Washington Post
FFF: Is the Brees era with the Saints coming to an end? Posted By: Andrus Posted On Today 01:27 AM

Written by: Garland Gillen, Sports Managing Editor

On "The Herd" this week, it's host Colin Cowherd, opined "This is probably it" for the Payton-Brees partnership. He went one step further asking Sports Illustrated's Peter King if his opinion was fact.

King felt the same, "Yeah this is probably it." But then King paused, and pulled back a little on his prediction. He felt with Brees, you couldn't write the season off just yet for the Black and Gold.

Is Cowherd right, or King right in leaving the door open on the Saints season. The facts are the Saints are 0-2 for the fourth season in a row, and the last three campaigns they missed the playoffs. They lose Sunday, the playoff dreams of the Saints are DEAD.

So what's next if Payton's crew miss the postseason for the fourth year in a row. First off, Brees will no longer call New Orleans home. "Breesus" will be a free agent, with three-to-four years of play still in him...

Full Article - Fox8live.com
Panthers, Saints add twists with Christian McCaffrey, Alvin Kamara Posted By: Andrus Posted On Today 01:23 AM

By Mike Triplett and David Newton

When asked for his impressions of the New Orleans Saints’ offense through the first two weeks, Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly cracked, “Well, Drew Brees is still really good.”

But in the next breath, Kuechly singled out a brand-new headache that he and the Panthers have to worry about -- rookie Saints running back Alvin Kamara.

Kamara, a third-round draft pick from Tennessee, has brought that “joker” dimension back to a New Orleans offense that featured it in the years of Darren Sproles and Reggie Bush. He’s playing a limited role in a crowded backfield with veterans Mark Ingram and Adrian Peterson, but his 38-yard catch in the second quarter against the New England Patriots in Week 2 and his 50-yard touchdown run in the preseason amplified how explosive he can be.

Likewise, the Panthers have now created all-new game-planning problems for the rival Saints by making rookie running back Christian McCaffrey a centerpiece of their offense...

Full Story - ESPN.com
McCaffery, Kamara careers converge in Saints-Panthers clash Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 08:56 PM

By Paul Schenkel (AP) -- Morganton News Herald

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Carolina's Christian McCaffrey and New Orleans' Alvin Kamara are in the infancy of NFL careers that are set to run along similar tracks in the same division for years to come.

The convergence of the running backs' paths comes into focus Sunday, when the Saints visit the Panthers in NFC South play.

"There are a lot of similarities," Panthers coach Ron Rivera said this week. "Both have good hands — good runners, good vision, cutback ability, stuff like that."

Oddly, they were rarely, if ever, mentioned in the same sentence during their college careers, which bore little resemblance to one another.

McCaffrey was widely regarded as Stanford's most outstanding player — so much so that he skipped the Cardinal's bowl game last season with the aim of ensuring he was in the best possible physical condition for the NFL draft. Carolina drafted him in the first round, eighth overall.

Kamara recalled taking notice whenever McCraffrey's college highlights appeared on television.

Full Article -- News Herald
Saints make adjustments on defensive line ahead of Week 3's game against Panthers Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 07:05 PM

By Herbie Teope -- Picayune

The New Orleans Saints spent a good portion of the week tweaking the defensive line, adding three players the team knows well to the 53-man roster.

The adjustments come days before the Saints take on the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium.

Defensive end Darryl Tapp returned just weeks after the Saints released him; defensive end Kendall Langford signed a free-agent deal; and the Saints elevated defensive tackle David Parry from the practice squad.

"I think week by week you have a goal and plan in place," coach Sean Payton said Thursday in a teleconference. "First with Darryl, he's familiar with what we do. He gives you some strength, experience. We felt the latter part of his training camp was as good as he played here in a while."

Full Article -- Picayune
Injuries leave some uncertainty for Saints at cornerback heading into Carolina game Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 06:14 PM

By Joel Erickson -- Advocate

Ken Crawley has patiently waited his turn through the first two weeks of the season.

Crawley, who made the Saints as an undrafted free agent and ended up playing 501 snaps for the defense last year as the team's third cornerback, has been inactive for the first two games this season.

He believes he'll get his chance this week. With rookie starter Marshon Lattimore in the concussion protocol and veteran Sterling Moore battling a chest injury, the Saints enter Sunday's game against Carolina with some uncertainty at the cornerback position.

"You've always got to be in position when your number's called to go in and make plays and be there for the defense," Crawley said.

Crawley has watched from the sideline as the Saints' secondary has allowed Minnesota's Sam Bradford and New England's Tom Brady to complete 80.3 percent of their passes for 793 yards and six touchdowns in the first two games.

Full Article -- Advocate
Bradley Sylve 'cheesed out' when Saints called with practice squad opportunity Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 05:33 PM

By Herbie Teope -- Picayune

Cornerback Bradley Sylve admits to being down when the Buffalo Bills released him on Sept. 2 as part of the roster trimmings to reach the initial 53-man roster.

Sylve, whom the Bills signed as a free agent in April, recorded eight tackles during preseason action.

And the former Alabama defensive back, who possesses 4.4 speed, thought he did enough to stick in Buffalo before getting the word the Bills were going a different direction.

"I'm not even going to lie to you, it shocked me, kind of broke me down because I wasn't expecting it to happen," Sylve said. "But it's life, the nature of the beast. I had to take that one to the chin and just move forward."

Full Article -- Picayune
Saints value veteran Kendall Langford's versatility on defensive line Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 04:43 PM

By Joel Erickson -- Advocate

The New Orleans Saints have kept an eye on*Kendall Langford*for a long time.

Langford, who spent the last two seasons in Indianapolis before being cut with a failed physical designation in August, might be able to offer help at more than one spot on the defensive line.

