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Saints’ plan to conduct NFL draft from Dixie Brewing scrapped due to new NFL rules

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By Amie Just The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate

The New Orleans Saints will no longer be allowed to draft out of the Dixie Brewing Company in New Orleans East, the team confirmed, because the NFL informed teams via memo on Monday that all clubs will be drafting virtually this year from home due to the coronavirus pandemic.

General managers, head coaches, assistant coaches and other executives must conduct draft business from their own homes, meaning teams can’t just gather at one person’s residence for the April 23-25 draft.

In the memo, the NFL cited competitive balance and how most states have state-wide stay-at-home orders.

The Saints first allowed the majority of their employees to work from home beginning on March 12. All facilities will remain closed indefinitely, the memo read, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero and ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The NFL offices have been closed since March 13 and all team facilities have been closed since at least March 26, regardless of state mandates. As of Monday, all the governors of states with NFL teams have enacted state-wide stay-at-home orders.

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Iconic post-Katrina Saints-Falcons game re-airs tonight

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By Michael Baca | NFL.com

Everyone loves a comeback story, and perhaps there is no better time for a symbolic display of perseverance.

Tonight, ESPN (8:00 p.m. ET) will re-air the iconic 2006 Monday Night Football matchup between the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons -- a game not remembered for its competitive esteem, but one that will forever symbolize the healing of a city.

Over 70,000 raucous fans packed the Louisiana Superdome for the Saints' first home game in the building since Hurricane Katrina forced the team to relocate for the 2005 season. It was the culmination of New Orleans' perseverance for the past year and all their pent-up emotion exploded in the opening minutes thanks to Steve Gleason's blocked punt which resulted in a Curtis Deloatch touchdown. Although the Saints never looked back from that infamous play and proceeded to blowout their NFC South archrival, the night will forever be an important one in Saints lore.

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Saints Draft Prospect: LB Patrick Queen

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By Bob Rose | SI

Over the last three seasons, the New Orleans Saints have rebuilt their linebacking corps from a glaring team weakness into a much more athletic unit. They signed A.J. Klein as a free agent away from division rival Carolina in 2017, then added Alex Anzalone in the 3rd round of that year’s draft. In 2018, they signed Demario Davis, who has had two All-Pro caliber seasons and evolved into one of the league’s best defensive players. Last season, they brought in Kiko Alonso in an early season trade with the Miami Dolphins after adding promising Kaden Elliss in the seventh round of the draft.

Despite improvements at the position, the linebacker spot is considered a need for the Saints as this month’s NFL draft approaches. Davis is a key to the success of the defense, but the Saints lost Klein in free agency, Elliss is unproven, and versatile backup Craig Robertson is best as a spot-starter when necessary. Anzalone has been terrific when he’s been able to stay in the lineup, but has missed 29 of 53 games in his three years because of shoulder injuries. Alonso has injury concerns of his own, after tearing his ACL for the third time in last year’s playoff loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

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Saints kickers past and present pay tribute to the late Tom Dempsey

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

The New Orleans Saints family lost a local legend over the weekend, when legendary kicker Tom Dempsey — famous for his 63-yard field goal back in 1970, which set an NFL record that lasted decades — lost his battle with the novel coronavirus. Dempsey and his family remained residents of New Orleans well after his playing career with the Saints ended, doing their part to join a community that had welcomed them with open arms.

Several other important place-kickers in Saints history recently stepped up to remember the trailblazer who, in Morten Anderson’s words, showed them how to be a pro:

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Saints Draft Prospect: CB A.J. Terrell

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By Bob Rose | SI

The New Orleans Saints will enter the 2020 season with one of the league’s best starting duos at cornerback. Marshon Lattimore and Janoris Jenkins form one of the NFL’s most formidable tandems against any receiving corps and will be one key to any defensive success this season. The depth behind Jenkins and Lattimore is a question though. Second-year defensive back Chauncey Gardner-Johnson was outstanding in the slot during his rookie campaign but could play more safety this season. The team re-signed P.J. Williams and restructured the contract of Patrick Robinson this offseason, but both players are often heavily targeted by opponents with success when they’re on the field. They also signed Deatrick Nichols out of XFL’s Houston Roughnecks in hopes he adds some ball-hawking ability to the position.

