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Jeff Ireland and scouting staff leading Saints through unprecedented draft prep

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By John Bennett | WVUE FOX 8

NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) - Jeff Ireland was added to the Saints staff in January of 2015 and after a rough transition draft that spring, New Orleans has had a tremendous success rate. Since 2016, 10 draftees have gone on to contribute as starters.

Now serving as Assistant General Manager and College Scouting Director, Jeff Ireland receives significant praise from Sean Payton "He loves the grind of the film. He loves still being on the road, getting to these workouts, getting to these campuses. He’s put together a real good scouting staff. I think we’ve done a really good job that way. If you were sitting in on these meetings, you’d see the attention to detail that takes place when we discuss a player. I think he’s someone that not only is a close friend but, a talented, talented evaluator. And I think it just starts with his background as a scout and his background of being with some really, really good personnel people.”

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Saints star Drew Brees on NFC South’s increased competition with offseason additions

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By Skyler Carlin | Clutch Points

With Tom Brady signing with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this offseason, fans of the NFL will get an opportunity to watch him face Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints twice a year. Besides Brady’s stunning decision, Brees spoke about the increased competition in the NFC South ahead of the 2020 season.
“Yeah. Well, the division just got a little bit better, didn’t it? In addition to that, Teddy Bridgewater, who played so well for us, with the Saints last year when I got hurt, he’s now the starting quarterback for the Carolina Panthers,” Brees said on The Ellen Show on Wednesday, via ProFootballTalk. “Our division has Teddy Bridgewater, Tom Brady, Matt Ryan and myself with the Saints. It’s always been a very challenging division, and it just kicked up a notch.”
As Brees noted, the Carolina Panthers named Teddy Bridgewater as their franchise quarterback moving forward, signing the former Saints backup to a three-year, $63 million deal. Of course, the...

32 for 32: NFL Draft Predictions for the Saints

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By Brandon Murchison | Roto Baller

Even with an injury taking down Drew Brees for a stretch during the season, the Saints offense did not miss a beat. Along with the record-breaking performance of Michael Thomas, there was plenty of fantasy value to grab from this team. Will the NFL Draft also welcome in talent to further this team's potential? Let's find out in our latest edition of the NFL Draft 32 for 32 series.

The focus of this series is to dive into each NFL team's needs to project their draft picks in this year's draft, which will go on as planned in late April. I will predict the first three selections and give fantasy football owners perspective on how this affects fantasy value. Whether it be a positional player or players on the defensive side of the ball, all selections made can help in some way when it comes to fantasy scoring.

As we have seen in recent memory, some rookies can enter this league and make an immediate impact. Based on the appropriate landing spot, this year's crop of prospects has the potential to create some very fantasy-friendly situations. When you're done here, look back on our previous installments by checking the links at the bottom of this page...

Saints bring back versatile offensive lineman Cameron Tom

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

While the New Orleans Saints are one of the few teams returning a highly-rated offensive line intact with all five starters, things aren’t as stable as they appear on the surface in 2020. The team re-signed injury-prone left guard Andrus Peat to a huge contract with $33 million guaranteed in the first few years, possibly their first misstep of free agency. They also aren’t high on the performance of right guard Larry Warford, whose play declined in 2019 when his conditioning left a bit to be desired. Those frustrations have left some outlets speculating that Warford could be moved on draft day for the right price.

So it’s a good thing the Saints brought back one of their own free agents to back up the interior trio of Peat, Warford, and second-year center Erik McCoy. The official NFL transactions wire reported that the Saints re-signed offensive lineman Cameron Tom, who spent the 2019 season recovering from a shoulder injury suffered late in the summer.

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Saints Draft Gem: CB Kindle Vildor

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By Bob Rose | SI

New Orleans Saints CBs Marshon Lattimore and Janoris Jenkins are among the top starting duos at the position in the National Football League. There’s a question about the quality of depth behind the two, however. The Saints re-signed inconsistent nickel back P.J. Williams and special teams standout Justin Hardee, but lost former starter Eli Apple in free agency. New Orleans added defensive backfield depth with XFL star Deatrick Nichols, but he is unproven at the NFL level. With the multiple receiver sets that are often used in the NFL, a cornerback would seem to be a position of need for the Saints as they head towards the NFL draft at the end of the month.

