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Dennis Allen “feels good” about Saints linebacker room

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By Brooke Kirchhofer

NEW ORLEANS, LA – Last season the New Orleans Saints dealt with numerous injuries, specifically at linebacker.

This offseason the Black and Gold were able to add to a few new faces to that position group.

Defensive coordinator Dennis Allen was recently on the New Orleans Saints podcast and spoke about the decision to draft Wisconsin linebacker Zack Baun and discussed the state of the linebacker room.

“I feel good about it. I think that’s still an area we are going to continue to look to see if there is anybody that we can acquire ...

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Are Josh Hill and Marcus Williams the most underappreciated Saints?

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By Steve Geller | WWL

The 2020 New Orleans Saints are jammed packed with talent and appear to be one of the toughest teams, top to bottom, in the NFL. The roster is dripping with star power, with the likes of Drew Brees, Michael Thomas, Cam Jordan and Demario Davis. But, not every player can be in the bright spotlight. Some key contributions come from role players or guys who don’t get the recognition they deserve,

Like, did you know Josh Hill is heading into year 8 with the Saints? He is one of the undrafted gems that scouts found and has been polished into a trusted tight end. Hill isn’t going to put up eye-popping stats, but does deal with the “dirty work”, like run and pass blocking. along with contributing on special teams. ...

Hill was forced out of week 5’s contest against Tampa Bay last year with a concussion and Coach Payton’s post game comments about the tight end were sure attention grabbing.

“…losing him was like losing your front door. All of a sudden there are 58 plays on the call sheet and he was involved in a lot of them….”

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Saints Sophomore Spotlight: Shy Tuttle

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By Bob Rose - Sports Illustrated

The 2019 New Orleans Saints already had a deep defensive tackle rotation of David Onyemata, Sheldon Rankins, Malcom Brown, Mario Edwards Jr., and 2018 undrafted rookie Taylor Stallworth. Rankins would miss the first portion of the 2019 season while recovering from an Achilles injury though. The team did not select a DT in the draft, although both Brown and Edwards were added as free agents. New Orleans would also receive more interior line help from an unlikely source.

Tennessee defensive tackle Shy Tuttle was not selected in the 2019 draft but was immediately signed by the Saints at the end of the event. The 24-Yr old Tuttle not only battled his way to a spot on the active roster, but impressed his coaches enough to earn an opening day start. Tuttle had a half sack against Houston on opening night and would see action in all 17 of his team’s games. ...

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Saints Sophomore Spotlight: Lil'Jordan Humphrey

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By Bob Rose - Sports Illustrated

The New Orleans Saints signed three rookie receivers last offseason that weren’t selected in the 2019 draft hoping to capitalize on the success that the franchise has historically had with overlooked players at this position. Saints Hall of Famers Eric Martin and Marques Colston were 7th round draft picks. Fellow team Hall of Famer Lance Moore went undrafted, as did Willie Snead, who had two productive seasons with the team. One 2019 UDFA receiver, Emmanuel Butler, had enough preseason success to earn a spot on the practice squad. Another, Deonte Harris, was a 1st team All-Pro selection as a rookie kickoff and punt returner. The third, and the subject of today’s spotlight, was a surprise to many that he wasn’t selected during the draft. ...

Lil'Jordan Humphrey was a productive receiver for his final two seasons at the University of Texas. The Saints signed him after poor 40 times and Scouting Combine performance caused him to go undrafted. Humphrey was inconsistent in early training camp practices, but came on strong with good showings in the final two preseason games to earn a spot on the roster. The 22-Yr old Humphrey saw action in six games during the season, playing on 58 offensive snaps. They targeted him just once and he failed to record a catch, but provided solid blocking for the team’s rushing attack. ...

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Statement from New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Gayle Benson

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By NewOrleansSaints.com - Gayle Benson

One week ago today, George Floyd was tragically and senselessly murdered. Anger, sadness and protest followed throughout our nation in response to this unjust murder. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of George Floyd.

