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Saints Post-Draft Roster: Safety

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By Bob Rose | SI

The New Orleans Saints were able to keep most of their talented core this offseason, even re-signing several of their own free agents. One player that they could not keep was SS Vonn Bell, who would ultimately sign with the Cincinnati Bengals. Bell was among the team leaders in tackles for each of his four years and improved his pass coverage in each season. New Orleans moved quickly to replace Bell’s talents, signing eleven-year veteran and former Saint S Malcolm Jenkins.

New Orleans is deep and talented at the safety position, but the unit has been partially responsible for giving up some big plays in crucial moments over the last three seasons. Other than the addition of Jenkins, the Saints had little activity at this position during the offseason but will also return two players from injury that missed last season.

In our final position preview of the Saints post-draft roster, we look over the last line of defense for the New Orleans defense.

SAFETY
  • Malcolm Jenkins
  • Marcus Williams
  • Chauncey Gardner-Johnson
  • D.J. Swearinger
  • J.T. Gray
  • Saquan Hampton
  • Chris Johnson
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Moving Ty Montgomery to Receiver Is the Key to the New Orleans Saints’ Success

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By Greg Layfield | LWOS

Last week, this article was published about the pure talent of the 2020 New Orleans Saints roster. The Emmanuel Sanders signing got all the publicity and for good reason. Sanders will fill the role of the second receiver opposite of Michael Thomas. For the success of the entire team, the roster greatly needs a number three receiver. With signing Ty Montgomery, they very well could have found the guy to fill the role. Ty Montgomery came into the league as a wide receiver. With the Green Bay Packers, he made the change to running back late in 2016 due to team-need. With his wide-ranged skill set, Montgomery can be a backup to Alvin Kamara and still contribute to the offense at receiver. Moving Montgomery back to the receiver position could be key to the Saints’ success in 2020.

New Orleans Saints Can Benefit Greatly by Moving Ty Montgomery Back to Wide Receiver

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Sean Payton Talks Coronavirus and Saints Offseason; Gotham Chopra On Tom Brady Doc

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Saints coach Sean Payton has been the NFL’s most prominent coronavirus patient.
He opens up about what it was like, how his plasma donation has made a difference
and what he likes about the Saints’ offseason plans. Plus, producer Gotham Chopra
talks all about Tom Brady's upcoming documentary—and why it’s not The Last Dance


By Albert Breer | Sports Illustrated

Sean Payton’s pretty recognizable on the Gulf Coast, so being stopped by someone isn’t the rarest occasion for a guy who’s been the Saints coach for a decade and a half. But there was a point in April, when all of us knew less about COVID-19 than we do now, where his recent history—having had COVID-19 in March—gave him a sort of encounter he’s not used to having.

He’d stopped at a gas station off the interstate in Mobile, Ala., and was in line at the Subway inside with his car sitting at the pump. A couple football fans were there too and, in a weird, only-in-2020 twist, they were being sure to keep their distance.

“And I could tell the customers in front of me, they saw that I was the head coach. But then I could also tell there was this elephant in the room,” Payton said, laughing at the memory of it. “And I’m like, ‘Hey, I’m clear. I’m clean, I’m probably the safest person in here. But I do appreciate the concern.’”

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NFL executive Troy Vincent: 'We failed miserably' on pass interference review

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By Matthew Paras | The Washington Times

Pass interference won’t be up for review next season. There’s a reason for that, a prominent league executive said.

In an interview with NBC Sports’ Peter King, Troy Vincent, the league’s vice president of football operations, said the NFL “failed miserably” in their implementation of reviewing pass interference plays last season.

“Those outcomes were not good for professional football,” Vincent said. “Because we didn’t do the proper due diligence, it played out publicly. The last thing people should be talking about is the way the game is officiated. They [officials] should be faceless objects, managing and facilitating game flow. We failed. I’m first in line. I shared that [with league officials]. I failed, as the leader of that department. I failed. We cannot allow that to happen again.

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ESPN's Bill Barnwell ranks Saints with a top-10 2020 NFL offseason

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

The New Orleans Saints accomplished a lot in the 2020 offseason, retaining critical starters in David Onyemata and Andrus Peat while upgrading with free agents like Emmanuel Sanders and Malcolm Jenkins. In the draft, the Saints landed a big addition in Cesar Ruiz while getting deeper at both linebacker (with Zack Baun) and tight end (picking Adam Trautman).

