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Load management in the NFL? Think again

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By Ken Trahan | Crescent City Sports

A reported proposal by NFL owners could have franchise players like Drew Brees forced to sit out meaningful regular seasons games.

Ideas are always welcome in any business. The latest from NFL owners regarding improving their product is welcomed in a sense but the welcome mat is most certainly not out from the NFL Players Association.

Andrew Beaton of The Wall Street Journal reported in an in-depth story this past week that the NFL is considering an 18-game regular season schedule.

The concept is not new.

Back in 2011, the NFL owners put the concept of an 18-game regular season on the table as part of the collective bargaining agreement. It had been discussed several times prior to then as well.

The impasse over fixing an obviously flawed system in which there are four extraordinarily boring, virtually meaningless preseason games and reducing that by two is a sound thought process.

No one who is forced to purchase the two home game exhibition game tickets as part of season ticket packaging at full cost is happy, nor should they be. In a nutshell, it is a rip-off and everyone knows it.

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Al Riveron vows to overturn only “clear and obvious” PI plays

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By Charean Williams | PFT

Remember not long ago when no one knew what a catch was? The debate about what pass interference is (or isn’t) is about to begin.

Although NFL referees Tony Corrente and Ron Torbert said nothing changes for officials with pass interference now reviewable, it could have a huge impact on the game as Mike Florio addressed this morning. Al Riveron will determine that.

The NFL’s senior vice president of officiating cited two plays that he would have overturned on replay: A non-call on Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore for pass interference on Rams receiver Brandin Cooks in Super Bowl LIII and a non-call on Chargers receiver Mike Williams for pushing off on Chiefs cornerback Kendall Fuller, who was called for defensive pass interference on the play.

Riveron said the only feedback he has gotten from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell or the Competition Committee since is “let’s get it right.”...

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2019 New Orleans Saints training camp preview: Defensive tackle

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Will the Saints interior line continue their standout play without their biggest star?


By Bob Rose | Canal Street Chronicles


New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins played on par with the most disruptive defensive tackles in the league in 2018. He finished with career high totals in sacks (8), tackles for loss (12), and quarterback hits (15), all second on the team while his 40 tackles nearly doubled his two year career total. The 12th overall pick in the 2016 draft, Rankins showed promise in a rookie season abbreviated by injury, then showed great improvement in his second year before a breakout campaign last season. Unfortunately, Rankins suffered a torn Achilles tendon in the Saints divisional playoff win over the Philadelphia Eagles, an injury that is expected to keep him out of the lineup until midseason or longer. The New Orleans defensive line still has quality players without Rankins; depth and skill that will both be tested until his return, something we look at today as we continue with our training camp previews.

DEFENSIVE TACKLE

Offseason losses:

Tyeler Davison

Offseason additions:

Malcom Brown, Sylvester Williams

Obviously, the key storylines for not just this position but one of the major ones for the entire Saints defense, is the Rankins...

Sean Payton hits a ridiculous golf recovery shot off a boat

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By Henry McKenna

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton has always found ways to surprise. Remember his call for an onside kick in Super Bowl XLIV? Apparently, you can also expect the unexpected from Payton off the football field.

While golfing in Lake Tahoe at the American Century Championship, he managed to put a golf ball on the back of a boat. Because that boat seemed to be just off the course, he was able to chip the ball back into play, which drew loud cheers from those observing the ridiculous shot.

Here’s a look at the video of the moment from last weekend

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Cam Jordan weighs in on 18-game NFL season proposal, Madden rating, new P.I. replay rules

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Cam Jordan had plenty to say on The Rich Eisen Show on Monday

By John J. Hendrix | Canal Street Chronicles

We’re in the calm before the storm that is NFL Training Camp, and it’s about time for us to get back to football. On Monday’s showing of The Rich Eisen Show, New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan spoke about his Madden NFL 20 rating, the league’s 18-game proposal, and the new instant replay rules. The video is below on YouTube, courtesy of of AT&T AUDIENCE Network. ...


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Saints voted least likely to miss playoffs in poll

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By Roy Anderson | WhoDatDish

Pro Football Rumors ran a poll last week in which voters picked the Saints least likely to miss the playoffs this season.

It’s totally unscientific, but the website Pro Football Rumors is currently running a poll that started on July 7 asking which NFL team that was in the playoffs last year would be most likely to miss the playoffs this year. As of this being published, 2,722 voters had weighed in. The team with the fewest votes, thus most likely to return in their opinion, was the New Orleans Saints with only 24 votes.

There’s no significance to the poll or its results other than to gauge what people are feeling about who the stronger and weaker teams are ahead of the 2019 Season. In its current format, the NFL playoffs include 12 participating teams, eight divisional champions and four wildcard teams.

On the other end of the spectrum, the team getting the most votes in the poll with 820 is the Baltimore Ravens. In polls such as this, of course, you’re as likely to have votes cast for teams based purely on a person’s dislike for that team. ...

