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2017 Schedule
Date Opponent Time
8/10 @Browns 7:00
8/20 @Chargers 7:00
8/26 TEXANS 7:00
8/31 BALTIMORE 7:00
Regular Season
(All Times CDT)
Date Opponent Time
9/11 @Vikings 6:10
9/17 PATRIOTS 12:00
9/24 @Panthers 12:00
10/2 @Dolphins 8:30am
-- Bye --
10/15 LIONS 12:00
10/22 @Packers 12:00
10/29 Bears 12:00
11/5 BUCS 3:05
11/12 @Bills 12:00
11/19 REDSKINS 7:25
11/26 @Rams 12:00
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
Post Season
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Date Opponent Time
TBA TBA TBA
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

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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1 Young Saints ready for the challenge -- Mike Detillier Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Today 12:53 AM


Young Saints ready for the challenge

By Mike Detillier -- Houma Courier

Sunday night, we will get our first glimpse of the New Orleans Saints’ two first-round picks -- cornerback Marshon Lattimore and left offensive tackle Ryan Ramczyk -- in game-type action against the Los Angeles Chargers in the second preseason game.

We also get a chance to see again an emerging young prospect in defensive end Al-Quadin Muhammad, who the Saints selected in sixth round of the 2017 draft.

Before going down to an injury, Lattimore was impressive covering receivers one-on-one downfield, displayed excellent foot speed and -- something no one can teach him – first-rate ball skills. The Ohio State standout showed the skillset to find the ball quickly in flight and then make a play on the football.

But he also showed that when he was asked to play in “off” coverage sets or in zone coverage schemes, Latimore was not nearly as effective.

In “off” coverage sets or in zone that eventually turns into man coverage, Lattimore looked confused on who to cover and he has to improve in this part of the game.

I remember just about a year ago in preparing for LSU’s opening game against Wisconsin the buzz around the Badger program was that they had a left tackle as good as any tackle prospect they had seen since perennial All-Pro Joe Thomas, now with the Cleveland Browns.

That young man was Ryan Ramczyk, and in my weekly feature with Charles Hanagriff on the LSU pregame show, that was the match-up I picked to watch for.

Full Article -- Courier

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1 Next doctor up: Saints in process of rebuilding medical staff Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Today 12:09 AM


By Brian Allee-Walsh -- Sun Herald

Who let the Docs out!

This play on words of a popular Who Dat chant has been rattling around in my head ever since New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton fired two team orthopedists at mid-week after they apparently misdiagnosed a player’s injury.

Ochsner Hospital-based doctors Misty Suri and Deryk Jones were dismissed after third-year cornerback Delvin Breaux received an outside opinion that revealed he had suffered a fractured left fibula and not a contusion as the Saints’ orthopedists originally diagnosed several weeks ago.

Based on that opinion by noted orthopedist Robert Anderson, Breaux underwent surgery Thursday in Green Bay, Wisconsin, to repair the same leg that he broke in Game 1 last season. Breaux missed seven games in ’16. He is expected to be sidelined six weeks with the latest injury, causing him to miss season-opening games against the Minnesota Vikings and New England Patriots at the bare minimum.

These stunning developments came soon after the New Orleans Advocate reported that Payton had grown increasingly impatient with Breaux and team officials were exploring a trade. A starter the past two seasons and widely regarded as the team’s best cover corner, Breaux had been demoted to back-up status. Payton later acknowledged he was “pushing (Breaux) based on the information I was given.’’

Full Article -- Sun Herald
Three and out: Three storylines ahead of the Saints' preseason game at the Chargers Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 04:21 PM


By Nick Underhill -- Advocate

1. Quarterback battle

There could be a battle unfolding down the depth chart at quarterback. From our view, it looks like Ryan Nassib has outperformed Garrett Grayson. With Chase Daniel back in the fold and time running out on Grayson’s developmental window, New Orleans might only carry two quarterbacks this season. But there’s always the possibility that one more sneaks onto the roster. Before that can happen, someone needs to establish himself as the third-best quarterback on the roster. Can Grayson hold Nassib off?

