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2016 Schedule
Date Opponent Time
8/11 @N.E. 6:30
8/20 @Texans 7:30
8/26 STEELERS 7:00
9/1 RAVENS 7:00
Regular Season
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Date Opponent Time
9/11 RAIDERS 12:00
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.
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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

2014 UDFA SIGNINGS

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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Sean Payton: I'd want rookie WR Michael Thomas in fantasy football Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Today 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 Today 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 Today 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 Yesterday 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 Yesterday 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 Yesterday 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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Jairus Byrd's turn to shine for improving Saints defense, and other practice observations Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On Yesterday 05:06 PM


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My mentions of Jairus Byrd haven't been all too plentiful during this year's New Orleans Saints training camp.

It's a give and take with this.

The give involves not mentioning Byrd too often for his performance in practice. The young cornerbacks have taking much of the headlines with their stellar play on a near-daily basis.

The take is that Byrd has been a staple with the first-team defense essentially the entire camp. That hasn't been the case by any means the last two offseasons. Byrd has been ready and able for the Saints, and never been a real liability for the improving defense.

By Larry Holder / Times-Picayune

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Marcus Murphy might be the most gifted return man on the New Orleans Saints roster. But his biggest weakness might keep him o Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 08-22-2016 07:46 PM


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The New Orleans Saints first team offensive line, playing together for the first time this season preseason in Saturday’s loss to the Houston Texans, struggled through most of the game.

Sean Payton says “a little bit” of the problem could be caused by Andrus Peat being shuffled back and forth between left tackle and right guard during much of training camp.

Peat filled in at left tackle for most of the early part of camp while the normal left tackle, Terron Armstead, recoevered from an injury. Peat, in his second season, also spent time at right guard, where he is slated to start.

By Rod Walker / New Orleans Advocate

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Sean Payton: If Marcus Murphy can't fix fumbles, 'we'll find another returner' Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 08-22-2016 07:44 PM


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Marcus Murphy might be the most gifted return man on the New Orleans Saints roster.

But his biggest weakness might keep him off the 53-man roster.

Murphy, whose promising rookie season as a return man was offset by ball security issues, fumbled his first punt return chance against the Houston Texans on Saturday night, the second straight game with a fumble on a return.

"We get a three-and-out to start the game, and the first punt's on the ground," Saints head coach Sean Payton said. "It just can't happen. We'll find another returner."

By Joel A. Erickson / New Orleans Advocate

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New Orleans Saints players talk about loss to Texans Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 08-21-2016 11:34 AM


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CB DELVIN BREAUX

Has it been a long camp?
“Three weeks without seeing the family, it is tough, but we got some good work in. It is time to see the family now.”

Talk about the good work you did tonight.

“Slight work. Just something for the amount of rest that I had. I saw they were running the ball a little bit on my side, so I had to make some tackles. I felt pretty good tonight. It was mostly to see the younger guys compete, but I felt pretty good.”

By New Orleans Saints.Com

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Saints' rough week continues with ugly loss to Texans Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 08-21-2016 11:31 AM


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So much for the idea of improving each week in the preseason.

The New Orleans Saints' offense was downright dreadful throughout Saturday's 16-9 loss to the Houston Texans -- from the starters on down.

The Saints officially had only three turnovers (interceptions thrown by Drew Brees and Garrett Grayson and a fumbled kickoff return by Marcus Murphy). But the ball seemed to be on the ground all night, from dropped passes to fumbles that were overturned by penalties or replays. They couldn't score touchdowns, they couldn't protect Brees and they couldn't run the ball to save their lives.

Coach Sean Payton said "it was as bad as we've been in a while" offensively, and "it was across the board."

By Mike Triplett / ESPN

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Saints, Keenan Lewis marriage comes to an abrupt divorce Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 08-20-2016 02:20 PM


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The ominous absence of cornerback Keenan Lewis from the New Orleans Saints practice field just one day after being removed from the physically unable to perform list raised a red flag.

You knew Lewis wasn't really healthy enough to practice after multiple procedures to repair his ailing hip, an injury he sustained nearly a year ago. You knew some sort of injured reserve could become a possibility for one of the Saints' better free-agent pickups from the last few years.

The Saints ultimately took it one step further by releasing Lewis on Friday, a source told NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune. Lewis published a goodbye letter to the Saints fanbase on his Instagram account.

By Larry Holder / Times-Picayune

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Keenan Lewis released by New Orleans Saints Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 08-20-2016 02:03 PM


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Signed to a big deal in free agency in 2013, Keenan Lewis was terrific in his first season in New Orleans. Just a few years later, the team has released him.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported the development, helping to explain Lewis' goodbye message Friday evening on Instagram. Lewis was limited to only six games last season because of surgeries for an MCL tear, torn labrum and sports hernia. Lewis was dealing with a hip problem this offseason. He was set to make $2.7 million.

The injuries were just too much for Lewis to overcome. The Saints telegraphed this move earlier this week when they signed Cortland Finnegan. They have decent cornerback depth with Delvin Breaux and second-year pro P.J. Williams, who has enjoyed a nice training camp.

By NFL Staff / NFL.Com

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Sean Payton on Thursday's Saints-Texans joint training camp practice Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 08-19-2016 01:06 PM


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With Delvin Breaux out at cornerback, how do you feel about all these young unexperienced guys on the roster and are you comfortable rolling with that?


“We’re not rolling with it. I think the key is to just executing at practice. There are a lot of guys getting a lot of repetitions. It is a chance for them to improve. We will work on getting Delvin (Breaux) back and Keenan (Lewis). In the meantime, we are having a chance to train and develop these guys against some pretty good receivers. I think the opportunity to see a different look (than) with another team just last week (against New England) is a positive.”

How much do you weigh experience over a young guy playing well?

“It is a total of everything you’re seeing by the time preseason ends. We will see what we have. Just keep evaluating these guys and trying to put them in situations so that it gives us a chance to see them.”

By New Orleans Saints.Com

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Saints defense continues improvement narrative vs. Texans, and other practice observations Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 08-19-2016 01:03 PM


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The same narrative for the New Orleans Saints defense followed the unit to the Houston Texans' practice facility Thursday morning. The storyline continues to be how the first-teamers maintained their improved play.

I'm leery to say the performance by the defense is becoming more than simply a trend. We've seen the Saints practice against themselves, a couple of times against the Patriots, a preseason game in New England and now one session in Houston.

There have been no real opportunities to ever say, "Welp, same old defense."

Quite the contrary, actually

By Larry Holder / Times-Picayune

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Saints' Drew Brees expects to 'play a little bit more' in second preseason game Posted By: mvtrucking Posted On 08-19-2016 01:01 PM


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HOUSTON -- Drew Brees played just three snaps in the New Orleans Saints' first preseason game this year against the New England Patriots.

Although he's not certain, Brees thinks he'll play more on Saturday when the Saints play the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium at 7 p.m.

"I expect to play a little bit more, but I don't think that's been decided yet — or at least we haven't been told yet," Brees said after the Saints' joint practice with the Texans on Thursday.

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)

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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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