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Mike Detillier: An early look at the top players in the 2020 NFL draft

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By Mike Detillier / Sports Correspondent

The NFL draft is right around the corner in April and there will be some slight adjustments along the way, but below are my Top 45 players for the 2020 NFL draft as of today.

It’s not in the order in which I think they will get selected in April, but it’s my top-graded 45 players.

1. Chase Young, Defensive End, Ohio State

2. Joe Burrow, Quarterback, LSU (Burrow will be the first overall pick in the draft)

3. Jeffrey Okudah, Cornerback, Ohio State

4. Tua Tagovailoa, Quarterback, Alabama

5. Isaiah Simmons, Outside Linebacker, Clemson

6. Justin Herbert, Quarterback, Oregon

7. Derrick Brown, Defensive Tackle, Auburn

8. Mekhi Becton, Offensive Tackle, Louisville

9. Javon Kinlaw, Defensive Tackle, South Carolina

10. CeeDee Lamb, Wide Receiver, Oklahoma

11. Jerry Jeudy, Wide Receiver, Alabama

12. Andrew Thomas, Offensive Tackle, Georgia

13. Jedrick Wills, Offensive Tackle, Alabama

14. A.J. Epenesa, Defensive End, Iowa

15. Tristan Wirfs, Offensive Tackle, Iowa

16. Henry Ruggs III, Wide Receiver, Alabama

17. Grant Delpit, Safety, LSU

18. Xavier McKinney, Safety, Alabama

19. D’Andre Swift, Running Back, Georgia

20. K’Lavon Chaisson, Outside Linebacker, LSU

21. Yetur Gross-Matos, Defensive End, Penn State

22. Kristian Fulton, Cornerback, LSU

23. Kenneth Murray, Linebacker, Oklahoma

24. Trevon Diggs, Cornerback, Alabama

25. Tee Higgins, Wide...

Report: Saints DB's coach Aaron Glenn turned down 'enhanced role' with Giants

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

It’s been a busy offseason for New Orleans Saints defensive backs coach Aaron Glenn. He was courted by the New York Giants as a defensive coordinator earlier in January, but was passed over in favor of Patrick Graham, the Miami Dolphins coordinator who previously worked with first-year Giants coach Joe Judge when they were on Bill Belichick’s New England Patriots staff.

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Drew Brees Reveals Why He Hasn't Decided to Return to the Saints Just Yet

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By Joe Kozlowski | Sportscasting

A few weeks ago, the New Orleans Saints seemed like they had a shot at the Super Bowl title. Then, the Minnesota Vikings came to town on Wild Card Weekend to rain on the parade. Now, the offseason is looming and the club’s franchise player, Drew Brees, is set to hit free agency.
While the Saints would obviously love to have Brees back under center, the veteran quarterback isn’t rushing to make a decision. He’s spending some time doing one specific thing first.

Ever since his time in college, Drew Brees has been proving his critics wrong with impressive offensive performances. This season, he uncorked another massive campaign.

Despite missing five starts with a thumb injury, the veteran still posted strong numbers. He threw for 2,979 yards and 27 touchdowns on the year, but that wasn’t all. The quarterback also...

Drew Brees intrigued by challenge of TV broadcasting after football

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

What will Drew Brees do when his days of playing football are behind him? Well, he might move up to the press box and take a crack at watching games as an unbiased observer during TV broadcasts, even for New Orleans Saints games.

An ESPN report from earlier this offseason named Brees among several possible candidates who could leave the playing field for a broadcast station, offering his analysis and perspective of games. Former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo made the leap in recent years, and it’s clear other networks are eager to try and recreate his success.

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Drew Brees says he'll decide on NFL future in 'a month or so'

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

It’ll be the New Orleans Saints or retirement for Drew Brees, the Hall of Fame-bound quarterback who’s played 19 seasons in the NFL. Brees has broken every record in the book during his 14 years with the Saints, and seen each of his four children grow up in New Orleans. With his contract set to expire in March, he knows that a lot of people are waiting for him to decide whether he’ll play one more year — including the Saints themselves, who must also work out new contracts with backups Teddy Bridgewater and Taysom Hill. For his part, Brees is just sorry that he can’t give any better soundbites at this time.

Brees apologized for responding with “the same boring answers each year” during a Saturday media availability session ahead of the 2020 Pro Bowl game. He’s a backup for the NFC team this year, meaning he’ll have to wait for Seattle Seahawks star Russell Wilson to run the first-string offense in the all-star game before Brees gets his own spot in the limelight. But he’s just content in getting to share the time with his peers and family.

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Drew Brees will “give it a month or so” before making his decision

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For Saints quarterback Drew Brees, the decision is simple: Play for the Saints in 2020, or retire.

On Saturday, the timetable for making the decision became a bit more clear.

“I’m really waiting until football is totally done,” Brees said Saturday from the Pro Bowl, via Amie Just of “Obviously being here, I’m just very much focused on my family and this opportunity to be around the guys, playing the game.

“Then, I’ll kind of lay low for a little bit, get...
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Super Bowl LIV picks and analysis from 18 Pro Bowlers

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The NFL's best gather in Orlando, Florida, this week to play in Sunday's Pro Bowl at Camping World Stadium (ABC/ESPN, 3 p.m. ET). How do they see Super Bowl LIV playing out between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers?

We asked 18 Pro Bowlers and a Legends captain to weigh in on who's going to win the big game. Not everyone went on record and chose a winner, but everyone offered a take. Here's what they said:

Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker

"The Niners...
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Saints Podcast Round-Up, January 25, 2020

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Looking for Saints podcasts? We got you set with all the local podcasts such as Canal St. Chronicles, Locked On Saints, Saints Happy Hour, Who Dat Confessional, Bayou Blitz and more!

