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2020 Senior Bowl: Top 7 NFL draft winners from week of practice

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By Chase Goodbread and Lance Zierlein | NFL.com

MOBILE, Ala. -- With Reese's Senior Bowl week winding down, 100-plus prospects for the 2020 NFL Draft had one last chance to impress scouts in a practice setting on Thursday. NFL.com's Lance Zierlein and Chase Goodbread provide a look at the week's biggest standouts, as well as notes from NFL scouts and Thursday's media sessions.

7 biggest winners from the week of Senior Bowl practices

Chase Claypool, WR, Notre Dame. I really enjoyed watching Claypool on tape and couldn't wait to see him perform in person on the Senior Bowl stage. I was not disappointed, and neither were the NFL evaluators in attendance. Not only does he look the part of a big, imposing receiver, he showed off how fluid and natural he is with his movement. He snatched the ball away from his frame with strong hands and created separation using his size and athleticism. The easy comparison for him is former teammate Miles Boykin, who had the same type of size and explosiveness, but Boykin went to the Baltimore Ravens at the end of the third round in last year's draft. Claypool may not last that long now. I think he pushed himself into Round 2 this week...

Could Taysom Hill Be the Heir to Drew Brees' Throne?

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By Aaron S. Miller | SI

The dual-threat quarterback, signal-callers every bit as dangerous rushing as they are delivering passes from behind the line of scrimmage, has increasingly become the vanguard of the position over the last decade. Versatile dual-threat passers have indelibly dotted the history of the league, from the likes of Hall of Famers Fran Tarkenton and Steve Young, through to Donovan McNabb and Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles QB Michael Vick. Never before the last ten years, however, has the NFL seen such heavy emphasis on deliberately identifying the athletic ‘do-all' QB and installing complementary systems around him.

Lamar Jackson, the electric second-year Baltimore Ravens' QB, the main man in a John Harbaugh and Greg Roman crafted offense, epitomizes the heights a single man can take a 53-man NFL roster. Taken with the final pick of the 1st round of the 2018 NFL Draft, Jackson has been nothing short of spectacular in just his sophomore campaign as a pro. The NFL MVP and first-time First-Team AP All-Pro selection, Jackson compiled 36 passing TDs against just 6 interceptions for 3,100+ yards at a 66% clip. Alone, these numbers are impressive, but taking into consideration his NFL QB record 1,206 rushing yards on 176 yards (6.9 Y/A) and 7 TDs, it’s easy to realize the tremendous value a player with his specific skill set brings to the Ravens.

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Mickey Loomis likes his receivers, doesn't see big need with Michael Thomas on hand

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

What is the biggest draft need for the New Orleans Saints? Objectively speaking, probably wide receiver. Michael Thomas led the group with 149 receptions; Ted Ginn Jr. placed second-best, with just 30 catches. After those two, second-year pro Tre’Quan Smith was the only receiver to catch at least 18 passes. Thomas put the team on his back and made NFL history, but he can’t be expected to do it his entire career. The Saints must get him some help.

But for now, Saints general manager Mickey Loomis is focused on talking up the players still in the room: behind Thomas, that means names such as Smith, Keith Kirkwood, and Deonte Harris. Backups like Lil’Jordan Humphrey, Emmanuel Butler, Krishawn Hogan, Tim White, and Maurice Harris are also around. Ginn and slot specialist Austin Carr are each pending free agents.

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Drew Brees has no plans to leave the Saints

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By Marty Fenn | Clutch Points

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees will be a free agent this offseason, but he has no intention of leaving The Big Easy.

Brees spoke with Jane Slater of NFL Network about his contract as he worked out with NFC Pro Bowl teammates, saying it is “not a matter of ‘if’ it gets done, but ‘when.'” Here’s what he had to say:


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The Saints’ Trey Hendrickson took a while to get going this season due to a lingering neck injury, but in his third season, the young defensive end had his best season to date as a rotational pass rusher. While his role was still fairly niche, Hendrickson logged 4.5 sacks and a forced fumble for the Saints, while looking generally more disruptive while he was in the game.

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Drew Brees: Not a given I come back, but it will be for Saints if I do

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Drew Brees has not said whether he will play football during the 2020 season and said this week that he’ll take some time to “decompress” before making that call, but he knows where he wants to be if he does decide to play.

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From 'Seeing ghosts' to 'Mozart's paintings': These are the best quotes of the NFL season

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The NFL season is almost over. In nine days we'll have a Super Bowl champion and the 100th NFL season will be over.

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Fleur-de-Links, January 24: Dez Bryant says he would play for the Saints, Michael Thomas sets another record, and Brees says he will always be a Saint

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Former Calvary Baptist QB Shea Patterson staying confident after tough week at Senior Bowl

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MOBILE, Ala. — A tough week at the Senior Bowl may leave NFL scouts with more questions than answers about former Calvary Baptist (Shreveport) quarterback Shea Patterson.

Once ranked as one of the top prep quarterbacks in his class after playing his final year of high school at IMG Academy, Patterson entered the week looking to build his draft stock after an up-and-down career at both Ole Miss and Michigan.

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Saints' Drew Brees, Cameron Jordan complimentary of Eli Manning in wake of his retirement

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Drew Brees and Eli Manning were briefly teammates.

In 2004, Manning was a San Diego Charger for roughly 10 minutes after the franchise drafted him as the No. 1 overall pick before trading him to the New York Giants.

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'Zion put in some work:' Saints DE Cam Jordan on Williamson's debut

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Drew Brees will “take a deep breath” before making 2020 decision

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Saints quarterback Drew Brees wasn’t ready to talk about his plans for the 2020 season right after the Saints’ playoff loss to the Vikings earlier this month and he’s not saying when he’ll be ready to cross that bridge.

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At the beginning of the year, the Saints decided to decline the fifth-year option for over...
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Ranking the NFL rookie classes from 1-32: Which team produced most?

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Saints G.M.: Taysom Hill’s “unique” skills make contract talks different

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The Saints have a one-of-a-kind player in Taysom Hill, so they fully expect his future contract talks to be something other than ordinary.

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“In terms of valuing and contract and all that, that remains to be seen,” Saints General Manager...
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Fleur-de-Links, January 23: Drew Brees needs to “decompress,” Mickey Loomis wants to keep him, and Lamar Jackson meets Brees’s sons

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Loomis says that the Saints are starting over and “nothing that we did last season is going to carry over to next season.”

Lamar Jackson played catch with all 3 of Brees’s sons.

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Senior Bowl practice notes: Getting a feel for the superlatives

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A busy and important week is underway in Mobile as practices for the Senior Bowl lead up to the game Saturday.

The tallest player at the Senior Bowl this year is offensive tackle Alex Taylor out of South Carolina at 6-foot-8 1/2.

On the other end of the spectrum, the shortest player is running back Jamycal Hasty out of Baylor at 5-8.

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Saints will be patient as QB Brees mulls future

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