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Saints Draft Prospect: Gamebreaker WR Laviska Shenault, Jr.

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By Bob Rose | SI

New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas had a season for the ages in 2019, catching an NFL-record 149 passes for a league high 1,725 yards and 9 touchdowns. Thomas has increased his production in each of his four professional seasons, setting league records with 470 receptions for 5,512 yards and 32 touchdowns. For as great as Thomas has been, the Saints have gotten little production from their other wide receivers.

WR Ted Ginn Jr. had the next most receptions among the team’s wideouts in 2019 with just 30, and in 2018 WR Tre'Quan Smith caught 28 passes to finish second at the position behind the 125 balls that Thomas hauled in. With the addition of Emmanuel Sanders in free agency, the Saints have shored up what has been a glaring weakness over the last two years. Sanders is 33-Yrs old however, and the NFL draft looks loaded with wide receiver talent. The Saints may take advantage of that pool of talent, perhaps even with their first-round pick, 24th overall.

Today’s draft profile looks at a versatile wideout talent that should still be available late in the 1st round. ...

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Saints agree to terms with CB P.J. Williams

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By NewOrleansSaints.com

The New Orleans Saints announced today that they have agreed to terms with cornerback P.J. Williams. The announcement was made by Saints' Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis.

Williams, 6-0, 196, was originally selected by New Orleans in the third round (78th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft out of Florida State. He has appeared in 47 career regular season games with 22 starts, posting career totals of 150 tackles (119 solo), two sacks, four interceptions, one returned 45 yards for a touchdown, 23 passes defensed and two forced fumbles. In five postseason contests with two starts, he has added 16 tackles (13 solo) and five passes defensed. ...

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Sean Payton fires back at USA Today's column on Saints draft plans

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"Congratulations, New Orleans Saints. You've finally found a way to be dumber than Mike Ditka on Draft Day," said Armour.

By WWL Staff

NEW ORLEANS — Everyone these days seems to have an opinion on everyone else's actions or inactions during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Saints' decision to have its draft war room at the Gayle Benson-owned Dixie Brewery Company facility in New Orleans East has met with some opposition by a USA Today sports columnist.

Nancy Armour slammed the Saints decision in a column published Monday.

"Congratulations, New Orleans Saints. You've finally found a way to be dumber than Mike Ditka on Draft Day."

Armour says the optics of having the war room as both dumb and dangerous.

Saints head coach Sean Payton, who has just recently recovered from a battle with COVID-19, didn't take long to respond, challenging the facts behind Armour's column. ...

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New Orleans Saints move draft war room to team-owned brewery

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By Daniel Canova | Fox News

The New Orleans Saints are planning to hold their draft war room at the Dixie Brewery in New Orleans, which is also owned by team owner Gayle Benson, since the NFL forced its teams to shut down its facilities amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Head coach Sean Payton also said the team is prepared to stay at the brewery through the draft on April 23-25 if need be.

"This facility is fantastic," Payton told reporters on a conference call Wednesday, according to ESPN. "There's no one out here. We have our board set up, we've got seven monitors. ... We're certainly distanced away from each other. There's plenty of space. And then the monitors have all the scouts and everyone else, so the total people [involved] in the meeting might be 20."...

Payton said staff members are following all of the CDC guidelines. There will only be six or seven people on-site, including Payton, general manager Mickey Loomis and assistant general manager Jeff Ireland, and they will be spread out from one another in a boardroom setting. Everyone will be expected to take their temperature when they arrive at the facility.

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What was said that may indicate Taysom Hill could be the Saints’ starting quarterback in 2021

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By Brandon Judd | Desert News

SALT LAKE CITY — New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton seems to consistently have something positive to say about reserve quarterback/do-it-all playmaker Taysom Hill.

On Tuesday during a segment on ESPN’s “Get Up!” Payton talked about Hill’s role for the Saints in the upcoming season. During the tail end of answering a question posed by host Mike Greenberg, the coach also hinted that Hill’s chance to compete for a starting QB position may come sooner than originally imagined for a franchise that has seen All-Pro quarterback Drew Brees leading the Saints since 2006.

“First and foremost, we still view him as a quarterback. We spent a lot of time this offseason discussing our vision for him this season,” Payton said of Hill, while mentioning that the former BYU quarterback is the third or fourth fastest player on the New Orleans roster and will resume his role at various offensive positions and on special teams.

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CSC Podcast: Saints re-sign CB P.J. Williams

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New Orleans Saints analyst for Canal St. Chronicles Brenden Ertle breaks down the news of the Saints re-signing CB P.J. Williams.
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Deal with Raiders falls through for former Saints cornerback Eli Apple

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Free agent cornerback Eli Apple reportedly agreed to a contract in mid-March with the Raiders. It did not turn out that way.

Apple and the Raiders failed to finalize the agreement, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Thursday.


As a result, Apple is back on the market after spending the past season and a half with New Orleans. The Ohio State product came to the saints via in-season trade with the Giants in 2018.

Apple was a starter for the Saints until an ankle injury...
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Former Saints corner Eli Apple's contract with Las Vegas Raiders falls through: report

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Former New Orleans Saints cornerback Eli Apple was ready to continue his career with the Las Vegas Raiders, but the contract could not be finalized, according to an ESPN report.

