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2019 New Orleans Saints training camp preview: Safety

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How much improvement will the last line of defense show this season after inconsistencies in 2018?

By Bob Rose | Canal Street Chronicles

The New Orleans Saints finished just 29th in the league against the pass in 2018. Much of that was due to major struggles in the team's secondary, which was torched often over the first month of the season in particular. The Saints cornerbacks played better as the season went along, particularly after a midseason trade with the New York Giants to acquire Eli Apple. While Apple and last year's Defensive Rookie of the Year Marshon Lattimore were a talented duo at corner, the Saints safety position struggled for most of the year. The free agent signing of veteran safety Kurt Coleman was an abysmal failure, and the position as a whole gave up too many big plays. Today's training camp preview has a look at the Saints most inconsistent defensive position from a year ago.

SAFETY

Offseason losses:


Kurt Coleman

Offseason additions:...

Mike Detillier: Things to Watch for at Saints Training Camp

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By Mike Detillier / Sports Correspondent

The New Orleans Saints are starting the training camp practices in the next few days and here are a few things to keep an eye on as we are getting ready to kickoff the 2019 football campaign.

DEVELOPING THE YOUNG RECEIVING UNIT

Michael Thomas was marvelous last season catching 125 passes for 1,405 yards and nine touchdowns, but the next best wide receiver number wise was Tre’Quan Smith, who caught 28 passes for 427 yards and five scores.

Teams at the end of the 2018 season double-teamed Thomas and Alvin Kamara and forced the other receiving options to get open downfield.

The Saints have combated that sort of coverage scheme due to adding a very talented pass-catching tight end in Jared Cook, who is a perfect fit for the Saints offense, but this team needs to develop a young receiving unit.

Healthy, the Saints know what they will get out of the speedy Ted Ginn, Jr., but he’s 34 years old and like all players, if an injury occurs it takes a little longer to get back in the lineup.

The Saints coaching staff saw glimpses and are still very high on the receiving skills of Smith and Keith Kirkwood, but what they want to see from both is more improvement in their consistency to get open and further developing their ability to gain separation downfield. Both players...

New Orleans Saints head to training camp with star power, few holes; here are factors to watch

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By Herbie Teope | The Advocate / Picayune

The early-summer pageantry of Saints players practicing in shorts and no pads during organized team activities and mandatory minicamp is in the rear-view mirror.

Now, it’s time to temper past enthusiasm on who looked good wearing shells in no-contact drills throughout the install phase of the offseason workout program.

The true assessment period during the march to the regular season begins in less than a week on July 26 when the Saints kick off training camp, where players have a total of 15 padded practices to show the Saints coaching staff what they learned from OTAs.

“Every year since I’ve been here, there’s something about the pads that defined certain players that had it not been for the pads, then you might not have seen their talents,” coach Sean Payton said during last month’s mandatory minicamp. “So, we’re slow to evaluate that way, but quick to evaluate if someone has trouble or can’t learn.”

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Seven Saints players who enter training camp managing injuries

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

The New Orleans Saints are wrapping up their final preparations before meeting for their 2019 training camp, which has its first practice on Friday.

However, not all players will start off on equal footing. Some of them were slowed down by injuries earlier in the summer and their conditions could continue to linger. Others are on a longer, more-established time table after undergoing offseason surgery. Whatever the case, these seven Saints players will likely be nursing some sort of ailment when the team kicks off training camp.

Sheldon Rankins

There haven’t been any reported setbacks since Rankins tore his Achilles tendon in the playoffs, so he’s on track to return in mid-October after a successful rehab and a few weeks of practice. There should be some kind of an update once training camp begins, but it’s unlikely he’ll be ready for the season-opener.

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Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater Chooses Apprentice Role For Another Year

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By Dean Mullen | Last Word On Sports

Almost a year ago, Teddy Bridgewater came to the city of New Orleans to back up Drew Brees. Surely, he envisioned sitting behind Brees for a year to get an education one can’t buy at Tulane or Loyola. No, the education under a future Hall of Fame is a course you can’t buy pre-packaged. The Drew Brees class hasn’t yet been patented as of yet. But make no mistake, the value is priceless. Bridgewater’s only game-time experience came in the last game of the season against the Carolina Panthers when nothing was on the line.

Teddy Bridgewater Accepts Apprentice Role in 2019

The Return of Teddy Bridgewater

Bridgewater finished 14 of 22 for 188 yards including one touchdown and an interception with mostly backups throughout the game. Regardless, the New Orleans...

Saints have chance to turn September into Sacktember

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We’ve talked about how tough September looks for the Saints based on their opponents’ 2018 win, loss records. But there is a silver lining for the defense and now the calendar reads Sacktember.

By Roy Anderson | WhoDatDish

When schedules first came out for the 2019 Season, September looked like a gauntlet of doom for the Saints. The easiest game on the September slate looks to be the season opener on Monday Night Football in the Superdome against the AFC South-winning Houston Texans (11-5).

