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NFL Total Access | Andrew Hawkins: New Orleans Saints offense "unstoppable force" with Tyrann Mathieu

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OTA Takeaways: How Tyrann Mathieu Will Impact Saints Defense

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After Further Review On Demand is powered by BREC Golf Luke Johnson of The Advocate (New Orleans) joins AFR to recap Saints OTA's. Who was present and who was absent for the voluntary workouts? Who has been the biggest surprise so far? Which new faces are turning heads and how have things changed after Dennis Allen replaced Sean Payton?



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Saints rookie Alontae Taylor is confident he can compete for a starting CB job in Year 1

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Saints rookie Alontae Taylor is confident he'll be able to compete for a starting job in Year 1. But even in a backup role, he's willing to do whatever it takes to get on the field (yes, that includes special teams). Here's what the second round pick had to say after rookie minicamp earlier this month.



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Five NFL teams that could be better than you expect in 2022: Dolphins and Saints poised to make some noise

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The Cincinnati Bengals proved to be the ultimate dark horse in 2021. Despite starting the year 7-6, Joe Burrow and Co. rallied to win three out of their final four regular-season games to clinch the AFC North, and then won three straight playoff games to get to Super Bowl LVI, where they fell to the Los Angeles Rams. While the Bengals didn't hoist the Lombardi Trophy, their 2021 success is likely a sign of things to come.

The Bengals weren't the only team fans were surprised to see find success last year. The Tennessee Titans went 12-5 and clinched the No. 1 seed in the AFC despite not having Derrick Henry for most of the season and having to play with what was a record-setting amount of different players. The New England Patriots made the playoffs with first-year quarterback Mac Jones and looked like a Super Bowl dark horse toward the end of the year and the Philadelphia Eagles overcame a 3-6 start to make the playoffs under first-year head coach Nick Sirianni.

Which teams are going to be better than most expect in 2022? Maybe there's a team like the Bengals that could make a Super Bowl run this upcoming season. Below, we will break down five potential dark-horse teams that may be better than you expect in 2022. We will also list their Over/Under win totals and odds to make the postseason if you're interested in making some money. ...

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2022 NFL season: Three teams ready to make playoff run after missing out in '21

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By Jim Trotter - NFL.com Columnist | NFL.com

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2021 record: 9-8

REASONS TO BE BULLISH: When a fighter absorbs major body blow after major body blow, that fighter typically wears down in the late rounds. But that wasn’t the case with the Saints last season, despite losing so many key players to injury. The fact that many of those players are returning and the roster has been significantly upgraded at key areas of concern influenced my decision to make them one of my favorites to go from watching the playoffs to making a deep run. But what puts them at No. 1 is the fact that they play in the NFC, which will offer a much smoother road to the Super Bowl than the loaded AFC, which is as deep as I can recall in nearly three decades covering the league.

The Saints’ 9-8 finish last season was impressive considering they lost quarterback Jameis Winston (torn ACL) for the final 10 games and started four different players at the position; were without two-time All-Pro wide receiver Michael Thomas (ankle) the entire year; lost defensive linemen David Onyemata (suspension) and Marcus Davenport (shoulder) for six games each; and had an offensive line that was in constant flux due to tackles Terron Armstead (elbow/knee) and Ryan Ramczyk (knee/COVID-19) missing nine and seven games, respectively, and guard Andrus Peat missing the final 11 games because of a torn pec. Star running back Alvin Kamara was sidelined for four games with a knee injury, and backup Mark Ingram missed four contests due to injury and COVID-19 after being traded back to New Orleans at midseason. ...

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Saints retooling offense with new-look receiving corps

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Jameis Winston is working his way back to full strength for the New Orleans Saints, and the big-armed QB has quickly become fond of the receiving corps he's been endowed with.

"He's smooth as the other side of the pillow!" Winston said this week of rookie wideout Chris Olave.


Winston — who is making his way back from a torn ACL suffered in Week 8 last season — has not yet had a chance to fully acclimate himself with All-Pro wide receiver Michael Thomas, and as voluntary camps begin to ramp up, the QB will continue to find his rhythm with the Saints' slew of new pass-catchers, including Olave and free agent acquisition Jarvis Landry.

And despite not being wholly equipped to run full-speed drills, Winston has long begun tightening his timing with the receiving group in a number of route trees. And he's been pleasantly impressed with their fluidity, especially when it comes to Olave.

"He can get in and out of breaks very well," Winston said, per The Athletic's Katherine Terrell. ...

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Safety Tyrann Mathieu's presence felt at first OTAs with New Orleans Saints

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By John Deshazier - Senior Writer | New Orleans Saints

"Voluntary" became "mandatory" for Tyrann Mathieu the moment the three-time All-Pro safety became a first-year New Orleans Saints safety. So the sight of the nine-year veteran at the first three OTAs this week was as much a pleasant surprise (the work is voluntary for veterans) as it was a necessity.

