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Ceedy Duce: "Time to pave a way for my own image" - Chauncey Gardner-Johnson

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By B.T. Boylan | SI

"Time to pave a way for my own image." The proclamation came from the New Orleans Saints second-year DB, Chauncey Gardner-Johnson. His new name is Ceedy Duce.

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The #22 on the back of New Orleans Saints jerseys will have a new name. Chauncey or C.J. Gardner-Johnson announced he would officially change his name to Ceedy Duce via his Instagram account on Sunday. CJGJ/Ceedy Duce has changed his name before while playing from the University of Florida. During his first two seasons, fans knew the former Gator as Chauncey Gardner Jr. Before his Junior year, he switched his name last name to Gardner-Johnson to honor his step-father Brian Johnson, who raised him.

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Top 25 Saints of 2020: No. 7, Terron Armstead

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By John Hendrix | SI

... The New Orleans Saints gear up for training camp next Monday, and will have a short timeframe along with the rest of the NFL to get up to speed before Week 1 hits. It's hard to imagine a scene where football doesn't exist and have fans in the stands with limited coverage, but it has seemingly grown into a cold reality that we're about to face in September. Hopefully, we can get past things and move into a sense of normalcy at some point before 2020 ends. However, that might be wishful thinking.

We keep looking at our top Saints players heading into the new season, and we're getting close to the Top 5. Today's spotlight has one of the two big men on the front line that will be featured in the Top 10.


Armstead's Outlook in 2020

When he's in the lineup, there is little to no one better protecting the blind side to Drew Brees. ...

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Healthy Alvin Kamara prepared to show off his old, new self with New Orleans Saints

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(AP Photo/Rusty Costanza)

John DeShazier | Senior Writer - NewOrleansSaints.com

Alvin Kamara assures that he'll be ready to hit the ground running when the New Orleans Saints get ready to play.

He often couldn't say that with confidence last season.

Literally, sure, the former NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, 2017 All-Pro and three-time Pro Bowler could run. But it wasn't the Kamara-level running that Kamara has grown to expect to deliver, and that he was delivering until he said he injured his knee six weeks into the regular season, against the Jaguars.

"Jacksonville week, I tore my knee, basically," Kamara said. "That was something I was dealing with the whole season. Had to miss some time, which I don't like to do, came back (and) tried to play as best I could, tried to manage it throughout the week. ...

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Projecting the Saints 53-man Roster: Defensive End

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By Bob Rose | SI

The New Orleans Saints have sacked opposing quarterbacks 100 times over the last two seasons, including 51 sacks in 2019. Twenty-nine of those takedowns last year came from the defensive end position, where the Saints boast one of the better young players in the game and one of the league's best all-around defenders. Roster spots on a deep New Orleans defensive line are mostly established, but a few offseason additions could add to the preseason competition.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS DEFENSIVE ENDS

Oct 6, 2019; New Orleans, LA, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston (3) is sacked by New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan (94) in the second half at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

Anthony Chickillo (LB/DE)
Marcus Davenport
Mario Edwards Jr. (DE/DT)
Carl Granderson
Trey Hendrickson
Margus Hunt (DE/DT)
Cameron Jordan

ROSTER LOCKS

Marcus Davenport (6’6” 265-Lbs., 23-Yrs old)

Davenport heads into his third pro season with questions surrounding his durability. New Orleans traded two 1st round picks and a 5th rounder to select the talented DE with the 14th overall selection of the 2018 draft. ...

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Saints RB Alvin Kamara 'not concerned with contract talks'

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By Kevin Patra | Around the NFL Writer

Saints fans near and far fret about the future of Alvin Kamara in New Orleans. Entering the final year of his contract, will the dynamic dual-threat running back get a big long-term deal or not? How would paying an RB fit into the gymnastics the Saints' front office already does with the salary cap?

Kamara, however, isn't fretting his contract. He's simply readying to play.

"As far as contracts go, I'm not concerned with contract talks at all," he said, via Luke Johnson of The Times-Picayune. "Me and my agent talked briefly about it, and I told him, 'Don't tell me anything about a contract until stuff is happening and there's something I need to know.' If I was my own agent, then I would have everything to tell you guys about a contract, but I'm not. I don't talk (with the front office) about contracts, I don't talk to coaches about contracts."

A third-round pick in 2017, Kamara is set to earn $2.13 million in base salary on the final year of his rookie deal. ...

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Former Saints DT Taylor Stallworth signing with the Colts

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

One recently released member of the New Orleans Saints didn’t have to wait long to land on his feet. Third-year pro Taylor Stallworth is signing a contract with the Indianapolis Colts, per his agent Brett Tessler, who says Stallworth received interest from seven other teams after being cut by the Saints on Aug. 3.

