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Whitlock believes Saints' Jenkins misspoke, is "out over his skis"

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Malcolm Jenkins drew criticism for the response to DeSean Jackson's anti-Semitic remarks

By Mark Menard | WWL Radio

"I think that Malcolm Jenkins... is just out over his skis."

That was how Outkick.com's Jason Whitlock characterized what he saw as a misguided response from the New Orleans Saints safety to the anti-Semitic remarks made by Philadelphia Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson, remarks that Jackson later apologized for.

Jenkins released a video-taped response on his Instagram account to Jackson earlier this week with this caption:

"We can honor the Jewish heritage and trauma while staying focused on what matters. Jewish people aren’t our problem, and we aren’t their problem. Let’s not lose focus on what the problem truly is, and that’s that black lives still don’t matter in this country. Push this energy toward arresting and convicting the killers of Breonna Taylor and burning systemic racism to the ground.”

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Saints Eyeing Up the Enemy: Kansas City Chiefs

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By Bob Rose | SI

After consecutive road games from the week of Thanksgiving into December, the New Orleans Saints will finally return home to play a game in Week 15. Their homecoming present will be the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs in an interconference showdown between two of the primary Super Bowl favorites in 2020. It will be the 12th meeting between New Orleans and Kansas City with the Chiefs holding a 6-5 edge in the series. They also have a 4-2 advantage over the Saints when the game is played in New Orleans, which is the site of this clash. That includes a 27-24 overtime win the last time these two played in New Orleans on 9/23/12, and a 27-21 win the last time these two played, on 10/23/16 in Kansas City.

A Kansas City team notorious for playoff failures came of age last season in overcoming double-digit deficits in all three of their postseason victories. The Chiefs had little player movement in the offseason, but have kept their roster intact and are once again prohibitive favorites in the AFC. Armed with All-Pro QB Patrick Mahomes and one of the league's best offenses, few teams can outscore the Chiefs. They have some questions on the defensive side, but that unit made some key plays in crucial postseason moments during their championship run. Let’s have a look at how the Saints match up against the defending champions in what could be a preview of Super Bowl LV.

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How New Orleans got an NFL Team, by Mike Detillier - Part 3

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By Mike Detillier / Sports Illustrated

In 2003, then WWL Radio Sports Director, Buddy Diliberto, spoke to me about obtaining as much information as possible on how New Orleans got an NFL team.
Diliberto first covered the beginning of getting a professional football team in the newspaper business and then covered the New Orleans Saints on television and the radio.


We both went to a host of different sources to get the behind the scenes information for the book, but in early 2005 Diliberto passed away, and I put our information away.

In this nine-part series on "How New Orleans got an NFL Team," I will give you the information from a host of sources. Mainly the most vital piece to get the New Orleans Saints was Dave Dixon. Dixon worked behind the scenes to place a team in New Orleans, and later he became the Father of the Louisiana Superdome.


PART 3
This report is directly from our interviews with Dave Dixon...

With not being able to land the Dallas Texans/now, the Kansas City Chiefs, Dave Dixon and the committee to bring professional football to New Orleans started to lay the groundwork on getting preseason games played in Tulane Stadium.

“We wanted to prove to the NFL that we could support an NFL team in New Orleans, and our only way to do this was to make an impressive showing with pre-season games,” Dixon said. “In 1963, we were able to land a doubleheader exhibition event. It was only the second time in NFL history that the NFL had a doubleheader format. We got the Dallas Cowboys to play the Detroit Lions a How New Orleans Got an NFL Team…" Dave Dixon...

Ex-Wolverine Cesar Ruiz already making a big impression with New Orleans Saints

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By Dustin Schutte | Saturday Tradition

When the 2019 college football season started, Michigan offensive lineman Cesar Ruiz was considered a fringe first-round selection for the 2020 NFL Draft. After a strong year in Ann Arbor, Ruiz heard his name called on the first night of the draft.

