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Saints Eyeing Up the Enemy: Minnesota Vikings

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By Bob Rose | SI

The New Orleans Saints hope to give their fans a 2020 Christmas gift when they host a longtime postseason nemesis on Christmas Day in Week 16 of the NFL season, the Minnesota Vikings. It will be the 36th meeting between the Saints and Vikings all-time, which includes five playoff showdowns, with Minnesota holding a 23-12 advantage in the series, including a 4-1 record against the Saints in the postseason. The Vikings also have a 9-8 record against the Saints in New Orleans, site of this holiday clash, where the Saints have just a 1-2 record in the playoffs against their conference rivals. Minnesota has snuffed out the Saints chances for a second Super Bowl championship in two of the last three seasons in the final seconds of regulation or overtime.

The Vikings defeated the Saints on January 14, 2018, during a divisional-round matchup in Minnesota 29-24 when WR Stefon Diggs took advantage of a blown coverage and missed tackle to score a game-winning 61-Yd touchdown reception on the game's final play. Last season, Minnesota marched into New Orleans and upset the heavily favored Saints in the 1st round of the playoffs, 26-20 in overtime. Head coach Sean Payton and QB Drew Brees are 5-4 against Minnesota, 3-2 at home, since their arrival to New Orleans in 2006, including a 31-28 dramatic home victory in overtime of the 2010 NFC Championship Game that sent the Saints to their only Super Bowl.

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Marcus Williams ranked among NFL's best safeties

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

It’s tough to overlook the few bad moments that Marcus Williams has turned in during his New Orleans Saints career, considering how bright the spotlights have been on him at times. But fans should remember that there is more to Williams than a missed tackle here or an ugly facemask penalty there. He’s one of the NFL’s brightest young stars at safety for his consistent, high level of play on a snap-by-snap basis.

That’s the argument made by Mark Schofield over at Touchdown Wire, where he listed Williams among the game’s top tier of talented safeties. Williams is on the same level as players like Earl Thomas, Tyrann Mathieu, Minkah Fitzpatrick, and Harrison Smith. Here’s some of what Schofield wrote to justify that lofty praise:

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Alvin Kamara Reacts To Derrick Henry’s New Contract

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By Matt Hladik | The Spun

New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara was just one of many people to offer his reaction to Derrick Henry’s new contract.

The running back fraternity is a tight one. Whenever one standout at the position gets paid, it elicits positive reactions from many other stars. They know that in an NFL landscape that increasingly devalues running backs, its good for everybody if one guy gets big money.

Henry and the Tennessee Titans came in just before the deadline with a four-year, $50 million contract. Over $25 million of that pact is guaranteed, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

No sooner did news of the deal become public, Kamara took to Twitter to shout out his buddy Henry.

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10 questions with New Orleans Saints assistant head coach Dan Campbell

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Campbell enters his fifth season as assistant head coach

By Sam Shannon | NewOrleansSaints.com

Dan Campbell enters his fifth season as the New Orleans Saints' assistant head coach/tight ends, bringing 21 years of NFL experience, 11 as a player and 10 as a coach. In 2019, Campbell mentored Pro Bowl tight end Jared Cook, who posted 43 receptions for 705 yards (career-high 16.4 avg.) and a career-high nine touchdowns, with his receiving average ranked first in the NFL at the position and his scoring grabs ranked second. Josh Hill had a career-high 25 receptions for a career-best 226 yards and three touchdowns. This season, Campbell will be tasked with getting Saints 2020 draft pick Adam Trautman up to speed at the NFL level. https://www.neworleanssaints.com/ne...eans-saints-assistant-head-coach-dan-campbell

Q: What are your impressions of Adam Trautman?

Campbell:
Yeah, man there were a number of things. He was a guy that I felt like popped off (on) the tape. I know that he went to a smaller school, but when you watched his film there was something about him. He's just got this twitch about him. He's got some quickness. He can beat man coverage, he did it repeatedly (in college). He's good in zone, good with the ball in his hands and then you see him line up and put his hand in the ground and get after people in the run...

Jon Stinchcomb believes Saints are built to handle crazy offseason

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By WGNO Web Desk

NEW ORLEANS, La.
– The New Orleans Saints continued its legend series, highlighting former Saints greats, with Super Bowl Champion and Pro Bowl Offensive Tackle, Jon Stinchcomb.

Stinchcomb was a 2nd round pick out of the University of Georgia in the 2003 NFL Draft, playing his entire career with the Saints from 2003-10.

After retirement, Stinchcomb pursued a career in sports broadcasting and is now a television analyst for the New Orleans Saints’ preseason games.

