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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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9/11 RAIDERS 12:00
9/18 @Giants 12:00
9/26 FALCONS 7:30
10/2 @Chargers 3.25
-- Bye --
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 3:25
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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NFC South race heats up for Saints down stretch Posted By: Andrus Posted On Yesterday 06:26 PM

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Welcome to the NFC South, where two games over .500 gives the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a share of first place, and two under has the New Orleans Saints in position to make up ground in a hurry.

Talk about playing meaningful games in December.

The surging Bucs (7-5), and explosive, but inconsistent Saints (5-7) meet in a key divisional matchup Sunday, then play again in New Orleans in two weeks.

In between, the Bucs travel to Dallas for a prime-time date against the NFL-best Cowboys (11-1). The Saints, meanwhile, visit Arizona (5-6-1), which is trying to stay in playoff contention, too.

Tampa Bay closes the regular season against Carolina (4-8) and New Orleans finishes at NFC South co-leader Atlanta (7-5), meaning the Bucs and Saints both play three of their remaining four games within the division.

By Associated Press

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Patience pays off for Saints as they snatch versatile, athletic linebacker Travis Feeney away from Pittsburgh Posted By: Andrus Posted On Yesterday 06:18 PM

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The New Orleans Saints have kept a close eye on Travis Feeney.

Feeney, a former Washington linebacker, was one of the Saints' pre-draft visits last year before the Pittsburgh Steelers snapped him up in the sixth round.

Pittsburgh wanted Feeney to play the buck linebacker, essentially the plugger in their defense, and he spent the season on the practice squad. New Orleans has a different vision for the versatile 6-foot-4, 232-pounder who played all over the Washington defense, and the Saints signed him off the Steelers' practice squad on Thursday to develop at a different role in their defense.

"I see him playing at Will," Saints head coach Sean Payton said. "He is athletic, he is long. He is someone that ran well and someone with traits that we like a lot."

Feeney played safety at Washington as a freshman, roamed both the weak-side and strong-side linebacker positions the next two years and then moved to the front to play the Buck linebacker, the spot manned the year before by current Saint Hau'oli Kikaha.

"I can do a little bit of everything," Feeney said. "I've kind of worked my way around the whole (defense). The only position I haven't played is Mike."


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Defendant in murder trial insists drunken Will Smith had gun Posted By: Andrus Posted On Yesterday 06:03 PM

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The man who fatally shot retired New Orleans Saints star Will Smith insisted Saturday that he did so only after a drunken, irate Smith retrieved a gun from his damaged SUV following an April 9 car crash.

"I knew for a fact that I was going to get shot," Cardell Hayes, 29, told the jury in his second-degree murder trial, adding that he heard a pop that he believed to be a gunshot before he fired. Hayes also insisted he didn't shoot Smith's wife Racquel that night. Prosecutors say ballistics evidence shows otherwise.

Hayes' defense lawyers rested their case Saturday afternoon, setting the stage for closing arguments and the beginning of jury deliberations Sunday.

On the stand, Hayes vehemently denied intentionally running into Smith's Mercedes SUV moments after the Mercedes appeared to have bumped Hayes' car. He said he armed himself only after he and his own passenger were accosted by Smith and Richard Hernandez, a passenger in the SUV. Hernandez, he said, wildly stripped off his shirt and took something shiny from his pocket - Hayes said he feared it was a knife.

Smith didn't initially notice the gun, Hayes said. He said Smith, 34, threw a cup containing some type of alcohol at him and punched him repeatedly. At some point during the fast-unfolding melee, Hernandez alerted Smith to Hayes' gun, Hayes said under questioning from defense lawyer John Fuller.

By KEVIN McGILL | Associated Press

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Saints hope to rebound, stay alive in postseason chase in critical game against Buccaneers Posted By: Andrus Posted On Yesterday 06:00 PM

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The next four games for the New Orleans Saints (5-7) are obviously big matchups and none looms larger than Week 14's showdown against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (7-5).

Sunday's contest marks the first of two meetings within a three-week span between the two NFC South divisional foe. And any hope of making up ground in the division must start Sunday when considering the Saints have a season finale against the Atlanta Falcons (7-5).

The key for the Saints, however, is how they react after Week 13's debacle against the Detroit Lions, where New Orleans was lethargic en route to a 28-13 loss.

"Obviously we are disappointed with the way that Sunday turned out," quarterback Drew Brees said. "But you turn on the tape and it becomes very obvious what we need to do better, and we are on a mission to get those things corrected and hopefully get a win this week."

