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The Saints are done with minicamp.

Where do things now stand?

We discuss.

Nick Underhill and Kevin Washington are here to break it all down. If you like the show, get more exclusive content and premium podcasts at NewOrleans.Football (

New Orleans Saints: Did the rest of the NFL overthink Paulson Adebo?

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By Sayre Bedinger | NFL Mocks

The New Orleans Saints‘ 2021 offseason focus has been mostly on the quarterback position, and understandably so. The Drew Brees era came to an end and the Saints had to focus on finding a way to not only re-sign Jameis Winston, but really to get out of salary cap hell altogether before they could do much to actually improve the roster, or even keep it intact.

It should come as no surprise, then, that the 2021 NFL Draft for the Saints was rather underrated as a whole, especially because rumors of a trade-up the draft board didn’t come to fruition.

Still, the Saints made some very intriguing selections throughout the first two days of the 2021 Draft, all of them on the defensive side of the ball.

They opened things up by taking Houston pass rusher Payton Turner, one of the more surprising first-round picks based on “consensus” big boards which would have had Turner going closer to the end of the second, early third-round range.

In the second round, the Saints took Ohio State linebacker Pete Werner, a pretty underrated player for the Buckeyes who excelled on all three downs.

In the third round, the New Orleans Saints made one of the more fascinating picks of the entire class when they used the 76th overall selection on Stanford cornerback Paulson Adebo.

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Saints' Zack Baun spent his rookie season learning. Is he ready to make the jump?

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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Let’s call last year a learning experience for Zack Baun.

The New Orleans Saints traded up into the third round of the 2020 draft to select Baun after he spent his senior year at Wisconsin beating offensive linemen like a drum off the edge to the tune of 12.5 sacks. The organization believed it saw an athlete who could transition to playing in space, a bit of a projectional dice roll that comes with developmental time baked in.

So Baun spent much of his rookie season waiting, learning and developing. Now, with Year 2 just over the horizon, Baun is hopeful he can show the difference a...
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Walker: Steve Gleason feature 'A Father's Resilience,' airing on ESPN Sunday, perfect Father's Day story

  • News source: BY ROD WALKER | Staff writer
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Steve Gleason wasn't supposed to be around for this many Father's Day celebrations.

Five years tops was all the doctors gave the former New Orleans Saints special teams ace when he was diagnosed with ALS 10½ years ago.

But Gleason lives on — just as determined to continue being a father as he was to block that unforgettable punt against the Atlanta Falcons 15 years ago that made him a cult hero among Saints fans.

His determination is the subject of ESPN's SC Featured "A Father's Resilience," which will air at 7 a.m. Sunday on "SportsCenter" and again throughout the day.

It's a Father's...
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Saints Career Franchise Records Ready to Fall

  • News source: Bob Rose
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The New Orleans Saints have been on an unprecedented run of team success over the last four years that is the best in franchise history.

New Orleans has a 49-15 record over those four seasons, the best in the NFL. During that time they have won four consecutive NFC South titles, the most in franchise history.

The Saints have been so successful because of a talented core of players, most of whom have been together during this entire four-year stretch.

Some of these players have compiled statistics to climb up the franchise's all-time leader list in several categories.

Here is a list of...
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CB Kirkpatrick Could be 'Twins, the Sequel' of Jenkins for the Saints Defense

  • News source: Kyle T. Mosley
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Saints News Network's guest fan column, compares the 'twin characteristics' of free agent Dre Kirkpatrick to former New Orleans cornerback Janoris Jenkins.

The complementary cornerback is a position of mild concern for the New Orleans Saints.

Cornerback Marshon Lattimore is an elite player but had a problematic offseason.

In March, Lattimore was arrested and faces a fourth-degree felony charge of receiving a stolen handgun.

The NFL could impose a punishment.

The Who Dat Nation holds its collective breath.

Why? Because Lattimore's highly effective pass defense is essential to...
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Report: Saints NFL's 12th Richest Team by 2025

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The New Orleans Saints franchise is projected to become the twelfth wealthiest team in the NFL by 2025.

Forbes values owner Gayle Benson's club as one of the top sports franchises in the world at $2.48 billion.

A financial valuation ranks the Saints at No. 46 in the world of sports entities.

According to Forbes, New Orleans is No. 25 and No. 3 in the NFC South for estimated value ranking among the NFL teams.

New Orleans Saints in the NFL has forecasted the future finances of each team to determine the wealthiest NFL franchises by 2025.

The website's analysis revealed New...
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Saints coach Sean Payton getting married today in Mexico: Report

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NEW ORLEANS — Saints head coach Sean Payton is getting married in Mexico Friday after a nearly 20-month engagement to Skylene Montgomery.

According to our partners at The Times-Picayune | New Orleans Advocate, Payton and Montgomery are tying the knot in Cabo San Lucas on June 18.