There are no written words, nor the timing of those words that can properly honor the life of George Floyd. We stand against police brutality in any form. Statements are words; unified action towards a solution is what needs to come from this now.

Both the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans organizations take a tremendous amount of pride in working with our players and community leaders to impact meaningful change.

Within the last few years we have worked closely with Saints LB Demario Davis on social justice reform projects such as supporting the local public defender's office. We donated professional office space in Benson Tower to support Operation Restoration, a program empowering women impacted by incarceration to successfully re-enter the community.

We support these types of programs as well as programs that are on the forefront of the Players Coalition mission. There are many reform projects that face our society including working with our police departments to help improve citizen relationships, supporting the public defender's office and working to impact prison reform. We are proud of our work with the District Attorney's office supporting victim's issues as well. These are all complicated and yet they must be addressed together. ...

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Marques Colston to Drew Brees: 'Your comments today cut deep'

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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The last few weeks have been trying, former New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston said Wednesday.

He's been processing, soul searching, trying to be a part of the solution.

"I've been trying to educate my kids on the 'why' behind the killings of George Floyd, (Breonna) Taylor, and countless others," Colston wrote in a tweet. "It's tough to tell them the truth and still try to preserve as much of their innocence as I can."

And then came Wednesday's comments made by his former quarterback Drew Brees.

In an interview with Yahoo Finance, Brees — when...
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Walker: Drew Brees, known for his accuracy, misses the mark again with anthem comments

  • News source: BY ROD WALKER | Staff writer
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When I first saw the Drew Brees interview floating around Wednesday on the internet, I assumed it was old.

I figured someone was probably just rehashing a story from a few years ago, when Brees expressed his views on football players kneeling and protesting during the national anthem.

Surely he didn't say this today, I thought to myself. Surely he gets it after watching that video of George Floyd's death.

Unfortunately, I was wrong.

The interview was indeed from Wednesday morning, right as national protests continue in cities all across the United States...
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Emotional Malcolm Jenkins 'hurt' after Drew Brees makes 'self-centered' protest comments

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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New Orleans Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins couldn't let his quarterback's comments from earlier Wednesday slide, so he started filming.

Jenkins posted two different videos to Instagram, deleting the first, aimed at Brees and what the quarterback said about how he'll "never agree with anybody" who protests during the national anthem, citing how his grandfathers served in the military.

Jenkins' voice broke multiple times while delivering his messages directed at Drew Brees, and at points, he held back tears — calling Brees' words "self-centered."

"Drew Brees, if...
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Brees' comments 'hurt' Saints teammate Jenkins

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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees attracted backlash Wednesday across the sports world, including an outspoken teammate, when he reiterated his stance on how he will "never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America" during an interview with Yahoo Finance.

An emotional Malcolm Jenkins, in a video that has since been deleted from social media, said he was "hurt" by Brees' comments and that they were "extremely self-centered." The Yahoo interview featured Brees' first comments in the wake of George Floyd's killing last week...
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Marcus Davenport defends Drew Brees

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Wednesday’s comments from Saints quarterback Drew Brees did not go over well with many figures in the sports world, including teammate Malcolm Jenkins.

Another teammate, defensive end Marcus Davenport, has taken to Twitter to defend Brees.

“Drew wasn’t talking about the current protest, the riots or really anything besides HIS feelings on kneeling during the National Anthem,” Davenport said. “He even explained what they were, the basis and that he actually stands with us. Do we have to entirely agree with him, no.”

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Johnson: You spoke, Drew Brees. Now it's time to listen.

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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Drew Brees, you spoke. Now I need you to listen.

In an interview Wednesday with Yahoo Finance, you were asked about the potential of kneeling protests making a return on NFL sidelines this fall, and you said you “will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States or our country.”

You said so much more, but it’s imperative we isolate this idea right here.