By Herbie Teope, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

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Losing Kenny Vaccaro to suspension another major blow for Saints' defense Posted By: Andrus Posted On 12-09-2016 04:32 PM

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It would hurt any team to lose a strong safety, pressure player and slot cornerback at the same time.

That’s what the Saints are losing with Kenny Vaccaro being suspended four games for testing positive for Adderall, which is classified as a performance enhancing drug by the NFL. The safety had appealed the suspension but dropped it on Friday ahead of Sunday’s game against the Buccaneers.

He will now miss the rest of the season and be clear to play at the start of next season.

There was never an advantageous time for this to happen, and at 5-7, it will be a big blow to any hope the team has of making the playoffs. It also brings a close to any hope of seeing this defense at full strength, after only getting brief glimpses here and there.

All season we’ve wondered how things might look with cornerback Delvin Breaux, defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins and linebacker Dannell Ellerbe back at full strength. Rankins and Ellerbe have made a major difference, and Breaux is starting to settle in after suffering a broken fibula Week 1.


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Saints' Kenny Vaccaro drops appeal of suspension, will miss final four games Posted By: Andrus Posted On 12-09-2016 04:32 PM

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New Orleans Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro has played for the last time in 2016.

The versatile defensive back is dropping his appeal of a suspension related to a failed test for performance-enhancing drugs, coach Sean Payton announced Friday.

"It was something that he spent some time talking about it," Payton said. "We spoke with him, and I think, so it doesn't carry into next season, it makes a lot of sense."

Vaccaro's suspension was initially reported by NFL Network on Nov. 10, but between a second test and the appeal, he continued to play while awaiting final word from the league.

Vaccaro ranks second on the team with 68 tackles. He also has five tackles for loss, two interceptions, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, one sack, eight quarterback hits and five passes defensed.

By Josh Katzenstein, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

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Book illustrates life of polarizing Saints owner Tom Benson Posted By: Andrus Posted On 12-09-2016 01:11 PM

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Writing a book about Tom Benson has its challenges.

The venerable owner of the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans is one of the most polarizing and powerful public figures in Louisiana, so the subject matter is sensitive. Benson's life story is also extraordinarily complex. It traverses multiple states, three marriages, entangled personal relationships and countless powerhouse business deals. It also includes inordinate heartache. There's a lot there.

But Kathy Finn also knew the book project, once completed, would prove enormously rewarding.

The finished product - "Tom Benson: A Billionaire's Journey" by Pelican Publishing Company - took 15 months to complete and is the first comprehensive chronicle of Benson's life, a rags-to-riches journey from humble beginnings in the Depression-era 7th Ward to becoming the richest man in Louisiana and billionaire owner of New Orleans' two major professional sports franchises.

Finn's exhaustively researched and footnoted biography is the most definitive look yet at Benson and his improbable ascension to fame, wealth and power.

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Saints cornerback Sterling Moore ready to face his old team, except with a lot of new faces Posted By: Andrus Posted On 12-09-2016 01:09 PM

Full Story - The Advocate

Sterling Moore spent all of last season with Tampa Bay, but the Buccaneers he'll be facing off against on Sunday as a member of the New Orleans Saints has changed a lot in one offseason.

Tampa Bay fired former head coach Lovie Smith at the end of last season, and although the Buccaneers promoted offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter to the coaching job, Koetter hired an all-new defensive staff.

And typical NFL roster churn means that several of Moore's teammates on last season's defense are gone, too.

"It's not going to be overhyped for me, just because it's a different coaching staff than I had there," Moore said. "It's not like I've got to stick it to my old d-coordinator, my old db coach. It's entirely, for the most part, new staff."


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NFL to announce dates for Saints, 3 other London games Tuesday Posted By: Andrus Posted On 12-09-2016 01:05 PM

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About the only thing known about the New Orleans Saints' expected 2017 game in London is the opponent -- the Miami Dolphins.

Other details, including the date, kickoff time and location, will be announced 7 a.m. central time Tuesday, according to league release Friday. The announcement will be made on Facebook Live at facebook.com/nfl.

The game will be one of four to be played next season in London, the release said. The four games will be an increase from the three the league has held there annually since 2014.

The Saints have played one other regular season game in London, in 2008 for a 37-32 victory against the San Diego Chargers.

