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Saints Draft Prospect: Jalen Reagor at Wide Receiver

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By Kyle T. Mosley | SI

WR Jalen Reagor of TCU could be available for New Orleans in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft. The Saints truly need to complement All-Pro WR Michael Thomas with a fast, sure-handed, and dynamic playmaker at wide receiver. Reagor could be the player for Sean Payton to mold and develop as a star in the NFL.

Reagor has a combination of attributes similar to Cowboys’ WR Amari Cooper and former NFL WR Antonio Brown. He is fast, shifty, and very explosive downfield. This has been a missing element in New Orleans for the past couple of years. Reagor's pass-catching ability is good but can be outstanding under the tutelage of Saints' WR Coach Curtis Johnson. In 2019, his production decreased because of the TCU quarterback situation.

Profootball Focus' analysis of Reagor's decline:
Reagor's drop in production from 2018 to 2019 is overstated. He saw an accurate, on-target pass thrown his way on just 30.7% of his targets in 2019, a figure that stood as the fourth-lowest mark among qualifying FBS receivers this past season. Give Reagor an accurate NFL passer like Drew Brees and watch him prosper. The kid has legit 4.3...

Saints Offseason Preview: Cornerback

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By Bob Rose | SI

The New Orleans Saints entered the 2019 season with arguably more talent than the franchise has ever had at the cornerback position. After a good first half of the year, the unit tailed off down the stretch. For the year, the New Orleans pass defense ranked 20th in the league and gave up an average of 242 yards per game. This position is swirling with questions as the Saints enter a crucial offseason still in pursuit of their second Super Bowl championship. Today we have a look at the state of the position for New Orleans.

CORNERBACK

Free Agents:
Eli Apple, P.J. Williams, Justin Hardee (restricted)

Under Contract: Janoris Jenkins, Marshon Lattimore, Patrick Robinson

Third-year defensive back Marshon Lattimore earned his second Pro Bowl bid with another standout performance in 2019. Lattimore missed some time with a hamstring injury this season but allowed just 50% completion percentage against his coverage while surrendering only 3 touchdowns and intercepting a pass in 14 regular season contests. The 23-Yr old Lattimore is one of the most complete corners in the game today, capable of locking on to the opponent’s top wideout and taking him out of the game.

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Tua Tagovailoa looks up to Drew Brees, says they chat occasionally

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

The discourse surrounding quarterbacks in this year’s NFL Draft has been focused on the top prospect, Joe Burrow, but plenty of intrigue follows Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa. Tagovailoa was once the surefire first overall pick, but a serious hip injury derailed his 2019 season and put his future in real doubt.

But he’s progressing well following surgery and expects to go through a throwing session at his April pro day. When asked which pro quarterbacks Tagovailoa models his style of play after, he highlighted two veteran mentors in the NFL.

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Joe Burrow says he’ll play for Bengals if they draft him with first overall pick

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By Mark Maske | Washington Post

INDIANAPOLIS — Joe Burrow, the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback from LSU, said Tuesday that he is willing to play for the Cincinnati Bengals if they select him with the top overall pick in the NFL draft.

“Yeah, I’m not gonna not play,” Burrow said during his meeting with reporters at the NFL scouting combine. “I’m a ballplayer. Whoever picks me, I’m gonna go show up.”

Burrow’s comments seemed to put to rest recent speculation that he might refuse to play for the Bengals and attempt to orchestrate a different beginning spot for his NFL career.

“The only thing that I’ve said is I just didn’t want to be presumptuous about the pick,” Burrow said. “And so that’s why I’ve been noncommittal because I don’t know what’s gonna happen. They might not pick me. They might fall in love with someone else. So you guys kind of took that narrative and ran with it. But there’s never been anything like that from my end.”

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What is old is new again, as the NFL combine is going through major changes

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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INDIANAPOLIS — NFL coaches and front office personnel are creatures of habit, which may explain some of the reactions among them when asked about the changes to the NFL Scouting Combine this year.

“It’s funky,” Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider said. “It’s really weird.”

“The first thing that kind of hits you in the face is the schedule, how everything’s been redone,” Jacksonville Jaguars coach Doug Marrone said.

“There’s always some good in change...
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Drew Brees is role model for LSU's Joe Burrow, Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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INDIANAPOLIS — It's no secret that LSU's Joe Burrow grew up a fan of the New Orleans Saints. The Heisman winner has talked about his non-geographically based childhood team for months.

And now, Burrow has had the opportunity to pick the brain of Saints quarterback Drew Brees — who Burrow said was his childhood idol.

"I saw him last week and we were just talking ball. And you know, I was trying to be all cool, like, 'Yeah, I know what I'm talking about.' But then...
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2020 New Orleans Saints draft prospects: Amik Robertson

  • News source: Ross.Jackson
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A New Orleans Native, Amik Robertson has picked up the reputation as one of the best playmaking defenders in college football. No, he’s not a Power-5 Conference guy. Despite that, you cannot ignore his destruction of his competition. He also has some quality opponents on his resume performing admirably against Collin Johnson (6’6”) and the Texas Longhorns in 2019 and LSU in 2018.

During that Texas Game, LA Tech sent him on a blitz from off the perimeter and Collin...
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Saints 2019 Year in Review: Marshon Lattimore

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From day one, Marshon Lattimore earned the respect of his teammates and opponents in the NFL and quickly became a household name in New Orleans. The former Ohio State Buckeye and current cornerback for the New Orleans Saints, has been playing at a high level since 2017. Lattimore continued that trend in 2019.