We need to have a conversation about your use of the word "never" — a word that implies you are unwilling to consider these protests were never about disrespecting a flag, anthem or...
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Malcolm Jenkins issues strong rebuke of teammate Drew Brees

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In the aftermath of Saints quarterback Drew Brees reiterating his position that he “will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country,” Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins, who re-signed with the team earlier this year after spending six seasons with the Eagles, posted a pair of videos responding to Brees on social media.

The first (more on that below) was deleted. The text of second video, which Jenkins recorded before speaking directly to Brees, appears below.

“The onslaught of sh-t that we have to deal with is f–king...
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Drew Brees 'beyond lost': See harsh reaction to protest comments from teammates, many others

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Drew Brees' words were relayed from an unlikely source, but the reaction came from basically everywhere else after the Saints quarterback took a hardline stance on NFL protests during the national anthem.

In an interview with YahooFinance, the NFL veteran was asked what he felt about players kneeling during the national anthem as a way to protest police brutality against black communities.

"I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country," Brees said, going on to explain his connection with the military...
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LeBron James takes issue with Drew Brees

  • News source: Mike Florio
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The toothpaste isn’t going back in the tube.

LeBron James, one of the best and most prominent basketball players in NBA history, has taken to Twitter to respond to Drew Brees‘ reiteration of his position from 2016 that he “will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country.”

“WOW MAN!!” James tweeted, with a facepalm emoji. “Is it still surprising at this point. Sure isn’t! You literally still don’t understand why Kap was kneeling on one knee?? Has absolute nothing to do with the disrespect of [the flag] and our...
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LeBron James reacts to Drew Brees' anthem comments: 'You literally still don't understand'

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees received plenty of backlash after he said in an interview that he held firm to his position that kneeling during the national anthem constitutes disrespect to both the American flag and the United States.

The latest person to chime in? LeBron James.

"WOW MAN!!" James wrote, adding a facepalm emoji. "Is it still surprising at this point. Sure isn't! You literally don't understand why Kap was kneeling on one knee?? Has absolute nothing to do with the disrespect of our (flag) and our soldiers (men and women) who keep our...
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Emmanuel Sanders: George Floyd “could have easily been me”

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Saints receiver Emmanuel Sanders said he was so angry that he was brought to tears after seeing video of the senseless death of George Floyd by a former Minneapolis police officer.

“Seeing that video, what upset me was obviously that he was African-American, but I know that could have easily been me,” Sanders said on NFL Network on Wednesday, via Luke Johnson of The Times-Picayune. “That’s one of my biggest fears; literally being suffocated, and you can’t do anything about it.”

Sanders participated in Blackout Tuesday, posting a plain, black square on his...
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Brees: Will never agree with disrespecting flag

  • News source: www.espn.com - New Orleans Saints
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METAIRIE, La. -- After earlier sharing a message of unity on social media, Drew Brees attracted backlash later Wednesday when he reiterated his stance on how he will "never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America" during an interview with Yahoo Finance.

They were his first comments in the wake of George Floyd's killing last week.

The star New Orleans Saints quarterback gave a lengthy response to ESPN when asked about the perceived conflict between those two stances -- including the potential divide in his own locker room, where...
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Drew Brees faces online backlash after he says 'he'll never agree with' protests during anthem

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is holding firm to his position that kneeling during the national anthem constitutes disrespect to both the American flag and the United States, an issue that has received renewed attention in the wake of widespread protests over police killings of black men.

During an interview Wednesday with Yahoo Sports that comes amid recent protests brought about by the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, Brees said he still believed players should stand.

"I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag...
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Malcolm Jenkins writes an essay explaining why he is marching

  • News source: Charean Williams
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Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins wrote an essay for the Philadelphia Inquirer explaining why he is in the streets, taking part in the nationwide protests following George Floyd’s death.

Jenkins explains that even though he lives comfortably, owns a business, is famous and has privilege that he’s “still afraid.”

“I’m afraid because I am very aware that my wealth and life achievements will not introduce me when confronted with police authority,” Jenkins wrote. “Instead, my skin will do that. Then I am, simply, black.

“And being black in the eyes of far too many...
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