Ruiz was the No. 24 overall selection in the 2020 NFL Draft, going to the New Orleans Saints. Though he’s been a member of the squad for only two months, he’s already making a strong impression.

In an interview with NewOrleansSaints.com, offensive line coach Dan Roushar says he’s been very impressed with Ruiz early on.

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Saints Countdown to NFL Kickoff 2020: #63 Cameron Tom

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By BtBoylan | SI

Cameron Tom, 25, is entering his fourth NFL season, all with the New Orleans Saints. The Baton Rouge native played High School football at Catholic where he played OG for the Bears. Tom attended Southern Mississippi where he started as a Freshman. His Junior year, Tom started all 12 games at Center for the Golden Eagles.

The New Orleans Saints signed Cameron Tom as an UDFA following the 2017 NFL Draft. Tom spent his first NFL season on the practice squad. He made his NFL debut in Week 3 of the 2018 season against the Atlanta Falcons.


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Top 25 Saints of 2020: No. 22, Malcom Brown

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By John Hendrix | SI

It's crazy to think we're just seven weeks away from the return of the NFL, but still don't have a definitive picture as to what things will really look like when it's all said and done. The New Orleans Saints are going to be one of the top teams to look at in 2020, and they'll be tested right from the jump against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 1. Assuming it holds, it should be a must-see matchup. We continue looking at and profiling our top players heading into the new season for the Saints, and look at one of their most underrated pickups and players from last season.

No. 22 - Malcom Brown

Not many talk about Malcom Brown as an impact player, but he ended up being a great pickup by the Saints from free agency. Brown appeared and started in all 16 games for Dennis Allen's defense in 2019, tallying 34 total tackles (18 solo), 6 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, a pass defense and fumble recovery. He helped anchor a defense that surrendered the fourth-lowest rushing yards per game at 91.3 behind the Buccaneers, Jets, and Eagles.

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Saints Alumni Media Call: LeCharles Bentley talks his O-Line Academy, Teammates, and MRSA

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By Kyle T. Mosley | SI

Before the recent recognizable names of New Orleans Saints players at the center position like Max Unger, or Eric McCoy, De Le Puenta, or Jonathan Goodwin existed, there was LeCharles Bentley. Bentley held down the Saints offensive line for QB Aaron Brooks from 2002 to 2005. The 2020 second-round choice for the Saints, Bentley, was a fixture at center during the Haslett years. He left following the turbulent 2005 season after Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans and the Gulf Coast region. He was a solid performer for the team and a good teammate. In his video conference call with Saints media on Friday, July 10, 2020, he reminisced about his past teammates like RB Deuce McAllister, WR Joe Horn, and WB Jake Delhomme. Yes, Jake Delhomme. In the call, Bentley wondered if the Saints would have had a chance at a Super Bowl if Delhomme was quarterbacking the team.

After that season, New Orleans allowed Bentley to test the free-agency waters. ESPN rated Bentley as the highest-graded offensive lineman on the market in the 2006 NFL offseason. He signed with his hometown Cleveland Browns for a six-year, $36M deal with $12.5M in guarantees. The NFL future was bright for the former Ohio State Buckeye.

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Bayou Heat: A First Look at Emmanuel Sanders in a Saints Helmet

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By Kyle T. Mosley | SI

The New Orleans Saints released photos of their free-agent prize, WR Emmanuel Sanders, in a team helmet. He looks good in the Black and Gold.

Last week, Sanders had QB Drew Brees in Colorado. The two Saints stars were having a private workout. Photog, Rico Abonce, showed a clip of Sanders catching a pass from Brees on his social media account. It gave us a glimpse of what the Who Dat Nation can expect to see in 2020 from a Brees-Sanders connection. The two needed to work on their timing, the playbook, and understanding how one another approaches the game.

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Report: Washington Redskins will retire nickname Monday

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The NFL team in Washington is about to get a new name.

Sports Business Journal reported late Sunday that the Washington Redskins officially will retire their controversial nickname in an announcement Monday.