The game against the Dolphins will not count as one of the Saints' eight home regular season games, as the Dolphins will be giving up one of their home dates.

By Christopher Dabe, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

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Saints leaning on fullback John Kuhn's versatility in run and pass game Posted By: Andrus Posted On 12-08-2016 06:26 PM

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The top duties of most NFL fullbacks are to be a lead blocker and contribute as a core member of special teams units.

The New Orleans Saints have asked a lot more of John Kuhn this season.

Kuhn's five touchdowns -- four rushing and one receiving -- show how much value he's added, but coaches have found a variety of ways for him to help the offense beyond just blocking for tailbacks and converting short-yard situations.

On a handful of plays each game, Kuhn will line up as the lone back in shotgun sets and provide pass protection for quarterback Drew Brees, something the Saints had done occasionally in the past but do more now with Kuhn in the role.

"(He has the) ability to know where the free rusher is coming from and to be able to go over and pick that up," Saints offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr. said. "I think that he's smart, and he knows what we are doing. I would say that as a fullback, he's taken more of a role in that than maybe some other guys have in the past."

By Josh Katzenstein, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

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Saints officially list Mark Ingram, Michael Thomas as not practicing Thursday Posted By: Andrus Posted On 12-08-2016 06:24 PM

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New Orleans Saints rookie wide receiver Michael Thomas was not present on field Thursday during the portion of practice open to the media.

Thomas, who did not practice Wednesday, is dealing with a foot injury. It is unclear when Thomas suffered the injury and he played the most offensive snaps (52) among the Saints wide receivers in Week 13.

Linebacker Craig Robertson (shoulder), center Max Unger (foot), left tackle Terron Armstead (knee, quad) and tight end Josh Hill (fibula) were not present on the practice field.

Hill suffered a broken fibula in Week 13.

Running back Mark Ingram, who is dealing with toe and knee injuries, was observed on the field with teammates.

By Herbie Teope, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

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Saints seek rushing resurgence against Bucs Posted By: Andrus Posted On 12-08-2016 06:19 PM

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METAIRIE — Saints running back Tim Hightower isn’t about to assume New Orleans’ ground game will return to its usual form in Tampa this week — even if last week’s anemic performance looked more like an anomaly than a trend.

“You can’t look at what you did three weeks ago or what you did a month ago or at the beginning of the season,” Hightower said. “You have to look at, ‘Hey, why didn’t we get it done this (past) week. We’ve got to figure out what we didn’t do last week and get it corrected.”

Hightower and several other key members of the Saints’ offense echoed the same theory about what caused the drop-off in production on the ground in a 28-13 loss to the Detroit Lions last Sunday, when New Orleans rushed for only 50 yards.

The problem wasn’t so much an inability to execute blocks or read the defense, they said. It was about a lack of opportunity to establish a rhythm because of how poorly the Saints executed on third downs, whether they were passing or running.

By Brett Martel - Associated Press

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Buccaneers, Saints face off for first time this season Posted By: Andrus Posted On 12-08-2016 06:17 PM

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TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints are rare division rivals to have still not played each other this season.

As they face off twice in three weeks, there's much on the line, especially for the streaking Buccaneers, who have won four straight to move into playoff contention.

"This is a big game for both teams because of the way the scheduling falls, where New Orleans plays us twice and Atlanta once in the last three weeks," Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter said Wednesday. "We have three division games in the last four weeks, so that makes this game -- the way our division is so tight right now, these division games are huge.

"Us and Atlanta sitting there at 7-5, New Orleans at 5-7, just do the math for New Orleans and we're not too far ahead. So it's going to be huge."

The Saints (5-7) lost 28-13 at home to Detroit on Sunday, which put them two games behind the Buccaneers, who are tied with Atlanta for the NFC South lead.

By Stats, LLC

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First-place Bucs host Saints in crucial NFC South battle Posted By: Andrus Posted On 12-08-2016 06:15 PM

Full Story - The Daily Herald

NEW ORLEANS (5-7) at TAMPA BAY (7-5)

Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET, Fox

OPENING LINE - Buccaneers by 1

RECORD VS. SPREAD - New Orleans 8-4, Tampa Bay 7-5

SERIES RECORD - Saints lead 30-18

LAST MEETING - Saints beat Buccaneers 24-17, Dec. 13, 2015

LAST WEEK - Saints lost to Lions 28-13; Buccaneers beat Chargers 28-21

AP PRO32 RANKING - Saints No. 23, Buccaneers No. 12





STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES - Saints have won eight of past nine between NFC South rivals, including four straight in Tampa. ... QB Drew Brees leads NFL in completions (375), passing attempts (500), completion percentage (71.4), passing yards (3,913) and touchdown passes (30). He's been sharp on road, too, with 975 yards, eight TDs and two interceptions for 110.7 rating in past three road outings. ...

