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Saints’ plan to conduct NFL draft from Dixie Brewing scrapped due to new NFL rules

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By Amie Just The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate

The New Orleans Saints will no longer be allowed to draft out of the Dixie Brewing Company in New Orleans East, the team confirmed, because the NFL informed teams via memo on Monday that all clubs will be drafting virtually this year from home due to the coronavirus pandemic.

General managers, head coaches, assistant coaches and other executives must conduct draft business from their own homes, meaning teams can’t just gather at one person’s residence for the April 23-25 draft.

In the memo, the NFL cited competitive balance and how most states have state-wide stay-at-home orders.

The Saints first allowed the majority of their employees to work from home beginning on March 12. All facilities will remain closed indefinitely, the memo read, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero and ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The NFL offices have been closed since March 13 and all team facilities have been closed since at least March 26, regardless of state mandates. As of Monday, all the governors of states with NFL teams have enacted state-wide stay-at-home orders.

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Iconic post-Katrina Saints-Falcons game re-airs tonight

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By Michael Baca | NFL.com

Everyone loves a comeback story, and perhaps there is no better time for a symbolic display of perseverance.

Tonight, ESPN (8:00 p.m. ET) will re-air the iconic 2006 Monday Night Football matchup between the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons -- a game not remembered for its competitive esteem, but one that will forever symbolize the healing of a city.

Over 70,000 raucous fans packed the Louisiana Superdome for the Saints' first home game in the building since Hurricane Katrina forced the team to relocate for the 2005 season. It was the culmination of New Orleans' perseverance for the past year and all their pent-up emotion exploded in the opening minutes thanks to Steve Gleason's blocked punt which resulted in a Curtis Deloatch touchdown. Although the Saints never looked back from that infamous play and proceeded to blowout their NFC South archrival, the night will forever be an important one in Saints lore.

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Saints Draft Prospect: LB Patrick Queen

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By Bob Rose | SI

Over the last three seasons, the New Orleans Saints have rebuilt their linebacking corps from a glaring team weakness into a much more athletic unit. They signed A.J. Klein as a free agent away from division rival Carolina in 2017, then added Alex Anzalone in the 3rd round of that year’s draft. In 2018, they signed Demario Davis, who has had two All-Pro caliber seasons and evolved into one of the league’s best defensive players. Last season, they brought in Kiko Alonso in an early season trade with the Miami Dolphins after adding promising Kaden Elliss in the seventh round of the draft.

Despite improvements at the position, the linebacker spot is considered a need for the Saints as this month’s NFL draft approaches. Davis is a key to the success of the defense, but the Saints lost Klein in free agency, Elliss is unproven, and versatile backup Craig Robertson is best as a spot-starter when necessary. Anzalone has been terrific when he’s been able to stay in the lineup, but has missed 29 of 53 games in his three years because of shoulder injuries. Alonso has injury concerns of his own, after tearing his ACL for the third time in last year’s playoff loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

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Saints kickers past and present pay tribute to the late Tom Dempsey

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

The New Orleans Saints family lost a local legend over the weekend, when legendary kicker Tom Dempsey — famous for his 63-yard field goal back in 1970, which set an NFL record that lasted decades — lost his battle with the novel coronavirus. Dempsey and his family remained residents of New Orleans well after his playing career with the Saints ended, doing their part to join a community that had welcomed them with open arms.

Several other important place-kickers in Saints history recently stepped up to remember the trailblazer who, in Morten Anderson’s words, showed them how to be a pro:

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Saints Draft Prospect: CB A.J. Terrell

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By Bob Rose | SI

The New Orleans Saints will enter the 2020 season with one of the league’s best starting duos at cornerback. Marshon Lattimore and Janoris Jenkins form one of the NFL’s most formidable tandems against any receiving corps and will be one key to any defensive success this season. The depth behind Jenkins and Lattimore is a question though. Second-year defensive back Chauncey Gardner-Johnson was outstanding in the slot during his rookie campaign but could play more safety this season. The team re-signed P.J. Williams and restructured the contract of Patrick Robinson this offseason, but both players are often heavily targeted by opponents with success when they’re on the field. They also signed Deatrick Nichols out of XFL’s Houston Roughnecks in hopes he adds some ball-hawking ability to the position.