And they’re now in position to start re-upping some of their own free agents ahead of the 2021 cycle, such as Alvin Kamara, Demario Davis, and Marcus Williams. It’s a great spot to be in before you even consider that this team has won 13 games in each of its last two seasons.

According to ESPN’s Bill Barnwell, that was enough for the Saints to clock in as the NFL’s ninth most-successful team of the summer. But he took issue with one big move the Saints made: a weighty contract extension with Taysom Hill. Barnwell wrote:

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NFC South Report: Can the Falcons dethrone the Saints in 2020?

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By Kyle T. Mosely | SI

Winning the NFC South title for three consecutive years hasn't been an easy task for the New Orleans Saints. NFL oddsmakers are still favoring the Saints at 10.5 wins. Their odds dwindled since the arrival of six-time Super Bowl champion, Tom Brady, to the NFC South this offseason with the Buccaneers. Today, our attention will focus on the Saints' most hated rival in all of football, the Atlanta Falcons. I solicited help from Falcons Reporter and Frenemy (Friends & Enemies), Jeremy Johnson reporter at the Falcon Report. Jeremy will give us his Pros and Cons to why the Falcons can dethrone the New Orleans Saints in the NFC South.

PROS
Top 5 Key Players for the Falcons

  • QB Matt Ryan
  • WR Julio Jones
  • RB Todd Gurley
  • WR Calvin Ridley
  • LB Dante Fowler, Jr.
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Saints place DE Noah Spence on reserve/non-football injury List

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The Saints re-signed defensive end Noah Spence in March. Don’t expect the see him make any impact this season until at least October.

The former Bucs second-round pick has been added to the Saints reserve/non-football injury list, meaning he must miss at least the first six weeks of the upcoming regular season.

Spence, who was cut loose by Tampa Bay last preseason and spent time with the Redskins before being picked up by New Orleans, has 7.5 career sacks.
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Saints put Noah Spence on non-football injury list

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The talented pass rusher Noah Spence has experienced another setback.

The Saints put Spence on the non-football injury list today, according to multiple reports. That means he will not count toward the Saints’ 90-player roster limit.

It’s not clear what the nature of Spence’s injury is, but he’s had a tough time getting on the field and staying on the field in the last few years.

Spence was a starter at Ohio State as a sophomore in 2013, but after multiple failed drug tests he transferred to Eastern Kentucky. The Buccaneers selected him with the 39th overall...
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Saints and Falcons on opposite ends of coaching spectrum

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If Sean Payton is not inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame, it will be absolutely clear that Roger Goodell and the NFL has a vendetta against Payton and the New Orleans Saints. Payton helped the Saints franchise win their first Super Bowl, and although he only has the one ring to his name for now, if Bill Cowher can make the Hall, then so can Coach Payton.

Payton is without question one of the best - and most consistent - offensive coaches in NFL history, and he part of the duo along with Drew Brees that helped turn the Saints organization from perennial laughing...
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Michael Thomas is miles better than Devante Parker, and it’s not close

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Can’t Guard Mike... from going at people on social media?

Much was made about the spat between Michael Thomas and DeVante Parker that occurred last week, where Thomas responded quite contentiously to a comment made on Instagram by the stud receiver out of Miami.

And Thomas seemed to take the brunt of the situation, perception-wise, inciting discourteous comments about his low average depth of target and his absurd target share in the Saints offense.

A lot of folks don’t take kindly to Thomas’ antics on social media, which show up quite often. He’s a loose...
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Unveiling our projections for the 2020 NFL season: Wins, Super Bowl chances, more

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The Kansas City Chiefs are still on top.

Several long months after defeating the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl, Kansas City enters the 2020 NFL season as both the best team in the league and the Super Bowl favorite, according to ESPN's Football Power Index (FPI).

FPI is our prediction model for the NFL. Preseason ratings are based on each team's Las Vegas win total; last season's performance on offense, defense and special teams; the number of returning starters; coaching staff changes; and starting and backup quarterbacks. FPI produces team rankings and...
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Fleur-de-Links, May 26: Malcolm Jenkins surprises high school graduates and Erik McCoy gives an interview

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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.

Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins surprised a group of high school graduates by popping into their graduation ceremony hosted on Zoom.

Denver Broncos’s Melvin Gordon, Las Vegas Raiders’s Josh Jacobs, Green Bay Packers’s Aaron Jones, Minnesota Vikings’s Dalvin Cook, and Carolina Panthers’s Christian McCaffrey are named as the 5 toughest running backs for the Saints in the upcoming 2020 season.

