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Emmanuel Sanders is building chemistry with Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints offense

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'We'll be rockin' and rollin' on a high level'

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New Orleans Saints wideout Emmanuel Sanders received his playbook just this week, but the key offseason acquisition has been building a rapport with quarterback Drew Brees on and off the field since their viral workout session took place in Denver earlier this summer.

"It was really good for me," Sanders said about Brees coming to visit him in Denver. "Sometimes a lot of people, they talk about the X's and O's, but moving to a whole new city and you don't know any guys on the team so when Drew came out it kind of made me feel good to know at least when I show up the locker room I already had gotten acclimated with him. We spent two days together, went to Tropical Smoothie and had lunch and got to chop it up and get to know each other so that was that was really good as well. Sometimes, on the field that's going to work itself out, but the off the field is pretty cool to be able to get to know a guy and know what he's about with his family. So that was important."

Although Sanders is still learning the intricacies of the complex Sean Payton offense due to a shortened offseason, the 10-year veteran believes that his work ethic, along with the energy and work ethic Brees brings to the field each day, will have the quarterback-receiver duo in sync by the start of the season. ...

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Cam Jordan's right about Bucs, NFC South race; five breakout DBs

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By Bucky Brooks | Analyst

Think the New Orleans Saints are about to hand over the NFC South reins to the Tom Brady-infused Tampa Bay Buccaneers? Think again, according to Cam Jordan.

Asked about the new-look Bucs on NFL Network's Good Morning Football this past Monday, the Pro Bowl defensive end responded thusly, with a wry smile:

"I do know we have to step up our game, we have to elevate. I mean, they've got the second-greatest quarterback in all times, right behind Drew Brees, and now we've got a head-to-head two times a year. We've got our work cut out for us. And then, of course, they have additions. You know, you bring in (Rob) Gronkowski and LeSean McCoy, you already had two 1,000-yard receivers in (Chris) Godwin and Mike Evans. I mean, this is a team that's fighting for second place."

Well alright!

Jordan was obviously having fun poking at his division rivals, but his words clearly reflect how confident the loaded Saints feel heading into the 2020 season. And rightfully so. Considering New Orleans has claimed back-to-back-to-back NFC South titles, posting a 13-5 division mark in the process, it is easy to understand why Cam and Co. aren't threatened by TB12's arrival in Tampa. The Saints have owned the South in recent years, winning the division title last season by a whopping six games, and it's hard to imagine them relinquishing their crown in 2020 with a Super Bowl-caliber roster. ...

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5 things to watch for as the Saints begin the practice portion of camp

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By Brian Allee Walsh | Sun Herald

In this pandemic world, where nothing moves as quickly as before the novel coronavirus washed ashore with a vengeance, the New Orleans Saints will soon do something they haven’t been able to do as a team in more than 200 days.

Play football.

On Wednesday, the Black and Gold will enter Phase 2 of Camp COVID-20 and go through their practice regimen in helmets and shorts under the watchful eye of Coach Sean Payton. Players will have the option of wearing a newly developed mouth shield from Oakley. The shield connects to the facemask and reportedly limits the direct transmission of droplets from both the nose and mouth.

Social distancing is not required between the lines, though tackling is taboo.

Five days later, the Saints are scheduled to enter Phase 3, marking the first of 14 permissible padded practices under the revised Collective Bargaining Agreement (tackling is permissible), all leading up to Game 1 on Sept. 13 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at what likely will be an empty or partially-filled Mercedes-Benz Superdome. ...

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Marcus Davenport: On the Verge

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By Kyle T. Mosely | SI

Marcus Davenport is on the verge. He's on the brink of having an outstanding year in 2020, or another offseason "waiting 'til next year" for the talented defensive end to shock the NFL.

One clear takeaway from Marcus' videoconference call with media is a sense of anxiety. The tension may stem from the frustrations of two consecutive seasons of serious injuries. In 2018, he missed time for a toe injury. Last season, it was his foot. Also, it could be from the pressure Davenport has placed upon himself.

Coming into last season, the expectations of Marcus Davenport were high after his rookie campaign. His on-the-field production was finally aligning with those expectations. The pass rusher had 6 sacks, 16 QB hits, 3 forced fumbles and 31 tackles in 13 games were proof New Orleans had a budding star opposite Cam Jordan. However, his foot injury against the 49ers with the playoffs a few games away stalled his progress. It has been two years, two injuries, and two disappointments. This season, it's many questions. ...