The team's new nickname reportedly won’t be announced Monday because of trademark issues, but it is expected to be announced, along with a new logo, before the start of the scheduled 2020 season.

The move comes 11 days after FedEx made a public statement asking the team to change its name, which many in the Native American community consider offensive. FedEx is the team’s major...
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CSC Podcast: Dr. Rasmussen on Covid-19 and the Saints season

  • News source: BrendenErtle
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New Orleans Saints analyst for Canal Street Chronicles Brenden Ertle interviews Dr. Angela Rasmussen, Associate Research Scientist at Colombia University. Dr. Rasmussen answers all your questions about the potential 2020 NFL season. Will fans be able to attend games? What can players do to slow the spread and more!

If you’re enjoying the Canal Street Chronicles Podcast please remember to subscribe and leave a 5-star review on iTunes, Spotify or where ever you find your podcasts! The voices behind the microphones are Brenden and Nate, you can find them on Twitter @Brendenertle and...
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How they built it: Saints possess enviable depth at every offensive position

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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For the past several seasons, the New Orleans Saints have at least anecdotally been considered to possess one of the NFL's deepest rosters, and the team has fortified that notion with 37 wins the past three seasons — tops in the NFL.

With almost all the key players from the 2019 season returning, that figures to again be the case in 2020. New Orleans not only has one of the NFL's premier players at each of its position groups, but it has capable players in reserve at just about every position, too.

This roster was built by smart decisions at every step of the team-building process. New...
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Interviews: Saints legends LeCharles Bentley and Usama Young

  • News source: Justin Macione
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New Orleans Saints C/G LeCharles Bentley Legends Microsoft Teams Video Call with New Orleans Media Friday, July 10, 2020

Can you talk about the end of your playing career and starting Offensive Line Performance in 2008? “Oh boy, I actually started the business in Cleveland and if you’re not familiar with Cleveland, it is a place that everyone brags about being from, because they want to look cool. But that’s my actual hometown. When I started the business, I built it in Cleveland first. My exit from the league was a little unique. In some regards, I wasn’t quite ready to go, probably like...
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Ranking the NFL's top 10 offensive tackles: Best of the league's bodyguards

  • News source: www.espn.com - New Orleans Saints
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To preview the 2020 NFL season, we asked more than 50 league executives, coaches, scouts and players to help us stack the top 10 players at 11 different positions (sorry, special-teamers). The results might surprise you. They surprised me.

Here's how it worked: Voters gave their best 10 to 15 players at a position, then we compiled the results and ranked candidates based on number of top-10 votes, composite average, interviews and research. We had several ties, so we broke them by isolating the two-man matchup with additional voting and follow-up calls. Each section is packed with quotes...
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Saints offer fans options to defer season tickets, receive refunds for 2020

  • News source: CCS Staff
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The New Orleans Saints have offered season ticket holders the option of deferring their 2020 season until the following season or receiving a refund.

Season tickets holders were issued the opt-out form Friday.

Whether fans choose a refund or deferral, they still keep their option to renew tickets and parking passes without going onto the team’s season ticket waiting list.

The move comes as the NFL approaches a season of uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Malcolm Jenkins says DeSean Jackson was wrong, but asks to “stay focused”

  • News source: Darin Gantt
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Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins doesn’t approve of former Eagles teammate DeSean Jackson‘s comments this week, but he also doesn’t want to get bogged down in a problem he perceives as being not his own.

Jenkins posted an Instagram video in which he addressed Jackson’s anti-Semitic posts on social media.

“We gotta stay focused,” Jenkins said. “All of this back and forth that’s going on right now is a distraction. Comments were made, and they were wrong. Allow those who were impacted by it to voice their grievances.

“But we’ve got to stay focused. Because Breonna Taylor’s killers are still...
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Saints rookie QB Tommy Stevens’s Madden rating released

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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Just when you thought the New Orleans Saints were done in the 2020 NFL Draft, they trade back into the seventh round to draft Mississippi State quarterback Tommy Stevens.