Today’s NFL is predicated on multi-receiver sets and multiple defensive backs being used to stop it, so New Orleans should address the lack of depth at this spot in the upcoming draft. The Saints own the 24th overall pick of the 1st round, along with selections in the 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th rounds. Some mock drafts have New Orleans grabbing a defensive player with their first-round choice, and there are several talented defensive backs who will be available. Today’s draft profile looks at one such player who has excelled at a college football powerhouse.

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Drew Brees snubbed from NFL 2010s All-Decade Team; Jordan, Evans, Sproles included

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By Kyle T. Mosley | SI

The NFL and Pro Football Hall of Fame released their list of 52 players for the 2010s All-Decade team. Three New Orleans Saints players were chosen, but not Drew Brees. DE Cameron Jordan, former G Jahri Evans, and KR/PR Darren Sproles made the roster. The voters had to choose from two quarterbacks for the team. Selected was former Patriots QB Tom Brady and current Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, but not Saints QB Drew Brees. Our staff compared Aaron Rodgers to Drew Brees statistics for that period. Rodgers' selection over Brees is puzzling. Brees has out-performed Rodgers in most important statistical categories in the decade. Brees has established several NFL records in the 2010s.

Brees' notable stats from the 2010s:
  • Passing Yards - 46,770 Yds
  • Passing TD's - 345 TDs
  • Pass Completions - 4,170; led NFL in completions 4 times/led in attempts twice
  • Pass Completion Percentage 69.5%; led NFL in Completion % 6 times (69.5%)
  • 345 TD and 127 INT (Led NFL in TDs twice)
  • Averaged 4,677 Yds/Yr; (led NFL 5 times; over 5,000 4 times)
  • 95-58 record (.621); 6 playoff appearances, 4-6 record
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More than 70K New Orleans homes tuned in to Saints 'Domecoming' re-run, ratings show

  • News source: BY JEFF NOWAK | Staff writer
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Just over 70,000 screaming fans crammed into what was then the Louisiana Superdome on Sept. 25, 2006 as the Saints marched in for their "Domecoming" after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

On April 6, 2020 and nearly 14 years later, more than 70,000 New Orleans homes united again for that game -- from a distance -- across a city shut down by the coronavirus pandemic.

According to local ratings data provided by WWL-TV, the re-airing of that Week 3 Monday Night...
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Cam Jordan not intimidated by Tom Brady

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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After getting named to the NFL’s All-Decade team, and after being a consensus “this is the Saints player I’d most want to be quarantined with” pick, New Orleans Saints defensive end Cam Jordan is hitting the interview trail.

Jordan appeared on SiriusXM NFL Radio with Alex Marvez and Gil Brandt to discuss Malcolm Jenkins re-joining the Saints, the NFL’s All-Decade team, Sean Payton, Covid-19, and playing for one of the all-time GOATs, Drew Brees.

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Drew Brees, wife Brittany, spread message of hope on 'The Ellen Show'

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has never played in front of a small home crowd.

He went from Westlake High School in Austin, Texas, to Purdue in the Big Ten and ended up in New Orleans where every game inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome is packed with fans.

So when the NBA mulled the idea of playing without fans due to the coronavirus pandemic, it forced Brees to think about that possibility.

"That was the first time I ever thought about playing a...
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Brees: 'American people need sports right now'

  • News source: www.espn.com - New Orleans Saints
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Drew Brees said Wednesday on The Ellen Show that he thinks "the American people need sports right now." The New Orleans Saints quarterback is also eager to return to the field this fall so he can compete against new NFC South rival Tom Brady.

"Yeah, well the division just got a little bit better, didn't it?" Brees said with a laugh when asked about Brady signing with the rival Tampa Bay Buccaneers. "And in addition to that, Teddy Bridgewater -- who played so well...
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First round NFL Draft trade down projections for the Saints

  • News source: Ross.Jackson
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Now that we have discussed possible trade up scenarios, how about we explore what it might look like if the Saints were to buck the trend and trade down. Again, the Saints are at the bottom of the NFL draft with only five selections. If the Saints decided they wanted to pick up some additional draft capital this season, trading down might be their best option to accomplish just that, especially with the potential spoils they could walk away with.

In that earlier...
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New Orleans Saints Coaching History—Tom Fears (1967-70)

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The New Orleans Saints were born in 1967.

The expansion franchise brought new life to the city, the region, even the state.

Those were exciting times.

Winning would not be important for the first several years.

Having an NFL team was the blessing, a wonderful development.