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Saints WR Emmanuel Sanders opens up about relationship with Drew Brees

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By by Skyler Carlin | Clutch Points

The New Orleans Saints were able to sign Emmanuel Sanders this offseason, giving them a No. 2 option alongside Michael Thomas. During a conversation with the media on Friday, Sanders opened up about his relationship with Drew Brees.

Last season, Sanders found himself being traded to the San Francisco 49ers ahead of the trade deadline. However, before he joined the 49ers, his name was connected to the Saints and the Green Bay Packers. And according to Katherine Terrell of The Athletic, Sanders was the one that wanted to sign with New Orleans this offseason. ...

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Saints announce signing of LB Nigel Bradham, activate LB Kaden Eliss from COVID-19 list

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The New Orleans Saints announced today that they have signed LB Nigel Bradham and activated LB Kaden Elliss from Reserve/Covid-19, it was announced by Executive Vice-President/General Manager Mickey Loomis.

Bradham (prounounced BRAD-em), 6-2, 241, was originally a fourth round pick (105th overall) of the Buffalo Bills out of Florida State in 2012. In eight NFL seasons with the Bills (2012-15) and Philadelphia Eagles (2016-19), he has appeared in 118 games with 96 starts, posting career totals of 588 tackles (409 solo), 8.5 sacks, three interceptions 33 passes defensed, five forced...
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Saints linebacker Kaden Ellis cleared from COVID-19 list, long snapper Zach Wood to be cleared pending second negative test

  • News source: Madeleine Hudak
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It appears the New Orleans Saints’ innovative plans to keep the team healthy this offseason are thus far paying off. As reported by Nick Underhill, the only two players on the New Orleans roster to test positive are nearly in the clear.

Linebacker Kaden Ellis is officially off the COVID-19 list.

Long snapper Zach Wood tested negative on his first retest; pending the results of his test on August 7, Wood is nearly off the list as well.

The NFL has implemented comprehensive COVID-19 protocols to best ensure the viability of the 2020 NFL season. Major League Baseball’s COVID-19 wave makes...
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Source: Saints LB Kaden Elliss to be reinstated from reserve/COVID-19 list

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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New Orleans Saints linebacker Kaden Elliss will be reinstated to the active roster from the reserve/COVID-19 list after receiving negative coronavirus test results, a source told The Times-Picayune | New Orleans Advocate on Friday.

NewOrleans.Football first reported the news.

Elliss' reinstatement to the active roster comes just one day after he was first placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Just because a player is placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list doesn't mean they have tested positive for the virus. Players can be designated reserve/COVID-19 if a team fears they've been exposed to...
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CSC Podcast: Saints Sign Bradham, Fowler and Waive Ten Players

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New Orleans Saints analyst for Canal Steet Chronicles, Brenden Ertle, breaks down the Saints recent transactions ahead of training camp, signings, waived players and the players placed on physically unable to preform.

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 @NateJWSports.

Thanks for listening, and don’t miss the next show. Who Dat!
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4 weeks Saints Latavius Murray could be worth starting in fantasy football

  • News source: Hayden Reel
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Latavius Murray is one of the best #2 running backs in the NFL. In the two games in which Alvin Kamara missed last season, Murray combined for over 220 rushing yards and found the end zone four times for a total of 60 PPR fantasy points. Even with Kamara in the lineup, Murray managed to average 7 PPG in games in which he had six or more carries. So, which matchups will Murray be most worthy of a start this year? In leagues of 12 teams or more, I believe Murray will be worth FLEX consideration in a few games this year. Here are the top four I believe Murray could warrant a start in deeper...
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Saints head to Chicago in Week 8 against a quarterback TBD

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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We’ll continue a series of opponent preview posts for the New Orleans Saints opponents in 2020. Next, we’ll look at what appears to be our annual trip to the Windy City. Our friends over at Windy City Gridiron took some time to give us Saints fans the scoop on the Chicago Bears.

Notable free agent additions:

Robert Quinn (edge), Jimmy Graham (TE), Germain Ifedi (OG), and via trade Nick Foles (QB)


10 wins — Under. (but I could see a push being likely as well)

Most exciting rookie:

Cole Kmet may take a while to get acclimated to the pro game, as do most rookie tight ends...
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Ranking every NFL position group from 1-32

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NFL rosters are all relative, which is something that's often overlooked when analyzing them. It's easy to say a team is in "good shape" or "loaded" at a particular position, but the fact is each unit is only as good as it is relative to the league's other 31 teams.

