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Mike Detillier: The NFL’s changing look at college injuries

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By Mike Detillier / Sports Correspondent

We all have to adjust to things in life.

We are going through some unprecedented times today due to the Coronavirus outbreak that has spread across our nation.

The virus spread has also affected the scouting of college players for the NFL draft later this month.

This has impacted all of our lives and it trickles into the NFL and how they deal with players in college entering the league who have had injuries or have had off the field issues.

I’m a big believer that the smart folks in the NFL figure it out and find a way to make the right decision on who to select, but these times have thrown the league into doing things differently when it comes down to player rehabilitation. It will have an impact on players with injuries and also the call on players who have had issues off the field.

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa sustained a dislocated hip in the fall and he seems to be more than ahead of his rehab time with the hip injury, but his health status will raise more questions for teams picking early in the draft.

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Where do the Saints want to improve ahead of the 2020 NFL Draft?

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

What will the New Orleans Saints do in the 2020 NFL Draft? Few teams have been less predictable in recent years, thanks to the team’s strategy to plug roster holes through free agency, allowing them to maximize the talent available in each rookie class. That’s not something Saints coach Sean Payton expects to change soon, owing to a solid haul of veteran free agents and a number of important re-signings up and down the depth chart.

“Well, look, we’re going to be smart with the draft relative to the grades and paying attention to our board,” Payton said, emphasizing the team’s plan to draft the best players available, rather than force a pick at a position of need.

The Saints no longer have a huge vacancy at wide receiver, having paired Emmanuel Sanders up with Michael Thomas. They’ve arguably upgraded the secondary by bringing back Malcolm Jenkins, extending their contract with Janoris Jenkins, and retaining critical depth with...

Rating former A&M center Erik McCoy's first season in the NFL

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By Jeff Tarpley | 247 Sports

First-round selections in the NFL Draft tend to collect most of the pre and spot draft observations whether it be a mock draft or performance ratings after the season. However, ESPN rated the performance of the league's second-round selections from the 2019 draft and noted that 20 of them became starters. One of them was former Texas A&M center Erik McCoy who was a walk-in starter at the position and was given an "on his way" rating by the outlet's Mike Triplett.

Not only did McCoy fill a glaring need for the Saints after Pro Bowl center Max Unger retired last spring, but he was also widely praised as the top rookie center in the NFL last season. The 6-foot-4, 303-pounder actually led the Saints with 1,058 snaps while starting all 17 games, including the playoffs. Pro Football Focus had McCoy graded as the fourth-best center in the NFL -- and the only one with both a pass-blocking and run-blocking grade above 75.0. And the Saints' offense didn't miss much of a beat, tying for third in the NFL in points per game (28.6) and fewest sacks allowed (25).

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Drew Brees Bonds With His Kids While Self-Quarantining

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By John Newby | Pop Culture

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has been in self-quarantine due to the COVID-19 outbreak. He has joined millions in attempting to prevent the further spread of the virus. Unlike some people, however, Brees is able to spend time with his wife and children during this time.

The future Hall of Famer has posted several videos on his Instagram account since going into self-quarantine that show him bonding with his children. He and his wife, Brittany, have three boys — Callen, Bowen, and Baylen — and a daughter, Rylen. Brees has been keeping this quartet busy with a variety of pursuits, including basketball and gardening. Although some have been far more competitive in nature than others.

Whether they are trying to outperform each other on the basketball court or enjoying tasty beverages, the Brees children have been taking part in a wide variety of activities during the self-quarantine. Although they have also still have taken part in their daily schoolwork.

Here are some of the ways in which Brees has passed the time with his children while remaining away from the public eye. He has also given a glimpse into some of the nicer features of his home.

Saints Draft Debate: Should it be Patrick Queen or Kenneth Murray at #24?

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By Kyle T. Mosely | SI

The New Orleans Saints have had a solid offseason in free agency. The team has signed and re-signed important players that will play major roles in contending for a Super Bowl 55 ring. Now the team's attention has turned to the 2020 NFL Draft. The debate is raging at the linebacker position. Should they select LSU's Patrick Queen or Oklahoma's Kenneth Murray at #24? Or, neither?

The Saints have signed and re-signed free-agent of veterans and leaders in QB Drew Brees, WR Emmanuel Sanders, and S Malcolm Jenkins. GM Mickey Loomis and his staff have maneuvered deals for key role players like QB Taysom Hill (1st round tender), G Andrus Peat, DT David Onyemata, LB Kiko Alonso, CB Janoris Jenkins, and LS Zach Wood. Also, creatively re-signed defensive depth with CB Patrick Robinson, DB P.J. Williams, DE Noah Spence, S D.J. Swearinger, and DB Justin Hardee. The Saints have most of their important pieces ready and locked in place for 2020. With that being said, mysteriously the void left by starting LB A.J. Klein has not been addressed by New Orleans. ...

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Tom Dempsey dies after COVID-19 battle

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Only four days ago came word that Tom Dempsey had recovered from COVID-19. The good news was short lived.

The former NFL kicker died late Saturday of complications from the coronavirus, the Times-Picayne reports. Dempsey was 73.

Dempsey had battled Alzheimer’s disease and dementia since 2012. He was one of several residents of a senior living facility in New Orleans to contract COVID-19, testing positive March 25.

At least 15 residents at the Lambeth House...
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Tom Dempsey dead at age 73 after battle with COVID-19

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Tom Dempsey, whose 63-yard-field goal in 1970 set the NFL record and gave New Orleans Saints fans a rare raucous moment in the franchise’s lean early years, died late Saturday of complications from the novel coronavirus, his family told the Times Picayune. He was 73.

