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Saints rookie QB Tommy Stevens assigned new position, jersey number

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

A shortened summer without minicamps, organized team activities, and a full preseason has meant less practice time for rookies, so the New Orleans Saints are doing what they can to grease the runway for first-year players.

That apparently includes a position switch for seventh-round draft pick Tommy Stevens, a prospect out of Mississippi State. Before that, he was coached by Joe Brady at Penn State, where the one-time Saints assistant started putting together a versatile playbook that Taysom Hill would eventually make famous.

Back in April’s draft, Brady nearly recruited Stevens to join him with the Carolina Panthers. But Sean Payton wasn’t having it, ordering a bold trade to acquire Stevens and maybe tweak Brady’s nose at the same time. ...

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Saints announce no fans for season opener against Buccaneers

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Nick Shook | Around The NFL Writer

The 2020 NFL season will feature one of its first big matchups in its very first week, but fans will not be able to attend it due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The New Orleans Saints' Sept. 13 home opener against Tom Brady's Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be played without fans in attendance, the team announced Wednesday.

"While we have put together a comprehensive plan that will allow us to safely host fans at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, that plan has always been dependent on how effectively we, as a community and region, are battling Covid-19," Saints president Dennis Lauscha said in a statement released by the team. "We have given this situation as much time as possible to see the type of improvement necessary to welcome fans into the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, but unfortunately, medical experts indicate that trends are not improving rapidly enough for us to begin the season with fan attendance. ...

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Saints, mayor, governor meet to discuss whether or not Superdome will have fans

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(Source: WVUE: Mark Lagrange)

By Chris Finch | WAFB

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The New Orleans Saints organization met with Gov. John Bel Edwards office and Mayor LaToya Cantrell on Tuesday (Aug. 11) to talk about attendance plans in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, according to NFL insider Jeff Duncan.

The three sides did not come to a final decision but said COVID-19 numbers would dictate how the season – at least as far as fan attendance – plays out.

Duncan, a Saints analyst and writer for The Athletic, said that team and stadium officials are prepared to open the season without fans if the state and city are still in Phase 2. There would be limited seating in the Dome if the city is in Phase 3.

A seating chart of 20,000 to 30,000 fans has been created if fans are allowed into the stadium. ...

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Transcript: Sean Payton training camp conference call - Wednesday, August 12

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New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton discusses line play during padded practices, newly acquired Nigel Bradham and more during Wednesday's training camp conference call

New Orleans Saints Head Coach Sean Payton
Training Camp Conference Call with New Orleans Media
Wednesday, August 12, 2020

With intelligence being such a high priority among your rookie class, have you seen them grasp it as well as you hoped it would?
"Yeah, I think it's gone pretty well. We went through a week and a half of walkthroughs and meetings. So you're giving them basically the installation schedule and then today was the first time essentially where we put helmets on. It was pretty much, again a walkthrough, but a little bit more practice structure, if you will, and I feel like that this young group is doing good, especially in light of not really having to do the minicamp that you normally would have in the spring. At some point here, when we go to pads, we'll start back at the beginning and truly go through a training camp install, but I feel like overall, John (DeShazier), it's gone well."

Historically, has it been more difficult for one or the other of those positions? Whether it be offensive line or tight end or linebacker or quarterback?
"Yeah, look, it's (a) good question. Certainly, there's a challenge for every first year quarterback just with the volume of information and what they're doing. But, I've found over the years that the other players that are smart enough and pick things up well enough to play a lot of different positions. And conversely, there's some...

New Orleans Saints' 'soft' bubble could be model for 'hard' bubble if NFL makes it to playoffs

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Jarrett Bell | USA Today

Sean Payton was on the phone, talking numbers. Big numbers.

The New Orleans Saints have 179 people — players, coaches and staff — designated as either “Tier 1” or “Tier 2” under the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols for their role and proximity to the team. Payton, who in March became the first known NFL figure diagnosed to contract COVID-19, tries to compute the possibilities while pondering the merits of the “soft bubble” the Saints are operating under during training camp and perhaps into the season.