Built like a 3-4 defensive end at 6-foot-6, 305 pounds, Langford will likely play both end and tackle in the Saints' 4-3 scheme.

"It'll be some outside, some inside, a little bit on the sub (or passing) downs," Langford said.

Full Article -- Advocate
Saints' Marshon Lattimore not practicing for second consecutive day Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 03:52 PM

By Herbie Teope -- Picayune

New Orleans Saints rookie cornerback Marshon Lattimore (concussion) could be in danger of not playing Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.

Lattimore, who suffered a concussion in Week Two, was not present on the field during the stretching and conditioning portion of practice open to the media for a second consecutive day.

The Saints' first-round pick (11th overall) later came out and observed his teammates go through drills from the side, however.

Full Article -- Picayune
Saints know poor personnel decisions have stunted the defense's growth, but believe they're getting on the right track Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 03:35 PM

By Nick Underhill -- Advocate

Sean Payton made an admission that wasn’t really an admission at all – at least not a new one.

It wasn’t an admission because the evidence has been laid out for a while, and he revealed the truth about what he thought of the team's string of poor draft selections years ago, not just through words, but also actions.

“I would say the other common theme (is) we have missed on a handful of defensive players in the draft and that process has gotten better,” Payton said.

Payton has made a version of this statement several times over the last few years. He also spoke loudest when the organization fired Rick Reiprish at the 2015 Senior Bowl and replaced him with Jeff Ireland. But perhaps the words resonated more deeply on Thursday because the team is marred in another 0-2 start and just traded away a former first-round pick who was supposed to cure some of the woes on defense.

Full Article -- Advocate
Saints tight end Coby Fleener credits extra time with Drew Brees for two-touchdown start Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 03:04 PM

By Joel Erickson -- Advocate

Coby Fleener has two touchdowns in two games, already one score away from matching his total for his entire opening season in New Orleans.

Fleener followed up a five-catch performance in the opener with three more catches and a touchdown against the Patriots.

But the Saints' major prize from 2016 free agency knows there's a long way to go.

"It's far too early to say that the numbers this year will be better than last year," Fleener said.

Fleener has eight catches for 87 yards so far, numbers that both rank third on the team so far. Forced to miss some of training camp due to the birth of his child and a nagging injury, Fleener got some extra playing time in the preseason, but he's rounding into form now.

An extra offseason with Drew Brees has helped.

Full Article -- Advocate
Sean Payton reflects on defensive issues, admits to 'missing on handful' of players in draft Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 01:04 PM

By Herbie Teope -- Picayune

The New Orleans Saints continue to struggle on defense through two games of the regular season.

The Saints have allowed numerous explosive plays, and rank last in the league in total defense (512.5 yards allowed per game) and last in the league in passing defense (388.5 yards allowed per game).

Coach Sean Payton recognizes there is a problem and took a moment during Thursday morning's teleconference to point out some of the prevalent issues that have plagued the defensive side in recent years.

"When you're not playing well on defense, there's always going to be a few common themes with regards to getting off the field on third down," Payton said. "Statistically, a number of those things.

Full Article -- Picayune
Saints face tough challenge in Panthers' improved secondary Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 12:51 PM

By Amos Morale III -- Picayune

The Carolina Panthers are off to a 2-0 start this season after winning just one of their first six games in 2016.

In those two victories, the Panthers defense has allowed just six points. Through two games last season the Panthers allowed 48 points including 27 to the 49ers, one of the teams they've held to just 3 this year.

Aside from the numbers, Saints coach Sean Payton said he's noticed improvement from that unit on tape.

"I think you see it in the front. And I'd say this the corners are now in year two. (James) Bradberry and (Daryl) Worley are both playing well," Payton said. "So I do think in these first two weeks, they're playing with a lot of confidence."

Full Article -- Picayune
Now that he's seeing star treatment from other teams, Michael Thomas says he must 'go harder' Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 12:41 PM

By Nick Underhill -- Advocate

The Patriots often enter a game with the goal of taking away the one thing you do best.

They’ll key in on erasing a running back who catches passes out of the backfield or bracket a star tight end with a cornerback and safety. If you're going to beat them, you'll need to do so with your other players.

On Sunday, New England decided it wasn’t going to let Michael Thomas win in the red zone. The greatest piece of evidence came in the second quarter when the Saints were on the 5-yard line.

“(It) was kind of a mirrored pattern to both sides,” coach Sean Payton said. “Drew saw the overload obviously over towards Mike and came back over to Brandon (Coleman). We have to be prepared for that.”

The offense came out with two players split out on both sides of the formation, and had the slot receivers run routes underneath picks set by the outside players. On the left side of the formation, Coleman saw one-on-one coverage as he headed toward the corner of the end zone for an easy reception.

Thomas wasn't defended the same way.

Full Article -- Advocate
Former Saints, current Panthers tight end Chris Manhertz in line for more action Sunday Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 12:31 PM

By Herbie Teope -- Picayune

The Carolina Panthers won't be alone Sunday in seeing familiar faces on the opposing sidelines.

The New Orleans Saints will experience the same feeling when looking across the field and spotting tight end Chris Manhertz.

Manhertz spent time in New Orleans before being claimed off waivers by Carolina in October 2016, and he has made an impression.

"Good football player, a young guy learning," Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Wednesday in a teleconference. "He's had a couple of good opportunities the last couple of weeks and he's made the most of them."

Full Article -- Picayune
Saints sign veteran DE Kendall Langford Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 09-20-2017 11:19 PM

By Nick Underhill -- Advocate

The Saints are bolstering their defensive line.

Veteran defensive end Kendall Langford announced on Twitter that he's signed with New Orleans following a Tuesday workout.

Full Article -- Advocate
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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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