"When he signed, that was the first thing – it was like, 'Yeah, I'm going to be there,' " Coach Dennis Allen said of Mathieu. "So that was really cool to see. I think he understands that it's a new system, a new place."

New system, new place, but the same Mathieu in terms of a thirst for learning, setting a tone and making sure he knows the ins and outs of the job well enough to find his personal flow within the system.

"Just being around teammates, being around the coaches, getting in the playbook," Mathieu said. "I'm a player that, once I understand the playbook and the scheme, I can kind of let my anticipation, my personality show. I think it was just a big positive for me to be here, get to know my teammates, get to know the coaches and how everybody likes to roll." ...

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What Saints Players Said After OTAs

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The Saints held their first open OTA session to the media on Thursday, and we were able to get some good observations and notes from practice. Here's some notable quotes from the players.

On Smoke Monday: “He’s gonna be a good player in this league. He’s a physical player, great length and size, kid studies a lot.”

On Alontae Taylor: "He's just one of those guys that when you see him working and see him move, you can see his potential. He's one of those guys that get his hands on a lot of balls too. I think ball production is a big thing in this league."

On Marcus Maye: "The Saints did...
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Jeff Duncan: Jeff Ireland on the Saints' 2022 draft, prototypes, comparisons and why he's excited about the class

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The 2022 NFL Draft was the eighth overseen by Jeff Ireland since he joined the New Orleans Saints in 2015 as the director of college scouting. In that time, he’s selected 48 players, including 20 that developed into multi-year starters and six that eventually earned Pro Bowl or All-Pro honors.

This was Ireland’s first draft with Dennis Allen as head coach. Ireland joined the Saints the same year that Allen returned to New Orleans after four years away from the organization.

Ireland, who comes from a scouting family, is widely regarded as one of the best talent evaluators in the NFL. In...
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Walker: It's just OTAs, but Tyrann Mathieu has already made a lasting first impression with Saints

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Tyrann Mathieu hasn’t even put on a pair of shoulder pads and made a tackle or interception yet.

But somehow he’s still managed to impress his new teammates, even during OTAs.

That’s why Chauncey Gardner-Johnson wasted little time making his way to Twitter on Tuesday when the Saints’ voluntary offseason work began.

“First day with the Badger, Sheesh,” Gardner-Johnson tweeted.

The words were followed by a caution sign emoji, perhaps a warning to every quarterback and offensive coordinator in the league who will face the Saints defense this season.

The badger, of course, refers to the...
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Smoke Monday brings plenty to Saints despite undrafted status

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Quindarious “Smoke” Monday was a four-star prospect in the 2018 football recruiting class, considering Clemson, Florida State and Louisville before opting for Auburn. He was the eighth ranked safety in the class.

Recognized for his knockout hits on opponents, the former two-year starter at Auburn was a fierce tackler totaling 172 career stops including 17 for loss, 6.0 sacks, 11 pass deflections and five interceptions.

Monday returned an intereception 29 yards for a touchdown against rival Alabama in 2019. He took one to the house 100 yards against Tennessee in 2020. Last season, Monday...
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Tyrann Mathieu: I think it’s a big positive for me to be at OTAs

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Not every veteran feels a need to attend OTAs — after all, they are voluntary.

But in his first season with the Saints, safety Tyrann Mathieu told reporters at his press conference on Thursday that it was a priority for him to attend the sessions.

“Just being around teammates, being around the coaches, getting in the playbook,” Mathieu said, via John DeShazier of the team’s website. “I’m a player that, once I understand the playbook and the scheme, I can kind of let my anticipation, my personality show. I think it was just a big positive for me to be here, get to know my teammates, get...
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Saints begin OTAs: Former Pantera lead singer Philip Anselmo joins ‘Dattitude,’ Ep. 74

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The New Orleans Saints have opened voluntary OTAs. Jameis Winston is on the field, while Michael Thomas is present. Meanwhile, the odds for the Saints to win more than eight games continues to come down, proving the public thinks it will be a winning season for this team.


What about the Saints fan? Well, we talk to one of the more well-known fans on Friday’s Dattitude (Ep. 74), as former Pantera lead singer Philip Anselmo, who also is the voice of the lead-in to our podcast, joins the show to talk about how he watches Saints games when on tour with Down and Philip H. Anselmo and The...
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Jameis Winston: Chris Olave is “smooth as the other side of the pillow”

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Saints quarterback Jameis Winston is still working his way back from a torn ACL and isn’t quite doing everything on the field.

But he has been able to throw with his receivers, including rookie Chris Olave. Winston’s gotten a favorable early impression of the 11th overall pick.

“Smooth as the other side of the pillow,” Winston said of Olave on Thursday, via Katherine Terrell of TheAthletic.com. “He can get in and out of breaks very well. Electric, and smart, man. He’s a guy that’s always asking questions. He’s a guy that wants to know how you want it, and I really respect that.”

Olave...
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Saints Transactions: May 25 and May 26

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The NFL released the following official transactions reported by the New Orleans Saints organization.

