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Everything Sean Payton said about coronavirus, Brees, Brady

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By Clint Buckley | 247 Sports

Earlier this month, New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton became the NFL’s face of the COVID-19 pandemic after testing positive for the coronavirus. He remains the only player or coach from the league to reveal a positive test.

Payton, 56, was one of the 160,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the U.S. The crisis has put a stop to most recreational activities in the nation as leaders have called for widespread social distancing among its citizens.

“When you’re basically at home with the symptoms that I had, 85 to 90 percent of people will have mild symptoms and recover fully," Payton told "Sports Talk" on WWL last week after being cleared from the coronavirus. "The CDC basically puts out, prior to getting cleared, you have to be three days fever-free … Then also, a week from when you first felt symptoms. I’m closer to 10 days now. I’ve been fortunate … I’m feeling a lot better.”

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Sean Payton says 2020 will be Drew Brees' final season in the NFL

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

Still at home during an extended period of self-isolation after his positive coronavirus diagnosis, New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton has begun making the media rounds to help pass the time. That included an interview with ESPN’s “Get Up!” morning show in which he discussed the vision for backup quarterback, touchdown-catcher, and punt blocker Taysom Hill.

However, Payton also touched on their future with Drew Brees — or a lack of one. Payton says the 2020 season will be the last hurrah for Brees in the NFL.

“The unique situation with our team and with our quarterback Drew Brees, he’s announced he’s coming back for his final season,” Payton said.

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NFC South News: Payton & Blank COVID-19's Impact on NFL

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By BtBoylan | SI

In the middle of March, Saints head coach Sean Payton became the first known member of the NFL to test positive for COVID-19. Since the announcement from Payton via Adam Schefter, the long-standing head coach has been deemed 100% recovered from the virus but the effects of COVID-19 still haunt the NFL. After his own first-hand experience Payton sees April as perhaps the most challenging month to date.
“I think this month of April is going to be our most challenging. You’re listening to all the experts talk about it, and for this country, this is going to be an extremely difficult month, not just in New Orleans, but New York, California, Michigan, Washington. As we’re sitting here, just the rate this thing is accelerating is alarming. It’s unfathomable how quickly this thing can take a life of its own where there’s population.”
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Saints offensive line carrying rare continuity, elite performance into 2020 season

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

Just how good is the New Orleans Saints offensive line? After re-signing left guard Andrus Peat (a two-time Pro Bowl alternate), they’re set to return all five starters from lats year’s unit. That’s an impressive feat in itself, but it means a lot more after you dig into what the analytics have to say about offensive line performance around the league.

Fortunately, analysts like the crew at Football Outsiders are on the cutting edge of quantifying how well the big blockers up front play. The Football Outsiders staff contextualizes their main grades well with a number of different factors, but we’ll be focusing on two key categories to determine how the Saints perform: adjusted sack rate (reflecting performance in pass protection) and adjusted line yards (which demonstrates run-blocking efficiency), which are each contextualized for factors like down, distance, and opponents.

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Fleur-de-Links, April 1: Emmanuel Sanders speaks about joining the Saints and Sean Payton hints that Drew Brees is in his last season

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Sean Payton says that Drew Brees is “coming back for his final season.”

Defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins is expected to make training camp following Achilles injury.

FOCO released a Michael Thomas bobblehead in honor of him winning the 2019 OPOY Award.

If Drew Brees truly only has one season left, Taysom Hill could start in 2021.

Emmanuel Sanders spoke with SportsCenter from home discussing joining the New Orleans Saints.

Emmanuel Sanders reveals that he turned...
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Tom Dempsey has recovered after testing positive for COVID-19

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Former NFL kicker Tom Dempsey has recovered after testing positive for COVID-19, WDSU-6 reports.

Dempsey, 73, has battled Alzheimer’s disease and dementia since 2013. He was one of several residents of a senior living facility in New Orleans to contract COVID-19.

Dempsey, who was born without toes on his right foot and fingers on his right hand, signed with the Saints as an undrafted free agent in 1969. He is best remembered for his record-setting 63-yard field...
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Saints WR Deonte Harris donates more than 10,000 meals to food banks amid coronavirus

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With cases of coronavirus on the rise, New Orleans Saints All-Pro return specialist Deonte Harris wanted to give back to the cities he calls home, but he wasn't sure exactly how to go about it.

After discussing potential options with his family and marketing team, Harris decided on donating the equivalent of 10,740 meals to two food banks, with 6,240 going to the Second Harvest Food Bank in Louisiana and 4,500 meals donated to the Maryland Food Bank.

A $1 donation...
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Report: Sheldon Rankins should return in time for training camp

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Saints defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins ruptured his Achilles in the team’s first playoff game in the 2018 season. He returned to action in Week Four of 2019.

He made seven tackles and two sacks in 10 appearances before his other leg flared up.

Rankins required surgery that “essentially preempted what could have led to an Achilles rupture,” Nick Underhill of New Orleans Football reports.

