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Current, former Saints players react to tragic death of Kobe Bryant

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

The sports world was shaken by the sudden passing of Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, who was among five people killed in a helicopter crash in Southern California. It immediately took attention away from the 2020 Pro Bowl, with some players getting the news in the minutes between warmups and the all-star game’s kickoff.

Drew Brees reacted to the news during an appearance on the sidelines with ESPN’s Lisa Salters, saying, “You know, I had a chance to meet him one time. He was a guy who I always hoped I’d have a chance to be around more. I had so much respect for him as a competitor. I know he inspired so many people in so many different ways. I mean, one of the great competitors of any generation, not just with sports but with the way he approached a lot of things and now what he was doing after basketball. So, I pray for him. I pray for his family. I know we don’t know all the details yet, but it’s a tragic loss.”

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Drew Brees, Teddy Bridgewater are the only Saints in ESPN's top 50 free agents

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

Brees was named the third-best free agent set to hit the market in 2020, trailing only two other passers: Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott and New England Patriots legend Tom Brady. Here’s what ESPN had to say in ranking Brees so high among his peers:

Brees produced the NFL’s third-best QBR (72.0) after returning in Week 10 from a torn thumb ligament, trailing only Lamar Jackson and Patrick Mahomes during that period. His performance was a strong signal that he could play at a high level in 2020, even after a shaky outing in the Saints’ wild-card playoff loss to the Vikings. Brees has never been interested in leaving the Saints. Has anything changed? Would the Saints move on in favor of Teddy Bridgewater or Taysom Hill?

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New Orleans Saints: Russell Wilson gives Pro Bowl spot to Drew Brees

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Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson gives up 2020 starting Pro Bowl spot
to New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees.

By Matthew Beighle | Who Dat Dish

The Pro-Bowl is one of the most fun games during the NFL year. It is a time when the best of the best are picked to play against each other in an NFC and AFC conference battle. The New Orleans Saints have a plethora of players represented in this year’s game.

Wide receiver, Michael Thomas; tackle, Terron Armstead; running back, Alvin Kamara; defensive end, Cameron Jordan; cornerback, Marshon Lattimore; specialist...

1 More Way the Saints' Michael Thomas was the Best WR in the NFL This Season

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By Matt Wilson | Sportscasting

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas didn’t have the best season of anyone at his position. Instead, it was a generational regular-season run. He absolutely destroyed the rest of the field in receptions. It wasn’t even close. Oh, and he crushed several other key WR stats as well, which we’ll get into.

First, let’s look at the stat that will have future football fans pause when they take a look back at who did what in 2019.

How Michael Thomas blew up the receptions leaderboard in 2019

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Mike Detillier: An early look at the top players in the 2020 NFL draft

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By Mike Detillier / Sports Correspondent

The NFL draft is right around the corner in April and there will be some slight adjustments along the way, but below are my Top 45 players for the 2020 NFL draft as of today.

It’s not in the order in which I think they will get selected in April, but it’s my top-graded 45 players.

1. Chase Young, Defensive End, Ohio State

2. Joe Burrow, Quarterback, LSU (Burrow will be the first overall pick in the draft)

3. Jeffrey Okudah, Cornerback, Ohio State

4. Tua Tagovailoa, Quarterback, Alabama

5. Isaiah Simmons, Outside Linebacker, Clemson

6. Justin Herbert, Quarterback, Oregon

7. Derrick Brown, Defensive Tackle, Auburn

8. Mekhi Becton, Offensive Tackle, Louisville

9. Javon Kinlaw, Defensive Tackle, South Carolina

10. CeeDee Lamb, Wide Receiver, Oklahoma

11. Jerry Jeudy, Wide Receiver, Alabama

12. Andrew Thomas, Offensive Tackle, Georgia

13. Jedrick Wills, Offensive Tackle, Alabama

14. A.J. Epenesa, Defensive End, Iowa

15. Tristan Wirfs, Offensive Tackle, Iowa

16. Henry Ruggs III, Wide Receiver, Alabama

17. Grant Delpit, Safety, LSU

18. Xavier McKinney, Safety, Alabama

19. D’Andre Swift, Running Back, Georgia

20. K’Lavon Chaisson, Outside Linebacker, LSU

21. Yetur Gross-Matos, Defensive End, Penn State

22. Kristian Fulton, Cornerback, LSU

23. Kenneth Murray, Linebacker, Oklahoma

24. Trevon Diggs, Cornerback, Alabama

25. Tee Higgins, Wide...

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After Kobe Bryant's death, Drew Brees calls him 'one of the great competitors of any generation'

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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ORLANDO, Fla. — News of Kobe Bryant's death broke just before the starting lineups at the Pro Bowl were announced.