It’s a great landing spot for Stallworth, who will be reunited with his one-time Saints teammate Al-Quadin Muhammad. Muhammad was a sixth-round draft pick by the Saints in 2017, out of Miami; since joining the Colts in 2018, he’s averaged nearly 29 snaps per game in their defensive ends rotation. ...

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9 Saints to consider for the new protected practice squad

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

The NFL introduced changes to its practice squad rules even before the COVID-19 pandemic struck the league, having hammered out a new 10-year collective bargaining agreement with the NFL Players Association. That new CBA already added two spots to the practice squad, increasing its size from 10 to 12 players.

But with rosters constricted by COVID-19 rules, the NFL and NFLPA agreed to further increase the practice squad to 16 players for the 2020 season. And they’ve limited some restrictions by allowing as many as six of those players to have an unlimited number of accrued seasons; in the past, only players with two years’ experience or fewer were eligible.

And there’s another important tweak to remember; this year, teams can protect four practice squad players each week from being signed away by another team. While players still have to test waivers before they can be added to the practice squad, this will do a lot to prevent in-season poaching by rival teams, giving young talent the opportunity to develop with a familiar coaching staff. ...

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All eyes on Week 10’s NFC showdown between the Saints and 49ers

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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We’ll continue a series of opponent preview posts for the New Orleans Saints opponents in 2020. Next, we’ll look at what our high-profile rematch in the Dome against the reigning NFC South Champion San Francisco 49ers. Our friends over at Niners Nation took some time to give us Saints fans the scoop on the San Francisco 49ers.

Notable free agent additions:

Does Trent Williams count? He should. The Niners added one of the best left tackles in the past decade to an already stacked roster. Instead of relying on a rookie tackle or unproven player, San Francisco has a seven-time Pro Bowler...
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Saints' Alvin Kamara shifted toward plant-based diet this offseason

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara said he weighs 211 pounds right now, which is right about in line with the 212-215-pound range he usually falls in during the offseason.

But if he looks like he’s carrying the weight a little differently, there might be some truth behind that. This offseason, Kamara re-tooled his diet, cutting out things like sodium and some sugars and shifting toward plant-based foods.

“I got with my chef and just put together a plan and stuck to it and am still sticking to it,” Kamara said. “I think that changed my body a little bit, look a little bit...
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Why Trautman can be the first tight end to win Offensive Rookie of The Year

  • News source: Jake Rajala
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The two best tight ends in the NFL over the past three seasons were George Kittle and Travis Kelce. What does Adam Trautman have in common with these incredibly prolific tight ends? These three tight ends were overlooked coming out of college and recorded fantastic measurements at the NFL combine. Yet, all three dynamic players were selected in the third-round or later (Kittle was a fifth round draft pick).

Furthermore, Adam Trautman and Travis Kelce were both star quarterbacks in high school before transitioning to tight end in college.

Trautman won’t be the first New Orleans Saints...
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Announcement: We have a new commenting system coming today

  • News source: SB Nation NFL
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Today is a big day for Canal Street Chronicles commenters: we’re going to be moving our comments to a brand new platform. This site is part of the first series of sites in the rollout.

Yeah, we hate change too. Here’s why we’re doing it: we’ve been using the same commenting platform for more than a decade, and the tools from our earliest days aren’t built for the modern web. Making fixes and improvements to the original system gets tougher every year, and it’s not sustainable moving forward.

And so we’re starting out with a new tool, called Coral. It’s not complete yet, but it does have...
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New Orleans Saints Post-cutdown 2020 53-man roster projection

  • News source: Ross.Jackson
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With cutdowns complete and the New Orleans Saints sitting at 80 on the roster, despite two players starting on the PUP list, it is the perfect time to start to look at the roster. The intent of this 53-man roster is to begin a process through which we can continue to evaluate the talent throughout the team.

Right now, things may be skewed to returning Saints and veteran players, but can some UDFAs or younger newcomers breakthrough and find their way to the day one roster? So to start, we’ll look with the lens of familiarity and continuity as we have yet to see any of the black and gold...
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How far could the Packers and Seahawks fall? Barnwell predicts NFL teams most likely to decline

  • News source: www.espn.com - New Orleans Saints
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On Monday, we ran my annual column looking at the NFL teams that are most likely to improve this upcoming season. That one usually goes over well. Everybody likes hope. Today, we're going to look at the teams most likely to decline in 2020. This one just gets people angry.

Unfortunately for the teams in question, it's usually easier to find the ones that are probably going to decline. The goal isn't to put anyone down or ruin anybody's excitement over the season to come but rather to try to see if there are reliable indicators of future success or failure. I think we have a few.

