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New Orleans Saints rookie tackle Trevor Penning taking small steps toward eventual goal

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'You've got to earn the spot'

By John DeShazier | Senior Writer -

Trevor Penning isn't expecting any handouts.

He wants to start at left tackle for the New Orleans Saints, who selected him in the first round (No. 19 overall) of this year's draft, and the path to that status was aided by the fact that Terron Armstead signed with Miami as an unrestricted free agent.

But even men as mountainous as Penning (6 feet 7, 322 pounds) understand that small steps have to be taken.

"That's the goal, (but) you've got to earn it," said Penning, an All-American at Northern Iowa and the only offensive lineman in Football Championship Subdivision to be a finalist for the Walter Payton Award, presented annually to the FCS national offensive player of the year. "That's really the goal – (but) you've got to earn the spot. Improve every day and go from there."

The first steps were made last weekend, at the Saints' rookie minicamp, where Penning began the process of settling in as an NFL player.

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Analysis How Jarvis Landry’s conversations with Jameis Winston helped lead the receiver to the Saints

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by Nick Underhill |

Jameis Winston didn’t go into sales mode because all he had to do was tell his truth.

When Jarvis Landry and Winston spoke this offseason, the wide receiver listened to the Saints’ quarterback as he explained how the team operates and the culture in place. Winston couldn’t say enough good things about the coaching staff. All of this was what Landry wanted to hear.

“I want to walk into a situation where the culture is set, walk into a situation where everybody’s working on one accord,” Landry said. “That’s something that’s very important to me at this stage in my career.”

After their first conversation, Landry wanted to keep talking. So, they talked more about the dynamics of the receiver room and how Landry would fit into the mix. The wide receiver became convinced that he would have opportunities to make plays and that he shared a vision with Winston on how that was going to happen.

“He’s gonna throw, and he’s gonna make plays, and he’s gonna trust his guys to make plays for him,” Landry said. “And as a receiver, that’s all you need, that’s all you want.” ...

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Saints Waive OL Eric Wilson

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For now, there won't be any confusion with the Saints having two Eric Wilson's in training camp. According to the NFL Transaction Wire from Tuesday, the team has waived Penn State offensive lineman Eric Wilson.

Wilson was one of 17 undrafted rookie free agents to join the team at the end of April, and he becomes the second quick casualty after Cincinatti linebacker Joel Dublanko was waived on Monday. The team added veteran linebacker Eric Wilson and Devine Ozigbo in five reported transactions.

Wilson should be fine, as he's actually a Harvard psychology undergrad. When we previewed the...
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Recent shoulder surgery would complicate a potential Drew Brees return

  • News source: Mike Florio
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While it’s still unclear from a Sunday night tweet whether future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees is truly thinking about coming back to football (one more tweet could clear it up quickly), there’s one specific complication to any desire to play football.

As noted by Peter King in his latest Football Morning in America column, Brees had left shoulder surgery on May 2. ESPN’s Ed Werder added earlier today that Brees “would be physically unable to play until at least September or October.”

Again, if there was a joke in the original Brees tweet, it’s far from obvious. He has tweeted...
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Alontae Taylor, Tennessee’s Cookie Man, now a Saints rookie

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The New Orleans Saints took a hit in the secondary following the conclusion of the 2021 NFL campaign.

It’s tough to lose both starting safeties but Marcus Williams signed with the Ravens and Malcolm Jenkins retired soon after.

New Orleans made out fine in response to the losses though, adding veterans Tyrann Mathieu, Marcus Maye and Daniel Sorensen to strengthen that spot.

At corner and nickel, the Saints are loaded with Marshon Lattimore and Paulsen Adebo, Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Bradley Roby and Ken Crawley as experienced options with starting experience.

However, life in the NFL...
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Doug Marrone hopes 'third time's the charm' with Saints, while Kodi Burns grateful for 1st NFL job

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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It's been 14 years since Doug Marrone last roamed the halls at the New Orleans Saints headquarters.

