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Mike Detillier: The NFL’s changing look at college injuries

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By Mike Detillier / Sports Correspondent

We all have to adjust to things in life.

We are going through some unprecedented times today due to the Coronavirus outbreak that has spread across our nation.

The virus spread has also affected the scouting of college players for the NFL draft later this month.

This has impacted all of our lives and it trickles into the NFL and how they deal with players in college entering the league who have had injuries or have had off the field issues.

I’m a big believer that the smart folks in the NFL figure it out and find a way to make the right decision on who to select, but these times have thrown the league into doing things differently when it comes down to player rehabilitation. It will have an impact on players with injuries and also the call on players who have had issues off the field.

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa sustained a dislocated hip in the fall and he seems to be more than ahead of his rehab time with the hip injury, but his health status will raise more questions for teams picking early in the draft.

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Where do the Saints want to improve ahead of the 2020 NFL Draft?

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

What will the New Orleans Saints do in the 2020 NFL Draft? Few teams have been less predictable in recent years, thanks to the team’s strategy to plug roster holes through free agency, allowing them to maximize the talent available in each rookie class. That’s not something Saints coach Sean Payton expects to change soon, owing to a solid haul of veteran free agents and a number of important re-signings up and down the depth chart.

“Well, look, we’re going to be smart with the draft relative to the grades and paying attention to our board,” Payton said, emphasizing the team’s plan to draft the best players available, rather than force a pick at a position of need.

The Saints no longer have a huge vacancy at wide receiver, having paired Emmanuel Sanders up with Michael Thomas. They’ve arguably upgraded the secondary by bringing back Malcolm Jenkins, extending their contract with Janoris Jenkins, and retaining critical depth with...

Rating former A&M center Erik McCoy's first season in the NFL

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By Jeff Tarpley | 247 Sports

First-round selections in the NFL Draft tend to collect most of the pre and spot draft observations whether it be a mock draft or performance ratings after the season. However, ESPN rated the performance of the league's second-round selections from the 2019 draft and noted that 20 of them became starters. One of them was former Texas A&M center Erik McCoy who was a walk-in starter at the position and was given an "on his way" rating by the outlet's Mike Triplett.

Not only did McCoy fill a glaring need for the Saints after Pro Bowl center Max Unger retired last spring, but he was also widely praised as the top rookie center in the NFL last season. The 6-foot-4, 303-pounder actually led the Saints with 1,058 snaps while starting all 17 games, including the playoffs. Pro Football Focus had McCoy graded as the fourth-best center in the NFL -- and the only one with both a pass-blocking and run-blocking grade above 75.0. And the Saints' offense didn't miss much of a beat, tying for third in the NFL in points per game (28.6) and fewest sacks allowed (25).

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Drew Brees Bonds With His Kids While Self-Quarantining

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By John Newby | Pop Culture

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has been in self-quarantine due to the COVID-19 outbreak. He has joined millions in attempting to prevent the further spread of the virus. Unlike some people, however, Brees is able to spend time with his wife and children during this time.

The future Hall of Famer has posted several videos on his Instagram account since going into self-quarantine that show him bonding with his children. He and his wife, Brittany, have three boys — Callen, Bowen, and Baylen — and a daughter, Rylen. Brees has been keeping this quartet busy with a variety of pursuits, including basketball and gardening. Although some have been far more competitive in nature than others.

Whether they are trying to outperform each other on the basketball court or enjoying tasty beverages, the Brees children have been taking part in a wide variety of activities during the self-quarantine. Although they have also still have taken part in their daily schoolwork.

Here are some of the ways in which Brees has passed the time with his children while remaining away from the public eye. He has also given a glimpse into some of the nicer features of his home.
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Saints Draft Debate: Should it be Patrick Queen or Kenneth Murray at #24?

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By Kyle T. Mosely | SI

The New Orleans Saints have had a solid offseason in free agency. The team has signed and re-signed important players that will play major roles in contending for a Super Bowl 55 ring. Now the team's attention has turned to the 2020 NFL Draft. The debate is raging at the linebacker position. Should they select LSU's Patrick Queen or Oklahoma's Kenneth Murray at #24? Or, neither?

