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New Orleans Saints 2019 Rushing Offense Outlook

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By Ashley Murray | LWOS

The New Orleans Saints have consistently been an offensive powerhouse. In 2005, the Saints suffered one of their worst seasons in history, finishing with a record of 3-13. This disastrous season led to inevitable huge changes being made, including the firing of coach Jim Haslett. The following year, Sean Payton was named head coach and quarterback Drew Brees signed with the Saints as a free agent. The team finished the 2006 season with it being their most successful to date, making it all to the NFC Championship for the first time in franchise history. But even that success could not have prepared fans for what was to come.

Under coach Payton, for the past 13 seasons, the Saints have finished as a top 10 team in terms of overall offense, placing in the top three for nine of...

Which veteran player could the New Orleans Saints cut?

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By James Parks | 247 Sports

It’s been a while since we’ve seen Cameron Meredith on the field, and if things don’t turn around quickly, we may not see him in a New Orleans Saints uniform again.

That is, according to the analysis of ESPN, who in a recent study predicted which veteran players could find themselves the victim of a roster cut before the season begins.

“Meredith agreed to a pay cut to stay with the team in March. But that won’t be enough unless he finally gets healthy and starts producing on the practice field,” ESPN noted in their analysis.

“Meredith missed all of OTAs and minicamp to keep recuperating from the knee injury that wiped out his entire 2017 season with the Bears and limited him to just six games in New Orleans last year. The plan is to be smart and cautious so he can be healthy in training camp and last the full season. But he’ll have to make up ground quickly this summer to solidify a role.”

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New Orleans Saints linebacker Alex Anzalone dogged in his desire to assist ARNO

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John DeShazier | Senior Writer - NewOrleansSaints.com

The interactions were, in a word, “golden.”

Alex Anzalone smiled easily, laughed genuinely and operated dutifully while he nuzzled, hugged and steered. The dogs with which he was being photographed weren’t totally attentive to all commands, and perhaps that made the session at Animal Rescue New Orleans all the more adorable.

Imagine the New Orleans Saints’ 6-foot-3, 241-pound linebacker talking baby talk, trying to convince each of six dogs (in separate photo shoots) to look toward the camera, or sit still long enough to strike a pose, or not wriggle as he cradled them or, in one instance, held one up for a Simba-style presentation.

This isn’t the Anzalone that Saints fans are accustomed to seeing.

That guy – blonde hair flowing from beneath his helmet, almost lengthy enough to cover the name across the back of his jersey – doesn’t handle opponents with any measure of delicacy.

The fumbles he forced against two elite receivers in 2018 – pounding Minnesota’s Adam Thielen in the second quarter with New Orleans trailing 13-10, and walloping Atlanta’s Julio Jones in the second quarter while the Saints led 17-3 – were indicative of the level of wrath Anzalone can...

Saints GM Mickey Loomis coy on Michael Thomas contract talks

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis rarely makes media appearances, but he recently had a guest spot on Mad Dog Sports Radio on Sirius XM Radio with host Adam Schein. Loomis hit on a few different points including the recent contract extension with defensive end Cameron Jordan, the next hurdle in wide receiver Michael Thomas (who will be a free agent next March), and his lessened impact on the New Orleans Pelicans — along with his thoughts on Anthony Davis’ status and the addition of presumptive first-overall NBA Draft pick Zion Williamson.

However, Loomis wasn’t about to break any big news. When asked whether anything was brewing between Thomas and the Saints on a potential extension (which may average as much as $20 million per year), Loomis downplayed the significance of their negotiations — but admitted that talks had started.

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Drew Brees: Saints offense fits Teddy Bridgewater very well

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is one of the most-established names in the NFL, having led the Saints since 2006 and helped fill highlight reels for even longer than that. He’s also very aware of the situation around him, and took some time during media availability following Saints minicamp practices to comment on the progress of Teddy Bridgewater, his understudy and backup.

“He came in right before the season,” Brees said, noting that the timing of the trade that brought Bridgewater to New Orleans cost him most of the offseason. “So (there was) a big learning curve, you’re jumping right into a regular season with the new offense and a lot of new things. I think our coaches, him, they have all looked forward to this offseason where he could get a lot of reps and a lot of time under his belt and there is no doubt he’s an extremely talented guy.”

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Details on Cameron Jordan's contract extension with Saints

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

Before signing this new contract, Jordan’s 2019 salary cap hit was one of the highest on the team, clocking in at $14.047 million. Now, it’s been reduced to just $9.547 million — freeing up valuable cap space and putting the Saints at $11,714,543 beneath the spending ceiling, per the latest report from the NFL Players Association.

In future years, Jordan’s cap numbers will climb to $15.947 million (in 2020), $17.5 million (in 2021), $18.3 million (in 2022), and $18 million (in 2023). Given his quality level of play and the importance he has to the team, and it’s very possible that he sees every penny of those numbers throughout his Saints career.