Troy Vincent says that the NFL...
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Q&A: Saints' Erik McCoy on being a 'big soup guy' and finding ways to grow in quarantine

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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Count New Orleans Saints offensive lineman Erik McCoy as one who is finding the bright side in being cooped up at home.

He and his wife, Bianca McCoy, got their wedding day and honeymoon off without a hitch just before things started closing down, and they have relished the time this has afforded them to spend with each other in their newlywed phase.

McCoy is using this time to add skills to his repertoire, both in the kitchen and on the field. He hopes others are able to find some of the same bright side he and his wife have during these strange times.

The New...
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3 Saints make NFL’s Top 25 under 25 list

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The 2017 NFL Draft really was something for the New Orleans Saints, wasn’t it?

When CBS ranked their “Top 25 NFL players under 25” the Saints were well-represented, with three members of the 2017 draft class appearing on the list, the most players from any team in the NFL.

First name appearing on the list? Safety Marcus Williams.

This is a sentiment that has been echoed by many Saints fans and media for a while. While the Minneapolis Miracle is a nasty stain on Marcus Williams’s resume, the point remains that he does not deserve to be the scapegoat on defense...
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Louisiana by the Numbers: The best of every uniform (20-29)

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Part 8 of a series

This is what happens when history meets numbers.

Crescent City Sports has decided to go back through the list of greatest players to compete on the fields, courts and diamonds of Louisiana and decide who was the best to wear every number from 0 to 99.

Our rules are simple: To be eligible for our list, you had to play for a college or professional team in Louisiana, and the list is based on the number you wore while in Louisiana.

The eighth of our 10-part series looks at Nos. 20-29, and as the numbers get lower, the choices get even tougher...
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5 best running backs Saints will face in 2020

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It has been 44 combined regular and postseason games since any opposing running back has eclipsed the century mark against the Saints impressive run defense. The last to do it was Semaje Perine in the 11th week of the 2017 season with 117 rushing yards in an overtime thriller in the Dome.

New Orleans will visit and play host to some talented backs in their upcoming season. Can the defense, who has retained the majority of its personnel, maintain their streak against them? Ranked below are five of the top backs they will face in the 2020 season as well thoughts on...
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NFL failed miserably with pass interference replay, Troy Vincent says

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For the first time in 2019, pass interference was reviewable on replay. That worked so poorly that in 2020, it won’t be. And NFL vice president of football operations Troy Vincent says the NFL needs to learn from its mistake.

Vincent told Peter King for Football Morning in America that the league has to be better prepared to make significant changes than it was when it made that change.

“We saw, a year ago, when [the pass-interference rule] played out, starting with myself, what we put in place last year . . . Those outcomes were not good for professional...
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Sean Payton didn’t want to overwork his veteran roster this offseason

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The Saints have built a talented roster, and it skews older.

That’s not just at quarterback, where 41-year-old Drew Brees is back for another push, but across the board. And all that experience, coupled with the obvious restraints created by the coronavirus pandemic have led coach Sean Payton (who knows about the virus too well, as the league’s first known case) to deliberately pull back on what he’s trying to do with his team this offseason.

They’re still having some degree of videoconferencing meetings with his players, but the sessions are designed for the...
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Fleur-de-Links, May 25: Sean Payton trolls Tom Brady on Twitter and Saints players share workouts

  • 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.

A look at the Saints current cornerback roster, including short profiles on players like Marshon Lattimore, Janoris Jenkins, and Patrick Robinson.

Sean Payton trolls Tampa Bay Buccaneer’s quarterback Tom Brady via Twitter after Brady’s lackluster performance during The Match.

A list of all 90 draft picks made by Sean Payton with the New Orleans Saints, with a brief profile on each player.

In a recent interview with...
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Best of ‘The Match’: Sean Payton jabs 'Florida Tom,’ Drew Brees calls next and Peyton’s wardrobe

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Tom Brady may be one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, but the six-time Super Bowl champion doesn't golf like he plays on the grid iron.

Twitter erupted Sunday at Brady's expense when his golf outing with legend Phil Mickelson was less than ideal during the Sunday broadcast of 'The Match' — a live golf competition for charity aired on TNT that pit Brady and Mickelson against NFL legend Peyton Manning and Tiger Woods.

The 18-hole challenge took part at the Medalist Gold Club in Hobe Sound, Florida, Brady's new home state after he opted to leave the New...
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