Rankins is working his way back from that, training in Indianapolis, and...
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Emmanuel Sanders hits the interview tour from home to discuss joining the Saints

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Emmanuel Sanders speaks to SportsCenter about getting a welcoming text from Drew Brees and Sean Payton’s recruitment tactics.

Emmanuel Sanders joing Colin Cowherd to talk about his excitement to join New Orleans and Jimmy Garpollo’s overthrow in the Super Bowl.

The First Take guys, Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman grill Emmanuel Sanders about the quality of the quarterbacks he’s played with over his career.
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NFL owners vote to expand playoffs for 2020 season

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The NFL owners formally voted to officially expand the playoffs to 14 teams for this upcoming season, the league announced Tuesday afternoon.

Seven teams per conference will make the playoffs, rather than the previous six. Only the No. 1 seed will receive the bye, meaning the No. 2 seed will host the No. 7 seed during wild-card weekend.

If this rule were to have been instituted for the 2019 season, the No. 2 Green Bay Packers would have played the No. 7 Los...
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Sean Payton talks Drew Brees in 2020, says Saints QB returning 'for his final season'

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This may be the last season for New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, coach Sean Payton said on Tuesday morning while appearing on ESPN's Get Up.

Despite agreeing to a 2-year, $50 million deal earlier in March, Payton called the Saints' quarterback situation unique because "with our quarterback Drew Brees, he's announced he's coming back for his final season."

The 2020 season will be Brees' 20th season in the NFL and his 15th in New Orleans.

This is the first...
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NFL approves expansion of playoffs to 14 teams

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NFL CLUBS APPROVE EXPANSION OF POSTSEASON TO 14 TEAMS BEGINNING WITH 2020 SEASON ONE ADDITIONAL WILD CARD TEAM ADDED IN EACH CONFERENCE CBS, NBC TO BROADCAST ADDITIONAL WILD CARD GAME

NFL clubs voted today to expand the postseason by two teams beginning with the 2020 season.

Expanding the NFL postseason was addressed in the new NFL-NFLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement. Players and clubs both recognized that nothing energizes fans like the chance to see their team...
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Payton: Brees is entering his final season

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Saints head coach Sean Payton said Wednesday in an ESPN interview that quarterback Drew Brees is entering his final NFL season.

On ESPN’s morning program ‘Get Up’ during an interview with Mike Greenberg, Payton referred to the combination of quarterbacks Brees and multi-diminesional Taysom Hill as “a unique situation with our team and our quarterback Drew Brees is (thaT) he’s announced he’s coming back for his final season.”


Brees has not previously clarified...
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Michael Thomas bobblehead commemorates 2019 Offensive Player of the Year Award

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FOCO, a leading manufacturer of sports and entertainment merchandise, created a commemorative bobblehead to celebrate New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas and his record-breaking 2019 season.

In a world of doom and gloom, maybe seeing a bright spot like this nifty little piece could help shine a bit of light into your day.

The bobble head can be purchased here, and a copy of the relevant portions of FOCO’s press release is below:
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Sean Payton hints that 2020 is Drew Brees’s final season

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In a discussion with ESPN’s Mike Greenberg on “Get Up” about Taysom Hill’s role in the offense in 2020, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton indicated that 2020 could be the “final season” for Drew Brees.

The full quote from Payton was, “Drew Brees has announced he’s coming back for his final season.”

While the semantics of this statement can be argued to an extent, with Brees’s contract situation and age, he definitely is in a position in his career where...
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Assessing the quarterback landscape across the NFL

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There are a lot of interesting veteran quarterback names on the free agent market right now. Former Super Bowl champion Joe Flacco. Former number one overall pick and MVP Cam Newton. Fellow former number one overall pick Jameis Winston. Plus a plethora of viable backup options like Mike Glennon, Matt Moore, and Geno Smith.

In the 2020 NFL Draft, there are plenty of options at quarterback as well. It’s presumed the Cincinnati Bengals will select LSU QB Joe Burrow...
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Saints By Position: Top 5 defensive tackles in franchise history

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It is a thankless position.

Defensive tackles are asked to hold the point of attack, to occupy blockers and to occasionally make tackles.

Most of the time, they are doing the dirty work to allow linebackers and safeties, even defensive backs to clean up and get the glory of tackles.

Sometimes, a defensive tackle can serve as an outstanding pass rusher as well and gain glory through sacks.

Regardless of the role, defensive tackle is an important position on any...
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Sean Payton: Taysom Hill sees himself as a starting QB, and we do too

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Sean Payton does not believe in the old adage that if you have two quarterbacks you have none.

The Saints re-signed Drew Brees and placed a first-round tender on Taysom Hill, and Payton said on ESPN that the reason the Saints put a first-round tender on Hill is that they think he’s a starting quarterback — just not actually the starter until Brees retires.

“First and foremost, we still view him as a quarterback. We spent a lot of time this offseason discussing our...
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