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Saints defense ranked a top-10 unit by Touchdown Wire

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

It’s tough to recall the last time the New Orleans Saints defense was filled with so many playmakers at every level. Cameron Jordan is the star up front, anchoring a defensive line featuring former first-round draft picks like Marcus Davenport, Sheldon Rankins, and Malcom Brown.

The secondary returns a lot of continuity from 2019, with two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Marshon Lattimore joined by NFL veterans Janoris Jenkins and Malcolm Jenkins. Youngsters Marcus Williams and C.J. Gardner-Johnson round out the group.

And patrolling the middle of the field is Demario Davis, one of the game’s best three-down linebackers. A tough training camp competition will decide who runs next to him with the first team defense, but the Saints have solid options in rookie draft pick Zack Baun and returning starters Alex Anzalone and Kiko Alonso.

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Saints DE Noah Spence Tears ACL

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By BtBoylan | SI

Saints DE Noah Spence tore his ACL in an offseaon workout session. New Orleans placed Spence on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list on Tuesday. Spence will not count towards the 90-man roster.

Noah Spence, 26, signed a one-year deal this summer to return to New Orleans in 2020. After spending the final three regular-season games of 2019 with the Saints, coaches expected Spence to compete as a rotational DE this offseason.

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Potential Quarterbacks for the New Orleans Saints After Drew Brees

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By Michael Hanich | LWOS

After a huge personal accomplishment by Drew Brees this past NFL season, he could’ve taken the moment to retire. Brees took the off-season with some full consideration of whether to retire or return to the New Orleans Saints. On March 17th, Brees and the Saints agreed on a two-year deal worth $50 million. As a result, their reliable backup quarterback in Teddy Bridgewater signed a three-year deal with the Carolina Panthers. The Saints were able to resign flex quarterback Taysom Hill and sign former starting Tampa Bay Buccaneers starter Jameis Winston on one-year deals.

The 41-year old quarterback in Brees still has energy left in the tank. There is the potential of Brees sticking with the Saints after his two-year deal but either party might decide to move on. New Orleans will need to look for their next franchise quarterback after Brees. There are plenty of options that New Orleans can utilize to acquire a future franchise quarterback. Some options are currently on the roster of the Saints while others may have to use free agency or the NFL Draft.

This Saints Player is a Surprise Breakout Candidate for 2020

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By Alexander Wolz | 12 Up

There are few true unknowns when it comes to the offense for the New Orleans Saints. Drew Brees is an all-time quarterback, Alvin Kamara is an incredible playmaker in the backfield and Michael Thomas is arguably the league's best receiver, not to mention the dual-threat of Taysom Hill. Defense, however, is more of an open scenario, but a new draftee may be a leading man this season despite not yet being any kind of household name.

New Orleans took an aggressive approach in the 2020 NFL Draft, trading up to draft key rookies, including Zack Baun, a Wisconsin linebacker who unexpectedly slipped. The Saints came in to steal him away, and their fans should be happy about the decision.

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Saints Post-Draft Roster: Safety

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By Bob Rose | SI

The New Orleans Saints were able to keep most of their talented core this offseason, even re-signing several of their own free agents. One player that they could not keep was SS Vonn Bell, who would ultimately sign with the Cincinnati Bengals. Bell was among the team leaders in tackles for each of his four years and improved his pass coverage in each season. New Orleans moved quickly to replace Bell’s talents, signing eleven-year veteran and former Saint S Malcolm Jenkins.

New Orleans is deep and talented at the safety position, but the unit has been partially responsible for giving up some big plays in crucial moments over the last three seasons. Other than the addition of Jenkins, the Saints had little activity at this position during the offseason but will also return two players from injury that missed last season.

In our final position preview of the Saints post-draft roster, we look over the last line of defense for the New Orleans defense.

