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Taysom Hill has bided his time in New Orleans. If Drew Brees retires, is he the heir apparent?

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There are questions yet again about what this upcoming season will bring for the former
BYU quarterback. It starts
with whether Drew Brees decides to retire.

By Brandon Judd | Deseret News

Last year, Taysom Hill went into the NFL offseason with uncertainty and questions surrounding his NFL career as he headed into restricted free agency for the first time.

Ultimately, he stayed with New Orleans and again played a key role in the Saints’ offensive attack. While he served as the backup for much of the year, Hill had his first chance as a pro to start at quarterback when All-Pro starter Drew Brees missed four games because of injury.

Now, there are yet again questions surrounding what the upcoming season will bring for the former BYU quarterback who has one more year with the Saints on his current contract.

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3 things Saints fans should watch for at the Reese's Senior Bowl

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By Amos Morale III | WWL

The COVID-19 pandemic is still affecting the daily lives of Americans and the NFL’s day-to-day operations haven’t been spared.

The draft process for both prospects and franchises will once again be different due to the coronavirus. Teams will still get a chance to evaluate prospects in person, this cycle, starting with the Reese’s Senior Bowl which began practice Tuesday.

Some to the 2021 draft class’ top prospects will participate in showcase for scouts from all 32 NFL teams including the New Orleans Saints. The Senior Bowl has helped put players like tight end Adam Trautman, who impressed at last year's game, on the Saints' radar in the past.

Here’s three things Saints fans should keep an eye on during this week’s Senior Bowl:

Which linebackers standout?

Both WWL’s Zach Strief and Deuce McAllister mentioned linebacker as a position the Saints should look at in the Draft. Saints linebacker Alex Anzalone is a free agent and Kwon Alexander is recovering from a season ending injury potentially making what was a deep position group for the Saints in 2020, a thin one heading in to this season. ...

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Potential Saints salary cap casualties

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New Orleans Saints cornerback Janoris Jenkins (20) carries a large salary cap number into 2021. ( Photo/David Grunfeld, Pool) (Source: David Grunfeld)

By Sean Fazende | Fox 8

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - While the exact amount the 2021 salary cap has not been set, it’s reasonable to expect the Saints to be $90-$110 million over the salary cap. To get under that threshold, the Saints have some work to do. They’ll restructure some players to create space; they’ll extend others. But there’s no way to avoid the roster purge on the way. Here are some candidates who could become salary cap casualties (all numbers from overthecap.com).

Punter Thomas Morstead

Morstead has been a mainstay for the Saints since the team drafted him in 2009. In 2020, Morstead saw a dip in his production. Combine that with his $4.5 million cap hit, and Morstead could be a candidate to cut get cut. The Saints would save $2.5 million by doing so.

Linebacker Kwon Alexander

Alexander arrived via midseason trade and fit right in with the Saints locker room. However, his long history of injuries crept up again. A torn achilles ended his season prematurely. He’s carrying a $13.4 million cap number for 2021. Given the way his contract is structured, the Saints could cut him and save all $13.4 million. The Saints could also workout an extenstion for him if they want him to return.

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Saints GM: No rebuild during 'daunting' offseason

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MOBILE, Ala. -- General manager Mickey Loomis acknowledged this will be a "daunting" offseason for the New Orleans Saints, who will likely need to replace Drew Brees at quarterback and could be close to $100 million over the salary cap.

But Loomis made it clear that the Saints aren't going into rebuilding mode after winning the past four NFC South championships.

"Listen, we've got a great roster. And I can't foresee a circumstance where we're not gonna say, 'Man, we're gonna do everything we can to win -- win now and compete for a championship,'" Loomis said during a videoconference with...
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Mickey Loomis on Drew Brees: We’ll wait on him

  • News source: Josh Alper
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Reports ahead of the Saints’ divisional round loss to the Buccaneers indicated Saints quarterback Drew Brees would retire once the Saints were out of the playoffs.

