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Mickey Loomis likes his receivers, doesn't see big need with Michael Thomas on hand

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

What is the biggest draft need for the New Orleans Saints? Objectively speaking, probably wide receiver. Michael Thomas led the group with 149 receptions; Ted Ginn Jr. placed second-best, with just 30 catches. After those two, second-year pro Tre’Quan Smith was the only receiver to catch at least 18 passes. Thomas put the team on his back and made NFL history, but he can’t be expected to do it his entire career. The Saints must get him some help.

But for now, Saints general manager Mickey Loomis is focused on talking up the players still in the room: behind Thomas, that means names such as Smith, Keith Kirkwood, and Deonte Harris. Backups like Lil’Jordan Humphrey, Emmanuel Butler, Krishawn Hogan, Tim White, and Maurice Harris are also around. Ginn and slot specialist Austin Carr are each pending free agents.

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Drew Brees has no plans to leave the Saints

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By Marty Fenn | Clutch Points

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees will be a free agent this offseason, but he has no intention of leaving The Big Easy.

Brees spoke with Jane Slater of NFL Network about his contract as he worked out with NFC Pro Bowl teammates, saying it is “not a matter of ‘if’ it gets done, but ‘when.'” Here’s what he had to say:


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The argument for not spending the most-valuable RFA tender on Taysom Hill

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

What are the New Orleans Saints going to do with Taysom Hill? As a pending restricted free agent, they have plenty of options. The Saints can either re-sign Hill to a long-term contract extension, let him walk away uncontested, or issue one of three different one-year tenders, each worth slightly more than the ones beneath it and fully-guaranteed against the salary cap. With five different restricted free agents to consider, the Saints must act quickly.

The lowest-level contract tender is estimated to cost about $2.1 million, and would give the Saints the right to match any contract offers Hill gets from other teams. The middle-tier tender is expected to be worth roughly $3.2 million, and would recoup a second-round draft pick for the Saints should they not match an offer sheet. The top-level tender will be somewhere around $4.6 million in value and brings back a first-round pick if Hill leaves.

That makes the second-round tender the smart choice. One of several things would happen:

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Utah State QB Jordan Love impresses at first day of Senior Bowl practice

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

The New Orleans Saints will probably be on the lookout for a new quarterback in the 2020 NFL Draft. All three incumbents — Drew Brees, Teddy Bridgewater, and Taysom Hill — are pending free agents, and it’s no sure thing that each of them will return next season. Beyond the short-term need to fill out the roster, there’s long-term concerns about who could inherit the starting quarterback job from Brees once he rides off into the sunset. Bridgewater could be courted by other teams in free agency, and Hill plays his best football when he isn’t asked to drop back and pass.

One draft prospect who could be the new heir-apparent might be Utah State quarterback Jordan Love. Love has a reputation as a gambling gunslinger (he’s thrown 60 touchdown passes in his career against 29 interceptions, with just 20 scores against 17 of those turnovers in his last year) but his arm talent can’t be denied. He’s done a good job in practice with the South Team at Senior Bowl practice, impressing Draft Wire’s...

Report: Saints met with Michigan QB Shea Patterson, other prospects at Senior Bowl

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

The festivities and practice sessions running up to the 2020 Senior Bowl are in full swing, and the New Orleans Saints are in attendance. This is the first opportunity many coaches and front office personnel will have to scout the prospects in this year’s NFL Draft, so it’s important for these rookies-to-be to make a strong first impression.

Walter Football’s Charlie Campbell reported that the Saints were active in meeting with players from both the North Team and South Team, but we shouldn’t look too deeply into these brief conversations. Often it’s just an opportunity to touch base with a player and maybe get their phone number to schedule a more in-depth interview later on. Eventually, every team meets with just about every prospect.

QB Shea Patterson, Michigan

Patterson, 6-foot-1 and 204 pounds, appeared in just 10 games at Ole Miss during his first two years before transferring to Michigan, where he completed more passes (424) than he attempted in his first stop (392). In his career, Patterson went 662-of-1,098 (60.3%) for 8,800 passing yards, scoring 68 touchdowns against 27 interceptions. He’s been an inconsistent asset on the ground, never averaging better than 4.1 yards per carry or running more than 87 times in a season. He’s very much a pocket...

