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The Saints need these players to bounce back from injury to break their playoff skid

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New Orleans Saints offensive tackle Nick Saldiveri (64) in action during an NFL preseason football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday, Aug. 27, 2023, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman)AP

By Joey Aliberti - GulfLive

Several reasons have led to the New Orleans Saints missing the playoffs for three straight seasons. The days of Drew Brees and Sean Payton are nonexistent now, and the team hasn’t had double-digit wins since 2020.

This team isn’t a slam dunk to make the playoffs in 2024 by any means, but it’s possible if things fall the right way. That includes health, and New Orleans dealt with plenty of injuries to players last season who need to bounce back in 2024 in order for the team to have success. Lets’s take a look at the players who need to bounce back from injury in 2024 in order for the Saints to break their three-year playoff skid.

Derek Carr

The most important player is always the quarterback. Derek Carr had an up and down season in year one with New Orleans, that started off poorly but ended much better than people remember. He finished the season with 3,878 passing yards, 25 touchdowns and eight interceptions. But 14 of those touchdowns (and two interceptions) were in the final five games of the season.

“I ended up breaking two ribs and obviously had something with my shoulder,” Carr said of the 2023 season on the Green Light podcast. “I didn’t feel good until probably two weeks before we came back in April. I was getting the shot (in my shoulder) to be able to throw. If I didn’t have that I wouldn’t be able to throw. There’s a lot of stuff and you know man, no excuses ... If it works, I’m gonna be out there, even if it’s not putting my best foot forward.” ...

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Alvin Kamara's 78 career touchdowns are our Saints Plays of the Day

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We’ve still got 78 days to go until the New Orleans Saints open up their 2024 season against the Carolina Panthers, which makes Alvin Kamara’s 78 career touchdowns our Saints Plays of the Day. It’s too tough to pick just one scoring play from his highlight reel as our favorite, so we’ve compiled all 78 of them.

Every touchdown run. Every touchdown catch. Even that impressive touchdown scored on a kick return against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers way back when. The Saints celebrated Kamara winning the team’s scoring record from Marques Colston with a supercut of his first 73 touchdowns, but we’ve filled in the gaps from the back half of his 2023 season. Here’s to many more touchdowns scored by No. 41 in 2024:
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78 days until Saints season opener: Every player to wear No. 78

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We’re counting down the days until the New Orleans Saints kick off their season against the Carolina Panthers by looking back at every player to wear the day’s corresponding jersey number in franchise history.

And with 78 days to go, today we’re highlighting everyone who has used No. 78. It’s an interesting choice for a jersey because it’s eligible for linemen on both offense and defense, so there’s a good variety in the group of players who have worn it. That includes Pro Bowl center Erik McCoy, the current holder, as well as Super Bowl XLIV champion Jonathan Stinchcomb. But they aren’t alone. Here’s the full list:
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Comparing Alvin Kamara's situation to other running back contracts

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As Alvin Kamara pursues a contract extension with the New Orleans Saints, let’s take a look at his current contract within the landscape of running back paydays.

Spotrac shared an interesting breakdown of the highest-paid running backs based on contract averages as a percentage of the salary cap when they signed. The key words are at signing. Kamara signed his contract in 2020, and he accounted for 7.5% of salary cap at the time.

The timing of this tweet has led some to question why Kamara would want a new contract. Once again, these figures are at the time of signing. His contract is no...
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Countdown to Kickoff: Erik McCoy is the Saints Player of Day 78

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We’re counting down the days until the New Orleans Saints kick off their 2024 regular season by highlighting each player to wear the day’s corresponding jersey number. And with 78 days to go until Week 1’s matchup with the Carolina Panthers, our Saints Player of the Day is Pro Bowl center Erik McCoy.

Let’s get to know him a bit better and touch on his goals for 2024:

McCoy has been the most consistent member of the offensive line since the Saints traded up to draft him back in 2019, and he was rewarded for his efforts with his first Pro Bowl nod in 2023. This was also the first time he’s...
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A.T. Perry labeled a 'forgotten' draft pick to watch at Saints training camp

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New Orleans Saints wide receiver A.T. Perry was labeled a forgotten 2023 NFL draft pick to watch in the upcoming training camp by Bleacher Report’s Matt Holder. Holder has seen the swiftness the title of “bust” is placed on players. He wrote this article to partially fight that trend. Holder focuses on players you may have forgot from last year’s draft.

A.T. Perry obviously wouldn’t fit the “bust” category as a sixth round pick. He does, however, meet other criteria to be considered forgotten. Holder required a player to miss significant time last year due to injury or placement on the...
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Bleacher Report predicts the Saints will blow it up midseason

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The New Orleans Saints have added to their secondary depth by signing Mac McCain III to a contract, according to multiple reports.

McCain, an undrafted free agent in 2021, played in two games for the Philadelphia Eagles, getting three tackles in those two games. During the 2022 season, he spent 17 weeks and the postseason on the Eagles’ practice squad.

He participated in training camp for the Carolina Panthers in 2023.

At 26 years old, he’s a young talent with multiple levels of NFL experience that can come in and compete for a roster spot with the Black and Gold.

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