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2020 NFL Free Agency: Chargers TE Hunter Henry could fit the Saints

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

How can the New Orleans Saints offense improve in 2020? It could really benefit from the addition of another pass-catcher, particularly at wide receiver, but the options in free agency appear to be fairly limited. That’s a position the Saints may have to target in the draft instead. But they could achieve a similar effect by adding a pass-catching threat at another position. And if that’s a strategy that appeals to them, the Los Angeles Chargers have some intriguing free agents to consider:
  • CB Jaylen Watkins
  • CB Michael Davis (ERFA)
  • DT Damion Square
  • DT Sylvester Williams
  • DT Isaac Rochell (RFA)
  • FB Derek Watt
  • FS Adrian Phillips
  • LB Nick Dzubnar
  • LB Jatavis Brown
  • OC Dillon DeBoer (RFA)
  • OG Michael Schofield
  • OG Ryan Groy
  • OG Spencer Drango (RFA)
  • OG Trenton Scott (ERFA)
  • QB Philip Rivers
  • RB Melvin Gordon
  • RB Troymaine Pope (RFA)
  • RB Austin Ekeler (RFA)
  • TE Hunter Henry
  • TE Lance Kendricks
  • TE Sean Culkin (RFA)
  • WR Travis Benjamin
  • WR Geremy Davis
  • WR Dylan Cantrell (ERFA)
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5 facts to know about new Saints linebackers coach Michael Hodges

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

The New Orleans Saints promoted assistant linebackers coach Michael Hodges to the full-time gig, but who is he? Hodges worked closely with former Saints coach Mike Nolan the last few years, so it made sense to bump him up once Nolan left for the defensive coordinator job on Mike McCarthy’s new Dallas Cowboys staff. Here’s five quick facts to know about Hodges now that he’s working in a more prominent role:

1. Hodges is in Year 4 with the Saints

Hodges has helped evaluate and coach Saints players like Alex Anzalone, Kiko Alonso, and Demario Davis.

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Competition committee: Results of pass interference review rule 'not great'

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By Kevin Seifert | ESPN Staff Writer

INDIANAPOLIS -- NFL competition committee members remain skeptical of pass interference review. But after two days of meetings at the scouting combine, they are not yet ready to recommend an end to the one-year experimental rule.

"Overall the results were not great," Green Bay Packers president/CEO Mark Murphy said Monday. "And I think it really is putting the New York [officiating] office in a very difficult position. ... But it's still pretty early [and] we're looking at different options."

Committee members left last year's combine largely opposed to calls for replay expansion, despite a high-profile missed call in the 2019 NFC Championship Game. Ultimately, however, commissioner Roger Goodell joined a vocal group of coaches to push for a rule that no one on the competition committee initially endorsed: allowing replay review of pass interference calls and no-calls.

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Chattanooga State Asst. Coach Volonte Bell, Brother of Vonn, Dies in Car Crash

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By Scott Polacek | Bleacher Report

Chattanooga State Community College confirmed in a statement that assistant men's basketball coach Volonte Bell, who is the older brother of New Orleans Saints safety Vonn Bell, died in a car crash Sunday night.

"The Chattanooga State family is deeply saddened by the passing of Volonte Bell," the statement read. "Volonte was killed in a tragic car accident last night. He has been a valued member of our men's basketball coaching staff for the last three seasons and will be greatly missed."

Vonn Bell and Saints and former Ohio State teammate Michael Thomas reacted to the news on Twitter:

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2020 New Orleans Saints draft prospects: Amik Robertson

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A New Orleans Native, Amik Robertson has picked up the reputation as one of the best playmaking defenders in college football. No, he’s not a Power-5 Conference guy. Despite that, you cannot ignore his destruction of his competition. He also has some quality opponents on his resume performing admirably against Collin Johnson (6’6”) and the Texas Longhorns in 2019 and LSU in 2018.

During that Texas Game, LA Tech sent him on a blitz from off the perimeter and Collin...
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Saints 2019 Year in Review: Marshon Lattimore

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From day one, Marshon Lattimore earned the respect of his teammates and opponents in the NFL and quickly became a household name in New Orleans. The former Ohio State Buckeye and current cornerback for the New Orleans Saints, has been playing at a high level since 2017. Lattimore continued that trend in 2019.

Looking at the numbers, Lattimore had rankings of 65.6 in overall defense, 63.2 in run defense, 74.3 in tackling and 65.7 in coverage according to
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Fleur-de-Links, February 25: Saints promote linebacker coach, celebrate Mardi Gras, and Vonn Bell’s brother tragically passes

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Michael Hodges has been promoted from assistant linebacker coach to linebacker coach.

A look at the Saints’ defensive tackles heading into the 2020 offseason.

New Orleans Saints players were spotted on the Krewe of Tucks Mardi Gras float.

College Assistant basketball coach Volonte Bell, brother of Saints player Vonn Bell, passed away in a car accident.

In CBS Sports’ mock draft, the Saints draft linebacker Kenneth Murray from Oklahoma.