“Every night, we’ve got 170 stories,” the head coach explained to USA TODAY Sports.

A “story” is an account of how someone could be exposed to the virus.

“Hey, some stories are safe ones,” he added. “Some stories are long ones. The one assistant coach who had it, his nanny got it in Florida. She was in the house when he was there. So, those stories can vary. But, nonetheless, when you’ve got 170, man, you’d better recognize, that’s a lot of stories.” ...

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Walker: No fans, silent Superdome for Saints opener another reminder of weird 2020 season ahead

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You can still stand up and get crunk if you're a Saints' fan.

It just might have to be in your living room.

You can still yell "Who Dat" too.

But you'll be screaming it at the TV screen instead of in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome alongside 74,000 others joining you in your celebration.

We got yet another sad reminder of the inevitable Wednesday.

Yeah, the NFL season might be near.

But it won't be quite the same.

First, the good news came as the New Orleans Saints social media team posted for the first time pictures of the team practicing at training camp at the Saints' practice...
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Saints officially announce Week 1 2020 home opener will be played without fans

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Home-field advantage has become a major point of pride among Saints fans, and for good reason. The Saints are 19-5 the past three seasons at home, and not a primetime game goes by where national audiences don’t praise the Saints’ crowd for its Who Dat chants, costumes and general raucousness.

Unfortunately, in the Saints’ Week 1 2020 opener against Tom Brady and the Buccaneers on Sep. 13 — one of the most anticipated Week 1 matchups in the league — the Saints won’t have that Domefield advantage. The team announced on Wednesday that the start of the season will be played without fans, as...
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Saints won’t have fans in stands for Tom Brady’s Bucs debut

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The Saints won’t have fans in the stands for their season opener Sept. 13 in what will mark Tom Brady‘s debut with the Buccaneers.

The team announced the decision Wednesday night.

“Mrs. [Gayle] Benson has appointed an internal management team that oversees all elements of our business relative to our COVID-19 planning, protocols and responses,” Saints president Dennis Lauscha said in a statement. “Each morning she is briefed on the latest programs and plans and on our daily communication with ASM Global [which manages the stadium]. Her overriding directive and priority is the health and...
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Saints to play season opener against Buccaneers without fans, team announces

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No fans will be in attendance for the New Orleans Saints' season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the team announced on Wednesday, citing the widespread nature of coronavirus in the region.

The guidance the Saints have received from government officials suggests that fans will also likely not be in attendance for the Saints' game against the Green Bay Packers on Sept. 27, but no official determination has yet been made for that game or any other home contests outside of the season opener.

The Saints' third home game in Week 5 of the season is set to be played against the Los...
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Saints’ first regular season home game vs. Bucs to be played without fans

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The New Orleans Saints announced today that the team will not host fans at the first home game this season September 13 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, due to the state of Covid-19 infections throughout the region.

Since the beginning of this crisis, the Saints have been working with a world-class team of medical experts and health and safety professionals from Ochsner Health (Ochsner), state and local authorities and the NFL to determine how, or if, we could safely host fans at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome this season. Our first priority is the health and safety of our fans, our employees, the...
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Sean Payton feeling good about Saints rookies, team conditioning

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The questions are obvious.

How are the new players fitting in with precious little time to learn a system? What kind of condition is the team in? Which position is hardest to step into in the first year? Is it hard to prepare for an opponent with preseason video to look at? What about the progress of some key veteran players?

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton had a chance to address these and other questions Wednesday with the media.

How has the indoctrination of the rookie class gone thus far without the benefit of an offseason training program?

“I think it’s gone pretty...
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Saints rookies on track despite condensed preseason schedule

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It is mid-August, and the New Orleans Saints rookies just went through their first professional football practice with a helmet on.

The coronavirus pandemic has put a strain on just about every facet of an NFL organization, from the players to the training and equipment staff, and one of the unique challenges brought on by this season is finding the most efficient way to bring first-year players into the fold.

