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New Orleans Saints Need Wide Receivers and Tight Ends to Step Up

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By Michael Hanich | LWOS

Of all the teams in the NFL, the New Orleans Saints are undergoing severe offensive changes, especially with their receivers. The retirement of quarterback Drew Brees would hit the franchise hard, no matter how little he had left in the tank. The Saints didn’t bring back their leading receiver in Emmanuel Sanders or top tight end in Jared Cook. Their star receiver Michael Thomas only played in seven games this past season due to nagging injuries. There will almost no doubt that Thomas will get back to his elite level of productivity in 2021. Even with an All-Pro caliber performance from Thomas, New Orleans will need more help from the Saints passing game from other receivers and tight ends.

New Orleans Saints Need Wide Receivers and Tight Tends to Step Up​

Tre’Quan Smith – Wide Receiver

Since being drafted in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft, the Saints have expected Tre’QyN Smith to step up as the number two deep threat receiver. While he has made strides this past season by playing in 14 games and ten starts, Smith has not asserted himself as a key playmaker for the offense. In three seasons, Smith has caught 80 receptions on 119 targets for 1,109 yards and 14 touchdowns. He has never accumulated more than 448 yards and five touchdowns in a single. With a new quarterback starting under center, the Saints could use a breakout year from Smith in the upcoming 2021 season. Smith is also playing in the last year of his rookie contract. A breakout season would give him a solid new deal for the foreseeable future with New Orleans

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New Orleans Saints: Trading for Derek Barnett would boost pass rush

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By Leigh Oleszczak | WhoDatDish

The New Orleans Saints couldn’t retain Trey Hendrickson this offseason, as the former third-round pick bolted for Cincinnati. Hendrickson had 13.5 sacks last year and the Saints lost one of their most ferocious defensive weapons with his departure.

Now it’s no secret that the Saints don’t have a ton of money or draft picks to play around with this offseason but if they’re serious about contending this year, their pass rush is going to need a boost — Derek Barnett would provide that boost.

Barnett, who the Eagles took No. 14 overall in the 2017 NFL Draft, has been consistently reliable in the pass-rushing department. Chris Roling of Bleacher Report said the Saints need to make an attempt to trade for Barnett and said they should offer Philadelphia a third-round pick in next year’s draft in order to make it happen.

Roling noted the Saints need to find a veteran pass-rushing option and Barnett could be that guy. He also had this to say:

He’s only going into his age-25 season but has 19.5 sacks over four seasons, so the Saints could buy-in on the idea he’ll blossom further next to names like Cameron Jordan.
Granted, the Saints used a first-round pick on pass-rushing help with Payton Turner. But hedging the rookie bet with a low-cost, high-upside move isn’t the worst idea for a team that wants to keep contending.

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Kamara's new job: Help NASCAR grow fan base

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METAIRIE, La. -- Alvin Kamara has officially become a two-sport star.

The New Orleans Saints running back was named as NASCAR's first-ever Growth and Engagement Advisor on Sunday, continuing his growing relationship with the sport over the past year.

"I'm excited they carved out a role for me," Kamara said Sunday. "I got an office. I got a key card. I feel like I never had a job besides the NFL, so I got two jobs now. [Saints coach] Sean Payton going to have to give me some downtime."

According to, Kamara will "work directly with NASCAR leadership on strategic planning and...
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NASCAR hires Alvin Kamara as growth and engagement advisor

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NASCAR is partnering with Alvin Kamara, having hired the Saints running back as its first growth and engagement advisor.

The announcement comes a year after Kamara attended his first NASCAR race to support Bubba Wallace Jr., the only Black driver in the NASCAR Cup Series. After NASCAR announced its decision to ban the Confederate flag, Kamara tweeted his approval and attended the Xfinity Series in Homestead.

In February, Kamara provided sponsorship for the No. 6 car driven by Ryan Vargas in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for a road race at Daytona International Speedway. The car carried the...
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From fan to advisor: Saints' Alvin Kamara is now a NASCAR advisor; here's what he'll do

  • News source: By TERESA M. WALKER AP sportswriter
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LEBANON, Tenn. — All-Pro running back Alvin Kamara has gone beyond being just a fan of NASCAR and sponsoring a car.

He's now advising NASCAR on how to add more fans as its first “Growth and Engagement Advisor.”

“I’m excited they carved out a role for me,” Kamara said Sunday. "I got an office. I got a key card. I feel like I never had a job besides the NFL, so I got two jobs now. (Saints coach) Sean Payton going to have to give me some downtime."

In this new role, Kamara will connect with fans and share his own fan experience digitally and on social media. The announcement came on...
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The Black College Football Hall of Fame Enshrined the Class of 2021

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The Black College Hall of Fame enshrined its 2021 Class of inductees in Atlanta, Georgia, on June 19, 2021. The BCFOH Board of Trustees selected one HBCU football coach and five former players for this year's honors.

The six men selected come from 25 finalists to become members of the 2021 BCFOH class.

The 2021's Black College Football Hall of Fame Class for enshrinement included:

“On behalf of the Board of Trustees, congratulations to the Class of 2021,” said BCFHOF Co-Founder and 2011 Inductee Doug Williams. “It is a significant achievement to be considered one of the best to ever...
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Alvin Kamara Makes the Saints Offense a Nightmare to Defend.

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New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton was looking to add another offensive playmaker as his team approached the 2017 NFL Draft.

Many people expected the Saints to select a wide receiver to complement Michael Thomas since the team had just traded speedy WR Brandin Cooks.

