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10 questions with New Orleans Saints defensive line coach Ryan Nielsen

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Sam Shannon | NewOrleansSaints.com

Ryan Nielsen enters his fourth season as New Orleans' defensive line coach in 2020. In 2019, New Orleans ranked third in the NFL with 51 sacks with 38.5 of them coming from the defensive line. New Orleans also ranked fourth in the NFL in opponent yards rushing per game (91.3). Defensive end Cameron Jordan was instrumental in the defense's success as he tallied a career-high 15.5 sacks, ranked third in the NFL and collected one more in the postseason. Second-year defensive end Marcus Davenport finished second on the team with six sacks and defensive end Trey Hendrickson added a career-high 4.5 takedowns. Nielsen's unit looks to build on its success heading into the 2020 campaign.

Q: What has this offseason been like for you and just how things are totally different than how they usually are?

Nielsen:
Well look, it is what it is. I think we've done the best that we can do with the situation that's going on. What I mean is we've had great participation from our veterans in these online meetings. I've been very pleased with the interaction and just the one-on-one conversations with the guys, getting the feedback of how it's going. We're getting a lot of teaching time. We're watching a lot of tape, we're doing a lot of installations and I just feel the only thing that's a little bit different is obviously we are not around each other. So I don't get the immediate feedback and interaction as you would get when you're with the players, but I feel everything else from the time that we've had to meet, the installation...

Watch: Alvin Kamara adds a new element to his offseason training

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

New Orleans Saints superstar running back Alvin Kamara hit the ground at a sprint when he made his NFL debut, and that’s largely been due to the intense training he puts in during the offseason to hone his talents. It’s not for nothing that the 24-year old three-time Pro Bowler already ties for sixth-best in Saints history for career touchdown carries (27), using his unique ability to maintain his balance when tackled by opponents and rack up the points.

Kamara’s trainer is Dr. Sharif Tabbah of Miami-based Athletix Rehab and Recovery, a kinesiologist specializing in working with professional athletes. He’s teamed up with Kamara before, as well as his Saints teammates like Kiko Alonso and Ted Ginn Jr., and other players from around the NFL.

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NFL Great Admits He Favored Playing for Saints Over Falcons

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By Kelsey Kramer | Heavy

Morten Andersen, also known as the “Great Dane”, is one of three kickers to have left behind a legacy in the NFL and inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Andersen’s story is unique.

The Great Dane was raised in Denmark where he was a gymnast, a long jumper, and a soccer player. The NFL was never in the back of his mind like most kids who end up in the league.

Morten visited America in 1977 where he kicked his first American football and received a lot of attention. He played one season in high school and that’s all it took for Michigan State to offer him a free ride.

Andersen Favorited Playing for Saints Over Falcons

Andersen’s NFL career began in 1982 when the Saints drafted him up in the fourth round. It’s abnormal to be drafted as a kicker in the first seven rounds so clearly, he was special.

Morten spent a total of 13 seasons in New Orleans and eight seasons as a rival on the Atlanta Falcons. He was and still is the all-time leading kicker for both teams. Morten shared with Heavy.com which team he enjoyed playing for the most...

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Former Saints lineman LeCharles Bentley created a sports agency exclusively for offensive linemen

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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Even with his playing career coming up on its second decade in his rearview mirror, former New Orleans Saints offensive lineman LeCharles Bentley feels a kinship with the big guys.

So, when Bentley announced the creation of his new sports agency — AMDG Sports — it should not have come as much of a surprise that his agency plans to exclusively represent offensive linemen.

"Because they're the smartest, coolest people on earth,” Bentley said with a laugh.

Since Bentley announced his agency in April, AMDG has secured more than 20 NFL clients, all of whom are offensive linemen — including...
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University of Texas renaming football field for Earl Campbell, Ricky Williams

  • News source: Josh Alper
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The University of Texas announced a series of changes on Monday, many of which were in response to calls from members of the school’s football team for the university to do more to make the school a welcoming place for black students.

The moves included an announcement that they will erect a status of Julius Whittier, the school’s first black football letterman, outside of Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. They will also be renaming the field inside the stadium after the school’s two Heisman Trophy winners Earl Campbell and Ricky Williams.

Campbell and Williams’ names will take...
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Madden NFL 21 ratings and rankings: Mahomes, Wilson lead quarterback list

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Ahead of the August release of Madden NFL 21, we're spending the week unveiling player ratings and rankings for the league's best players.

We'll start with the quarterbacks on Monday and end with the wide receivers later this week, finishing with a SportsCenter special on Friday, July 17, at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN and the ESPN app, which will break down the ratings process and include player interviews. Check out First Take, SportsCenter and Get Up this week to see more Madden interviews and debates.

Let's get into the ratings for the QBs in Madden NFL 21, which launches to fans on Aug. 25...
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Would the Saints benefit from or be harmed by a shortened 2020 season?

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The NFL has been dragging its feet on how the 2020 season is going to look, should it end up happening. There is little to no indication that the league is looking to shorten the regular season, but as COVID-19 numbers continue to spike across the country, it’s looking more and more likely that the virus could continue its spread for the rest of the year and potentially spilling into 2021.

Regardless, the NFL expects to have a season. However, if this continues into September, which looks inevitable, the league may have to go the way of MLB and shorten it. This would be hugely impactful...
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Watch: Saints' Alvin Kamara takes hand-eye coordination to a new level in latest video

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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Just when you thought New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara could not ramp up the difficulty of his off-season workouts with Dr. Sharif Tabbah, he did it again.