Saints' Super Bowl XLIV win ranked 17th-best of all time

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

The New Orleans Saints’ title-clinching victory over the Indianapolis Colts 10 years ago was ranked the 17th-best games in Super Bowl history by USA TODAY. It remains the most memorable game in Saints history, thanks to huge plays ranging from Pierre Thomas’s crafty running on a screen pass touchdown, to Thomas Morstead’s “Ambush” onside kick, to Lance Moore’s just-in two-point conversion and Tracy Porter’s famous interception returned for a touchdown. The writeup from USA TODAY’s Nate Davis summed it up well:

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Saints' Drew Brees: No Timetable to Decide on Future Ahead of Free Agency

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By Joseph Zucker | Bleacher Report

As he approaches free agency this offseason, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is in no rush to decide on his next move.

Brees discussed his future during an appearance on NFL Live on Wednesday.

"I wanted to give it at least a few weeks, months, postseason," he said. "Just to take a deep breath and decompress a little bit and get some time with the family and then just reassess."

The 13-time Pro Bowler added that spending time with his family and getting their input will be among the most important factors he'll consider before he makes a final choice.

Brees was limited to 11 games in 2019 after tearing a ligament in his right thumb. He still threw for 2,979 yards with 27 touchdowns and four interceptions.

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Former Calvary Baptist QB Shea Patterson staying confident after tough week at Senior Bowl

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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MOBILE, Ala. — A tough week at the Senior Bowl may leave NFL scouts with more questions than answers about former Calvary Baptist (Shreveport) quarterback Shea Patterson.

Once ranked as one of the top prep quarterbacks in his class after playing his final year of high school at IMG Academy, Patterson entered the week looking to build his draft stock after an up-and-down career at both Ole Miss and Michigan.

He played his first two seasons at Ole Miss, appearing in...
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Saints' Drew Brees, Cameron Jordan complimentary of Eli Manning in wake of his retirement

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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ORLANDO, Fla. — Drew Brees and Eli Manning were briefly teammates.

In 2004, Manning was a San Diego Charger for roughly 10 minutes after the franchise drafted him as the No. 1 overall pick before trading him to the New York Giants.

In the 16 years since then, the New Orleans native made his mark on the NFL, announcing his retirement on Wednesday. And Brees couldn't help but be complimentary of Manning, specifically citing Super Bowls XLII (2007) and XLVI (2011)...
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'Zion put in some work:' Saints DE Cam Jordan on Williamson's debut

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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ORLANDO, Fla. — New Orleans Saints Cameron Jordan wasn't in his usual seat in the Smoothie King Center on Wednesday night for the season debut of heralded New Orleans Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson.

Instead, the Pelicans season ticket holder watched the entire game from Delmonico's Italian Steakhouse in Orlando alongside several fellow Pro Bowlers like Jaguars defensive end Melvin Ingram, Steelers cornerback Joe Haden, since they all are in town for the 2020 Pro...
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Drew Brees will “take a deep breath” before making 2020 decision

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Saints quarterback Drew Brees wasn’t ready to talk about his plans for the 2020 season right after the Saints’ playoff loss to the Vikings earlier this month and he’s not saying when he’ll be ready to cross that bridge.

General Manager Mickey Loomis said this week that the Saints want Brees back for another season, but any move to work out a contract to bring him back will have to wait until Brees confirms that he’s going to keep playing. During a Wednesday...
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What should the Saints do with Eli Apple?

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About eight weeks into the 2019 season, the question “Should the Saints re-sign Eli Apple?” would’ve likely resulted in more yea’s than nay’s from Saints fans.

So much can change in another half of a season.

After ending the year on a sour note, including poor performances combined with a late-season injury, Apple’s future with New Orleans is pretty clouded at the moment.

At the beginning of the year, the Saints decided to decline the fifth-year option for over...
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Ranking the NFL rookie classes from 1-32: Which team produced most?