In that time, he's been a head coach three times with Syracuse, the Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars, and had a 1-year stint with Alabama as its offensive line coach. Now, he's returned for his third stint in New Orleans, this time as the offensive line coach.

But the passage of time hasn't made anything about his return to New Orleans weird. For him, it feels "more comfortable," he said Saturday.

"No disrespect for anywhere else I've been, I think when you're here — this is what...
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Contract details are in for 3 Saints rookies; see details for Chris Olave, D'Marco Jackson, Jordan Jackson

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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With rookie minicamp in the rearview mirror and the next wave of offseason workouts on the horizon, the New Orleans Saints have placed most of their rookies in the books.

Four of the Saints' five draft picks have signed their contracts and those details for three of them — first-round draft pick Chris Olave, fifth-round pick D'Marco Jackson and sixth-round pick Jordan Jackson were made available on Tuesday through a Times-Picayune league source.

Penning's details were available last week and second-round pick Alontae Taylor has not yet signed.

Olave, the Saints' first pick in this...
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2022 Saints Hall of Fame Biloxi Celebration set for June 9-10

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The sixth annual Biloxi Saints Hall of Fame Celebration is set for Thursday, June 9 and Friday, June 10.

On Thursday night, June 9, the Saints Hall of Fame Reception/Auction is set for 7-10 o’clock in the third floor Grand Ballroom of IP Casino Resort Spa at 850 Bayview Avenue in Biloxi.

The event features up to 25 prominent former New Orleans Saints players, a silent auction of sports memorabilia, a live auction of Saints items and outstanding food and drink from the outstanding restaurants of IP.

All celebrities are available for pictures and autographs.

Tickets are $40 per person...
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Saints 2022 schedule: Game-by-game predictions, from Week 1 to Week 18

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There are a lot of question marks heading into the 2022 NFL season for the New Orleans Saints. They didn’t get the full look last year at Jameis Winston that they wanted, but what they did see was promising. Dennis Allen is taking over as head coach for the first time in New Orleans, Pete Carmichael is in charge of the offense now. No one really knows how it will play out.

The draft and free agency seems to point to the fact that the Saints believe that they will be in the running this season. They’ve brought in accomplished veterans at positions of need and great culture fits in Tyrann...
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Why adding Jarvis Landry could be the final piece of a nightmarish Saints offense for opponents

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Bring em’ home!

Just when you thought things couldn’t get any more exciting for New Orleans Saints fans after signing New Orleans’ own Tyrann Mathieu, the team made a splash addition with adding another familiar face from the state of Louisiana.

Jarvis “Juice” Landry, a Louisiana high school football and LSU legend is returning home to play for the team he grew up watching as a kid. A move that has sent the city of New Orleans in shambles... in a positive way.

The signing of Landry makes the Saints receiver room the most complete it has been since Thomas, Cooks and Snead were together...
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Breaking down the Saints strength of schedule: What’s their ceiling?

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Training camp nears closer, and all regular season schedules have been released. The schedule is fairly tough for New Orleans but with the offseason moves Dennis Allen and the front office have made, it’s hard not to feel confident about every matchup listed.

WEEKS 1-6: Atlanta, Tampa Bay, Carolina, Minnesota, Seattle, Cincinnati

The Saints open up the season with three of their first six games in the dome (Minnesota game in London), an ideal schedule to start the season off hot and leave room for error down the line. Looking at these first six games, 4-2 should be the bare minimum. New...
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3 Areas of Concern for the Saints Defense Heading Towards OTAs

  • News source: Bob Rose
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Throughout most of coach Sean Payton's 16-year tenure with the franchise, the New Orleans Saints were known for elite offensive production. Over the last four seasons, that narrative has changed to people who follow the team.

New Orleans has owned one of the league's top run defenses since 2018. For the last two years, they've ranked near the top of the NFL in several defensive categories.