It just gets harder from there. Up next is a two-week stretch on the West Coast. First date is with the NFC Champion Los Angeles Rams (13-3) in an afternoon game in LA. The Saints won’t even bother coming home, spending the week in Seattle in preparation for Week 3’s contest with the Seattle Seahawks (10-6) who finished last year second in the NFC West.

The month wraps with a Sunday Night Football grudge match against the NFC East Champion Dallas Cowboys (10-6) in the Superdome. The good news is that the schedule gets considerably easier after that...

Some Saints' practices already sold out. Other dates still available

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Seven dates still open

By Don Ames | WWL 870 AM

The New Orleans Saints announced Saturday that the following practices are sold out for the Saints 2019 Training Camp Presented by Verizon:

- Friday, July 26

- Saturday, July 27

- Sunday, July 28

- Saturday, August 3

- Saturday, August 10

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The highest paid New Orleans Saints players in the 2019 season

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By James Parks | 247 Sports

The New Orleans Saints have a strong core of contributors on both sides of the football and on special teams on what is among the most talented rosters in their franchise history.

But with all that talent comes some pretty considerable investments.

In recent years, the organization has made some important moves, in particular building up their defensive front seven and their offensive line, both of which among the best in football.

Next offseason, the Saints will look to make some more commitments, especially to wide receiver Michael Thomas, who will use his record-breaking outings with the team to put his name to a long term contract extension that could be worth up to $100 million, judging by the market at the position.

In the future, the team will also be orchestrating new contracts with the likes of running back Alvin Kamara, offensive tackle Ryan Ramczyk, and cornerback Marshon Lattimore, among others.

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Former Saints safety Kurt Coleman signs one-year deal with Bills

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By Herbie Teope | The Advocate / Picayune

One former Saints safety replaces another in Buffalo.

Kurt Coleman, who started nine games in New Orleans in 2018, signed a one-year deal with the Bills, the team announced Friday morning.

Coleman’s signing comes on the heels of Rafael Bush electing to retire after nine professional seasons. Bush had two stints with the Saints from 2012-15 and 2017.

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Sideline Steve: 5 Saints to keep an eye on at training camp

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By Steve Geller | WWL 870AM

Horrifying images from the NFC championship were seared into our memory after the Rams got a little help from the refs to beat the Saints to advance to the Super Bowl. But, now is really the time to move on and focus on 2019 since the first practice of training camp is Friday, July 26th.

This year’s Black & Gold squad is expected to be right back where they were a year ago. They finished last season 13-3 and were the #1 seed in the NFC playoffs. A super talented roster remains intact and while everyone wants to talk about Drew Brees being a “40-year-old quarterback”, he has shown no signs of a decline in production and continues to shatter NFL records. You don’t have to worry about #9 heading into camp, but here are 5 guys that do have question marks around them:

Center Erik McCoy

Will the 2nd round draft pick be the Saints starting center week 1? The consistent and reliable Max Unger retired at the end of last season which leaves a massive hole up front. Putting that responsibility on a rookie could be too much to handle, but he’s got a pretty good support system around him with Terron Armstead, Larry Warford, Ryan Ramczyk and Andrus Peat on the o-line. Of course, McCoy won’t just be given the job, he will be competing against Cameron Tom and...

Saints will have to keep 49ers offense at bay in Week 14

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Our friends from Niners Nation preview the 49ers offseason.

By Chris Dunnels | Canal Street Chronicles

We’ll continue a series of opponent preview posts for the New Orleans Saints opponents in 2019. Next, we’ll look at a meeting of two old NFC West rivals, the Week 14 matchup in New Orleans against the San Francisco 49ers. Our friends over at Niners Nation took some time to give us Saints fans the scoop on their up-and-coming western foe.

Week 14: vs the San Francisco 49ers

Notable free agent additions:

Dee Ford(via trade), Kwon Alexander, Jason Verrett, Tevin Coleman

Over/Under:

8 wins -- Over. I’m going with the over for a few reasons. Jimmy Garoppolo has been cleared for all physical activities. This will be the most talented 49ers roster in several years. The talent is there; now...

Why Devine Ozigbo is the perfect replacement for the New Orleans Saints

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By John Douglas Vogel | Full Press Coverage

Devine Ozigbo joins a New Orleans Saints team as an undrafted free agent with a whole lot to prove. He picked a stellar team, in my humble opinion, at the perfect timing. I believe that Ozigbo is going to see a lot of usage in the Saints offense this season, and it’s a crying shame that Ozigbo didn’t get drafted.

The Saints are forced to replace former Heisman trophy winner Mark Ingram after he signed with the Baltimore Ravens this past offseason. (Writers note – Man, y’all have no idea how good my fingers feel to type out past offseason.) The Saints took him with their first-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, and he produced well over his eight seasons and 106 games in New Orleans.

The Saints signed two free agents this past spring at the running back position; Former Oakland Raider and Minnesota Vikings back...

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