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Where are Cardinals, Chargers, other potential Sean Payton suitors picking in 2023 draft?

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By John Sigler | SaintsWire

Week 12 is in the books and the 2023 NFL draft order projections have updated, so it’s as good a time as any to speculate on which teams might be in the hunt for Sean Payton — and what the New Orleans Saints could gain should he move on to a new team in a few months.

But let’s start with the Saints. They traded their 2023 first round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles so they could get another first rounder in 2022 (which became left tackle Trevor Penning), and right now that draft choice is projected to fall at No. 6 overall. That gives the Super Bowl-contender Eagles a highly valuable draft pick which the Saints could dearly use.

The good news is the Saints could end up with a high first rounder of their own should Payton be traded to a new team in 2023. Some franchises have already been linked to his interests, and others make sense as long-shot suitors, so let’s take a look at where each of them are slotted in: ...

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Allen wants Saints focused more on execution than standings

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(AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn)

By Brett Martel - AP

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — As difficult as Dennis Allen’s first year as the Saints’ coach has been, New Orleans could climb right back into the NFC South race by winning its next game.

Just don’t expect Allen to be touting that fact this week.

While technically accurate, it’s not necessarily representative of the product the Saints (4-8) have put on the field.

“I don’t think we can pay attention to the standings too much,” Allen said Monday after reviewing video of yet another loss this season in which his team was plagued by botched execution at critical moments.

Two turnovers, untimely penalties and a missed field goal during a 13-0 loss at San Francisco on Sunday provided the latest examples of the mistake-prone play that has plagued the Saints much of this season. ...

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The Bayou Blitz Podcast: Saints vs Buccaneers Preview

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Saints News Network reporters and The Bayou Blitz Podcast Co-Hosts: Bob Rose and Brendan Boylan are joined by the Buc What Ya Heard podcast to discuss the Saints vs Buccaneers matchup on Monday Night Football.

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New Orleans Saints vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers odds, tips and betting trends | Week 13

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-6) will face off against their NFC South-rival, the New Orleans Saints (4-8) in a matchup on Monday, December 5, 2022 at Raymond James Stadium. The Saints will try to pull off an upset as 3.5-point underdogs. The over/under for the outing is 40.5 points.

The Saints lost versus the San Francisco 49ers in their last game, 13-0.

Against the 49ers, Andy Dalton completed 18 of 29 attempts for 204 yards, with no touchdowns and no interceptions, for the Saints.

Facing the Cleveland Browns in their last contest, the Buccaneers lost 23-17.

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Top 15 Saints player grades on defense from Pro Football Focus going into Week 13

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Demario Davis is on top, but Kaden Elliss isn’t far behind. The veteran linebackers lead the New Orleans Saints player grades on defense from Pro Football Focus going into Week 13. These grades are assembled by charting every player on each snap during a game, then compiled over the course of a full season. Because of that, players with smaller snap counts who only see a small sample size are weighted heavier than every-down defenders.

They aren’t very educational or enlightening about how well someone is performing, but these player grades do make for conversation. Here is everyone...
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Somehow, Andy Dalton is PFF's highest-graded Saints player on offense through Week 12

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Somehow, Andy Dalton is the highest-graded New Orleans Saints player on offense through Week 12 at Pro Football Focus. He’s also posted their fifth-highest passing grade (82.8) out of every quarterback across the NFL, which is bananas.

The analytics service grades every snap in every game and rewards passers who avoid turnover-worthy throws and sacks, which is what the Saints have asked of Dalton since he took over for Jameis Winston, but still. New Orleans’ own in-house grading probably doesn’t view Dalton anywhere near this favorably. Dalton himself likely wouldn’t agree with such a...
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Saints at Buccaneers: 6 storylines to watch for in Week 13

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You typically won’t find much intrigue surrounding a matchup between two teams with 9 combined wins going into Week 13, but the New Orleans Saints (4-8) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-6) are set up for a dramatic game in prime time. They’ll kick off on Monday Night Football next week with a lot on the line: playoff odds, bragging rights, and so much more. It’s shaping up for a pivotal game for New Orleans. Here are six storylines we’ll be watching:
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Taysom Hill and Tyrann Mathieu are the only viable Saints Pro Bowl candidates

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Yikes. The NFL announced the leaders in Pro Bowl voting this week, and we didn’t see a single New Orleans Saints player lead their position group — a big fall from what’s been the case before, when the Saints sent more players than any team to the all-star game. The NFL is retooling the event into something more entertaining than a half-speed scrimmage, but the recognition still matters. And there aren’t many viable options for New Orleans.

Only two players currently ranked inside the top-10 at their positions when results were updated on Monday, per NewOrleans.Football’s Nick Underhill...
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ESPN's Top 25 Under 25 NFL rankings don't feature a single Saints player

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Now that’s just disrespectful. Chris Olave leads the NFL’s entire rookie draft class in receiving yards and even ranks 11th across the league in that category, but it wasn’t enough for him to get at least an honorable mention on ESPN’s list of the 25 best NFL players under 25 years of age. What more has he got to do for the New Orleans Saints to get his due credit? He’s rapidly closing in on the Saints franchise record for receiving yards (1,137) set by Michael Thomas in 2016.