Payton proposed to Montgomery at Longway Tavern in 2019, according to the report. Saints owner Gayle Benson helped Payton pop the question by inviting Montgomery out for what she said was a celebration of her and Tom Benson's wedding anniversary.

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Sean Payton and Skylene Montgomery to Marry in Mexico

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June 18 Update: News Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton will marry his fiancée Sylene Montogomery in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, per a report from Luke Johnson at The Advocate/TP.

Congratulations to Coach Payton and Skylene on their nuptials.

Congratulations are in order for Saints Head Coach Sean Payton and girlfriend Skylene Montgomery.

Payton surprised Montgomery in a French Quarter restaurant, the Longway Tavern, inside of the New Orleans French Quarter District. WDSU reported the proposal on Friday night.

Montgomery accompanied Payton to the private event to celebrate Saints'...
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Demario Davis Continues to be the Key for Saints Defensive Success

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An underrated aspect of the New Orleans Saints Super Bowl XLIV championship team in 2009 was the play of its linebacking corps.

Pro Bowl LB Jonathan Vilma was the headliner of the group, intercepting 3 passes and leading the team in tackles.

Vilma had outstanding support from Scott Shanle and Scott Fujita, with depth being provided by Jo-Lonn Dunbar and Marvin Mitchell.

This underrated unit created havoc at the second level of a New Orleans defense that finished second in the league with 39 turnovers.

As those Saints linebackers aged, the play of the unit slipped. Free-agent...
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Sean Payton and Skylene Montgomery are tying the knot today in Mexico

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After a nearly 20-month engagement, New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton and Skylene Montgomery are getting married today in Cabo San Lucas.

Payton proposed to Montgomery in a surprise event at Longway Tavern in November, 2019. Saints owner Gayle Benson set things up, inviting Montgomery out for what she said was a celebration of her 15th wedding anniversary to the late Tom Benson.

Before the pandemic threw everything into turmoil, the couple had initially planned their ceremony for March of this year.

Montgomery is a former pageant queen who was selected as Miss West Virginia in...
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Jared Cook: “We probably got better talent here than we had in New Orleans”

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Tight end Jared Cook has been around for a while.

A third-round pick back in 2009, he recently signed with the Chargers — his sixth team for his 13th pro season.

He spent the last two years playing with New Orleans, long one of the league’s top offenses led by head coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees. But as good as those units were, Cook sees even more potential in Los Angeles with quarterback Justin Herbert and receivers like Keenan Allen and Mike Williams.

“When you have a high-powered offense and guys with the talent to make your offense high-powered, I think there are a...
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Top 5 undrafted free agents most likely to make the roster

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We all know that the New Orleans Saints love the UDFA market. This year was no different as they signed 11 undrafted free agents after the draft. Now, as we approach the start of camp, can take a look at the ones still here and which ones we want to make the roster once the regular season gets here. Here are the three that I think have the best chance:

The Saints lost Josh Hill and Jared Cook this off-season so, behind Adam Trautman, the TE room is wide open. Soehner is not only wearing Josh Hill’s old number, but he also will likely fill the same blocking role left open by Hill’s...
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Steve Gleason and family to be featured Father’s Day on SportsCenter

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In 2011, former New Orleans Saints special teams ace Steve Gleason was diagnosed with ALS. Once Gleason then learned he was going to become a father, he started keeping video journals for his son, Rivers.

In 2013, Gleason, Rivers, the Gleason family, and the videos, were profiled by SportsCenter.

Now, in 2021, SportsCenter returns to the Gleason family for Father’s Day. Ten years after Gleason was diagnosed with ALS and began making his videos for his son, Rivers now returns the favor and makes a video for his dad.

ESPN producer Michael O’Connor had this to say about what he wants the...
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Payton Turner Discusses Being a Violent Presence On the Edge

  • News source: John Hendrix
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Saints rookie and first round pick Payton Turner was on the Jim Rome Show on Thursday. He talked about his ability to flip to switch to become a violent presence on the edge, as well as talking about being good in other sports like baseball and basketball.

You can check out the full interview here with this audio link.

"I'm a different dude for sure when I'm on the field, whether it practice or especially the game," Turner said.

"I don't think they'll mic me up too often. You got to be able to channel that. There's a time and place for everything. I know the time and place when I'm on...
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Saints hit important Covid-19 benchmark

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The New Orleans Saints have a bit of a checkered past with Covid in the eyes of the NFL. After post-game celebrations again went viral last year showing some Saints players and coaches without masks, the Saints were fined a 2022 6th round draft pick.

However, fast forward to the 2021 offseason, and the Saints are not one of the NFL’s leaders as far as Covid vaccinations are concerned:

This means a lot for the Saints both with the health of the players and the ability of the team to maintain a sense of normalcy in 2021. The Covid protocols in the NFL for players that are fully vaccinated...
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