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Saints counting on sophomore surge from Cesar Ruiz, Zack Baun, Adam Trautman

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By Mike Triplett | ESPN

METAIRIE, La. -- The 2021 NFL draft will be critical for the New Orleans Saints after the salary cap forced them to slash their roster depth this offseason.

The development of last year’s draft class might be even more important.

The Saints’ Class of 2020 was small because of multiple trades -- and it didn’t produce much. First-round guard/center Cesar Ruiz battled some inconsistency after switching from his college position of center to right guard and starting 11 games, including the playoffs. Third-round linebacker Zack Baun and fourth-round tight end Adam Trautman played even smaller roles as backups and special-teamers.

However, the Saints are now counting on all three to make big leaps after letting go of veteran starters at each position.

Ruiz should be the full-time starter at right guard after the Saints released his timeshare partner, Nick Easton. Trautman vaulted to No. 1 on the TE depth chart after the Saints parted ways with both Jared Cook and Josh Hill. And Baun will compete for a starting job at linebacker after the Saints parted ways with Kwon Alexander and Alex Anzalone. ...

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Saints Mock Draft 2021: Deciding on a First Round Option

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The great debate ensues on what the Saints will do in the first round of the upcoming NFL Draft.

John Hendrix | SI

Mock Draft madness tends to run rampant at this time of the NFL season, as there's a pretty big lull in the league year leading up to the schedule release and draft. There's going to be a ton of rumors and nuggets that fly leading up until then, and we can only anticipate what the Saints do with their 28th overall pick. Naturally, seeing them stay put seems unsettling, as past draft tendencies have suggested.

We'll assume that things stay the way they are as we get through the first round only in this opening mock. Here's how the picks went before New Orleans got to the podium.
The Picks Before

Jaguars - Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
Jets - Zach Wilson, QB, BYU
49ers - Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State
Falcons - Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida
Bengals - Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
Dolphins - Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon
Lions - Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama
Panthers - Ja'Marr Chase, WR, LSU
Broncos - Mac Jones, QB, Alabama
Cowboys - Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama ...

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Saints 2021 Draft Prospects: Zaven Collins

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New Orleans hasn't had great luck at drafting linebackers in recent seasons. Could this Tulsa star change that fortune if the Saints grab him with a 1st round choice?

Bob Rose | SI

The free-agent addition of linebacker Demario Davis in 2018 transformed the defense of the New Orleans Saints into one of the league's best units. Adding LB Kwon Alexander in a mid-season trade further bolstered the team's athleticism at the position. The play of their two star linebackers helped the Saints finish in the top-five of the league in most major defensive categories in 2020.

New Orleans has had good luck with veteran acquisitions at linebacker since Sean Payton took over as head coach in 2006. The team has not had nearly the success when drafting linebackers during this same period. Stephone Anthony, Hau'oli Kikaha, Martez Wilson, and Alex Anzalone were players that were drafted within the first three rounds who failed to meet expectations. The jury is still out on Zack Baun, a 3rd round choice last season. ...

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New Orleans Saints drop in latest 2022 Super Bowl winner odds

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By Matthew Beighle | Whodatdish

Once again, the New Orleans Saints had Super Bowl expectations and came up with a loss. Again, they will go back to the drawing board and try to improve their offense and defense in hopes of being in the position that the Buccaneers are in right now — Super Bowl Champions.

The black and gold finished 13-3 in 2019 and lost in the Wild Card Round of the playoffs. The team finished 12-4 in 2020 and lost in the Divisional Round of the playoffs. Last two seasons with Super Bowl in their sights, they don’t complete the mission.

This year, they are looking to do the same thing, but the personnel attacking the mission is vastly different. The biggest difference is that this will be the team’s first mission in over a decade with Drew Brees leading the charge.
In the newest Super Bowl odds for 2021, the New Orleans Saints are now tied for No. 10 with at least four other teams at +2500. ...