Full Article -- Advocate
Michael Thomas plans to attack the football, season Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 04:04 PM


John DeShazier -- NewOrleansSaints.com

Costa Mesa, Calif. – If there is a concern that Michael Thomas fully isn’t aware of what’s in store for him this season by opposing defenses, eliminate it.

If nothing else, Thomas has shown that he isn’t just a quick study, but that he’s capable of devouring while he’s processing, something he has done equally well against teammates during training camp, and against defensive backs for the Los Angeles Chargers, against whom the New Orleans Saints had three joint practices this week at Jack Hammett Sports Complex, and will play Sunday in a preseason game at the StubHub Center.

The second-year receiver, who unquestionably is the Saints’ No. 1 receiver, has accepted and risen to this challenge as smoothly as he acclimated to the NFL game in 2016, a season in which he set franchise rookie records for receptions (92), receiving yards (1,137) and receiving touchdowns (nine).

He entered training camp bigger (220 pounds, up from 210). He’s stronger. He’s just as physical if not more so (pity the cornerback who’s pinned behind Thomas with the ball in flight). He’s a better route runner (among the ones he appears to have perfected, the slant route). And he’s even more aware of what is his role among the receiving corps.

Full Article -- NewOrleansSaints.com
7 Saints players to watch vs. Chargers in second preseason game Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 03:42 PM


By Larry Holder -- Picayune

Marshon Lattimore

The No. 11 overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft returned to full action for the first time in quite a while during the New Orleans Saints’ joint practice sessions with the Chargers.

Sean Payton said he anticipates Lattimore receiving his first dose of game action in Sunday’s preseason game at StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. The Saints absolutely need this piece of positivity within the cornerback group given Delvin’s Breaux’s likely absence to start the season.

Lattimore saw team snaps on Thursday and Friday with the first and second defensive units. The first-round cornerback received more of a trial by fire Friday when Lattimore took some first-team snaps. Philip Rivers completed a couple of throws on Lattimore, but the defensive back forced some incompletions as well.

Lattimore absolutely needs to be ready to start in Week 1 at Minnesota. This will be the first step to making that reality.

Full Article -- Picayune
Saints 'encouraged' by rookie Ryan Ramczyk's work against Chargers pass rushers Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 03:33 PM


By Herbie Teope -- Picayune

COSTA MESA, Calif. - Working against two defensive players, both of whom combined for 18 1/2 sacks in 2016, provides a daunting task for any offensive lineman.

New Orleans Saints rookie left tackle Ryan Ramczyk endured the test in consecutive joint practices against Los Angeles Chargers defensive ends Joey Bosa, who notched 10 1/2 sacks the past season, and Melvin Ingram, who recorded eight.

So, how did Ramczyk, the 32nd overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft, fare against two of the league's stout pass rushers?

"I think we were encouraged," Saints offensive line coach Dan Roushar said. "There are certainly a lot of things fundamentally that we have to improve on. I think he's getting challenged by two really good players in Ingram and Bosa, and I thought for the most part he did a pretty good job."

Full Article -- Picayune
Forget the score; how Saints rookies Marshon Lattimore and Ryan Ramczyk fare is what matters against the Chargers Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On Yesterday 03:24 PM


By Nick Underhill -- Advocate

COSTA MESA, Calif. — A few things actually will matter when the New Orleans Saints step onto the field Sunday. If you think one of those is ending their preseason losing streak, you can stop reading this, because you’re in the wrong place.

Just ask coach Sean Payton how much time he has spent plotting to improve his exhibition record.

“I hadn’t really paid too much attention,” he said. “Obviously, there are some things we prioritize in the preseason, and I think we want to win every time we compete. With that being said, a lot of it is making sure we get the right guys to work and receive a chance to evaluate and make the right decisions.”