WAIVER REQUESTS (All are NO RECALL) (May 25)

Wolf, Ethan, TE, Tennessee

From Reserve/Injured

TERMINATIONS VIA WAIVER SYSTEM


Koerner, Jack, DB

Special Player Notes:

Please note that Deonte Harris, WR, Assumption, (Player ID #: 48415) of New Orleans is now listed as Deonte Harty.


TERMINATIONS VIA WAIVER SYSTEM

Wolf, Ethan, TE, Tennessee
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Projecting the Saints' starting offense before training camp

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As organized team activities (OTAs) begin around the NFL, important roster battles get started, injured players show their progress, and rookies look to establish themselves. There’s no exception for the New Orleans Saints as the team reports to the facility on Airline Drive. Many of the new additions and standout rookies will be on the offensive side of the ball thanks to the offseason additions of rookie wideout Chris Olave, fellow first-round selection tackle Trevor Penning, and veteran wide receiver Jarvis Landry.

From now through OTAs and the upcoming mandatory minicamp events the...
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Jameis Winston and Michael Thomas headline first week of OTA’s

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The New Orleans Saints kicked off their 2022 offseason with the first week of OTA’s. This is the first step in a long offseason. Offseason training activities are voluntary, but players are encouraged to join the team.

The main headline coming out has been the progress and rehab of Jameis Winston. After tearing up his knee early in the season, he has made great strides to being back to 100%. Winston said he started running two weeks ago and is now 100% on his drop backs. Getting back on the field for OTAs has been “exciting and a blessing” for Jameis and the staff. Winston was the QB1 of...
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Top-100 New Orleans Saints of All-Time: 60-51

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Top-100 New Orleans Saints of All-Time: 60-51

Who’s better?

That question is asked, and those debates happen every day amongst sports fans.

Trying to compare players of a common position and era are tough enough. Once you introduce grouping all positions together, regardless of when they played, what the talent pool was or what the rules were during their NFL careers, the answers get arbitrary.

We combined four sources to come up with our list of the Top-100 New Orleans Saints players of all time. Rankings for all players were averages comprised of contributions from...
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Saints' Winston, Thomas show up at workout; Kamara absent

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METAIRIE, La. — The New Orleans Saints expect their offense to be more productive next season.

The optimism is largely based on the expectation that they will have quarterback Jameis Winston and former All-Pro wide receiver Michael Thomas back from serious injuries.

Neither is all the way back, but it’s a long way to the start of the season and both are making progress.

The Saints concluded their opening week of voluntary offseason practices Thursday. Winston participated on a limited basis and Thomas was at the team’s facility but didn’t practice.

“We have time,” Winston said after...
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Fleur-de-Links, May 27: Former NFL linebacker recently very critical of Drew Brees

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BreakingT have released a new t-shirt commemorating Tyrann Mathieu’s signing with the New Orleans Saints.

Alvin Kamara was not present for Saints OTAs this week.

Jameis Winston spoke very highly of Chris Olave recently, saying, “Just really smooth. He can get in and out of breaks very well. Electric, and smart.”

Dennis Allen recently spoke on Michael Thomas’ status, saying, “I think he’s doing well in his rehab. He’s not ready yet. But he’s here, he’s rehabbing, he’s getting himself better.”

According to DK Nation, “2% of all of the money placed on MVP bets,” placed through DK Nation...
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Jeff Duncan: In the Saints' mostly bright offseason, Alvin Kamara's uncertainty is a gray cloud

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Alvin Kamara wasn’t on the practice field this week with the New Orleans Saints.

Dennis Allen didn’t sound worried about it, either. The Saints’ first-year head coach knows his Pro Bowl running back doesn’t need the reps.

No one cares if Kamara is here in May.

What matters is whether he is available in September. And right now, nobody really knows.

Kamara’s status for the 2022 season is the biggest question facing the Saints, now that the left tackle, wide receiver and free safety positions have been addressed in free agency and the draft.

Whether the star running back is available...
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Saints taking first steps in preparation for 2022 season

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METAIRIE – The New Orleans Saints completed their first week of Organized Team Activities on Thursday.

These are the first baby steps in the Saints’ preparation for the 2022 season.

The voluntary OTAs are conducted in three-practices-per-week increments over three weeks before the team holds a mandatory mini-camp June 14-16, then breaks until the start of training camp in late July.

This particular series of OTAs is distinctive for a few reasons:

It’s the first traditional off-season program for the Saints in three years. The 2020 program was essentially held remotely because of...
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Several prominent Saints not participating in first round of organized team activities

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Either for injury rehabilitation purposes or by taking advantage of the voluntary nature of organized team activities, several prominent New Orleans Saints did not participate in Thursday’s practice at the team’s Airline Drive facility.

Among the notable players not on the field Thursday were receivers Michael Thomas and Jarvis Landry, running back Alvin Kamara, linebacker Demario Davis, all-purpose offensive player Taysom Hill, cornerback Marshon Lattimore and defensive ends Marcus Davenport and Payton Turner.

“I’ve had communication with everybody on our team, so I’m well aware of who...
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