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Why doesn't Alvin Kamara spend his NFL money? Lessons from mom and peanut butter sandwiches

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Alvin Kamara bought some chicken wings after landing his rookie signing bonus from the New Orleans Saints. But that's it, he hasn't spent a dime of that money since.

And that's true of all the star running back's football money over his four seasons in the NFL, despite signing a lucrative, $75 million extension before the 2020 season.

So how does the 25-year-old fund his far-from-overstated lifestyle? Endorsement money, as he explained to host Andrew Hawkins on a recent episode of Uninterrupted's show "Kneading Dough."

“So, OK, boom. I get drafted, the numbers start coming like signing...
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Kamara’s financial savviness breaks from a sad NFL archetype

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Maybe you have heard the statistics about professional athletes losing entire fortunes or maybe you saw the ESPN 30-for-30 film Broke, in which several retired NFL players candidly dished on their financial woes post retirement. The fact is 78% of NFL players either “go bankrupt or are severely stressed financially within two years after retirement.”

That’s why stories like this one from CNBC, are refreshing and uplifting to hear. In an interview Alvin Kamara gave on the Uninterrupted’s Kneading Dough series, the star running back revealed he hasn’t spent a dime from either his rookie...
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Alvin Kamara says he hasn’t spent any of his football money

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Like long-time NFL tight end Rob Gronkowski, four-year veteran running back Alvin Kamara has found a way to pay his bills without touching his football money.

Appearing on Uninterrupted’s Kneading Dough series, Kamara said that he has not yet spent any of the money he has earned playing pro football.

“I got my signing bonus, I went and got some wings, and I was like, ‘Man, I’m not spending any of this money.’ . . . I still have not spent $1 of my football money — new money or rookie contract money,” Kamara said, via Bleacher Report.

A player like Kamara, who makes money from endorsement...
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Finally, the answer to who would play Saints coach Sean Payton in a movie ... Kevin James?

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A moment of New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton's career is now going to be immortalized in film, and it might not be one of the moments you're thinking of.

Filming of the Netflix movie "Home Team" is set to begin this year, and it chronicles the time Payton coached his son Connor's youth football team after the NFL suspended him for his role in the Bountygate scandal. Actor Kevin James is set to play Payton in the film.

NFL columnist Peter King gave a brief outline of the plot in his weekly Football Morning in America column, though news of the film's production has been public since...
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PFF ranks Saints 2017 draft class best

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With the NFL draft approaching at the end of this month, teams are hopeful that they select the right mix of players that can potentially change their franchise’s fortune. That one special draft class can solidify a team’s aspiration to be contenders year in and year out. Teams want a draft class as special as the New Orleans Saints 2017 class.

Pro Football Focus took the time out to evaluate the best draft class since 2015 and all Saints fans would have to agree with the findings:

Looking at this draft class, they absolutely knocked the first four picks out of the park. They selected...
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Kevin James to play Sean Payton in movie based on 2012 Bountygate suspension

  • News source: Mike Florio
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Nine years ago, a gross miscarriage of NFL justice carried Saints coach Sean Payton out of the NFL for a year. During that year, he helped coach his son’s youth football team.

And there’s a show, that’s a show. Or at least a movie. From Adam Sandler’s Happy Madison Productions, Home Team stars Kevin James as Payton, via Peter King of Football Morning in America.

King writes that Payton recently read the script and made some corrections. Filming starts later this year; the movie will land on Netflix.

James starred in the long-running CBS sitcom The King of Queens along with multiple...
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NFL could change these rules for the upcoming season

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All the NFL owners meet last week to discuss 11 new proposed rule changes. There were many different proposed changes but the main proposals that have a chance of success were expanding jersey numbers for certain skill positions, various overtime rule changes, and the addition of an eighth official. For any of these proposals to be officially approved, they need 75% (24) of the owners votes. NFL teams and the Competition Committee submit proposals every offseason to try and better the league, with all proposals voted on in the upcoming owners meeting.