Tabbah, the co-founder of Athletix Rehab and Recovery in South Florida, has been working with Kamara since he was training for the NFL combine in 2017. Their partnership has been catalogued over the years through a series of viral videos showcasing Tabbah testing Kamara's unique abilities.

There was one last season that appeared particularly difficult: While Kamara was balancing on an inflatable exercise ball, Tabbah...
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Saints fantasy position groups: Tight Ends

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Jared Cook has been the best Tight End the Saints have had in their arsenal since trading away Jimmy Graham in 2015. He is joined by rookie Adam Trautman and veteran Josh Hill and technically by QB/RB/WR/TE/ST Taysom Hill, who was reclassified as a TE for the 2020 fantasy football season. So are any of them worth drafting besides Cook? Let’s find out.

Jared Cook had a slow start to the 2019 fantasy season, but once he gained traction with Teddy Bridgewater, and once Drew Brees returned, Cook flourished. He scored in double figures in 8/10 games in which he played after week 4, and...
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Fleur-de-Links, July 13: Discussion on the potential of a 2020 season reigns and Madden releases Tommy Stevens’ rating

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As the number of COVID-19 cases continue to rise, the NFL has yet to answer questions regarding the regular season, including if the regular season will even happen.

Dr. Angela Rasmussen, Associate Research Scientist at Colombia University, joins Canal Street Chronicle’s Brenden Ertle for a discussion on the potential of a 2020 NFL season.

Officially licensed Saints face coverings are available for the first time, with partial proceeds from the sales going to the CDC Foundation.

Saints season ticket holders have been sent a form with the option to opt out of 2020 season tickets, either...
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Report: Washington Redskins will retire nickname Monday

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The NFL team in Washington is about to get a new name.

Sports Business Journal reported late Sunday that the Washington Redskins officially will retire their controversial nickname in an announcement Monday.

The team's new nickname reportedly won’t be announced Monday because of trademark issues, but it is expected to be announced, along with a new logo, before the start of the scheduled 2020 season.

The move comes 11 days after FedEx made a public statement asking the team to change its name, which many in the Native American community consider offensive. FedEx is the team’s major...
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CSC Podcast: Dr. Rasmussen on Covid-19 and the Saints season

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New Orleans Saints analyst for Canal Street Chronicles Brenden Ertle interviews Dr. Angela Rasmussen, Associate Research Scientist at Colombia University. Dr. Rasmussen answers all your questions about the potential 2020 NFL season. Will fans be able to attend games? What can players do to slow the spread and more!

If you’re enjoying the Canal Street Chronicles Podcast please remember to subscribe and leave a 5-star review on iTunes, Spotify or where ever you find your podcasts! The voices behind the microphones are Brenden and Nate, you can find them on Twitter @Brendenertle and...
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How they built it: Saints possess enviable depth at every offensive position

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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For the past several seasons, the New Orleans Saints have at least anecdotally been considered to possess one of the NFL's deepest rosters, and the team has fortified that notion with 37 wins the past three seasons — tops in the NFL.

With almost all the key players from the 2019 season returning, that figures to again be the case in 2020. New Orleans not only has one of the NFL's premier players at each of its position groups, but it has capable players in reserve at just about every position, too.

This roster was built by smart decisions at every step of the team-building process. New...
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Interviews: Saints legends LeCharles Bentley and Usama Young

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New Orleans Saints C/G LeCharles Bentley Legends Microsoft Teams Video Call with New Orleans Media Friday, July 10, 2020

Can you talk about the end of your playing career and starting Offensive Line Performance in 2008? “Oh boy, I actually started the business in Cleveland and if you’re not familiar with Cleveland, it is a place that everyone brags about being from, because they want to look cool. But that’s my actual hometown. When I started the business, I built it in Cleveland first. My exit from the league was a little unique. In some regards, I wasn’t quite ready to go, probably like...
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Ranking the NFL's top 10 offensive tackles: Best of the league's bodyguards

  • News source: www.espn.com - New Orleans Saints
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To preview the 2020 NFL season, we asked more than 50 league executives, coaches, scouts and players to help us stack the top 10 players at 11 different positions (sorry, special-teamers). The results might surprise you. They surprised me.

Here's how it worked: Voters gave their best 10 to 15 players at a position, then we compiled the results and ranked candidates based on number of top-10 votes, composite average, interviews and research. We had several ties, so we broke them by isolating the two-man matchup with additional voting and follow-up calls. Each section is packed with quotes...
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Saints offer fans options to defer season tickets, receive refunds for 2020

  • News source: CCS Staff
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The New Orleans Saints have offered season ticket holders the option of deferring their 2020 season until the following season or receiving a refund.

Season tickets holders were issued the opt-out form Friday.

Whether fans choose a refund or deferral, they still keep their option to renew tickets and parking passes without going onto the team’s season ticket waiting list.

The move comes as the NFL approaches a season of uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Malcolm Jenkins says DeSean Jackson was wrong, but asks to “stay focused”

  • News source: Darin Gantt
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Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins doesn’t approve of former Eagles teammate DeSean Jackson‘s comments this week, but he also doesn’t want to get bogged down in a problem he perceives as being not his own.

Jenkins posted an Instagram video in which he addressed Jackson’s anti-Semitic posts on social media.

“We gotta stay focused,” Jenkins said. “All of this back and forth that’s going on right now is a distraction. Comments were made, and they were wrong. Allow those who were impacted by it to voice their grievances.

“But we’ve got to stay focused. Because Breonna Taylor’s killers are still...
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