I remember vividly how the media and marketing of the Saints would involve promoting the star players coming to town from opposing teams to play the Saints. To impose such a strategy today...
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From Rice to Payton to McNair: Small-school studs for all 32 NFL teams

  • News source: www.espn.com - New Orleans Saints
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You don't have to play at a traditional college football power to achieve NFL stardom. Former Chicago Bears running back Walter Payton showed us that. San Francisco 49ers receiver Jerry Rice showed us, too. So did the other 30 names on our small-school studs list picked by NFL Nation reporters. In fact, you don't even have to be drafted (see Larry Little, Malcom Butler, Jim Hart and Dave Krieg).

With the 2020 NFL draft coming up on April 23-25 (ABC, ESPN, ESPN app...
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Drew Brees makes PFF All-Decade Team

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After getting snubbed by the NFL’s All-Decade Team for Aaron Rodgers, Pro Football Focus has just released their version of first and second All-Decade teams. This time Drew Brees gets the nod behind Tom Brady.

And Drew Brees wasn’t the only representative of the Saints to make the list. At punter, the Saints’ own Thomas Morstead also made the second team behind the #FortheBrand leader Pat McAfee.

Unfortunately for Cam Jordan fans, he missed out on PFF’s All-Decade...
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First round NFL Draft trade up projections for the Saints

  • News source: Ross.Jackson
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The Saints are sure to have lots of options in the first round of this year’s NFL Draft, even if they stand pat at their first selection, 24th overall. However, one thing we know about Coach Payton and brass is that they are always willing to mobilize with their selections. In this month’s draft, the Saints are tied with the Kansas City Chiefs for the fewest selections with only five. While for some clubs, that would be a disappointing fact, for the Saints it can...
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Former tight end Mark Campbell: COVID-19 “kicked my arse”

  • News source: Darin Gantt
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Former NFL tight end Mark Campbell’s among the still-growing lists of Americans testing positive for COVID-19, but he thought he was going to be able to push through it as he had so many things in his career.

He quickly found out that was not the case.

Campbell told Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press that he underestimated the effects of the disease.

“I played 10 years in the NFL, pretty tough, was thinking basically I’m going to grind all this out,” Campbell...
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Fleur-de-Links, April 8: Emmanuel Sanders speaks on his happiness as a Saint and kickers remember Tom Dempsey

  • News source: Adam Dunnells
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Emmanuel Sanders speaks on his happiness to play with Drew Brees and the rest of the New Orleans Saints

In Pro Football Hall of Fame’s All-Decade Team, Drew Brees was snubbed over Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers

Steve Gleason tweeted about how the game took place during “a good time” in his life.

Legendary Saints kicker Tom Dempsey passes away at 73 following complications related to COVID-19.

Garrett Hartley, Wil Lutz, and Thomas Morstead share social media posts...
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Emmanuel Sanders eager to be back in high-volume passing attack with Saints

  • News source: Curtis Crabtree
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The best season of Emmanuel Sanders‘ career came in an offense with Peyton Manning still carrying a Denver Broncos Offense to massive success in 2014. Now with the New Orleans Saints, Sanders is excited about the potential of being back in an offense so adept at throwing the football around the field.

“I’m excited to be there in a pass-happy offense,” Sanders said, via James Palmer of NFL.com. “That means everything. These are the types of offenses where you really...
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Just: What I saw while watching 'Rebirth' for the 1st time

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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I have a confession to make.

Before Monday, I’d never seen the full "Rebirth" game. Sure, I’ve seen the highlight of Steve Gleason’s block. I’ve glanced over the box score. I’ve gone back and looked at photos from that night.

I know, I know. I'm sorry. But I have a valid excuse.

On Sept. 25, 2006, I was a world away in rural Nebraska, a month into the sixth grade. The biggest frustration I had in life was that I’d aged up a division for club swimming, and the only...
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Walker: Saints "Rebirth" game a much appreciated history lesson for kids seeing it for first time

  • News source: BY ROD WALKER | Staff writer
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"Sean Payton looks like he's 20 years old," Justin Morgan said to his mom Monday night.

Morgan is only 9, so he wasn't around in 2006 when the game on the television screen actually happened.

Morgan, like all the other kids you're about to read about, wasn't born when their hometown was reborn on that September night 14 years ago.

These kids didn't get those same chills some of you got as you watched ESPN's rebroadcast of the New Orleans Saints'...
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