That might seem like common sense, but you'd be surprised what you can learn and how your opinions are adjusted by actually sitting down and objectively (to the best of your ability) grading and/or ranking each positional unit of all 32 teams. This is a project I've done (and kept updated) each of the past several offseasons...
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Will 'playing with fire' finally burn Saints when salary cap plummets?

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METAIRIE, La. -- If the New Orleans Saints have taught us anything over the past decade, it’s that the salary cap is never as daunting as it seems.

General manager Mickey Loomis and vice president of football administration Khai Harley have become masters of pushing cap costs into future years -- a practice that has worked out for them while the NFL’s cap has continued to soar by more than $10 million per year in the past seven years.

The 2020 salary cap is $198.2 million per team. But because of lost revenues from the coronavirus pandemic, the NFL's 2021 cap could plummet to as low as...
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Fleur-de-Links, August 7: Sean Payton happy with Jameis Winston and two players added to reserve/COVID-19 list

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Officially licensed Saints face coverings are available for the first time, with partial proceeds from the sales going to the CDC Foundation.

Both safety Malcolm Jenkins and cornerback Janoris Jenkins are set to have a large impact on the Saints defense, with quotes from Marshon Lattimore and defensive coordinator Dennis Allen.

With the Saints current roster, the Saints do not need to add Jadeveon Clowney or Everson Griffin to the defensive line, though either edition would be “a luxury.”

Long snapper Zach Wood and linebacker Kaden Elliss have been put on the reserve/COVID-19 list...
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Saints place LB Kaden Eliss, long snapper Zach Wood on COVID-19/reserve list

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The Saints have made clear their focused efforts to avoid complications from COVID-189 infections, including a team hotel to help insulate the team during training camp.

However, a pair of players are already sidelined due to the virus.

Linebacker Kaden Ellis and long snapper Zach Wood were placed on the NFL’s COVID-19/reserve list Thursday. The duo are the first New Orleans players to be added to the list as the league copes with the pandemic. Twenty-five teams had placed at least one player on the list through Wednesday.

Players on the list have either tested positive or have come in...
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Saints place LS Zach Wood, LB Kaden Elliss on reserve/COVID-19 list

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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New Orleans Saints long snapper Zach Wood and linebacker Kaden Elliss have been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, according to Thursday's transactions.

The two are the first Saints to be placed on the newly created reserve list since its inception on July 26.

Just because a player is placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list doesn't mean they have tested positive for the virus. Players can be designated reserve/COVID-19 if a team fears they've been exposed to the virus and require quarantine.

NFL teams are not allowed to discuss the reasoning behind any player's placement on the...
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COVID-19 deadline has passed with no additional Saints opting out

  • News source: Kade Kistner
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The NFL’s COVID-19 opt-out deadline has now passed as of 3pm CST today. No additional New Orleans Saints players have chosen to opt-out of the season after tight ends Jason Vander Laan and Cole Wick made the decision late last month.

Multiple players across the league have decided to not participate in the season for personal reasons surrounding COVID-19. Most notably, the New England Patriots have a record eight players choosing to sit out.

This team is poised to make another run at a Super Bowl and every player understands what is at stake. Other than Vander Laan and Wick, no other...
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Top Performances of 2019: Michael Thomas breaks record in the Music City

  • News source: Matthew Terry
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Welcome back to another entry in the Top Performances of 2019 series. Going into this list, I wanted to give a shoutout to players whose big performances might not appear on the traditional stat sheet. Those that didn’t get the recognition they deserved (and then my first piece was about Teddy Bridgewater but just go with it).

That being said, there’s no way this list was going to happen without at least one of Michael Thomas’s ten 100-yard games.

It was hard to narrow down to just one of the ten games, so the easiest is Thomas’s dominant performance against the Tennessee Titans. This is...
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Do the Saints really need to add another defensive lineman?

  • News source: Kade Kistner
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The New Orleans Saints have had an incredibly productive off-season with the acquisitions of safety Malcolm Jenkins, wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders and a successful 2020 NFL Draft. Aside from the Baltimore Ravens, the Saints should be considered the most complete squad in the entire league heading into the 2020 season.

Despite the successful off-season, there seems to be no shortage of calls for New Orleans to add one of the premium defensive ends left on the free agent market in Jadeveon Clowney and Everson Griffin. That begs the question: should the Saints add another defensive lineman...
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