The on-field minicamps and organized team activities were cancelled, as were the preseason games, and the training camp was condensed. Coaches were able to conduct virtual meetings...
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Saints' Sean Payton has some advice on mustard stain removal best practices

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Five or so months into the age of teleconferences and video chats, many by now have mastered the art of keeping a line muted until ready to speak, but one must keep their head on a swivel in the event of a rare slip up.

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton was discussing his 2020 team by teleconference Wednesday when a hot mic caught a reporter saying to someone in the background, “Let me ask you a question: I spilled mustard on my suit …”

Payton, already in question-and-answer mode, did not miss a beat.

“Generally with mustard, I’d use warm water,” Payton said. “I don’t want to wipe...
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After 2 injuries in 3 years, Saints LB Alex Anzalone wants to show what he's capable of

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Last season's Week 2 game against the Los Angeles Rams lives in infamy in New Orleans for one big reason.

That's when quarterback Drew Brees sustained his thumb injury. But it also lives in the mind of another New Orleans Saints starter in middle linebacker Alex Anzalone.

Sept. 15, 2019. That's when Anzalone sustained a shoulder injury that required surgery, landing him on the injured reserve for the second time in three seasons.

And by the time the Saints start up full pads practices next week, it'll have been 11 months and two days, 337 days in total, since he last went on the field...
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Alvin Kamara reveals 2019 injury and new offseason approach to prepare for 2020

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New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara just did not seem himself in the 2019 season. Many attributed it to a larger workload than Kamara was used to, which was brought on when Mark Ingram signed a new contract with the Baltimore Ravens. There was also the fact that the running back was listed with an ankle and a knee injury at different points in the season. What most did not know was the scope and severity of the knee injury that hampered Kamara’s performance all season.

Speaking with the media after training camp on Monday afternoon, here is what Kamara had to say regarding his...
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What gameday staple do you want to see continue if fans are not allowed in stadium this season?

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Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across the NBA. Each week, we send out questions to the most plugged in Saints fans, and fans across the country. Sign up here to join Reacts.

There is still so much unknown surrounding the 2020 season. But assuming play does return on schedule it seems likely that fans won’t be in attendance, at least early in the season. If that is the case, fans hope at least a few gameday staples stay in place.

More than anything, fans hope their favorite teams keep them involved. When asked what gameday element they most want to see continue in 2020...
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WATCH: Saints training camp battles series continues with linebacker

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The Saints have experienced unfortunate health concerns and injuries at linebacker that have proven costly. Now, they have a well-populated linebacker corps in New Orleans.

Kiko Alonso is currently on the PUP list and there are now new options in the black and gold. Including third-round draft pick Zack Baun who the Saints are interested in using in an off-ball capacity. But a new contender enters the Bayou with years of experience at each second-level spot.

Who gets the nod to join Demario Davis and Alex Anzalone on the second level to start the season? ? Let us know in the comments...
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Saints officially-licensed face coverings with new design now available

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Who dat say dey gon beat coronavirus?

Fans of the New Orleans Saints and National Football League are chomping at the bit for the opportunity to have a football season in 2020. According to Johns Hopkins Medicine, the public wearing face coverings is crucial to the country rebounding from coronavirus:

We previously provided links for a different style of Saints-themed face coverings, but it was met with some criticism, with one person on Facebook saying, “It slips down from my nose, or won’t cover my chin[.]”

The criticism is fair. Johns Hopskins says:

Enter the new, sleek New Era face...
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Saints haven’t had positive tests, but it “isn’t like we’ve got this figured out”

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Saints head coach Sean Payton was the first NFL head coach to contract COVID-19 this offseason, but the team hasn’t had anyone diagnosed with the coronavirus since they began testing at the start of training camp last month.

Part of the reason for that has been the team’s decision to rent out space in a Loews Hotel for players and other team personnel who choose to stay in that controlled environment rather than go back and forth from home each day. The team has had a couple of players land on the COVID-19 list for brief periods after further testing showed they were false positives, but...
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