Today’s NFL is predicated on multi-receiver sets and multiple defensive backs being used to stop it, so New Orleans should address the lack of depth at this spot in the upcoming draft. The Saints own the 24th overall pick of the 1st round, along with selections in the 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th rounds. Some mock drafts have New Orleans grabbing a defensive player with their first-round choice, and there are several talented defensive backs who will be available. Today’s draft profile looks at one such player who has excelled at a college football powerhouse.

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Drew Brees snubbed from NFL 2010s All-Decade Team; Jordan, Evans, Sproles included

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By Kyle T. Mosley | SI

The NFL and Pro Football Hall of Fame released their list of 52 players for the 2010s All-Decade team. Three New Orleans Saints players were chosen, but not Drew Brees. DE Cameron Jordan, former G Jahri Evans, and KR/PR Darren Sproles made the roster. The voters had to choose from two quarterbacks for the team. Selected was former Patriots QB Tom Brady and current Packers QB Aaron Rodgers, but not Saints QB Drew Brees. Our staff compared Aaron Rodgers to Drew Brees statistics for that period. Rodgers' selection over Brees is puzzling. Brees has out-performed Rodgers in most important statistical categories in the decade. Brees has established several NFL records in the 2010s.

Brees' notable stats from the 2010s:
  • Passing Yards - 46,770 Yds
  • Passing TD's - 345 TDs
  • Pass Completions - 4,170; led NFL in completions 4 times/led in attempts twice
  • Pass Completion Percentage 69.5%; led NFL in Completion % 6 times (69.5%)
  • 345 TD and 127 INT (Led NFL in TDs twice)
  • Averaged 4,677 Yds/Yr; (led NFL 5 times; over 5,000 4 times)
  • 95-58 record (.621); 6 playoff appearances, 4-6 record
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Rebroadcast of Saints’ homecoming provides distraction and hope

  • News source: Les East
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Everybody was ready for some football.

A Monday night party.

So on Monday night, ESPN obliged by re-airing the Sept. 25, 2006 Monday Night Football game between the Saints and the Atlanta Falcons on the occasion of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome reopening 13 months after Hurricane Katrina.

Saints owner Gayle Benson suggested fans wear black and gold for the occasion even though they couldn’t gather at the Dome or anywhere else other than their individual homes to...
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Steve Gleason’s blocked punt and what it means to New Orleans

  • News source: Kade Kistner
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The New Orleans Saints returned to the Superdome on Monday Night Football in Week 3 of the 2006 NFL season. After an entire season away from New Orleans in which the Saints accrued a 3-13 record, fans were anxiously awaiting the home debut of new quarterback Drew Brees and head coach Sean Payton. However, the game would come to mean so much more than just a simple victory of 23-3 over their bitter rivals, the Atlanta Falcons. Instead, it resembled a rebirth of a city...
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As the Saints return to New Orleans, New Orleans returns to life

  • News source: Ross.Jackson
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A region devastated nearly a year ago is celebrating and partying in the streets, Showing, yet again, the resilience of this community. Perseverance is nothing new to New Orleans, nor to the Gulf Coast region. A population known for returning, rebuilding, and refining now experiences its rebirth.

On Monday night, with the Saints’ 23-3 victory against the rival Atlanta Falcons as they returned to the Superdome for the first time in 14 months, the city of New Orleans...
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'Prison workouts,' 'human weights' and 'Rocky IV': NFL players getting creative with workouts

  • News source: www.espn.com - New Orleans Saints
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New England Patriots Pro Bowl special-teams player Matthew Slater bought exercise equipment online so he could stay in shape now that most gyms, and NFL facilities, are closed during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Patriots captain then realized he already had workout accessories staring right at him. Slater turned his three children into what he called "human weights."

"Sometimes willingly and sometimes unwillingly, I hoist them up and put them to work," Slater said...
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Fleur-de-Links, September 26: Saints celebrate victory over Falcons in Superdome return

  • News source: Adam Dunnells
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A recap of the Saints 23 - 3 victory over the Falcons.

Falcoholic writer Evan Birchfield answers 5 questions ahead of week 3 game.

A first-hand report of the Saints return game at the Superdome.

A handful of predictions ahead of the Saints game against the Falcons.

Green Day and U2 unite to perform at the Saints first game back in the Superdome.

Saints become 3-0 after a triumph over the Atlanta Falcons.

An article that highlights the biggest moments of the...
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Cameron Jordan conflicted over Tom Brady coming to NFC South: “This is going to be super, super weird”

  • News source: Curtis Crabtree
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Fans aren’t the only ones expecting to be somewhat puzzled by the look of Tom Brady in a uniform other than that of the New England Patriots this fall.