Looking at the numbers, Lattimore had rankings of 65.6 in overall defense, 63.2 in run defense, 74.3 in tackling and 65.7 in coverage according to pff.com...
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Fleur-de-Links, February 25: Saints promote linebacker coach, celebrate Mardi Gras, and Vonn Bell’s brother tragically passes

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Michael Hodges has been promoted from assistant linebacker coach to linebacker coach.

A look at the Saints’ defensive tackles heading into the 2020 offseason.

New Orleans Saints players were spotted on the Krewe of Tucks Mardi Gras float.

College Assistant basketball coach Volonte Bell, brother of Saints player Vonn Bell, passed away in a car accident.

In CBS Sports’ mock draft, the Saints draft linebacker Kenneth Murray from Oklahoma.

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Vonn Bell’s brother, Volonte, killed in car accident in Tennessee

  • News source: Curtis Crabtree
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Volonte Bell, the older brother of New Orleans Saints safety Vonn Bell, was killed Sunday night in a multi-car accident in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

According to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Bell was driving a Honda Civic that didn’t slow down and struck a trailer being towed by a Volvo truck. Bell, 29, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Bell had been an assistant basketball coach at Chattanooga State Community College for the last three seasons.


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Volonte Bell, brother of New Orleans Saints safety Vonn Bell, killed in Tennessee car wreck

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A man killed Sunday night in a multi-car crash in the Chattanooga, Tennessee, area was the brother of New Orleans Saints safety Vonn Bell, according to multiple media reports in the area.

Volonte Bell, 29, worked as an assistant basketball coach at Chattanooga State and Red Bank High School.

The Chattanooga Police Department report said the crash involved two cars at 9:38 p.m. Sunday. Bell was driving a Honda Civic that didn't slow down and struck a trailer being...
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Hahnville girls rout Denham Springs, advance in Class 5A playoffs

  • News source: BY DARRELL WILLIAMS | Contributing writer
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Denham Springs took a trip to Hahnville for the teams' Class 5A girls second-round basketball playoff game Monday and ran into a buzzsaw.

Hahnville's 1-2-2 press bothered the Yellow Jackets from the start, throwing them out of rhythm on the way to a 68-38 rout in front of a boisterous crowd.

“Our defense has pretty much been our thing this year,” said Hahnville coach Arrianna Smith. “I have a really athletic team that we can cover the positions the entire game.”...
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Brother of Saints' Bell killed in traffic accident

  • News source: www.espn.com - New Orleans Saints
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Volonte Bell, an assistant men's basketball coach at Chattanooga State and the older brother of New Orleans Saints safety Vonn Bell, was killed in a traffic accident Sunday night, the school confirmed.

Chattanooga State head coach Jay Price spoke glowingly to the Chattanooga Times Free Press about Volonte Bell, who was in his third year with the team.

"I spoke with his mother this morning and she was trying to be strong, but this is just a very sad day for all of...
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Alvin Kamara to hold out to start the 2020 season?

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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One of the drawbacks of having one of the best NFL drafts in history is that everyone will start to get expensive all at the same time. Such is the case with the New Orleans Saints and the class of the 2017 NFL Draft, the draft class that produced both the offensive and defensive rookies of the year.

The 2017 Offensive Rookie of the Year, Alvin Kamara, is now eligible for a contract extension, and Mike Triplett for ESPN.com made his bold Saints prediction that...
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Saints should play close attention to defensive backs; here are 6 to watch at the combine

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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With three starters heading toward unrestricted free agency, the New Orleans Saints could be facing a hefty amount of turnover in their defensive secondary in 2020.

Safety Vonn Bell, cornerback Eli Apple and slot defender P.J. Williams are all unrestricted free agents. It's also possible late-season addition Janoris Jenkins and veteran slot corner Patrick Robinson are cut to provide salary-cap relief.

The Saints are still armed with young talent in the secondary...
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To replace Mike Nolan, Saints promote an in-house assistant, source says

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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The New Orleans Saints have promoted assistant linebackers coach Michael Hodges to linebackers coach, a source confirmed to The Times-Picayune | New Orleans Advocate on Monday morning.

Dan Hatman of the Scouting Academy first reported the news.

The Saints lost linebackers coach Mike Nolan in January when he was hired to be the defensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys. He had been with the Saints since 2017.

Hodges has been with the Saints since 2017 and has...
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Saints promote assistant Michael Hodges to linebackers coach

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Sometimes, the next man up motto applies to coaches like it does to players in the NFL.

The Saints have been in need of a linebackers coach since Mike Nolan left the team to become the defensive coordinator in Dallas and they’ve settled on a replacement.

Per multiple reports, the Saints will promote Michael Hodges to linebackers coach.

Hodges, who has served as assistant linebackers coach, fills the void left when Mike Nolan left New Orleans to become the...
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Could the Saints give their LB room a boost? Here are 6 to watch at the combine

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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Despite being racked by injuries, the New Orleans Saints linebacker corps anchored the defense for much of the 2019 season.

But there are plenty of question marks in this unit beyond star Demario Davis. Starter A.J. Klein is an unrestricted free agent, Alex Anzalone missed 14 games with a shoulder injury and Kiko Alonso (a potential cap casualty) tore his ACL in a playoff loss to Minnesota.

So it would not be surprising to see the Saints address this position in...
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