By The Associated Press

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Saints rookie Daniel Lasco gets healthy again in time to make sentimental trip to Tampa Posted By: Andrus Posted On 12-08-2016 06:12 PM

Daniel Lasco has a little bit of history with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

When Lasco around the age of four or five, his grandfather, a huge Bucs fan, took Lasco to practices and games. He got an autograph from former Tampa Bay fullback Mike Alstott; the family probably still has the ball somewhere.

Now, long after he and his family moved back to Texas, Lasco will be able to play on that field Sunday.

"I used to live in Tampa," Lasco said. "I think that was like the first NFL game I'd ever been to, was a Bucs game, so going out there and playing on that field is going to be real sentimental to me."

The rookie almost didn't get the chance. A grade 2 hamstring strain has kept him out of the Saints' last five games and six of their last seven, halting a rookie year that looked promising, particularly on special teams.

Initially injured before the Kansas City game, Lasco returned against Seattle, and the following week in practice, he felt his hamstring tug again.


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Saints' Dannell Ellerbe producing as a pass rusher at career-best rate Posted By: Andrus Posted On 12-08-2016 12:24 PM

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Dannell Ellerbe wonders what might've been this season.

The New Orleans Saints outside linebacker has played just five games this season, and he has a sack in each of the past four. However, when he talked about his impressive current stretch this week, Ellerbe hardly seemed excited.

"I could just think, like, what if I played the whole season, where would I be at now?" Ellerbe said. "Now I'm just playing catch up, and we lost (Sunday) so I really don't have nothing to be happy about."

The Saints defense has played better with Ellerbe on the field, both this season and 2015 after he arrived in a trade from the Miami Dolphins. The problem is he hasn't been on the field consistently, appearing in just six games last year and five so far this season.

Ellerbe's impact in 2016 has been excellent when he's been available. In his Week 8 debut, he played just 18 snaps, but still had five tackles.

He sat Week 9, but in each the past four games, he has a sack and a tackle for loss. Despite his limited playing time this year, Ellerbe already ranks in the top 5 on the team in sacks, tackles for loss and quarterback hits -- all seven of which were in the past four games.

"I'm not a pass rusher by any means, but I'm just getting after it," he said.

By Josh Katzenstein, NOLA.com | The 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 serious injuries.

Injuries are not an excuse in the NFL. All teams have them, but that is what you do in the off-season. As an organization you try and project where a host of injuries could chip away at your football team. It’s not a question of if you will have injuries, but when you will have them.

That is where the dead-money issue has hit the Saints.

The Saints were players in free agency last spring and landed linebackers Nate Stupar, Craig Robertson and James Laurinitas, along with defensive tackle Nick Fairley and tight end Coby Fleener. But with $40 million dollars worth of dead money on the books owed to players no longer on the team, the Saints could not bulk up on defensive players or along the offensive line.

There has to be some sense of accountability on the movers and shakers in the Saints organization on why after three years of trying to build a defense you are still in need of a number of quality players on defense.

Davison, best Saints pick of 2015?

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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)

Troubled off the field, but when tuned-up just right the 24-year old is the most complete back in the league. Bell is fast, powerful, sure-handed and has great stamina.

12. Marcus Peters - Cornerback - (Kansas City Chiefs)

Had a lot of issues with authority figures at Washington, but the 23-year old Peters is now focused and his length and drive to the ball are 1st rate.

13. Terron Armstead - Offensive Tackle - (New Orleans Saints)

Armstead is the most athletic left tackle in the business. Terron is 25 years old and he is a dominant pass blocker and crushing run blocker.

14. Tyrone Mathieu - Free Safety/Cornerback - (Arizona Cardinals)

Yes, he is undersized, but you can’t measure heart, football smarts and instincts to the ball. The 24 year old Mathieu has the best ball skills in the NFL.

15. Sheldon Richardson - Defensive Tackle - (New York Jets)

Richardson has the quickest initial step off the line as any interior player in the league. Richardson is 25 years old and had some off the field issues, but he is a dominating player in the...
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