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Former LSU Tiger, Saints backup C/G Will Clapp will fight for spot in 2019

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Former LSU Tigers center/guard Will Clapp was a seventh-round draft pick by the Saints in 2018. He made the team last year but this year he’s in for a fight.

By Roy Anderson | WhoDatDish

The people of Louisiana always love it when the Saints draft a player out of LSU. It doesn’t hurt when it’s a kid like Will Clapp who is also a native of New Orleans and a graduate of Brother Martin High School.

We’re breaking down the entire 90-man roster the Saints will be taking into training camp this year, first with an overview by position group and then by individual players. We started the series with a breakdown of the receivers, followed by the tight ends, then the running backs and lastly, the offensive line.

We began our focus on the 15 linemen in camp competing for nine jobs with a look at...

Saints RB Alvin Kamara still looking to 'prove' himself

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By Adam Maya | NFL.com

Sean Payton once gifted his Tasmanian tailback Alvin Kamara with a fidget spinner. Apparently, because Kamara can do so many things on the football field, he gets restless sometimes if he's not doing enough off it.

"He has real, real, exceptionally high football IQ, so he can get bored with it," Payton explained, per the team's official website. "That is why we give him one of those little fidget things you twist when you can't pay attention."

Kamara will surely be tasked to do more for the Saints in Year 3 now that former running mate Mark Ingram is with the Ravens. What exactly his workload entails should be one of the league's more interesting storylines this season. Payton said he had sort of an epiphany earlier this week when Kamara switched practices jerseys with quarterback Teddy Bridgewater...

Ramczyk returns home, reflects on special bond with his father

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By Matt Infield | WSAW

As Ryan Ramczyk returns home to Stevens Point to get ready to host his first ever lineman camp at the end of the month, his accomplishments are well known: First-Team All-American at Wisconsin, first round draft pick by the New Orleans Saints in 2017, and second-team All-Pro in his second season in the league. Life is good.

"It's been everything I've ever dreamed of,” says Ramczyk. “Running out on that field for the first time was just so surreal.

What many aren't familiar with is Ramczyk walking away from football at his original college, Winona State, then going to two tech schools, before getting his career back on track at hometown UW-Stevens Point, using that as a springboard to Madison.

“Once I took myself out of the game, you know it made me realize what I was missing out on, and what I really loved to do,” said Ramczyk.

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Mike Detillier: The national recruiting plan for LSU & Early Views from Saints Workouts

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By Mike Detillier / Sports Correspondent

EARLY VIEWS FROM SAINTS WORKOUT DAYS


Training Camp is right around the corner for the New Orleans Saints, but here are a few of my looks at the early offseason workouts.

Tight end Jared Cook is a superb fit player in the New Orleans Saints offense. The 32-year-old Cook’s size, length, his ability to stretch the field and playmaking skills after the reception are exactly what this team needs to upgrade their offensive firepower.

Rookie safety Chauncey Gardner-Johnson has mentally picked up the Saints defense in short order. Johnson played across the board at Florida at free and strong safety and as a slot cornerback and he has done the same with the Black and Gold and gotten high praise from his teammates and coaches. This Gator has some real “bite” in his play.

Watch for two wide receivers during the training camp period and in preseason games in Simmie Cobbs and newly signed veteran wide receiver Rishard Matthews.

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Jared Cook the Saints’ biggest “X-factor” in 2019

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There’s a wide range of possibilities for the veteran.

By Chris Dunnels | Canal Street Chronicles

When we’re talking about “X factors” for the Saints in 2019, we’re not talking about the player who lines up in the “X” position as a pass catcher. No, instead we’re talking about the player who steps up for the team in a big way to make a difference at the position from the year before. Think Baker Mayfield for the Browns, George Kittle for the 49ers, or Jason McCourty for the New England Patriots in 2018.

When Bleacher Report named the biggest X-factor type player for the Saints in 2019, they went with veteran tight end Jared Cook:

Jimmy Graham last played for the New Orleans Saints in...

Saints players react to Pelicans, Lakers Anthony Davis trade

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

New Orleans Saints players just recently broke for the summer, taking time away from the field to rest and prepare for training camp in late July. But a big move by the neighboring New Orleans Pelicans caught their attention when superstar Anthony Davis was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers. The trade agreement was first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

The agreement brought a king’s ransom to the Pelicans, including multiple Lakers players (Lonzo ball, Brandon Ingram, and Josh Hart) and three first-round picks over the next few years, including this year’s No. 4 overall selection. Combining that haul with the Pelicans’ own No. 1 overall pick — which will be used on surefire top prospect Zion Williamson — and the future is bright for New Orleans basketball.

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