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Saints’ Cam Jordan takes shot at post-Tom Brady Bucs

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By Luke Easterling | Yahoo Sports

While Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans are sad to see Tom Brady finally riding off into the sunset, his former opponents are obviously breathing a huge sigh of relief.

That includes New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan, who was asked about Brady’s retirement while in attendance at this year’s Pro Bowl festivities.

Jordan made it clear that while he has the utmost respect for the GOAT, he certainly won’t be sad to see him leave the NFC South, which will prevent Jordan and the Saints from having to play against him twice a year.

Ever the trash-talker, though, Jordan couldn’t resist the opportunity to get a dig in at the Bucs, now that Brady won’t be around (via NFL Network’s Cameron Wolfe):

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Pro Bowl Games live updates from Las Vegas: A roughness penalty in flag football?

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New Orleans Saints mock draft, updated post-Senior Bowl

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We’re moving quickly down the road to the 2023 NFL draft with the Senior Bowl and other college all-star games in rearview, so it’s a good time for an updated New Orleans Saints mock draft. Which players stood out in practices this week? Who did the Saints coaches working at the event get a good look at? What did they learn from this experience? That’s all factoring into our latest seven-round projection.

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Saints 2022 Position Grades: Safety

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A safety spot comprised of almost all new names produced disappointing results for New Orleans in 2022.

Very little changed in the personnel of the New Orleans Saints defense between 2021 into 2022. Essentially, 9 of 11 starters returned from a unit that ranked near the top of the league in most defensive categories.

One position that saw a complete changeover was the safety spot. Veteran Malcolm Jenkins retired, Marcus Williams departed in free agency for the Baltimore Ravens, and S/CB Chauncey Gardner-Johnson was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Saints answered those losses, at least on paper. They signed coveted free agent Marcus Maye and former second-round pick Justin Evans. Then, in a move wildly popular with much of the fan base, added four-time Pro Bowler and former LSU star Tyrann Mathieu.

Communication in the secondary and the loss of the versatile Gardner-Johnson might have been early concerns. However, many felt that New Orleans actually upgraded their starting safeties with the free-agent moves. How would they translate to the field?

Saints 2022 Safety Grade​


Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb (24) runs with the ball as New Orleans Saints safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) defends. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

The signing of the 30-year-old Mathieu was met with a ton of enthusiasm from a portion of the New Orleans fan base. However, it didn't translate to on-field success.

On a defense that had major issues with tackling over the first half of the year, Mathieu struggled the most. He was credited with six missed tackles on the year, but poor positioning or effort led to several other big plays against both the run and pass.

Mathieu had 91 tackles in 2022, which was actually a career-high and second on the team. His 64 solo stops were the most among any Saints defender. He also had a team-high 3 interceptions, broke up 8 passes, and allowed less than 63% completion percentage when targeted in slot coverage.

Mathieu flashed his trademark playmaking range late in the year after a horrid start. He'll be counted on to continue that trend for the secondary next season.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver Mike Evans (13) catches a pass defended by New Orleans Saints safety Marcus Maye (6) and cornerback Paulson Adebo (29). Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY

The other big free-agent acquisition, Marcus Maye, had an equally disappointing campaign. Maye played fairly well against the run early in the year. He wasn't exactly a liability in coverage, but also failed to make any game-changing plays in that capacity.

Maye had a forced fumble and 60 tackles in 10 games, but none for loss and just two passes broken up.

The most disappointing aspect about Maye in 2022 was his availability. He missed seven games during the season, exposing the lack of quality depth that the Saints had at safety.

Versatile seventh-year defensive back P.J. Williams and free-agent pickup Justin Evans would step into the roles manned by Gardner-Johnson. Williams might be the best tackler in the secondary, but was banged up by injuries most of the year. He missed six full games and most of five others. When on the field, Williams is valued for his slot coverage skills and ability to play either safety spot.


New Orleans Saints safety Justin Evans (30) before a game against the San Francisco 49ers. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Justin Evans was one of the league's feel-good stories early in the year. A second-round draft choice by the Buccaneers in 2017, Evans hadn't played since 2018 because of serious Achilles injuries.

With Williams and Maye banged up, Evans provided solid slot coverage over the first six weeks. His play faltered badly over the second half, causing a drastic decrease in his defensive snaps.

Veteran Daniel Sorensen was also brought in this offseason to add depth. A liability in coverage, Sorensen still managed two interceptions. He also contributed on special teams, where S J.T. Gray continued to be one of the best in the game in that role.

Injuries to Maye and P.J. Williams caused Sorensen and Gray to be in coverage much more than anticipated. The Saints still managed to rank second in pass defense. However, that was more due to the play of their cornerbacks and a good pass rush than play from their safeties.


New Orleans Saints safety Marcus Maye (6) strips the ball from Atlanta Falcons quarterback Marcus Mariota (1) as safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) looks to make a tackle. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

New faces Mathieu, Maye, Evans, and Sorensen provided a complete makeover at the safety spot. Even with Mathieu's strong play over the last month of the year, the position was a disappointment and, at times, a liability.