It is not clear what prevented the deal from being completed, though Apple was forced to miss both the Saints' 2019 regular-season finale and the playoff loss against Minnesota with an ankle injury. Apple had initially agreed to join the Raiders on a one-year, $6 million contract.

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Eli Apple not signing with Raiders after all

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More than two weeks after reports surfaced that free agent cornerback Eli Apple was signing with the Raiders, it turns out that no deal was reached.

Apple and the Raiders were unable to finalize the agreement, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

It’s unclear what the issue was that prevented a deal from getting done. This year deals are taking longer to get finalized because the COVID-19 shutdown has made physical exams and face-to-face meetings more difficult.

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Why Cam Jordan expects at least 2 more Saints seasons from Drew Brees? Ask Tom Brady

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Cam Jordan is thankful for all the NFC South quarterbacks that have been so kind to him over his nine NFL seasons, even the new one -- but for a different reason.

Days after coach Sean Payton stoked the fire that Drew Brees was in his final season, the Saints defensive end said he expected at least two more from his current quarterback. And he points to Tom Brady's deal to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the reason why.

“In my mind I never have to worry about...
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Saints agree to terms with cornerback PJ Williams

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The New Orleans Saints announced today that they have agreed to terms with cornerback P.J. Williams. The announcement was made by Saints’ Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis.


Williams, 6-0, 196, was originally selected by New Orleans in the third round (78th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft out of Florida State. He has appeared in 47 career regular season games with 22 starts, posting career totals of 150 tackles (119 solo), two sacks, four...
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Saints bring P.J. Williams back on affordable deal

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Per Nick Underhill, the New Orleans Saints have signed versatile slot corner P.J. Williams to a one-year contract.

The deal is reported to include $2 million fully guaranteed, according to Ian Rapoport.

Corner was a position where the starters might have been in place, but there was little depth before this signing. While Williams might not be a guy you’re comfortable with manning a starting role, him being the fourth or fifth corner and providing depth in the slot...
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Sean Payton slams column bashing Saints' over plan to 'head to a bar' for draft HQ

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Sean Payton didn't throw out the entirety of a USA Today column roasting the Saints' plans for the NFL draft, just 92% of it.

The column in question from Nancy Armour labeled the Saints' choice of a "bar" for its draft headquarters as "dumb and "dangerous" while New Orleans grapples with the coronavirus pandemic.

"Nancy, you have 8% of your facts correct with this piece! Unbelievable," Payton wrote in response to a tweet of Armour's touting the column. "We need...
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Saints bring back cornerback P.J. Williams

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The Saints brought back some more secondary depth Thursday.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Saints have agreed to a new one-year deal with cornerback P.J. Williams.

He’ll make a guaranteed $2 million.

He was on the receiving end of a non-pass interference in the playoffs, as Kyle Rudolph him away before catching a touchdown.

Williams, their third-round pick in 2015, has started 23 games for them the last four years. He missed his rookie year with a...
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Veteran defensive back P.J. Williams to re-sign with the Saints on a 1-year deal

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The New Orleans Saints are the only professional franchise defensive back P.J. Williams has ever known, and that will continue to be true in 2020 after Williams agreed to terms with the Saints on a new contract Thursday.

The deal is for one season. Other terms of the contract are not yet known.

The Saints drafted Williams in the third round out of Florida State in the 2015 draft, and after battling injuries early in his career — playing just two games his first two...
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CB Williams returns to Saints on 1-year deal

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The New Orleans Saints are bringing back versatile cornerback P.J. Williams on a one-year deal, the team announced Thursday.

Williams battled injuries and inconsistency early in his career, but he found a niche over the past two seasons as a nickelback with the Saints, playing about 80% of their defensive snaps inside the slot when active. He also filled in at safety when needed because of injuries late last season.

The Saints let cornerback Eli Apple go in free...
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Kyle Turley abandons claim that CBD cures coronavirus

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The coronavirus pandemic has plenty of people trying to make plenty of money via plenty of snake-oily remedies and cures.

Former NFL lineman Kyle Turley has found himself on the wrong side of the federal government for insisting that CBD can cure coronavirus. Via Insider.com, the Food and Drug Administration has sent a warning letter to Neuro XPF, a company owned by Turley, regarding such claims.

“The US FDA will one day acknowledge the power of cannabis and its...
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Saints Hall of Fame Celebrity Golf Classic canceled

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The 28th Annual Saints Hall of Fame Celebrity Golf Classic, scheduled for May 18 at the Bayou Oaks course at City Park, has been canceled due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic in our community.

Those who had paid for foursomes previously will be refunded.

“Our main concern is for the health and welfare for all Saints fans and supporters of the Saints Hall of Fame,” Saints Hall of Fame Chairman of the Board Jay Romig said. “We’re doing this for the betterment of...
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The Saints 2020 NFL Draft hats have officially dropped!

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For years the NFL draft caps have been a laughing stock for fans of the New Orleans Saints. We all remember this atrocity, don’t we? But Fanatics has officially dropped the New Orleans Saints cap for the 2020 NFL Draft, and for the first time, they aren’t utter garbage.

There’s a reason the New Orleans Saints are viewed to have one of the best logos in the NFL. It’s simple, classy, and elegant, but also unique and representative to the team and the city’s Jesuit...
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