Dempsey — who overcame astronomical odds to establish what was then considered a virtually unbeatable record — contracted the virus in March during an outbreak at the Lambeth House retirement home in...
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Tom Dempsey, historic New Orleans Saints placekicker, dies at 73 after coronavirus battle

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Tom Dempsey, whose 63-yard-field goal in 1970 set the NFL record and gave New Orleans Saints fans a rare raucous moment in the franchise's lean early years, died late Saturday of complications from the novel coronavirus, his family said. He was 73.

Dempsey — who overcame astronomical odds to establish what was then considered a virtually unbeatable record — contracted the virus in March during an outbreak at the Lambeth House retirement home in Uptown New Orleans...
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Saints vs. Falcons post-Katrina 'Domecoming': How to watch, listen to Monday night's special broadcast

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Get ready to re-live Saints history on Monday night.

With all live sports canceled or postponed due to the novel coronavirus, ESPN is filling its Monday night primetime slot with The Monday Night Football Classics series.

The series will rebroadcast five of the top MNF games from the past 15 years, with the Saints' 2006 Saints game vs. the Atlanta Falcons next up on the menu.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

The "Domecoming" game, one of the most memorable...
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Trump wants NFL season to start on time, sports fans to return in August: report

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President Donald Trump told major league sports commissioners in a conference call that he believes the NFL season should start as scheduled in September, ESPN's Adam Schefter and Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Saturday.

On the call, Trump also said he wants fans back in sporting venues by August and September, according to the report. The August and September dates correspond with the kickoff to both college football and the NFL seasons.

Medical experts have not...
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Saints By Position: Top 5 safeties in franchise history

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Patrolling the deep.

Providing the last line of defense.

Going against huge tight ends.

Lining up in the box to take on blockers and to make tackles.

There are many demands on the safety position, whether as a free or strong safety. There are many hybrid players who can handle all of the requirements.

The New Orleans Saints have been fortunate to have some very good safeties over the course of 53 seasons.

The very best was a ball hawk and a tremendous hitter...
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2006 Week 3: Key matchups to look for in Saints’ Monday night duel with Falcons

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If everyone isn’t too busy watching American Idol or High School Musical, I’d highly recommend tuning in to ESPN on Monday night, as two undefeated NFC South rivals in the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons square off.

The Saints and the Who Dat fan base will return to the Louisiana Super Dome for their first home game since 2004.

While it undoubtedly looks to be an unforgettable night in New Orleans history, what will make it most special is if they come away...
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Saints still in bottom half of ESPN’s 2006 Week 3 Power Rankings

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It’s obviously been a rough year for the New Orleans Saints, the city of New Orleans, and the entire Gulf Coast region. But just like the area, the New Orleans Saints appear to be turning a corner and heading into the right direction.

ESPN had the Saints ranked 29th (out of 32 teams) before heading into Week 1 of the 2006 NFL season. Before Week 2, ESPN moved the Saints up five spots to 24th, saying this about the team’s performance 19-14 victory over the Cleveland...
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Saints offseason overview: Offensive line

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METAIRIE – One of the most important factors in the New Orleans Saints’ run of three consecutive NFC South championships has been the consistently high level of performance of the offensive line.

The Saints made sure that the starting unit remained intact for next season by signing left guard Andrus Peat to a five-year $57.5 million contract. Peat’s status as an unrestricted free agent had been the only threat to the continuity of the line.

Peat was as eager to...
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More is less after NFL adds two playoff teams

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The NFL’s move to expand the playoffs from 12 to 14 teams, has flown under radar.

And for good reason.

America has much bigger concerns than a professional sports league diluting its product in order to charge the broadcast networks more money to show it.

But there’s no doubt the NFL is looking more and more like the National Hockey League and the National Basketball Association.

That is not good.

In the new format, seven teams from each conference will make the...
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New Orleans may lose Super Bowl LVIII, gain Super Bowl LIX

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The combination of the expanded regular season and the ever-shifting dates for Easter and all related dates of interest could cause New Orleans to lose Super Bowl LVIII.

Ben Fischer of Sports Business Daily reports that the confluence of a 17-game season and the dates for Easter and in turn Ash Wednesday and in turn Mardi Gras could result in the NFL shifting the Crescent City’s next Super Bowl from early 2024 to early 2025.

The problem, per the report, is that...
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National media outlets seek to unseal files from 2015 Tom Benson mental competency lawsuit

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National media outlets are asking a New Orleans court to unseal confidential motions and other documents filed when estranged relatives of late Saints owner Tom Benson challenged his mental competency five years ago.

The sealed filings stem from a blockbuster lawsuit in 2015 that pitted Benson against his daughter and grandchildren. They argued that the billionaire owner of the NFL's Saints and NBA's Pelicans was mentally unfit when he transferred ownership of his...
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2024 Super Bowl may clash with Mardi Gras in New Orleans, contingency plans being made

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Two things New Orleans loves more than anything are Mardi Gras and the NFL, but the two could potentially be at odds in 2024 when the city is supposed to host the Super Bowl in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

The Super Bowl host rotation has already been determined through 2024, but now that a 17-game season is potentially on the table, contingency plans are being made.

Why? With a 16-game season, the Super Bowl for 2024 is scheduled for Feb. 4, but if there's a week...
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N.O. may lose '24 Super Bowl over 17-game slate

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METAIRIE, La. -- The 2024 Super Bowl, which is scheduled to be played in New Orleans, may have to be moved to another location because of a calendar conflict if the NFL switches to a 17-game season.

If the Super Bowl gets pushed back a week to Feb. 11 that year as expected, then it will run into Mardi Gras. So the NFL, the New Orleans Saints and the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation have been working on contingency plans.

The most likely scenario is moving the...
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