The Saints have signed and re-signed free-agent of veterans and leaders in QB Drew Brees, WR Emmanuel Sanders, and S Malcolm Jenkins. GM Mickey Loomis and his staff have maneuvered deals for key role players like QB Taysom Hill (1st round tender), G Andrus Peat, DT David Onyemata, LB Kiko Alonso, CB Janoris Jenkins, and LS Zach Wood. Also, creatively re-signed defensive depth with CB Patrick Robinson, DB P.J. Williams, DE Noah Spence, S D.J. Swearinger, and DB Justin Hardee. The Saints have most of their important pieces ready and locked in place for 2020. With that being said, mysteriously the void left by starting LB A.J. Klein has not been addressed by New Orleans. ...

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Saints Hall of Fame teammates remember Tom Dempsey

  • News source: Ken Trahan
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It is sobering to consider that many of the teammates Tom Dempsey had in New Orleans are no longer with us.

Fortunately, there are still some alive and well who befriended Dempsey and are saddened about his passing away late Saturday night but were willing to share their stories about Dempsey.

Danny Abramowicz, who played for the Saints from 1967-73 and was with Dempsey in 1969 and 1970 in New Orleans and was an inaugural inductee into the Saints Hall of Fame in...
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Saints By Position: Top 5 punters in franchise history

  • News source: Ken Trahan
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Field position plays a huge role in football at any level.

Having a punter who can flip the field with a long punt is a huge asset to have.

Having a punter who gets significant hang time is very important.

Having a punter who can handle snaps adeptly and get punts off quickly is a necessity.

The New Orleans Saints have been blessed with good punters over a significant period of time.

Here are my Top 5 punters in New Orleans Saints history:

Thomas Morstead was a...
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Tom Dempsey was ‘good, good, good, incredible’

  • News source: Ken Trahan
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Tom Dempsey lived a quality life.

The quality of life had long since disappeared from the existence of Tom on this earth.

He was robbed of his memory, of his health, of his speech.

The quality of love expressed by his wonderful family never disappeared.

They were always there for their husband, father and grandfather.

Most recently, I detailed Tom’s story and how he arrived at this place in time. He stared adversity in the face from birth and overcame it with...
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Flashback: Dempsey remembers record kick on anniversary

  • News source: Lenny Vangilder
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Editor’s Note: CCS’ Lenny Vangilder penned this column for FoxSportsSouthwest.com on the 40th anniversary of Tom Dempsey’s record 63-yard field goal on Nov. 8, 2010. Dempsey died Saturday from complications of coronavirus at the age of 73.

METAIRIE, La. – Forty years ago Monday, my mother was sick. It was just a 24-hour bug as I recall, but she was definitely sick on Nov. 8, 1970.

Any New Orleans native who’s at least that old can likely tell you where they were on...
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Gayle Benson on Tom Dempsey's death: 'He holds a special place' in hearts of Saints family

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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Iconic former New Orleans Saints kicker Tom Dempsey died Saturday night after a recent bout with coronavirus.

Dempsey is responsible for one of the greatest moments in franchise history — a 63-yard field goal as time expired to beat the Detroit Lions 19-17 in a 1970 game at Tulane Stadium. Dempsey's kick came from seven yards further out than the previous longest field goal kick in NFL history, and Dempsey held that record until 2013.

Sunday morning, Saints owner...
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Ex-Saints kicker Dempsey dies from coronavirus

  • News source: www.espn.com - New Orleans Saints
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Former New Orleans Saints kicker Tom Dempsey, who famously made a 63-yard field goal in 1970 despite being born without toes on his right kicking foot, has died due to complications of the coronavirus, his family told NOLA.com. He was 73.

Dempsey had been battling Alzheimer's disease and dementia. He was a resident at the Lambeth House senior living center in New Orleans, which has been hit hard by the virus. More than 50 residents have been affected, according to...
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Al Dupuy’s NFL Draft mock first round 2.0