To be fair, there are many talented young players in this league, and there are plenty of receivers with more...
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Rod Walker: PLAYOFFS? Saints, despite dismal 4-8 record, still in hunt for woeful NFC South

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The New Orleans Saints’ 2022 season is a lot like that old car in the garage that just keeps on breaking down time and time again.

Deep down, fans know they probably should stop counting on them, but something makes them cling to hope just a little while longer.

That something, in this case, is the NFC South, where the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers are struggling just as much as the Saints. Those teams don’t appear to be going anywhere, either.

Because of those woes, there is still some life left in the Saints’ season despite having only four wins heading...
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Dane Brugler's 2023 mock draft sends Michigan DT Mazi Smith to the Saints

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Time flies by, doesn’t it? The college football regular season has wrapped up, with team shifting focus to conference title matchups and bowl game exhibitions — with many prospects considering whether to declare for the 2023 NFL draft. So it’s a good time to take stock of the upcoming draft class and see who might be a good fit for the New Orleans Saints.

The Athletic’s Dane Brugler published his latest mock draft for 2023, including picks for teams currently without a first round selection — like the Saints, who aren’t scheduled to get on the board until the second round. Brugler is one...
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Saints Transactions: Practice Squad Moves | Nov. 29

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New Orleans signed veteran linebacker Kenny Young to its practice squad on Tuesday, Nov. 29.

Young, 27, is a New Orleans native and played high school football for John Curtis, then had a decent collegiate career with the UCLA Bruins.

The Baltimore Ravens drafted Young in the fourth round of the 2018 NFL Draft. On Oct. 15, 2019, he was a part of a trade that sent Young to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for Pro Bowl cornerback Marcus Peters. Since the linebacker was traded to Denver, released, and signed free-agent contracts with Las Vegas and Tampa Bay.

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Saints-Buccaneers Could Hasten End for Some on Losing Side

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The New Orleans Saints and Tampa Bay Buccaneers square off for the 63rd time this Sunday in Tampa Bay. New Orleans (4-8) desperately needs a win to have any hope at all of winning the NFC South. A win by 5-6 Tampa Bay slightly strengthens their tenuous hold in the division race.

New Orleans leads the all-time series 39-23, including an 18-9 advantage on the road. There haven't been many significant games between these two teams, who were placed in the NFC South together in 2002.

Since the formation of the NFC South, New Orleans has won one Super Bowl championship, while Tampa Bay has...
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Saints-Buccaneers: 5 prop bets for Monday's game

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The New Orleans Saints (4-8) will face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-6) in Week 13 of the 2022 NFL season.

New Orleans is a 4-point road underdog against Tampa Bay, according to Tipico Sportsbook. The over/under is set for 40.

Saints Wire presents six proposition bets for Monday’s Saints-Buccaneers game.
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NFL assigns referee Clay Martin to work Saints vs. Buccaneers in Week 13

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Here’s the Week 13 referee assignment for the New Orleans Saints’ game with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday night, per Football Zebras: Clay Martin, a fifth-year referee with eight years of experience working NFL games. Martin was promoted from umpire to referee in 2018, and he’s since officiated two games with the Saints — with New Orleans winning each time (beating the Arizona Cardinals in 2019 and outlasting the Los Angeles Chargers in 2020), both games at home. This will be the first time they work with Martin’s crew on the road.

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Week 12 Saints Snap Counts and Observations

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Losses by the Saints have become increasingly frustrating to see, and Sunday's game against the 49ers was just another textbook example of the team letting another winnable game slip through their grasp. We close the book on the team's eighth loss of the season by looking over the snap counts from Week 12 with some observations from the game.
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Week 13 NFL broadcast maps: What to watch before Saints-Bucs on Monday night

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We’re in for the final prime-time New Orleans Saints game of the year against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next Monday night, but fans will have multiple options to tune in for during Sunday’s slate of NFL action. This week we’ve got a CBS doubleheader and a single slot for FOX.

But which matchups will you get locally? Let’s survey the schedule with these Week 13 broadcast maps from
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Jeff Duncan: Still a Saint, Scott Fujita is making an impact in his new career

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CARMEL VALLEY, Calif. – When Scott Fujita played linebacker for the New Orleans Saints, it was apparent he would go on to big things once his NFL career ended.

The adopted son of Japanese American educators, Fujita was not your typical football player.

As a walk-on safety at California-Berkeley, he made himself into an all-conference linebacker and a fifth-round pick in the 2002 NFL Draft. He also was an honor student who earned two degrees: a bachelor’s in political science and a master’s in education.

During his tenure with the Saints from 2006-2009, he was a captain for the Super...
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