The spotlight right now is on Kansas...
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Fleur-de-Links, April 12: Saints as potential home for Stanford quarterback

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Officially licensed face coverings are now available, with a new, more protective design.

Kwon Alexander has been training with Dr. Sharif Tabbah, a man who has also worked as a strength and conditioning coach with Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram.

Mike Tannebaum’s “GM picks” mock draft has the Saints drafting Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, a linebacker from Notre Dame.

A look at what the Saints are looking for on offense and defense based on the players that the Saints have been meeting with.

Answering how the power of Tanoh Kpassagnon can be used with the Saints.

NFL Draft expert Matt Miller...
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Saints counting on sophomore surge from Cesar Ruiz, Zack Baun, Adam Trautman

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METAIRIE, La. -- The 2021 NFL draft will be critical for the New Orleans Saints after the salary cap forced them to slash their roster depth this offseason.

The development of last year’s draft class might be even more important.

The Saints’ Class of 2020 was small because of multiple trades -- and it didn’t produce much. First-round guard/center Cesar Ruiz battled some inconsistency after switching from his college position of center to right guard and starting 11 games, including the playoffs. Third-round linebacker Zack Baun and fourth-round tight end Adam Trautman played even smaller...
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Saints Podcast Round-Up, April 11th, 2021

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Are you a fan of the New Orleans Saints? Looking for New Orleans Saints podcasts now that Saints football is over? Just because there aren’t any more Saints games, doesn’t mean Saints podcasts stop during the offseason.

The 2021 NFL Draft is almost upon us - so get all of your Saints draft coverage here!

We have got you set with all the best local podcasts for all of your Saints podcasts you’ll need. That’s right: podcasts like Canal St. Chronicles, Locked On Saints, and so much more!

Featuring Brenden Ertle

Featuring Ross Jackson

Featuring Ralph Malbrough, Andrew Juge, Kevin Hale...
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2021 NFL Mock Draft First Round 1.0

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Justin Fields is can’t-miss for Sean Payton and Saints if he ends up falling

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College football is an interesting beast. It’s so common to see players dominate at that level and then go on to disappoint in the NFL that nearly everyone gets second-guessed before the draft. If that happens to Ohio State’s Justin Fields in the draft, it would be a huge boon for the Saints and Sean Payton, and they would be remiss not to take him at 27.

While it’s unlikely, there’s already been talk about Fields dropping. Dan Orlovsky made headlines on the Pat McAfee show by relaying information he got from sources about Fields being a “last one in first one out” type player, comments...
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Saints add defensive play-maker in Mike Tannebaum’s GM mock draft

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The offseason - and mock draft season - continue rolling.

Former New York Jets General Manager Mike Tannebaum released his “GM picks” mock draft for ESPN (Insider required). For the New Orleans Saints, Tannebaum gives the team help on the defensive side of the ball in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft:

Considering the available options at other positions of need for the Saints that are still available in free agency (like cornerback Richard Sherman or Tavon Austin), it’s hard to argue too much with Owusu-Koramoah.

Interestingly, Tannebaum had Tulsa linebacker Zalen Collins going to...
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Saints Film Room: Tanoh Kpassagnon is a powerful, raw player who still needs refinement as a pass rusher

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If you thought Marcus Davenport was a work in progress, Tanoh Kpassagnon is on another level.

With ridiculous measurables and athleticism — 4.8 40 yard dash and a 128” broad jump at the NFL Combine to go with a 6’7” and 289 pound body — Kpassagnon had scouts drooling once they first set eyes on him.

He dominated poor competition at Villanova, and was selected towards the end of the second round of the 2017 draft by the Kansas City Chiefs, where he’s spent his last four years.

He had his moments, but was ultimately not re-signed, as he agreed to a two-year, $4,500,000 contract with the...
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