  • Malcolm Jenkins
  • Marcus Williams
  • Chauncey Gardner-Johnson
  • D.J. Swearinger
  • J.T. Gray
  • Saquan Hampton
  • Chris Johnson
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Moving Ty Montgomery to Receiver Is the Key to the New Orleans Saints’ Success

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By Greg Layfield | LWOS

Last week, this article was published about the pure talent of the 2020 New Orleans Saints roster. The Emmanuel Sanders signing got all the publicity and for good reason. Sanders will fill the role of the second receiver opposite of Michael Thomas. For the success of the entire team, the roster greatly needs a number three receiver. With signing Ty Montgomery, they very well could have found the guy to fill the role. Ty Montgomery came into the league as a wide receiver. With the Green Bay Packers, he made the change to running back late in 2016 due to team-need. With his wide-ranged skill set, Montgomery can be a backup to Alvin Kamara and still contribute to the offense at receiver. Moving Montgomery back to the receiver position could be key to the Saints’ success in 2020.

New Orleans Saints Can Benefit Greatly by Moving Ty Montgomery Back to Wide Receiver

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Dennis Allen: Saints defense has been “fine-tuning all the little details”

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Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen hasn’t had to do a lot of teaching this offseason.

The team has only parted ways with two of their starters from their final game of last season and they’ve had many of those starters on hand for multiple seasons, which has allowed Allen time to focus on other matters during the team’s offseason work.

“What we really said during the offseason was, ‘How are we going to do these things better? And how are we going to teach these things better?’ And that’s really where our focus has been,” Allen said, via the team’s website...
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Saints announce kickoff times for four preseason games

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The New Orleans Saints have announced their 2020 preseason schedule presented by SeatGeek, starting with two road games, followed by two home contests at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on the docket.

New Orleans and the Rams are scheduled to open the newly constructed SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif., when they play Los Angeles on Friday, August 14, with a 9:00 p.m. CT kickoff. The clubs are tied at 2-2 in the preseason series, the Rams lead the regular season series 41-33 and the postseason rivalry is tied 1-1. The Saints are 26-27 in preseason openers all-time...
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Taysom Hill comes in at No. 36 on the Simms top 40 QB list

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He’s third on his team’s depth chart, but he’s got much greater standing in the league at large.

Saints quarterback Taysom Hill comes in at No. 36 on Chris Simms’ annual top 40 quarterback countdown.

Many would argue that Hill should be much lower, given that he has limited experience at the position. Some would argue that he should be even higher, based on the significant impact he has had during his limited experience. (After, for example, Hill took a snap at quarterback and ran through the Vikings Defense during the fourth quarter of the wild-card game in New...
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Saints agree to terms with OL James Hurst on 1-year deal

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The New Orleans Saints have agreed to terms with veteran offensive lineman James Hurst, his agent announced on Wednesday morning.

His agent, Jack Bechta, said the deal was for one year. No financial compensation terms have yet been announced.

Hurst played in 90 games over the past six seasons with the Baltimore Ravens and started in 44 of them.

Those starts came all over the field.

As a rookie in 2014, he started four games at left tackle. In 2015, he started eight games — six of which were at left tackle, while two were as the sixth offensive lineman. His...
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Saints given NFC’s best chance to reach the playoffs

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ESPN has just ranked all 32 NFL teams’ chances of winning the Super Bowl using metrics like strength of schedule, number of returning players, and quality of starting and backup quarterback. For the New Orleans Saints (81%), they were given the third-best odds in the NFL - and the best odds in the NFC - to make the playoffs.

Ahead of the Saints in the AFC were the defending Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs (94%) and the team with the reigning MVP, Lamar Jackson, the Baltimore Ravens (92%). Then the Saints in the NFC, followed by the former division rival San...
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Saints agree to one-year deal with former Ravens offensive lineman James Hurst

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You can never have enough talent and experience on the offensive line.

Agent Jack Bechta tweets the Saints have agreed to a one-year deal with former Ravens versatile lineman James Hurst.

The 28-year old University of North Carolina product has started 44 games at both guard and tackle over six seasons with Baltimore who released him in March in a cap-saving move.

The Saints won’t benefit from Hurst’s service to the start the regular season if he makes the roster. The 6-foot-5, 310 pounder is facing suspension for the first four games of the 2020 season for...
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Saints add line depth with James Hurst

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The Saints have added some offensive line depth, at least for the final 12 weeks of the season.