New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan will have to see it at least twice if the schedule proceeds as normal. It’s a reality Jordan is still coming to terms with after Brady signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last month.

“What was I 9 or 10 when he first got drafted by the Patriots? I mean this is going...
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Here's what Steve Gleason saw watching Saints-Falcons 2006 Domecoming replay for the first time

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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Steve Gleason doesn’t just know the moment; he’s the embodiment of the moment.

It’s frozen in time with a commemorative statue near the southeast corner of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome — his famed punt block in the Saints’ return to New Orleans post-Katrina that sent the Who Dat faithful into an emotional frenzy that still resonates nearly 14 years later.

Gleason’s seen countless replays of his block, and it’s become one of New Orleans’ lasting symbols of...
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Saints Demolish Falcons 23-3, Move to 3-0

  • News source: JR Ella
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In their first season back in New Orleans after the devastation of hurricane Katrina, the New Orleans Saints (2-0) came into tonight’s contest against the Atlanta Falcons (2-0) as the surprise team of the young NFL season, New Orleans went on the road and defeated the Cleveland Browns 19-14 in week one, before beating the Packers 34-27 in Green Bay last week.

Tonight however, was special for several reasons: this was the “Domecoming.” The first football game in a...
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Saints to scrap Dixie Brewery war room plans as NFL sets remote drafting parameters

  • News source: CCS Staff
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Even the best laid plans aren’t always a sure thing to work out.

The New Orleans Saints announced last week they would have their NFL Draft war room inside Gayle Benson-owned Dixie Brewery in late April. It appeared to be a strong solution to the limitations of social distancing caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has told teams all drafting must be held remotely with no central physical location for executives and staff except...
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Saints vs. Falcons 2006: Week 3 Open Thread

  • News source: Wallace Delery
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The undefeated New Orleans Saints face the undefeated Atlanta Falcons tonight in the Saints’ return to the Louisiana Superdome! This is undoubtedly the single most anticipated moment in the Saints’ 40-year history and we have all waited a very, very long time for this day to come. Monday Night Football may be new to ESPN this year, as it has moved over from ABC where it aired for 35 years, but it is certainly not new to the city of New Orleans, where the marquee game...
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Marty Hurney: Teddy Bridgewater has “won everywhere he’s been”

  • News source: Charean Williams
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Panthers General Manager Marty Hurney won’t get into specifics about why the team released Cam Newton. Hurney, though, was effusive when asked about Newton’s replacement.

The Panthers signed Teddy Bridgewater a day after releasing Newton last month.

“He’s a very talented quarterback,” Hurney said of Bridgewater, via Bill Voth of the team website. “I’ve always liked him. He’s got great feet in the pocket. I think he’s got good vision, a quick release. He’s got good...
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The best of Saints players and fans live-tweeting 2006 Superdome homecoming

  • News source: www.espn.com - New Orleans Saints
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On Sept. 25, 2006, the New Orleans Saints were returning to the rebuilt Superdome for the first time after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city and forced the team to spend an entire season out of town.

It was one of the most memorable nights not only in Saints history, but New Orleans history. The Saints were 3.5-point home underdogs but beat the rival Atlanta Falcons 23-3 on Monday Night Football in the home debuts of coach Sean Payton, quarterback Drew Brees...
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John Bel Edwards encourages watching Saints' 'rebirth' game, donations to Gayle Benson's coronavirus fund

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards knows what he's doing Monday night.

Like many Louisianians and sports fans around the country, he's tuning into ESPN's re-airing of the New Orleans Saints' 'Domecoming' game against the Atlanta Falcons from Sept. 25, 2006.

And he's encouraging people to continue to stay at home and watch the game as well when it kicks off at 7 p.m. CT.

"One of the things that we like to do in Louisiana to come together and an experience we can...
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We're all in this together: Who Dats wear black and gold ahead of 2006 'Domecoming' replay

  • News source: Staff report
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Saints fans needed this.

ESPN is re-broadcasting landmark games from the past 15 years during its Monday Night Football Classics series, a welcome distraction as the coronavirus emergency erases pro sports schedules.

On Monday (April 6) the series gets Who Dats' hearts beating with the Saints' 2006 Saints game vs. the Atlanta Falcons.

Sure, we're sitting at home alone instead of in our hallowed section of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. But we can still share the...
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