The Saints defense reached dominant levels through most of the 2021 season. They carried an offense that slipped to the bottom of the league because of injuries and ineffective depth. They nearly...
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Division favorites, win totals and the NFL's best (and worst) teams: Takeaways from the 2022 projections

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The Bills might have ended last season with a coin flip and heartbreak, but according to ESPN's Football Power Index, they enter the 2022 NFL season as the best team in football and the Super Bowl favorites.

Buffalo leads ESPN's FPI preseason ratings -- which were released on Tuesday -- and is about a half-point clear of Green Bay, the model's No. 2 team. Projections-wise, our FPI rankings see a fairly even field, with the Bills at the top with a 7% chance to win Super Bowl LVII, followed closely by the Rams (7%), Packers (6%), Chiefs (6%) and Chargers (6%).

But what is our Football...
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Fleur-de-Links, May 17: Jarvis Landry attempts to recruit Odell Beckham Jr.

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Sean Payton will reportedly be a studio analysts for FOX for the 2022 NFL season.

The Saints have signed running back Devine Ozigbo and linebacker Eric Wilson and have waived center Cohl Cabral, linebacker Josh Dublanko, and wide receiver Jalen McCleskey.

Saints head coach Dennis Allen said that he believes that Drew Brees’s suggestion that he might play football again was “made in jest,” and added, “we certainly haven’t had any conversations in that regard.”

Saints general manager Mickey Loomis has also reportedly not spoken to Drew Brees about a return, seemingly in line with Dennis...
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Saints sign Devine Ozigbo

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The Saints did some post-rookie minicamp roster shuffling on Monday.

The team announced the signing of running back Devine Ozigbo and confirmed the reported signing of linebacker Eric Wilson. They waived center Cohl Cabral, linebacker Joel Dublanko, and wide receiver Jalen McCleskey in corresponding moves.

Ozigbo was released by the Patriots after New England selected a pair of running backs in this year’s draft. He had two previous stints with the Saints and played in two games for the team last season. He’s also appeared in 19 games for the Jags and has 12 catches for 65 yards and 11...
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Mickey Loomis sees extra emotion bringing Tyrann Mathieu and Jarvis Landry home

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The Saints have recently signed two Louisiana natives and LSU stars in defensive back Tyrann Mathieu and wide receiver Jarvis Landry, and Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis says those two players were particularly excited to become Saints.

“Both these guys, Tyrann and Jarvis, it’s a little bit unique when you bring somebody back to their home] state and their home territory,” Loomis said, via “Just the excitement that both those guys had; they’re veteran players who have been around the league and have been really accomplished for a number of years, and yet they’re like kids...
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Jameis Winston’s knee injury last season has him “hungrier” going into this season

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Jameis Winston became a starting quarterback again last season, but it lasted only seven games. He injured his knee in an Oct. 31 game against the Buccaneers, requiring season-ending surgery.

With Winston rehabbing and a free agent, the offseason began with uncertainty about the Saints’ starting quarterback for 2022. The Saints, though, didn’t acquire Deshaun Watson and re-signed Winston, so Winston returns for some unfinished business.

“I just got hungrier,” Winston told NFL Media. “I got hungrier, because now it’s just an admiration and a passion I got for the game, but the hunger I...
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Fore!Kids Foundation team wins Saints Hall of Fame Celebrity Golf Classic

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It happened in 2019.

It has happened again in 2021.

The Fore!Kids Foundation team of Zurich Classic executive director Steve Worthy, Jonathan Jeter, Robert Emmett, Brett Lemoine once again won the 29th Annual Saints Hall of Fame Celebrity Golf Classic tournament at Chateau Country Club in Kenner with a score of 47 in the scramble format event. Their celebrity participant was New Orleans Saints quarterback Ian Book.

The team that won the event in 2021 from Cajun Breaker in Lafayette featuring Taylor Bourque, Chris Meche, Mike Johnson, Bryan Ryles and New Orleans Saints wide...
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