Brees didn’t make any announcement after the loss and General Manager Mickey Loomis showed no sign of knowing Brees’ plans at a Wednesday press conference. He did say that wasn’t too different from the past and that the quarterback’s status was one of many things the team needs to sort out in the coming weeks.

“I don’t think it’s a lot different from last year,” Loomis said. “We’ll wait for him. We’ve got a lot of other...
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Saints add a top safety in Mel Kiper’s mock draft

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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In recent years, it was not uncommon to see the New Orleans Saints draft the same position - some times even the same player - in multiple mock drafts as the offseason progresses. Don’t expect that to be the case this year.

In Mel Kiper’s most recent mock draft for ESPN (Insider required), Kiper acknowledges the uncertainty surrounding the Saints’ draft needs come the time New Orleans is on the clock near the end of the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft. In this draft, he has the Saints replacing a key player on defense:

You can’t fault Kiper’s logic too much here, but what the Saints do...
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3 up 3 down from Senior Bowl practice day 1

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The New Orleans Saints are allowed to have 10 staff members at the Senior Bowl and have drafted lots of Mobile All-Stars over the last 15 seasons. As they look down at the field in Hancock Whitney Stadium, the evaluation process is under way. After just on day, it’s hard to get too excited or disappointed by prospects, but there are times that they stand out for better or for worse.

QB Jamie Newman, Wake Forest

The quarterback opted out of the 2020 college football season so we haven’t gotten to see much of him. But he looked like he had the strongest arm out on the field. It looked like...
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With tough offseason looming, Saints must prioritize re-signing Marcus Williams

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In the NFL’s ever-cycling nature, the priority of positions is always shifting. One year it’s an edge rusher. Then it’s a cornerback. Right now, the lynchpin of a defense is good safety play, as it is harder than ever to defend the ridiculous quarterbacks throwing around the NFL.

The New Orleans Saints were fifth in the league against the pass last year, giving up a shade under 215 yards per game. That was thanks in large part to the play of Marcus Williams, a product of the 2017 draft that also brought the Saints Marshon Lattimore, Ryan Ramczyk and Alvin Kamara (not to mention late...
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3 most underappreciated Saints from 2020

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Everybody knows and appreciates the Alvin Kamara’s, the Demario Davis’s and the Terron Armstead’s of the world, and those guys get their deserved props.

But what about the guys who do all the dirty work, providing immense value to team success, who don’t necessarily get all the attention?

Well, today they’re going to get a little love too.

Here are three of the most underrated or underappreciated Saints from the 2020-2021 season:

This is an easy one.

Malcom Brown did so much in the run game this year that went unnoticed because he isn’t the flashy pass rusher. He’s a two-down player...
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Fleur-de-Links, January 27: Early first-round predictions for 2021 draft and quarterback acquisitions

  • News source: Adam Dunnells
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A look at the 2020 season of defensive end Carl Granderson.

A look at potential first-round picks for the New Orleans Saints, including a project trade of the Saints first-round pick for New York Jets’ quarterback Sam Darnold.

Acknowledging the best individual Saints performances in the 2020 season.

Former Saints player Darryl Tapp is returning to the NFL as a coach for the San Francisco 49ers.

A look at the 2020 season of Saints rookie cornerback Keith Washington.

A case for Matthew Stafford joining the Saints as the team’s new quarterback.

BetMGM gives the Saints the same odds as...
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Saints 2020 Year in Review: Carl Granderson

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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The New Orleans Saints defensive line was arguably one of their best units in 2020, due in no small part to up-and-comers like Trey Hendrickson and Carl Granderson instead of the typical anchors to the line like Cam Jordan and Sheldon Rankins.

Granderson, who joined the Saints in 2019 after pleading no contest to a sexual battery charge from 2018, has played well with limited opportunities. He has a long way to go, both on and off the field, before he could be trusted as a play-maker, but he’s making all of the right strides.