The best New Orleans offenses had always used its running backs as receiving threats. Dynamic pass-catchers like Reggie Bush, Pierre Thomas, and Darren Sproles gave the Saints an extra dimension that made them even more difficult to defend.

Payton became enamored with University of Tennessee RB Alvin Kamara during...
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Saints Players Celebrate Father's Day 2021

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The New Orleans Saints players and their families celebrate Father's Day 2021.

Saints QB Jameis Winston
Saints QB Taysom Winston's son Beau
Andrus Peat's Newborn Son Samson Hendrix Peat
Demario Davis' Family
Cam Jordan and his kids

Happy Father's Day to the Saints Fans and Who Dats from all over the world! Saints News Network
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Saints' Zack Baun spent his rookie season learning. Is he ready to make the jump?

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Let’s call last year a learning experience for Zack Baun.

The New Orleans Saints traded up into the third round of the 2020 draft to select Baun after he spent his senior year at Wisconsin beating offensive linemen like a drum off the edge to the tune of 12.5 sacks. The organization believed it saw an athlete who could transition to playing in space, a bit of a projectional dice roll that comes with developmental time baked in.

So Baun spent much of his rookie season waiting, learning and developing. Now, with Year 2 just over the horizon, Baun is hopeful he can show the difference a...
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Walker: Steve Gleason feature 'A Father's Resilience,' airing on ESPN Sunday, perfect Father's Day story

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Steve Gleason wasn't supposed to be around for this many Father's Day celebrations.

Five years tops was all the doctors gave the former New Orleans Saints special teams ace when he was diagnosed with ALS 10½ years ago.

But Gleason lives on — just as determined to continue being a father as he was to block that unforgettable punt against the Atlanta Falcons 15 years ago that made him a cult hero among Saints fans.

His determination is the subject of ESPN's SC Featured "A Father's Resilience," which will air at 7 a.m. Sunday on "SportsCenter" and again throughout the day.

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Saints Career Franchise Records Ready to Fall

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The New Orleans Saints have been on an unprecedented run of team success over the last four years that is the best in franchise history.

New Orleans has a 49-15 record over those four seasons, the best in the NFL. During that time they have won four consecutive NFC South titles, the most in franchise history.

The Saints have been so successful because of a talented core of players, most of whom have been together during this entire four-year stretch.

Some of these players have compiled statistics to climb up the franchise's all-time leader list in several categories.

Here is a list of...
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CB Kirkpatrick Could be 'Twins, the Sequel' of Jenkins for the Saints Defense

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Saints News Network's guest fan column, compares the 'twin characteristics' of free agent Dre Kirkpatrick to former New Orleans cornerback Janoris Jenkins.

The complementary cornerback is a position of mild concern for the New Orleans Saints.

Cornerback Marshon Lattimore is an elite player but had a problematic offseason.

In March, Lattimore was arrested and faces a fourth-degree felony charge of receiving a stolen handgun.

The NFL could impose a punishment.

The Who Dat Nation holds its collective breath.

Why? Because Lattimore's highly effective pass defense is essential to...
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Report: Saints NFL's 12th Richest Team by 2025

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The New Orleans Saints franchise is projected to become the twelfth wealthiest team in the NFL by 2025.

Forbes values owner Gayle Benson's club as one of the top sports franchises in the world at $2.48 billion.

A financial valuation ranks the Saints at No. 46 in the world of sports entities.

According to Forbes, New Orleans is No. 25 and No. 3 in the NFC South for estimated value ranking among the NFL teams.

New Orleans Saints in the NFL has forecasted the future finances of each team to determine the wealthiest NFL franchises by 2025.

The website's analysis revealed New...
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Saints coach Sean Payton getting married today in Mexico: Report

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NEW ORLEANS — Saints head coach Sean Payton is getting married in Mexico Friday after a nearly 20-month engagement to Skylene Montgomery.

According to our partners at The Times-Picayune | New Orleans Advocate, Payton and Montgomery are tying the knot in Cabo San Lucas on June 18.

Payton proposed to Montgomery at Longway Tavern in 2019, according to the report. Saints owner Gayle Benson helped Payton pop the question by inviting Montgomery out for what she said was a celebration of her and Tom Benson's wedding anniversary.

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Sean Payton and Skylene Montgomery to Marry in Mexico

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June 18 Update: News Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton will marry his fiancée Sylene Montogomery in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, per a report from Luke Johnson at The Advocate/TP.

Congratulations to Coach Payton and Skylene on their nuptials.

Congratulations are in order for Saints Head Coach Sean Payton and girlfriend Skylene Montgomery.

Payton surprised Montgomery in a French Quarter restaurant, the Longway Tavern, inside of the New Orleans French Quarter District. WDSU reported the proposal on Friday night.

Montgomery accompanied Payton to the private event to celebrate Saints'...
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Demario Davis Continues to be the Key for Saints Defensive Success

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An underrated aspect of the New Orleans Saints Super Bowl XLIV championship team in 2009 was the play of its linebacking corps.

Pro Bowl LB Jonathan Vilma was the headliner of the group, intercepting 3 passes and leading the team in tackles.

Vilma had outstanding support from Scott Shanle and Scott Fujita, with depth being provided by Jo-Lonn Dunbar and Marvin Mitchell.

This underrated unit created havoc at the second level of a New Orleans defense that finished second in the league with 39 turnovers.

As those Saints linebackers aged, the play of the unit slipped. Free-agent...
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