Maye and Mathieu are proven playmakers, but the Saints need more from both players. After their disappointing results in 2022, don't be surprised if New Orleans looks to bring in an upgrade at the position this offseason.

Saints Safety Grade = D​

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Young stars making a statement at 2023 Pro Bowl Games

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Brett Favre's 2009 NFC Championship Game jersey is up for auction

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Here’s a name we haven’t heard in a while. Brett Favre’s game-worn jersey from the Minnesota Vikings’ 31-28 loss to the New Orleans Saints in the 2009 NFC Championship Game will be auctioned off later this month. Favre actually wore two jerseys in this game, and the one up for auction was used during the second half and overtime period.

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Saints fielded one of the slower WR groups in the NFL this season

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Gregg Rosenthal ranks Drew Brees 12th among 66 all-time Super Bowl QBs

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Saints free agent review: DT David Onyemata, stay or go?

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Former teammates outnumber current Saints on NFLPA top-5 position leaders

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Yikes. The NFLPA released its top-five lists at each position group after previously sharing its first-ever All-Pro team this year, and more of the New Orleans Saints’ former players were recognized than players who are still on the team.

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Cameron Jordan shares his take on Tom Brady's retirement, Tampa Bay's future

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Cameron Jordan might be the best trash talker the New Orleans Saints hae to offer. Jordan shared his take on the second retirement of Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady during an interview with NFL Network’s Cameron Wolfe at the Pro Bowl Games on Saturday, saying: “This time he was able to say he’s putting it up for good, right? Last time there was too many leaks that happened, it was tainted. Let the man retire. We salute him, we wish him the best just in whichever endeavor that is.”

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Cam Jordan is glad to see Tom Brady out of the division

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Tom Brady is done. That’s bad for the Buccaneers. It’s good for the teams with which the Buccaneers compete.

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“We salute him and wish him the best, in whatever next endeavor that is,” Jordan told Cameron Wolfe of NFL Network from Las Vegas, a day before the non-Pro Bowl Pro Bowl.

“We’re glad he’s out of the division,” Jordan added. “Tampa Bay will probably go back to where Tampa Bay has been.”

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Players Who Stood Out at Senior Bowl Practices

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There were plenty of them, but here's the biggest standouts from Senior Bowl practices this week.

The Senior Bowl kicks off at 1:30 p.m. CT on Saturday. After another good week of practice at the yearly event, draft hopefuls look to put an exclamation point on their performances and help boost their stock going into the Scouting Combine and NFL Draft. Here's a few players that stood out the most in Mobile.

Tyjae Spears, Tulane​


Feb 1, 2023; Mobile, AL, USA; American running back Tyjae Spears of Tulane (22) practices during the second day of Senior Bowl week at Hancock Whitney Stadium in Mobile. Mandatory Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports

He was simply one of the most impressive players this week. He put on a great show for everyone in attendance, and was named the practice player of the week in a vote by NFL executives and scouts. If you've followed Tulane at all this year, then this honestly comes at no shock. There's a good bit of Alvin Kamara resemblance there.

Jayden Reed, Michigan State​


Jan 31, 2023; Mobile, AL, USA; National wide receiver Jayden Reed of Michigan State (1) makes a catch in the end zone ahead of National defensive back Ronnie Hickman of Ohio State (14) during the first day of Senior Bowl week at Hancock Whitney Stadium in Mobile. Mandatory Credit: Vasha Hunt-USA TODAY Sports

Reed had a strong week of practice, and might have drove up his draft stock after putting on a performance. The burst, separation ability, and route-running were some of the best things to stand out from the Michigan State wide receiver. He seems like a strong lock to be a Day 2 pick after seemingly being unguardable.

Will McDonald IV, Iowa State​

His work in one-on-one reps was hard not to notice. The edge rusher was dominant all week, showing some real athleticism and skills off in the process. He also dropped in coverage and made a nice play breaking up a pass intended for Alabama's Cameron Latu. Iowa State's 3-3-5 defense certainly make it interesting to see where McDonald will end up, but the traits are there.

Quick Hits​

QB A MIXED BAG: Similar to last year, the quarterbacks struggled early on. However, of the group, Fresno State's Jake Haener might have been the better one of any of them. It's a shame we didn't get to see Hendon Hooker practice, but he was around all week. Of the quarterbacks that played, none of them scream to be the next Saints starter.

MORE OFFENSIVE STUDS: Illinois' Chase Brown and Oklahoma's Eric Gray were two other running backs that stood out, as well as Houston's Nathaniel 'Tank' Dell. Clemson tight end Davis Allen put on a good display of blocking in addition to making some plays.

LOCAL FLAVOR: Tulane's Dorian Williams is going to have a place somewhere in the league. Like Tyjae Spears, Williams represented the Green Wave well. There's tons of potential there for the linebacker, but there's just something to his game that makes me feel that it'll translate well in the NFL. LSU's Jay Ward had some pretty good moments this week, showing off some nice versatility.

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Senior Bowl Notes and Nuggets for the Saints

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After a week in Mobile at the Senior Bowl, what are some things we learned about the Saints?

The Senior Bowl is today. Players that we had on the
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