How reserve quarterbacks Ryan Nassib and Garrett Grayson perform against the Los Angeles Chargers’ third- and fourth-string defenses Sunday will have no bearing on what happens in September, when the results matter. How cornerback Marshon Lattimore and tackle Ryan Ramczyk do will matter, and that’s why you should have your eyes on those players, not the scoreboard.

Full Article -- Advocate
1 Saints rookie Marcus Williams is flashing ball-hawking skills at safety Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 08-18-2017 07:23 PM


By Nick Underhill -- Advocate

COSTA MESA, Calif. — You could see it coming because Marcus Williams took you there, forcing your eyes to focus on what was happening before it unfolded.

You read Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers because he read him. And when he started to move toward the sideline, you could see where the ball was going, and it became obvious the New Orleans Saints rookie safety was about to intercept the pass.

That's what happens when instincts and ability blend perfectly.

“He’s a really rangy guy. He’s back there, he plays pretty deep and he has the speed to come off the hash, either one,” Saints backup quarterback Chase Daniel said. “We haven’t been able to get a lot of vertical throws by him. Just for a rookie, I’d say his instincts are off the charts right now as a safety.”

Full Article -- Advocate
Saints center Max Unger confident in return from offseason foot surgery Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 08-18-2017 07:05 PM


By Joel Erickson -- Advocate

COSTA MESA, Calif. – Max Unger isn't about to play the what-if game with the injury that cost him most of the offseason, even though the Saints fired their team orthopedists earlier this week after it became clear that Delvin Breaux's broken leg had been misdiagnosed.

Unger is on track to return in time to play in the preseason, and although he admits it would have been nice to go through surgery immediately after the season, that didn't seem like the right option.

At any rate, he's on track to be back in the middle of the New Orleans line in the next couple of weeks.

"None of that really matters anymore, because the surgery's done and here I am," Unger said. "It's tough to look back; there's no blame on anybody. This is an issue we just had to get fixed."

Full Article -- Advocate
Saints training camp Friday: Top plays, bad moments, roll call, more Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 08-18-2017 06:15 PM


By Nick Underhill -- Advocate

COSTA MESA, Calif. — Notes and observations from Friday’s practice with the Chargers:

Attendance: WR Travin Dural (concussion), WR Jake Lampman, CB Taveze Calhoun, CB Delvin Breaux (broken fibula), LB Stephone Anthony, C Jack Allen, TE Clay Harbor, TE Coby Fleener, T Zach Strief, RB Travaris Cadet, WR Ted Ginn Jr., T Terron Armstead (shoulder) and C Max Unger (foot) did not practice.

Returned: DT David Onyemata and TE Josh Hill (illness)

Dress code: Shorts and shells

Three stars

S Marcus Williams showed his instincts when he read and picked off a deep pass from QB Cardale Jones during team drills. His ability to read the field is starting to show up regularly.

DT Mitchell Loewen had a standout moment on the play Williams recorded the interception: He used a spin move to get off his blocker and create interior pressure. It has been mentioned here before, but if the Saints keep four defensive tackles, Loewen is making a case for the last spot.

Full Article -- Advocate
Delvin Breaux undergoes successful surgery, specialist installs new plate in leg Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 08-18-2017 06:04 PM


By Joel Erickson -- Advocate

COSTA MESA, Calif. – While the rest of his team was in California taking on the Los Angeles Chargers on Thursday, cornerback Delvin Breaux was in surgery in Green Bay to repair the broken fibula that Saints doctors initially misdiagnosed, leading to their firing as team orthopedists.

Dr. Robert Anderson, a leg and foot specialist, removed the old plate in Breaux's leg and a new, longer plate was installed.

Breaux came out of the surgery feeling optimistic.

"Surgery was a success," Breaux posted on his Twitter account late Thursday night.

Full Article -- Advocate
5-plus observations from Friday's Saints-Chargers joint practice Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 08-18-2017 05:51 PM


Picayune

Field time should help Marshon Lattimore

The Saints’ 2017 first first-round pick received snaps with the first- and second-team defenses in seven-on-seven and team drills. I’d say Lattimore put out mostly positive work.