Canal St. Chronicles

Locked On Saints

Saints Happy Hour

Who Dat Confessional

Bayou Blitz
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Drew Brees' retirement decision to come in a month; Saints QB using Pro Bowl for family time

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. — One of Drew Brees' sons, Callen, clung to his father's leg after Saturday's Pro Bowl practice.

Brees, while answering media questions, occasionally patted his son on the head, simultaneously paying attention to both his child and a reporter.

For Brees, that's what Pro Bowl week is all about: spending time with his wife and four children. His decision regarding his future on the football field will come later.

"I'm really waiting until football...
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Saints Love a rookie QB in Mel Kiper’s recent mock

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It’s now time for mock draft season - are you excited?

In Mel Kiper’s recent mock draft for ESPN (Insider required), the New Orleans Saints select Utah State quarterback Jordan Love with the 24th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft:

Love is one of those quarterbacks that could conceivably go anywhere from the middle of the first round to the beginning of the third round, depending on what teams value in his play. Pro Football Focus recent did a piece on love titled...
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Post season Lagniappe: Senior Bowl Game Thread, Shriner's Bowl, Pro Bowl

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Man it’s the dreaded offseason. Yet there is much football to talk about. Or not. It’s a Lagniappe thread so “most” topics are fair game. Just follow the guidelines and every thing will be kool.

The Shriners Bowl was last Saturday. Think this might be the first time I haven’t either watched it live or at least recorded it to watch. Did anyone watch and maybe see someone of interest for the upcoming draft?

The Reese’s Senior Bowl is today at 1:30 in Mobile, Ala. The...
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What to know about the 2020 Pro Bowl -- date, time, how to watch

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The 2020 Pro Bowl kicks off Sunday from Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida. The game begins at 3 p.m. ET, and you can watch it live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes, ABC, Disney XD and on the ESPN App.

The Pro Bowl is the NFL's version of an all-star game, with players from both the AFC and the NFC. In total, 88 players are voted in, and each participant gets paid for going. A player on the winning Pro Bowl team gets $74,00; players on the losing team each get $32,000...
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Garrett Hartley signs with XFL after tryout

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The New Orleans Saints have had many legendary kickers including Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Morten Andersen. However, Garrett Hartley made the most important kicks in franchise history to help the Saints win their first Super Bowl.

Now the 33-year old is back in professional football after impressing enough in a tryout to be signed by the fledgling reboot of the XFL. Hartley has been assigned to the Seattle Dragons for the upcoming spring season.

The former...
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Saints, archdiocese emails dust-up spotlights close relationship between team, church leaders

  • News source: BY RAMON ANTONIO VARGAS | Staff writer
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Court filings by the New Orleans Saints aim to keep the public from seeing hundreds of emails that show team executives helping the Archdiocese of New Orleans shape its messaging on the church’s clerical sex abuse crisis, The Associated Press reported Friday.

Within hours of the article’s publication, the Saints issued a statement defending themselves, saying the still-unreleased emails show club officials advised Archbishop Gregory Aymond — one of Saints owner...
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Saints T Terron Armstead reflects on season, injuries: 'Things are starting to feel better'

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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KISSIMMEE, Fla. — Fitted with gardening gloves, New Orleans Saints offensive tackle Terron Armstead grabbed as many rocks that would fit in his hands.

The stones came from a blue wheelbarrow that teammate Cameron Jordan pushed during Friday's community service event held in conjunction with the Pro Bowl.

But two and a half weeks ago, Armstead couldn't even take the cap off a permanent marker, due to pain in his left wrist — potentially putting his Pro Bowl...
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Lessons taught by Baylor-to-Carolina coach Matt Rhule live on at Senior Bowl with WR Denzel Mims

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MOBILE, Ala. — Former Baylor Bears head coach Matt Rhule conversed with media members, fellow coaches, scouts and onlookers in a new color on Tuesday during Senior Bowl practices: Carolina Panther blue.

Rhule was formally announced as the Panthers' head coach on Jan. 8 after a 3-year stint at Baylor, but his teachings live on in Waco, Texas, and with at least one of his former players at the Senior Bowl: wide receiver Denzel Mims.

Mims, who was a sophomore when...
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CSC Podcast: 3 big ticket free agents the Saints could go after

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New Orleans Saints Analyst for Canal St. Chronicles Brenden Ertle previews three big name free agents the Saints could potentially have interest of signing during free agency. Two Wide receivers, an offensive guard and a surprise pick!
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Saints issue statement on involvement in New Orleans Archdiocese abuse litigation

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The Saints have issued a statement concerning their involvement in litigation related to sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of New Orleans.

Jim Mustian of the Associated Press reported that attorneys for plaintiffs in the case claim the Saints are trying to shield more than two hundred emails that show they helped the church in its “pattern and practice of concealing its crimes.” Attorneys for the team disputed those claims and the team did the same in a statement...
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Saints say their advice to archdiocese in sex abuse case was to be 'direct' and 'open'

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Responding to a report by the Associated Press, the New Orleans Saints said Friday that team officials advised the Archdiocese of New Orleans on its release last year of a list of clergy credibly accused of abuse, telling the church to "be direct, open and transparent" and to alert law enforcement.

In a prepared statement, the Saints organization also said its decision to fight the release of e-mails between Saints officials and the archdiocese — as part of a...
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