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'Madden NFL 20' player ratings: Taysom Hill receives major snub

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

The New Orleans Saints players just received a big bit of offseason news when EA Sports released player ratings for “Madden NFL 20,” the next entry in their long-running video game franchise.

For the first time in what feels like forever, quarterback Drew Brees did not lead the team in overall rating. That spot belongs to his favorite target, wide receiver Michael Thomas. Here’s the five highest-rated Saints players on offense: ...

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NFL legend Archie Manning tells Pro Bowl story about Peyton Manning, Walter Payton

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By Skylar Carlin | Clutch Points

We all know the Manning’s are arguably the best family who has played in the NFL. Archie Manning recently told an interesting story that involves Peyton Manning—his son.

In an article by Dan Pompei of The Athletic, Archie recalled a Pro Bowl story about Peyton and Walter Payton. The legendary Chicago Bears running back did something that Archie and Peyton will always remember. Here’s an excerpt from the article:

At the Pro Bowl in Hawaii after the 1979 season, Archie and (Walter) Payton were teammates. Players and their families hung out on the beach during the week before the game, and at one point, little Peyton went missing. Somebody said Peyton was with Payton. About an hour passed before Payton pulled up in a catamaran with Peyton. ...

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Saints announce 2019 training camp schedule

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By Justin Macione | Crescent City Sports

The New Orleans Saints have unveiled their 2019 Training Camp Presented by Verizon schedule, in association with Rouses Markets and Dixie Brewing Company, with 12 practices scheduled to be open to the public at the Ochsner Sports Performance Center in Metairie, La. The team will hold its first practice on Friday, July 26 at 8:50 a.m. In addition to the 12 practices open to the public at the Ochsner Sports Performance Center, the club will also host a practice open to fans at Tulane University at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 4, with a Black and Gold Fan Fest Presented by Hancock Whitney taking place in advance of the practice from 5:00-6:30 p.m.

This year’s training camp will continue the focus on a positive fan experience with several enhancements to the viewing experience. All bleacher seating at the Ochsner Sports Performance Center will now be covered and misted, providing fans with shade and a more comfortable experience. Upgraded concession and merchandise sales options will be available to fans and autographs will be available from Saints players after practice. ...

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New Orleans Saints Fans Devote Heart and Soul Like No Other

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By Dean Mullen | LWOF

Saints Fans Devote Heart and Soul Like No Other

There is No Place Like Dome

As a kid, my grandma watched the games on Sunday afternoon. Then, her mood and blood pressure seemed to mimic the results hours earlier. More than anything, the losses irritated her. And back in the early ’80s, losses were a common event. Unfortunately, she never got a chance to see her beloved Saints win the Super Bowl. Also, for the most part, the golden years never happened while she was alive. That being said, the passion never wavered for her and many more.

Regardless, the fans here are more dedicated versus any other fan base. It’s not debatable. New Orleans is known for its rich culture, music, heritage, and the Fleur-De-Lis symbol is as close to a birthmark that represents an unbreakable bond. ...

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PFF: Drew Brees among NFL’s elite under pressure or not

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By Roy Anderson | WhoDatDish

Pro Football Focus came out with an article on Thursday, Jul 11, showing Drew Brees to be among NFL’s best when under pressure or not.

For all the naysayers talking the decline of Drew Brees, here’s another one for you, and thanks to Pro Football Focus for providing more ammo. PFF’s Connor Price put out a story on Thursday, Jul 11, titled “The NFL’s best quarterbacks working from clean and pressured pockets in 2018.”

Even for diehard Saints fans, there are still bits of data that come along regarding Drew Brees that seem to defy reality. And to think now how long he’s been with the team, it’s a multigenerational thing. There are literally families out there who were becoming fans when Brees came to town in 2006 who are now raising their kids to be Saints fans.

This newest bit of information from PFF concerns the quarterbacks in the NFL who, statistically, have the smallest drop-off when under pressure. The irony here is that Brees’ stats work against him being at the top of the list. He had to settle for third place. ...

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James Tabary's road to Saints rookie mini-camp and beyond filled with ups and downs

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By Nathan Brown | NOLA.com | Advocate | Times Picayune

Take a walk inside the River Road Flea Market and you’ll spot everything you never wanted, and quite possibly the one thing you never knew you had to have. That’s the beauty of it.

Dust-covered china, books filled with poems from no-name authors, cedar chests and dining room sets fill the cyan-colored two-story shop, with weather-worn flower pots, wrought-iron benches and old car dealership logo signs cluttering the exterior patio.

From there on Friday afternoons, you can hear the frequent smattering of yells, some with encouragement, others of ridicule. Wyatt Harris, a bald black man with dark wraparound sunglasses and a black Dri-Fit long sleeve, barks orders at his smattering of football talent — past, present and future. ...

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