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Vonn Bell’s brother, Volonte, killed in car accident in Tennessee

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Volonte Bell, the older brother of New Orleans Saints safety Vonn Bell, was killed Sunday night in a multi-car accident in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

According to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Bell was driving a Honda Civic that didn’t slow down and struck a trailer being towed by a Volvo truck. Bell, 29, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Bell had been an assistant basketball coach at Chattanooga State Community College for the last three seasons.

Vonn Bell is set...
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Volonte Bell, brother of New Orleans Saints safety Vonn Bell, killed in Tennessee car wreck

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A man killed Sunday night in a multi-car crash in the Chattanooga, Tennessee, area was the brother of New Orleans Saints safety Vonn Bell, according to multiple media reports in the area.

Volonte Bell, 29, worked as an assistant basketball coach at Chattanooga State and Red Bank High School.

The Chattanooga Police Department report said the crash involved two cars at 9:38 p.m. Sunday. Bell was driving a Honda Civic that didn't slow down and struck a trailer being...
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Hahnville girls rout Denham Springs, advance in Class 5A playoffs

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Denham Springs took a trip to Hahnville for the teams' Class 5A girls second-round basketball playoff game Monday and ran into a buzzsaw.

Hahnville's 1-2-2 press bothered the Yellow Jackets from the start, throwing them out of rhythm on the way to a 68-38 rout in front of a boisterous crowd.

“Our defense has pretty much been our thing this year,” said Hahnville coach Arrianna Smith. “I have a really athletic team that we can cover the positions the entire game.”...
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Brother of Saints' Bell killed in traffic accident

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Volonte Bell, an assistant men's basketball coach at Chattanooga State and the older brother of New Orleans Saints safety Vonn Bell, was killed in a traffic accident Sunday night, the school confirmed.

Chattanooga State head coach Jay Price spoke glowingly to the Chattanooga Times Free Press about Volonte Bell, who was in his third year with the team.

"I spoke with his mother this morning and she was trying to be strong, but this is just a very sad day for all of...
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Alvin Kamara to hold out to start the 2020 season?

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One of the drawbacks of having one of the best NFL drafts in history is that everyone will start to get expensive all at the same time. Such is the case with the New Orleans Saints and the class of the 2017 NFL Draft, the draft class that produced both the offensive and defensive rookies of the year.

The 2017 Offensive Rookie of the Year, Alvin Kamara, is now eligible for a contract extension, and Mike Triplett for made his bold Saints prediction that...
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Saints should play close attention to defensive backs; here are 6 to watch at the combine

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With three starters heading toward unrestricted free agency, the New Orleans Saints could be facing a hefty amount of turnover in their defensive secondary in 2020.

Safety Vonn Bell, cornerback Eli Apple and slot defender P.J. Williams are all unrestricted free agents. It's also possible late-season addition Janoris Jenkins and veteran slot corner Patrick Robinson are cut to provide salary-cap relief.

The Saints are still armed with young talent in the secondary...
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To replace Mike Nolan, Saints promote an in-house assistant, source says

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The New Orleans Saints have promoted assistant linebackers coach Michael Hodges to linebackers coach, a source confirmed to The Times-Picayune | New Orleans Advocate on Monday morning.

Dan Hatman of the Scouting Academy first reported the news.

The Saints lost linebackers coach Mike Nolan in January when he was hired to be the defensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys. He had been with the Saints since 2017.

Hodges has been with the Saints since 2017 and has...
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Saints promote assistant Michael Hodges to linebackers coach

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Sometimes, the next man up motto applies to coaches like it does to players in the NFL.

The Saints have been in need of a linebackers coach since Mike Nolan left the team to become the defensive coordinator in Dallas and they’ve settled on a replacement.

Per multiple reports, the Saints will promote Michael Hodges to linebackers coach.

Hodges, who has served as assistant linebackers coach, fills the void left when Mike Nolan left New Orleans to become the...
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Could the Saints give their LB room a boost? Here are 6 to watch at the combine

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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Despite being racked by injuries, the New Orleans Saints linebacker corps anchored the defense for much of the 2019 season.

But there are plenty of question marks in this unit beyond star Demario Davis. Starter A.J. Klein is an unrestricted free agent, Alex Anzalone missed 14 games with a shoulder injury and Kiko Alonso (a potential cap casualty) tore his ACL in a playoff loss to Minnesota.

So it would not be surprising to see the Saints address this position in...
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Could the Saints restock their offensive line? Here are 6 OGs to watch at the combine

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The New Orleans Saints' offensive line has ranked among the best in the NFL in recent seasons, but there may be some upheaval this offseason.

Andrus Peat has started 60 games at both guard and tackle since the Saints selected him in the first round of the 2015 draft, but he is an unrestricted free agent, and New Orleans may let him walk.

When Peat went down with a broken forearm midway through the 2019 season, the offensive line did not miss a beat when Nick Easton...
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New Orleans Saints offseason preview: Defensive Tackle

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The Saints found themselves in a fortunate position with their interior defense in 2019. After Sheldon Rankins’ excellent 2018 season was sadly cut short by an Achilles tear, the Saints had a solid stable of defensive tackles throughout 2019.

Among those tackles were 2019 free agent acquisitions Malcolm Brown and Mario Edwards. The returning David Onyemata continued what has been an unheralded solid career, while Shy Tuttle and Taylor Stallworth rounded out the...
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