Stinchcomb, like many Saints greats before him, is very knowledgeable about the organization and the culture that has been established there.

He says that he is not surprised that the team is always in the Super Bowl discussion, and with all of the pieces they added this off-season, he believes they have a strong chance at a Super Bowl run.

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Saints’ Jameis Winston parts ways with agent months after deal with New Orleans

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By Joseph Nocco | Clutch Points

Not only does former Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston officially have a new team, but it also appears the current New Orleans Saints signal caller will have some new representation as well. Only a few months after becoming an unrestricted free agent en route to joining the Saints to serve as the team’s backup under center to longtime starting quarterback Drew Brees, Winston has reportedly elected to move on from agent Joel Segal.

Despite initially seeking a contract that could be worth up to $30 million per season, Winston ultimately signed with the Saints for the 2020-21 campaign at just over $1 million.

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Latest Saints News

Ranking the NFL's top 10 cornerbacks: The new wave of shutdown stalwarts

  • News source: www.espn.com - New Orleans Saints
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To preview the 2020 NFL season, we asked more than 50 league executives, coaches, scouts and players to help us stack the top 10 players at 11 positions (sorry, special-teamers). The results might surprise you. They surprised me.

Here's how it worked: Voters gave their best 10 to 15 players at a position, then we compiled the results and ranked candidates based on number of top-10 votes, composite average, interviews and research. We had several ties, so we broke them by isolating the two-man matchup with additional voting and follow-up calls. Each section is packed with quotes and...
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Fleur-de-Links, July 16: Saints “Madden 21” rating released and Marcus Williams receives high praise

  • News source: Adam Dunnells
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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.

The New Orleans Saints are the highest-rated team in Madden 21, with players like Michael Thomas, Cam Jordan, and Drew Brees coming in at an overall of 98, 96, and 93, respectively.

A look at the depth at cornerback on the New Orleans Saints roster, with small profiles on Marshon Lattimore, Janoris Jenkins, P.J. Williams, and Patrick Robinson.

A look at some of Emmanuel Sanders’ traits, such as route running, and how he can benefit the Saints at...
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Tyrann Mathieu to pay for funeral for 9-year-old New Orleans shooting victim

  • News source: Darin Gantt
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New Orleans will always be a part of Tyrann Mathieu, and he’s doing his part to help during a tragedy that hit his hometown.

Via Luke Johnson of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the Chiefs safety will pay for the funeral of a 9-year-old boy who was shot and killed Monday.

Devante Bryant was killed during a triple shooting in the 7th Ward, and two other children were injured. Police don’t have a suspect at the moment. The funeral is scheduled for July 31, which would have been Devante’s 10th birthday.

“I wanted to help the Bryant family because I am from the 7th Ward and I felt that...
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Judge denies request to unseal records from Tom Benson competency proceedings

  • News source: Curtis Crabtree
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A New Orleans judge dismissed a request to unseal records related to the competency of former Saints owner Tom Benson on Tuesday.

According to Jim Mustian of the Associated Press, multiple news organizations had been seeking the release of the records as a corollary to the team lending assistance to the Archdiocese of New Orleans regarding the public relations response to a clergy sex abuse scandal.

Benson had rewritten his will to grant ownership of the team to his third wife, Gayle, upon his passing. Benson’s family fought the will as they alleged he wasn’t mentally fit to author a new...
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Report: Tyrann Mathieu to pay funeral costs for 9 year old shot in New Orleans

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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Kansas City Chiefs safety and New Orleans native Tyrann Mathieu is paying the funeral costs for Devante Bryant, a 9-year-old who was shot and killed in the 7th Ward Monday.

"I wanted to help the Bryant family because I am from the 7th Ward and I felt that pain," Mathieu said in a TMZ report. "I have a 7-year-old son that lives in New Orleans and I couldn’t imagine something happening to him at that age. He is only 2 years younger than Devante."

Bryant was fatally shot in a triple shooting Monday evening in the 7th Ward. Two other children were wounded in the shooting, for which police do...
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NFL's top offensive weapons? Saints behind these 5 teams in ESPN ranking

  • News source: BY JEFF NOWAK | Staff writer
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When it comes to the NFL's top offensive arsenals the Saints don't crack the top five for the 2020 season, according to ESPN.

New Orleans clocks in at No. 6 in the annual ranking that grades each team's weapons independently of the quarterback position, up slightly from No. 7 a year ago.

"The most important thing for an NFL team is to find a franchise quarterback," writes ESPN's Bill Barnwell. "The second-most important thing might be surrounding that quarterback with weapons."