There are several talented cornerbacks that will be selected in the draft’s first two days, and New Orleans has picks in the first and third rounds. The Saints have had success over the years finding talented players at smaller colleges. Today’s draft profile looks at one such a player, Kindle Vildor, CB from Georgia Southern University.

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Saints among a crowd of NFL teams reaching out to big Utah defensive tackle

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

While prospects at linebacker, wide receiver and cornerback have been dominating the latest mock drafts, the New Orleans Saints might be preparing to throw everyone a curve ball by picking a defensive tackle early in this year’s NFL draft. Utah Utes big man Leki Fotu is the latest interior lineman to be connected to the Saints, who previously interviewed Texas A&M prospect Justin Madubuike.

The Draft Network’s Jordan Reid reported that the Saints are among a crowd of 18 different NFL teams to have contacted Fotu, along with possible draft fits like the Seattle Seahawks, as well as the Los Angeles Rams and Chargers.

Widely considered a top-100 option in the 2020 draft class, Fotu would probably be under consideration when the Saints are on the clock at No. 88 — late in the third round. But if his meeting with the team went well, they could target him in a trade-up the board, as they back in 2016 (acquiring David Onyemata, who signed a three-year contract extension earlier this offseason).

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Do-it-all football standout Taysom Hill will soon add a new title: daddy

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By Brandon Judd | Desert News

SALT LAKE CITY — Taysom Hill does a lot of things on the football field for the New Orleans Saints, whether it’s throwing passes, breaking off long runs, converting fourth downs, making receptions, scoring touchdowns or blocking punts.

The NFL standout and former BYU quarterback will soon be adding another responsibility to his life: the role of a father.

Hill announced on Twitter Wednesday night that he and his wife, Emily, will be expecting their first child later this year. Emily Hill is the sister of former BYU linebacker David Nixon. The Hills have been married since 2014.

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Special master recommends Saints emails remain shielded in clergy case

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Email communications between the New Orleans Saints and the Archdiocese of New Orleans should remain shielded from the public per a recommendation from special master Carolyn Gill-Jefferson in relation to a clergy sex abuse scandal.

According to Amie Just and Ramon Antonio-Vargas of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Judge Ellen Hazeur will have the ultimate say in whether the emails remain sealed or released. However, Gill-Jefferson, a retired judge, stated in her...
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Official: Saints emails advising Archdiocese on sex abuse crisis should stay secret

  • News source: By JIM MUSTIAN | Associated Press
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Hundreds of emails detailing the New Orleans Saints' efforts to conduct damage control for the area's Roman Catholic archdiocese amid its clergy sexual abuse crisis should remain shielded from the public, a court official recommended Thursday.

The recommendation by a court special master came almost three months after The Associated Press urged the release of the confidential emails as a matter of public interest. Those emails emerged as part of a lawsuit against...
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Official: Saints emails on clergy crisis should stay secret

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Hundreds of emails detailing the New Orleans Saints' efforts to conduct damage control for the area's Roman Catholic archdiocese amid its clergy sexual abuse crisis should remain shielded from the public, a court official recommended Thursday.

The recommendation by a court special master came almost three months after The Associated Press urged the release of the confidential emails as a matter of public interest. Those emails emerged as part of a lawsuit against...
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Q&A: Saints G/C Cameron Tom media transcript

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New Orleans Saints Guard/Center Cameron Tom Media Availability Thursday, April 9, 2020

What does it mean for you to be back with the Saints, since you are from Baton Rouge and a Louisiana native? “I would say it means a lot, like you said I was around this team a lot and it definitely means a lot to me back and kind of just kind of just sticking to the same routine I’ve been with since I’ve been in the NFL.”

How frustrating was it being put on injured reserve...
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Saints C Cameron Tom ready for the battle to make the 53-man roster after missing 2019 season

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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The 2019 season didn't go as planned for New Orleans Saints offensive lineman Cameron Tom.

In fact, it didn't happen at all.

The Baton Rouge native sustained an undisclosed injury that prevented him from taking the field for practice and game days for what should have been his third season with the team, hitting the injured reserve as a part of roster cuts.

Eight months later, Tom says he's ready to go.

