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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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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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Walker: Archie Manning, despite no sons now in NFL and cancellation of annual camp, appreciating the journey

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Sundays aren't supposed to be this stressful for Archie Manning anymore.

After all, his youngest son Eli retired in January, joining big brother Peyton who hung up his NFL cleats after the 2015 season.

Those days of worrying about wins and losses are supposed to be long gone for the patriarch of the first family of football.

But as Archie found out on Sunday, those competitive juices still flow through his son's veins.

And as a proud father, those jitters are still there, even if the sport isn't taking place on a football field.

Peyton was once again competing...
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Saints place Noah Spence on reserve/non-football injury list; make Chickillo signing official

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The New Orleans Saints placed reserve defensive end Noah Spence on the reserve/non-football injury list, opening up space on the 90-man roster for the team to make the Anthony Chickillo signing official.

Spence tore his ACL while preparing for training camp, according to an NFL Network report.

By going on the reserve list, Spence does not count against the 90-man roster limit. The Saints' signing of Chickillo officially made the NFL's transaction wire Tuesday.

Spence, a former second-round pick of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, joined the Saints in December last...
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Saints have 3rd-best chance for Super Bowl win in 2020 season, ESPN says; see win projection, more

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The NFL has seen a lot of change as it heads toward the 2020 season, but one thing has not: The Saints are among the trendiest picks to land a Super Bowl title.

New Orleans came in with the third-best odds to win the title at 13%, according to ESPN's 20,000 simulations through its Football Power Index metric.

The Saints rank behind just the reigning champion Kansas City Chiefs at 21% and the Baltimore Ravens at 17%. Just behind the Saints is the next-highest NFC team, the San Francisco 49ers, at 12%. The next-closest team is the Dallas Cowboys at 5%.

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Children's book based on Saints' Thomas Morstead preaches hard work, resilience

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Sean Jensen knew he had to talk to Thomas Morstead because of the way the New Orleans Saints punter acted in defeat.

The 2017 Saints season had just ended in heartbreaking fashion, with Minnesota Vikings receiver Stefon Diggs scoring an improbable game-winning touchdown as time expired. A demoralized Saints team went back to the locker room, but NFL rules required an extra point on all scoring plays in regulation. Morstead was the first player out of the Saints locker room to take the field for the meaningless play.

“I was struck by him putting aside his...
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Saints place DE Noah Spence on reserve/non-football injury List

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The Saints re-signed defensive end Noah Spence in March. Don’t expect the see him make any impact this season until at least October.

The former Bucs second-round pick has been added to the Saints reserve/non-football injury list, meaning he must miss at least the first six weeks of the upcoming regular season.

Spence, who was cut loose by Tampa Bay last preseason and spent time with the Redskins before being picked up by New Orleans, has 7.5 career sacks.
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Saints put Noah Spence on non-football injury list

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The talented pass rusher Noah Spence has experienced another setback.

The Saints put Spence on the non-football injury list today, according to multiple reports. That means he will not count toward the Saints’ 90-player roster limit.

It’s not clear what the nature of Spence’s injury is, but he’s had a tough time getting on the field and staying on the field in the last few years.

Spence was a starter at Ohio State as a sophomore in 2013, but after multiple failed drug tests he transferred to Eastern Kentucky. The Buccaneers selected him with the 39th overall...
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Saints and Falcons on opposite ends of coaching spectrum

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If Sean Payton is not inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame, it will be absolutely clear that Roger Goodell and the NFL has a vendetta against Payton and the New Orleans Saints. Payton helped the Saints franchise win their first Super Bowl, and although he only has the one ring to his name for now, if Bill Cowher can make the Hall, then so can Coach Payton.

Payton is without question one of the best - and most consistent - offensive coaches in NFL history, and he part of the duo along with Drew Brees that helped turn the Saints organization from perennial laughing...
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Michael Thomas is miles better than Devante Parker, and it’s not close

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Can’t Guard Mike... from going at people on social media?

Much was made about the spat between Michael Thomas and DeVante Parker that occurred last week, where Thomas responded quite contentiously to a comment made on Instagram by the stud receiver out of Miami.

And Thomas seemed to take the brunt of the situation, perception-wise, inciting discourteous comments about his low average depth of target and his absurd target share in the Saints offense.

A lot of folks don’t take kindly to Thomas’ antics on social media, which show up quite often. He’s a loose...
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Unveiling our projections for the 2020 NFL season: Wins, Super Bowl chances, more

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The Kansas City Chiefs are still on top.

Several long months after defeating the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl, Kansas City enters the 2020 NFL season as both the best team in the league and the Super Bowl favorite, according to ESPN's Football Power Index (FPI).

FPI is our prediction model for the NFL. Preseason ratings are based on each team's Las Vegas win total; last season's performance on offense, defense and special teams; the number of returning starters; coaching staff changes; and starting and backup quarterbacks. FPI produces team rankings and...
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Fleur-de-Links, May 26: Malcolm Jenkins surprises high school graduates and Erik McCoy gives an interview

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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.

Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins surprised a group of high school graduates by popping into their graduation ceremony hosted on Zoom.

Denver Broncos’s Melvin Gordon, Las Vegas Raiders’s Josh Jacobs, Green Bay Packers’s Aaron Jones, Minnesota Vikings’s Dalvin Cook, and Carolina Panthers’s Christian McCaffrey are named as the 5 toughest running backs for the Saints in the upcoming 2020 season.

Troy Vincent says that the NFL...
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Q&A: Saints' Erik McCoy on being a 'big soup guy' and finding ways to grow in quarantine

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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Count New Orleans Saints offensive lineman Erik McCoy as one who is finding the bright side in being cooped up at home.

He and his wife, Bianca McCoy, got their wedding day and honeymoon off without a hitch just before things started closing down, and they have relished the time this has afforded them to spend with each other in their newlywed phase.

McCoy is using this time to add skills to his repertoire, both in the kitchen and on the field. He hopes others are able to find some of the same bright side he and his wife have during these strange times.

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3 Saints make NFL’s Top 25 under 25 list

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The 2017 NFL Draft really was something for the New Orleans Saints, wasn’t it?

When CBS ranked their “Top 25 NFL players under 25” the Saints were well-represented, with three members of the 2017 draft class appearing on the list, the most players from any team in the NFL.

First name appearing on the list? Safety Marcus Williams.

This is a sentiment that has been echoed by many Saints fans and media for a while. While the Minneapolis Miracle is a nasty stain on Marcus Williams’s resume, the point remains that he does not deserve to be the scapegoat on defense...
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Louisiana by the Numbers: The best of every uniform (20-29)

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Part 8 of a series

This is what happens when history meets numbers.

Crescent City Sports has decided to go back through the list of greatest players to compete on the fields, courts and diamonds of Louisiana and decide who was the best to wear every number from 0 to 99.

Our rules are simple: To be eligible for our list, you had to play for a college or professional team in Louisiana, and the list is based on the number you wore while in Louisiana.

The eighth of our 10-part series looks at Nos. 20-29, and as the numbers get lower, the choices get even tougher...
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