Over the...
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Ranking the NFL's most likely worst-to-first teams -- and first-to-worst

  • News source: www.espn.com - New Orleans Saints
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Of the four major American sports leagues, the NFL is generally celebrated for having the most turnover among teams at the top. Every fan can go into the season with some hope because every team starts with a chance to win. That's even true for the teams that were in last place a year ago. Since the NFL realigned to eight four-team divisions in 2002, 22 teams have gone from worst to first. There has been at least one of these teams in every season except 2014 and 2019. (Although San Francisco went from 4-12 to first place, the 49ers weren't in last place in 2018 because Arizona was 3-13.)...
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Fleur-de-Links, August 11: Analysis of recent Saints recruits Nigel Bradham and Bennie Fowler

  • News source: Adam Dunnells
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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.

Alvin Kamara says that he is more focused on recovering from his knee and ankle injuries than his Saints contract.

A profile on new Saints acquisition, linebacker Nigel Bradham, and how he stacks up against current Saints linebackers Kiko Alonso and Alex Anzalone and former Saints linebacker A.J. Klein.

A transcript from the video conference call between Alex Anzalone and New Orleans media.

A look at where new Saints wide receiver Bennie Fowler...
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Former Brother Martin, Nicholls running back Dalton Hilliard Jr. dead at 29

  • News source: CCS Staff
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The son of LSU and Saints legend Dalton Hilliard has died, Nicholls State University announced Monday.

Dalton Hilliard Jr. was just 29 years old.


The younger Hilliard played running back for Brother Martin and Nicholls State.

The cause of death has not been announced.
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Healthy Kamara not concerned about contract

  • News source: www.espn.com - New Orleans Saints
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METAIRIE, La. -- Alvin Kamara insisted that he isn't concerned about his contract heading into the final year of his rookie deal. In fact, the New Orleans Saints running back said he told his agent not to even mention it to him unless something serious develops.

Instead, the three-time Pro Bowler said his main focus this offseason was healing from the knee and ankle injuries that plagued his "rocky" 2019 season.

"I'm just here to do my job. I'm healthy and back with my teammates, and we're working toward getting ready for Tampa [in Week 1]," said Kamara, who missed only two games (Weeks...
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Alvin Kamara admits he played hurt last season; talks motivation in contract season

  • News source: Ken Trahan
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The 2019 version of Alvin Kamara is not what was expected.

Yes, he was good but he was not as good as he was in his first two seasons.

Last year, Kamara accounted for 1,330 yards and six touchdowns from scrimmage.

By comparison, in 2018, Kamara accounted for 1,592 yards and 18 touchdowns from scrimmage. That came after a rookie season in 2017 where Kamara accounted for 1,554 yards and 13 touchdowns from scrimmage.

Kamara enters a contract year in 2020. Michael Thomas landed a huge deal most recently from the Saints. From a running back perspective, Christian McCaffery did the same and...
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Alvin Kamara focused on being healthy again, not contract

  • News source: Darin Gantt
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Alvin Kamara would like a new contract. But he’d also like to get back to feeling like Alvin Kamara.

The Saints running back told reporters on a videoconference Monday that he struggled throughout last season after an early knee injury, and clearly wasn’t himself. He admitted that frustration, knowing his body language was “terrible” at times.

“I injured myself early. Jacksonville week, I tore my knee basically,” Kamara said, via Luke Johnson of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “That was something I was dealing with the whole season, had to miss some time, which I don’t like to do. Came...
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Alvin Kamara is focused on feeling healthy — not his next contract

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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There are two things at the forefront of the discussion regarding New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara heading into this season, but he only devoted energy to one of them since the 2019 season ended.

Kamara spent this offseason focusing on getting healthy and feeling like himself again. He will worry about a new contract whenever that time comes.

“I’m not concerned with contract talks at all,” Kamara said. “Me and my agent (Damarius Bilbo) talked briefly about it, and I told him, ‘Don’t tell me anything about a contract until stuff is happening and there’s something I need to...
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What Bennie Fowler can bring to the Saints offense

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The wide receiver situation for the New Orleans Saints is in a very odd spot at the moment. With Michael Thomas eating up the vast majority of the targets last year and the new addition of Emmanuel Sanders, it’s hard to imagine the Saints have enough targets to go around. After signing Bennie Fowler, the Saints’ wide receiving corps has only become more crowded.

Fowler has the potential to usurp Tre’Quan Smith’s No. 3 spot in the receiver rotation, but with Smith being five years younger and the two of them putting up similar stats, he may have a tall task ahead of him. The Saints offense...
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