A pair of the Saints' NFC South foes rank just ahead of New Orleans in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Carolina...
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Former Saints WR Kenny Stills among 87 arrested at protest of Breonna Taylor's killing

  • News source: THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Eighty-seven demonstrators who gathered at the home of Kentucky's attorney general to demand justice for Breonna Taylor have been arrested, police said.

Former Saints and current Texans wide receiver Kenny Stills was among those arrested.

Protesters with the social justice organization Until Freedom gathered for a sit-in on the front yard of a Louisville home owned by Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron on Tuesday afternoon, news outlets reported.

Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman, was fatally shot when police officers burst into her Louisville apartment...
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Saints Madden 21 Ratings Revealed

  • News source: BrendenErtle
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As the 2019 NFL season concluded so did Madden 20. As the new season approaches so does the next Madden. It is set to release August 28th, but they are slowly starting to reveal the player and team ratings. You can pre-order Madden 20 here.

All player ratings haven’t been leaked yet but here is what we know so far...

To most Madden fans this looks like a very low overall but the Saints are atop the NFL in team overall with the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens tied for 2nd at 84 overall and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in third with 83 overall.

Cant Guard Mike is tied for the highest...
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Judge will not unseal files on Saints owner

  • News source: www.espn.com - New Orleans Saints
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A judge has denied a request by news organizations including The Associated Press to unseal court records involving the mental competency of billionaire Tom Benson when he rewrote his will to give his third wife ownership of the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans sports franchises.

The news outlets argued public interest in the 2015 case had been heightened by revelations this year that Saints executives engaged in a behind-the-scenes public relations campaign to help the Archdiocese of New Orleans contain the fallout from a clergy abuse crisis.

"Legitimate questions are being raised about...
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How Emmanuel Sanders can boost Saints offense at WR2, 2019 comparison

  • News source: Ross.Jackson
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Arguably the biggest New Orleans Saints signing this was their two-year deal with wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders. After Ted Ginn Jr. wasn’t re-signed, man had wondered if Mickey Loomis and the Saints staff could find a way to land the Super Bowl champion wideout and add a welcomed boost to the pass-catching group outside of Michael Thomas.

In 2017, it felt like every piece was falling into place. New Orleans had shipped off Brandin Cooks and signed veteran speedster Ted Ginn Jr. who had a more than decent first season catching passes from Drew Brees.

That season, Ginn racked up 53...
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Fleur-de-Links, July 15: A close look at Cam Jordan and news on Saints 2020 road game

  • News source: Adam Dunnells
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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.

Clutch Points name Danny Abramowicz, current wide receiver Michael Thomas, Eric Martin, Joe Horn, and Marques Colston as the top 5 wide receivers in Saints history.

The Philadelphia Inquirer notes that a city ordinance restricts fans from attending any professional games this year, meaning that the road game against the Philadelphia Eagles will be played with no fans in the stadium.

Effective man coverage would force quarterbacks to hold the ball...
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Saints' road opponent Eagles likely to play games with no fans, per Philadelphia city officials

  • News source: BY ROD WALKER | Staff writer
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At least one New Orleans Saints game this season looks like it will be played in an empty stadium.

According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, city officials in Philadelphia said fans wouldn't be allowed to attend any professional games this year because of safety concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Saints are scheduled to travel and play the Philadelphia Eagles on Dec. 13.

According to the report, city officials in Philadelphia have been in contact with the Eagles about playing with no fans.

“(We) told them our expectations are that they don’t have fans,” said Brian Abernathy...
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Jon Stinchcomb: Saints' continuity should be an advantage as NFL returns

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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Former New Orleans Saints offensive lineman Jon Stinchcomb never had to prepare for a season during a pandemic, but he believes his old club might be well equipped to handle the challenges of the present moment.

Speaking via video teleconference Tuesday, Stinchcomb said New Orleans can draw strength from its organizational stability as it prepares to begin what almost certainly promises to be a challenging season.

He said finding the proper way to properly mesh several dozen personalities together and build a unified team takes time — something that will not be afforded to any NFL team...
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Report: NFLPA worried about opening camps in “hot spot” cities

  • News source: Darin Gantt
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Training camps are scheduled to open in two weeks, but there’s plenty of uncertainty about the ability to safely do so.

Specifically, the NFLPA has concerns about opening in places where COVID-19 infection rates are highest.

Via to Mark Maske of the Washington Post, a union source made the reservations clear.

“We have one question that encapsulates it all: Does it make sense for the NFL to open up training camps in ‘hot spot’ cities right now?” the source said Tuesday.

The league is still considering contingencies (and is still working on reaching agreements with the NFLPA regarding...
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