  • News source: Al Dupuy
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Chase Young*​
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Isiah Simmons*​
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Alabama​
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Oregon​
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7. Panthers​
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Jeff Okudah*​
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Ohio St.​
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8. Cardinals​
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Tristan Wirfs*​
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Iowa​
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9. Jaguars​
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Mekhi Becton*​
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Louisville​
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10. Browns​
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Andrew Thomas*​
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Georgia​
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11. Jets​
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Jerry Jeudy*​
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Alabama​
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12. Raiders​
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Cee Dee Lamb*​
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Oklahoma​
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13. 49ers (via Colts)​
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Javon Kinlaw​
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South Carolina​
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14. Buccaneers​
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Jedrick Wills*​
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Alabama​
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15. Broncos​
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Henry Ruggs III*​
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Alabama​
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16. Falcons​
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K’Lavon Chaisson*​
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EDGE​
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LSU​
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17. Cowboys​
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Grant Delpit*​
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LSU​
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18. Dolphins (via Steelers)​
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Austin Jackson​
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USC​
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19. Raiders (via Bears)​
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Kenneth Murray*​
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Oklahoma​
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20. Jaguars (via Rams)​
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Iowa​
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21. Eagles​
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Tee Higgins*​
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Clemson​
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22. Bills (via Vikings)​
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Xavier McKinney*​
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Alabama​
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Jordan Love​
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24. Saints​
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Justin Jefferson*​
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LSU​
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25. Vikings​
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Laviska Shenault*​
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Colorado​
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26. Dolphins (via Texans)​
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Patrick Queen*​
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LSU​
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27. Seahawks​
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Yetur Gross-Matos*​
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Penn St.​
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28. Ravens​
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C. J. Henderson​
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Florida​
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29. Titans​
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Kristian Fulton​
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LSU​
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30. Packers​
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Danzel Mims​
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Baylor​
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31. 49ers​
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Brandon Alyuk​
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Arizona St.​
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32. Chiefs​
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D’Andre Smith*​
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RB​
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Georgia​
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Coronavirus takes life of Saints legend Tom Dempsey

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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We take a break from our regularly-scheduled 2006 Dome-coming coverage with a reminder that, no matter our best efforts to try to district from the world going on around us, there is still a global pandemic that is destroying lives.

Late last night, news broke that New Orleans Saints legend Tom Dempsey passed away after contracting coronavirus at age 73.

This is mere days after telling the world via a recorded video that he had seemingly recovered from his battle...
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Tom Dempsey dies after COVID-19 battle

  • News source: Charean Williams
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Only four days ago came word that Tom Dempsey had recovered from COVID-19. The good news was short lived.

The former NFL kicker died late Saturday of complications from the coronavirus, the Times-Picayne reports. Dempsey was 73.

Dempsey had battled Alzheimer’s disease and dementia since 2012. He was one of several residents of a senior living facility in New Orleans to contract COVID-19, testing positive March 25.

At least 15 residents at the Lambeth House...
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Tom Dempsey dead at age 73 after battle with COVID-19

  • News source: CCS Staff
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Tom Dempsey, whose 63-yard-field goal in 1970 set the NFL record and gave New Orleans Saints fans a rare raucous moment in the franchise’s lean early years, died late Saturday of complications from the novel coronavirus, his family told the Times Picayune. He was 73.

Dempsey — who overcame astronomical odds to establish what was then considered a virtually unbeatable record — contracted the virus in March during an outbreak at the Lambeth House retirement home in...
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Tom Dempsey, historic New Orleans Saints placekicker, dies at 73 after coronavirus battle

  • News source: BY RAMON ANTONIO VARGAS | Staff writer
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Tom Dempsey, whose 63-yard-field goal in 1970 set the NFL record and gave New Orleans Saints fans a rare raucous moment in the franchise's lean early years, died late Saturday of complications from the novel coronavirus, his family said. He was 73.

Dempsey — who overcame astronomical odds to establish what was then considered a virtually unbeatable record — contracted the virus in March during an outbreak at the Lambeth House retirement home in Uptown New Orleans...
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Saints vs. Falcons post-Katrina 'Domecoming': How to watch, listen to Monday night's special broadcast

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Get ready to re-live Saints history on Monday night.

With all live sports canceled or postponed due to the novel coronavirus, ESPN is filling its Monday night primetime slot with The Monday Night Football Classics series.

The series will rebroadcast five of the top MNF games from the past 15 years, with the Saints' 2006 Saints game vs. the Atlanta Falcons next up on the menu.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

The "Domecoming" game, one of the most memorable...
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Trump wants NFL season to start on time, sports fans to return in August: report

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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President Donald Trump told major league sports commissioners in a conference call that he believes the NFL season should start as scheduled in September, ESPN's Adam Schefter and Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Saturday.

On the call, Trump also said he wants fans back in sporting venues by August and September, according to the report. The August and September dates correspond with the kickoff to both college football and the NFL seasons.

Medical experts have not...
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Saints By Position: Top 5 safeties in franchise history

  • News source: Ken Trahan
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Patrolling the deep.

Providing the last line of defense.

Going against huge tight ends.

Lining up in the box to take on blockers and to make tackles.

There are many demands on the safety position, whether as a free or strong safety. There are many hybrid players who can handle all of the requirements.

The New Orleans Saints have been fortunate to have some very good safeties over the course of 53 seasons.

The very best was a ball hawk and a tremendous hitter...
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