"I worked so hard in the offseason just for it to end like...
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Sean Payton is living his best life on Twitter

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Everyone knows New Orleans Saints Head Coach Sean Payton can troll opposing teams with the best of them. Yes, some times that personality backfires, but Payton is unapologetic in the way he handles the game of football.

It’s one of the reasons he’s been able to create a locker room culture where players will run through walls for his team. It’s how New Orleans has become a spot where new players immediately start recruiting other players around the league to come to...
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New Orleans Saints Draft Profile: LB Patrick Queen

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After weeks of confusion surrounding the event, the NFL has confirmed that the 2020 Draft will be held in a virtual format. Now the only thing that remains to be seen is who the New Orleans Saints will bring in.

The Saints have already made some shrewd moves in free agency but linebacker still remains a position that will need strengthening in the draft. They lost A.J. Klein in free agency to the Buffalo Bills. Meanwhile, Alex Anzalone has struggled with shoulder...
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'We were really lucky:' Saints lineman Will Clapp among the last grooms to wed before coronavirus restrictions

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While Will Clapp picked up his tuxedo, Lizzie Cousins was at the Loews New Orleans.

They'll never forget it.

On March 13, the two were roughly 24 hours removed from their wedding, and then Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards canceled all gatherings of more than 250 people due to the coronavirus epidemic.

"That's when we realized this was for real, and we were gonna have to change some stuff," Clapp, an offensive lineman for the New Orleans Saints, said Wednesday...
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New Orleans Saints Coaching History—J.D. Roberts (1970–1972)

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Tom Fears did a commendable job as the first head coach of the New Orleans Saints. He was qualified and respected.

Those qualities may not have preceded the second head coach in franchise history to the position.

J.D. Roberts took over the team midway through the 1970 season.

His first game was memorable, as the Saints downed playoff-bound Detroit 19-17 at Tulane Stadium on Nov. 8, 1970 on an NFL record 63-yard field goal by Tom Dempsey on the final play of the...
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4 trades the Saints should consider making ahead of the 2020 season

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With the days of blockbuster free agency transactions behind us, we now turn our focus towards four trade scenarios the New Orleans Saints could potentially pursue. New Orleans was one of the most active teams in the league in filling its immediate gaps in the squad via free agency. However, there are still holes that need to be addressed before the start of the 2020 season. While many of those will be addressed in the draft, here are four trades that make sense for...
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CSC Lagniappe: Saints and NFL football in empty stadiums, are you kidding me?

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Yeah that’s a real possibility. We are going to have a virtual draft, no idea when players will get to training camp, and when the fast test for Covid-19 is a reality, the players should be able to practice. But what about the season. Below is the interview Drew Brees and his Wife Brittany had with talk show host Ellen Degeneres. The first part discusses their $5 million dollar contribution and makes me even prouder of our quarterback. Near the end Drew discusses how...
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Drew Brees: NFC South got more challenging this offseason

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Tom Brady‘s arrival in Tampa changed the outlook for the Buccaneers and it also set up multiple matchups with one of the NFL’s other top quarterbacks of all time.

Drew Brees re-signed with the Saints for the same two years that Brady signed up for with the Bucs, so they’re on track to face off at least four times in NFC South matchups. During an appearance on The Ellen Show on Wednesday, Brees was asked about the new arrival and what it means for life in the...
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Fleur-de-Links, April 9: Saints re-sign Cameron Tom and Drew Brees makes an All-Decade Team

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Saints QB Taysom Hill and his wife have their first baby on the way.

Three scenarios where the Saints could trade up for the 2020 NFL Dract.

After being snubbed by the Pro Football Hall of Fame All-Decade Team, Drew Brees makes the PFF All-Decade Team.

After re-signing center Cameron Tom, here’s a look at what he brings to the team.

In an interview with Sirius XM’s NFL Radio, Cam Jordan does not seem to be intimidated by Tom Brady joining the NFC South.

Three...
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Taysom Hill and wife Emily have some news: Their first baby is on the way

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If you're looking some for good news these days, you've come to the right place...

New Orleans Saints quarterback Taysom Hill and his wife, Emily, announced Wednesday night that the couple is expecting its first child.

"We are beyond thrilled for our new addition to our family, coming August 2020!! 💙💙," Hill wrote on Instagram.

Hill and his wife have been married since 2014.

Hill has become a fan favorite the past few years in New Orleans, captivating fans with...
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