Lattimore played good coverage on top Chargers wideout Keenan Allen to force an incompletion in seven-on-sevens. Philip Rivers immediately picked on Lattimore in the corner’s first rep in team drills, hitting Geremy Davis on an out route.

The rookie defensive back gave up a reception on a similar route to Davis from Cardale Jones later in team drills. But Lattimore returned with nice coverage on a Rivers pass to Dontrelle Inman on a deeper out route, forcing an incompletion.

Lattimore even intercepted Jones in team drills near the end of practice. Mitchell Loewen may have sacked Jones on the play, but Lattimore should take the pick.

You would expect some ups and downs for Lattimore, but getting him back on the field after tweaking his knee earlier in camp is the best sign right now.

Full Article -- Picayune
Saints planning to use Max Unger in third or fourth preseason game Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 08-18-2017 05:37 PM


By Josh Katzenstein -- Picayune

COSTA MESA, Calif. -- New Orleans Saints center Max Unger would typically qualify as a player who doesn't need a preseason appearance to prepare for the regular season.

Having missed the entire offseason up to this point, though, Unger understands why it's important to see some exhibition action.

"I'm quite certain that we'll see him either in Week 3 or Week 4 in the preseason and to start the season," coach Sean Payton said.

Unger, who's entering his ninth season, surely won't play in Sunday's second preseason game against the Los Angeles Chargers. Although he was cleared to practice before Friday's joint session with the Chargers, Unger was extremely limited in the practice that didn't include full pads.

Full Article -- Picayune
Saints' Coby Fleener, Stephone Anthony continue to miss practice Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 08-18-2017 05:24 PM


By Herbie Teope -- Picayune

COSTA MESA, Calif. - The New Orleans Saints were without eight players Friday, which marked the second day of practice with the Los Angeles Chargers at the Jack Hammett Sports Complex.

Starting tight end Coby Fleener headlines a group of players not observed on the practice field. Fleener has missed two straight days of work for unknown reasons.

Joining Fleener are tight end Clay Harbor, wide receiver Travin Dural, wide receiver Jack Lampman, center Jack Allen, linebacker Stephone Anthony, cornerback Taveze Calhoun, cornerback Delvin Breaux (fibula).

Full Article -- Picayune
Cardale Jones: Saints' Michael Thomas was most reliable offensive teammate at Ohio State Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 08-18-2017 04:59 PM


By Josh Katzenstein -- Picayune

COSTA MESA, Calif. -- New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas and Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Cardale Jones were longtime teammates before both entered the NFL in 2016.

In 2011, Thomas and Jones played together with Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia, and then they linked up again at Ohio State.

While with the Buckeyes, Jones became a much bigger star. After he started 2014 as the third-string quarterback, injuries created a chance for Jones to start in the final three games of Ohio State's national championship run, and he excelled.

Meanwhile, with Jones and running back Ezekiel Elliott taking the spotlight, Thomas was in the background helping the offense with either production or diversion, but Jones wasn't surprised to see Thomas make a successful leap to the NFL.

Full Article -- Picayune
Benson's memory fuzzy but resolve strong in case against ex-assistant, deposition shows Posted By: Dan in Lafayette Posted On 08-17-2017 09:12 PM


By Ramon Antonio Vargas -- Advocate

Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson couldn't remember exactly where his football team won the Super Bowl in 2010. Or the name of his basketball team's most famous player.

He was giving a deposition, getting grilled by an attorney for a former employee pursuing a labor complaint against him with the NFL, and the 89-year-old was clearly fuzzy on some of the details that came up.

Yet Benson was firm about why he had fired his former personal assistant in June 2015, alleging lapses in performance. And he was insistent that he had done nothing wrong in letting Rodney Henry go.

"He disappointed me so bad," Benson said. "I didn't want to think about him anymore."

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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