Stevens was a former offensive weapon in the mold of Taysom Hill at Penn State before transferring to Mississippi State to just play quarterback. Now in the NFL, it’s to be determined if Stevens presents an option to be a backup to Taysom Hill in Taysom’s current role on offense, or if Stevens is a potential backup to Taysom Hill, quarterback of the future.

In any event, it was interesting to see Madden’s rookie QB...
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Saints offer season ticket holders refunds and the option to skip using their 2020 tickets

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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In a year that has largely redefined what the world normal means, it should not have come as much of a surprise for New Orleans Saints season ticket holders when they heard they will not have access to their normal seats this year.

The Saints have become the latest NFL team to defer 2020 season tickets to the 2021 season, allowing fans to either use the money toward the cost of their 2021 tickets or to receive a refund upon request.

In a form circulating among season ticket holders Friday, the Saints offered the option to fans to cancel their 2020 season tickets, be refunded and also...
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Saints allow season ticket holders to opt out of 2020

  • News source: Michael David Smith
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The Saints are the latest team to let season ticket holders know that this season will be very different.

Saints season ticket holders have been sent a form that allows them to choose to either get a refund on their tickets for this year or roll them over to the 2021 season, according to WDSU in New Orleans.

The Saints’ season is supposed to start on September 13 against the Buccaneers. The Drew Brees vs. Tom Brady matchup is one of the most anticipated games of Week One and would be an enormous event at the Superdome. But the Superdome will certainly not be at full capacity, and may be...
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“OL Masterminds Summit” proceeds in Texas this weekend

  • News source: Mike Florio
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They’re calling it the “OL Masterminds Summit.” The litmus test as to whether the individuals participating are truly “masterminds” is whether they’ll realize that they shouldn’t attend.

Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News explains that the event, featuring 50 offensive lineman, will proceed as scheduled in Texas this weekend.

The event will mainly unfold in a hotel ballroom, according to Gehlken, along with on-field work at a walk-through pace. It’s the latest event involving NFL players to defy the recommendation of the NFL Players Association that no group workouts should occur...
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As NFL season rapidly approaches, NFL showing no urgency to deal with COVID-19

  • News source: KSkiver35
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It seemed unfathomable that when COVID-19 reached its (first) zenith back in March that we would still be trying to figure out how to deal with it four months later. And yet, as places begin to reopen, we’re beginning to see new cases spike again. Indeed, July 8’s 62,425 new cases (via The New York Times) was the largest single-day spike the U.S. has seen.

As MLB and the NBA scramble to find their respective seasons, the NFL has appeared to show very little urgency in finding a way to address coronavirus concerns. Its hits have been big. The teleconference NFL Draft was a huge success...
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Ranking the NFL's best wide receivers: Execs, players, coaches debate the top 10

  • News source: www.espn.com - New Orleans Saints
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To preview the 2020 NFL season, we asked more than 50 league executives, coaches, scouts and players to help us stack the top 10 players at 11 different positions (sorry, special-teamers). The results might surprise you. They surprised me.

Here's how it worked: Voters gave their best 10 to 15 players at a position, then we compiled the results and ranked candidates based on number of top-10 votes, composite average, interviews and research. We had several ties, so we broke them by isolating the two-man matchup with additional voting and follow-up calls. Each section is packed with quotes...
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Fleur-de-Links, July 10: A profile of Cameron Jordan and a conference call with Usama Young

  • News source: Adam Dunnells
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With frequent evenly-matched meetings between the two teams, star running back Christian McCaffrey, and the recent signing of Teddy Bridgewater, Saints fans have multiple reasons to dislike the Carolina Panthers.

A transcript of the Microsoft Teams conference call between former safety Usama Young and New Orleans media.

Alan Donnes, writer of Patron Saints: How the Saints Gave New Orleans a Reason to Believe, dies at 57 from bacterial meningitis.

Drew Brees sent a private message of support to a 19-year Leukemia patient who is also an avid Saints fan.

A look at Saints’ NFC South rival...
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