Per a tweet from agent Jack Bechta, the Saints have agreed to a one-year deal with veteran blocker James Hurst.

Hurst started 44 games over six seasons with the Ravens, at both guard and tackle.

He was released by the Ravens in March in a cap-saving move. He had previously been suspended for the first four games of the 2020 season for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing substances.
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Bryan Cox reflecting on his continued unemployment

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Longtime NFL linebacker and assistant coach Bryan Cox has been unemployed for four years.

He’s still not quite sure why, but he said he’s trying to focus on making himself better in case he gets another chance to coach.

The 52-year-old Cox told D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution he’s willing to own his part in previous issues, since he was fired three days after the Falcons lost Super Bowl LI. At the time, his 2016 Scouting Combine incident (in which he shoved a Cardinals scout in a disagreement over access to a player) was mentioned as a...
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Saints fantasy position groups: Quarterbacks

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The Saints QB room in 2020 will be the first in NFL history to be occupied by two 5,000 yard passers. Drew Brees and Taysom Hill will be joined by free agent Jameis Winston and rookie Tommy Stevens in one of the most talented and intriguing QB depth charts in the NFL. So how should each be evaluated for the upcoming fantasy season? For the purpose of this article, I will not include Taysom Hill as he has been reclassified as a TE.

Future Hall of Famer Drew Brees is entering his 19th and possibly final year in the NFL. Brees, despite missing 5 games due to injury...
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Fleur-de-Links, May 27: Saints defensive end tears ACL and Anthony Chickillo holds a press conference

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Officially licensed Saints face coverings are available for the first time, with partial proceeds from the sales going to the CDC Foundation.

A transcript from a Zoom conference call with new Saints linebacker Anthony Chickillo.

A comparison between Michael Thomas and Miami Dolphins wide receiver DeVante Parker following their social media back-and-forth last week.

Recent signee defensive end Noah Spence has torn his ACL in a workout while preparing for training camp.

In Fantasy Pro’s recent ranking of all 32 NFL coaches, Sean Payton was ranked #2, while...
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How Saints' Thomas Morstead became the unlikely star of a children's book

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METAIRIE, La. -- When Thomas Morstead was first asked about being the lead character in a children’s book, he admitted that his reaction was, “Well, what’s your goal? Are you actually trying to sell books? I’m a punter in a small market.”

But once author Sean Jensen explained to the New Orleans Saints veteran that he was interested in how much Morstead values being a role model to children, the punter was hooked.

Of course he was. If any punter was going to have this type of crossover appeal, it was bound to be Morstead, whose standout, 11-year career has led him...
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Anthony Chickillo excited for new opportunity with Saints

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It took over two months of free agency after his release from the Pittsburgh Steelers for Anthony Chickillo to find a new home with the New Orleans Saints.

But even after playing the waiting game, Chickillo is pleased with his new destination with the Saints.

“Couldn’t ask for a better organization, with a better head coach, better team, better quarterback and I’m just really excited to get to New Orleans and to get to work,” Chickillo said Tuesday via a team transcript.

“It’s a winning organization and I wanted to be a part of a winning organization. I was...
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Source: Saints' Spence tears ACL while training

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New Orleans Saints defensive end Noah Spence suffered a torn ACL while training away from the team, a source confirmed Tuesday.

Spence was placed on the reserve/non-football injury list since the injury did not occur as part of New Orleans' offseason training program -- which was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. That means he can't play for the Saints this year and won't count against their 90-man roster. The NFL Network was the first to report the nature of Spence's injury.

Situations like this could add another wrinkle to these unusual offseason...
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Newest Saint Anthony Chickillo grateful for a fresh start with a winning organization

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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Anthony Chickillo was looking for a fresh start after spending his first five seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, but he also hoped his new destination would hit some important qualifiers.

He believes he found that with the New Orleans Saints, with whom he signed a one-year contract that became official on the NFL transaction wire Tuesday.

“I couldn’t ask for a better organization with a better head coach, a better team, a better quarterback,” Chickillo said in a video teleconference with reporters Tuesday. “... I wanted to be a part of a winning organization...
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