Granderson is entering his age 25 season, so there’s reason to...
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Saints 2020 Year In Review: Keith Washington

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New Orleans Saints cornerback Keith Washington was signed as an undrafted rookie ahead of the 2020 season. During his time at West Virginia, he totaled six interceptions and 17 pass breakups while adding on 63 total tackles and one and a half sacks.

At 6’1” and 180 pounds, the 24-year-old from Prattville, Alabama has good size and great speed. He was impressive in camp, showing up when it really counted for his future.

There always comes a point in training camp where teams will rotate the roster and bring in more talent. Right around that time, Washington walked into practice and made...
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A look back at Saints “can’t miss” preseason award predictions

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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For the fourth year in a row, I made “can’t miss” predictions leading into the 2020 regular season, including breakout rookie, most improved player, and team MVP. Let’s take a look at how I did:

My prediction? Alvin Kamara:

Verdict? Great call.

Do-over? Still Kamara.

My prediction? Andrus Peat. Oof.

Verdict? A Marcus Williams-level missed tackle.

Do over? Trey Hendrickson.

My prediction? Cam Jordan:

Verdict? Another whiff because of the outstanding play of one of Cam’s teammates.

Do over? Trey Hendrickson.

My pick? Ryan Ramczyk:

Verdict? I should have gone with my gut.

Do over...
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LSU draft prospects and their fit with the New Orleans Saints

  • News source: Dylan Sanders
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The narrative of LSU players going to the Saints every year will never die, despite how rare it is for the New Orleans Saints to actually draft the Baton Rouge prospects. I can’t blame anyone, it’s always a fun conversation to have. I’m an LSU student so I’m never innocent of it either. Let’s take a look at all of the LSU players heading into the draft and how they would fit in black and gold next season.

It won’t be able to happen, as it looks like Chase could possibly be a top 5 draft pick. It’s fun to think about though. LSU fans could still have something to look forward to as he...
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Fleur-de-Links, January 26: Saints lose quarterback coach to Los Angeles

  • News source: Adam Dunnells
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An in-depth look at Saints Round 3 and Round 4 draft picks in mock NFL Draft.

Bill Barnwell of ESPN predicts that the Saints will not make the playoffs in 2021 specifically because he expects Drew Brees to not be with the team.

New Atlanta Falcons GM Terry Fontenot looked to bring Khai Harley with him from the Saints when he joined the Falcons, but the Saints are attempting to keep him in New Orleans.

A case for Matthew Stafford being the next quarterback for the New Orleans Saints.

Los Angeles Chargers officially hire Saints quarterback coach Joe Lombardi amid rumors that Lombardi was...
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Chargers tab Saints QBs coach Joe Lombardi as offensive coordinator

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Perhaps the biggest voice in Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert’s ear moving forward has been decided.

Joe Lombardi, who’s spent the past five seasons coaching quarterbacks for the Saints, has agreed to terms with the Chargers to be their offensive coordinator, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported.

Lombardi’s hiring was made official by the team on Monday afternoon.

The 49-year old who spent two stints with the Saints (2007-13 and 2016-2020) was previously the offensive coordinator for the Lions in 2014 and 2015.

Lombardi is the grandson of NFL coaching legend Vince Lombardi.
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Chargers announce hirings of Joe Lombardi, Renaldo Hill, and Derius Swinton

  • News source: Myles Simmons
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The Chargers made it official with their three coordinators on Monday, announcing the hirings of Joe Lombardi, Renaldo Hill, and Derius Swinton.

Lombardi will serve as the Chargers’ offensive coordinator after spending the last five years in his second stint as the Saints’ quarterbacks coach. He held the same role from 2009-2013 before spending two seasons as Detroit’s offensive coordinator.

“I’m just so excited about Joe coming here,” Chargers head coach Brandon Staley said in a statement. “The wealth of knowledge and experience he possesses, having operated within one of the premier...
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