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The ability to get production from players on rookie contracts is one of the biggest competitive edges NFL teams can create. It is easier to do that with a wealth of draft capital near the top of the board, of course, but it's important how much a team can get from its draft picks relative to where they were taken rather than just blindly adding together all the production from the class.

If Player X and Player Y have similar seasons, the production from Player Y...
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Saints G.M.: Taysom Hill’s “unique” skills make contract talks different

  • News source: Darin Gantt
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The Saints have a one-of-a-kind player in Taysom Hill, so they fully expect his future contract talks to be something other than ordinary.

The quarterback/special teamer/gadget play specialist is entering restricted free agency this offseason, and with the uncertainty around the future of starting quarterback Drew Brees, it makes for a complicated calculation for them.

“In terms of valuing and contract and all that, that remains to be seen,” Saints General Manager...
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Fleur-de-Links, January 23: Drew Brees needs to “decompress,” Mickey Loomis wants to keep him, and Lamar Jackson meets Brees’s sons

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Drew Brees says there is no time table for an announcement on if he will return or not, saying that he needs to take time to “decompress.”

Mickey Loomis makes no secret of the fact that he would like Drew Brees to return in 2020.

Loomis says that the Saints are starting over and “nothing that we did last season is going to carry over to next season.”

Lamar Jackson played catch with all 3 of Brees’s sons.

USA Today names Saints’s Super Bowl victory in 2010 the...
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Senior Bowl practice notes: Getting a feel for the superlatives

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A busy and important week is underway in Mobile as practices for the Senior Bowl lead up to the game Saturday.

The tallest player at the Senior Bowl this year is offensive tackle Alex Taylor out of South Carolina at 6-foot-8 1/2.

On the other end of the spectrum, the shortest player is running back Jamycal Hasty out of Baylor at 5-8.

The heaviest? Tyre Phillips, an offensive guard out of Ole Miss, showed up at 342 pounds. Lightest? Dane Jackson, a cornerback from...
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Saints will be patient as QB Brees mulls future

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MOBILE, Ala. -- Drew Brees said he won't make a decision anytime soon on whether he is coming back for a 20th season at age 41. But New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said the Saints "obviously" want him back.

Brees is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent. But the quarterback made it clear the most recent time he was a free agent in 2018 that he has no desire to test the open market and will remain in New Orleans as long as he decides to keep...
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Report: Saints QB Drew Brees taking time to 'decompress' with family before making 2020 decision

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Unless you have been living under a rock, you know that New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees' contract is up in March and he has a crucial choice ahead of him — stay in the NFL and play a 20th season at 41 years old, or retire.

While the the league's all-time passing yards and passing touchdowns leader previously said he wants to retire on his own terms following the Saints' heartbreaking loss to the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Wild Card round of this...
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Taysom Hill is unique, and that might require a unique approach in contract negotiations

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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MOBILE, Ala. — There is not much of a precedent for the way the New Orleans Saints used Taysom Hill in 2019, and therefore that might make what comes next a little tougher than usual to pin down.

In addition to the 287 special teams snaps he played — ranking fourth on the team — Hill played at least 20 offensive scrimmage snaps at five distinct positions in the Saints offense. Though he is listed as a quarterback, he finished the season with seven total touchdowns...
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Saints GM Mickey Loomis reflects on 'high expectations' for 2020: 'we're starting from ground zero'

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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MOBILE, Ala. — The curtain has closed on the 18th season for New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis, and Wednesday he called the 2019 campaign a success, even though the team lost another heartbreaker in the playoffs.

"I’m not gonna look back and say, ‘Hey, because we lost to a really good team in the playoffs that we were unsuccessful,’ ” Loomis said. "I think we were successful. I’m excited about our team. I’m excited about our players and our coaches...
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Saints GM Mickey Loomis on Drew Brees: 'If he wants to be back, then we'll go from there'

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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MOBILE, Ala. — New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis could really only make two things clear about the potential return of quarterback Drew Brees for a 20th NFL season in 2020.

First: Any definitive answers about Brees coming back would be up to Brees and Brees alone.

Second: The Saints would “obviously” welcome Brees’ return if that is what he decides to do, Loomis said. And if that is the case, the 41-year-old signal caller will require a new contract...
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