And by the end of the first quarter, most everyone on the sidelines was aware of the tragedy, including New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees.

Brees, in an in-game interview with ESPN's Lisa Salters, said he'd met Bryant once in the past, and wished he could have interacted with him more.

"He was a guy who I always hoped I would have the chance...
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Russell Wilson asks Drew Brees to start in his place in the Pro Bowl

  • News source: Michael David Smith
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Russell Wilson was chosen as the NFC’s Pro Bowl starting quarterback, but he’s stepping aside today.

Wilson has asked Drew Brees to start in his place in today’s Pro Bowl.

It was a classy move from the 31-year-old Wilson toward the 41-year-old Brees. Perhaps Wilson has some inside information about Brees’s retirement plans, but more likely Wilson just wanted to make a gesture for a player he’s long admired.

“Drew means the world to me,” Wilson said on the ESPN...
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Drew Brees to start at QB in 2020 Pro Bowl

  • News source: Wallace Delery
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According to this Tweet from Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, starting quarterback for the NFC’s Pro Bowl team, Russell Wilson has given his starting spot in today’s game to our very own Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints:

This is a kind gesture from one veteran peer to another. While speculation may lean toward the thought that Wilson is giving this spot to Brees as a “retirement gift” as Brees could be playing in his last Pro Bowl, that is merely speculation...
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2020 NFL Pro Bowl: open thread

  • News source: Wallace Delery
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The Pro Bowl is the closest thing we’ll get to actual NFL football this Sunday, so let’s follow the event here. The New Orleans Saints are sending eleven representatives to today’s Pro Bowl. Here are this year’s Saints Pro Bowlers to watch today:

QB - Drew Brees

RB - Alvin Kamara

WR - Michael Thomas

TE - Jared Cook

OT - Terron Armstead

OG - Larry Warford

DE - Cameron Jordan

CB - Marshon Lattimore

K - Wil Lutz

KR - Deonte Harris

and uh...

OG - Andrus Peat...
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Pro Bowl 2020: Game Time, TV, Online, and Mobile Streaming

  • News source: Wallace Delery
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The Pro Bowl returns to Orlando for a fourth consecutive year, rather than a trip to beautiful Hawaii or the Super Bowl host city of Miami. It may not be scenic Honolulu or South Beach, but the NFL Pro Bowlers do get to spend some time at Disney World this year. Although the Pro Bowl had become a mess from 2014-2016, the game has rebounded a bit since 2017. It has gone from unwatchable to mildly entertaining.

The New Orleans Saints have sent eleven representatives...
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Drew Brees will “give it a month or so” before making his decision

  • News source: Mike Florio
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For Saints quarterback Drew Brees, the decision is simple: Play for the Saints in 2020, or retire.

On Saturday, the timetable for making the decision became a bit more clear.

“I’m really waiting until football is totally done,” Brees said Saturday from the Pro Bowl, via Amie Just of “Obviously being here, I’m just very much focused on my family and this opportunity to be around the guys, playing the game.

“Then, I’ll kind of lay low for a little bit, get...
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Super Bowl LIV picks and analysis from 18 Pro Bowlers

  • News source: - New Orleans Saints
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The NFL's best gather in Orlando, Florida, this week to play in Sunday's Pro Bowl at Camping World Stadium (ABC/ESPN, 3 p.m. ET). How do they see Super Bowl LIV playing out between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers?

We asked 18 Pro Bowlers and a Legends captain to weigh in on who's going to win the big game. Not everyone went on record and chose a winner, but everyone offered a take. Here's what they said:

Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker

"The Niners...
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Saints Podcast Round-Up, January 25, 2020

  • News source: BrendenErtle
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Looking for Saints podcasts? We got you set with all the local podcasts such as Canal St. Chronicles, Locked On Saints, Saints Happy Hour, Who Dat Confessional, Bayou Blitz and more!

Canal St. Chronicles

Locked On Saints

Saints Happy Hour

Who Dat Confessional

Bayou Blitz
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Drew Brees' retirement decision to come in a month; Saints QB using Pro Bowl for family time

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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KISSIMMEE, Fla. — One of Drew Brees' sons, Callen, clung to his father's leg after Saturday's Pro Bowl practice.

Brees, while answering media questions, occasionally patted his son on the head, simultaneously paying attention to both his child and a reporter.

For Brees, that's what Pro Bowl week is all about: spending time with his wife and four children. His decision regarding his future on the football field will come later.

"I'm really waiting until football...
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Saints Love a rookie QB in Mel Kiper’s recent mock

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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It’s now time for mock draft season - are you excited?

In Mel Kiper’s recent mock draft for ESPN (Insider required), the New Orleans Saints select Utah State quarterback Jordan Love with the 24th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft:

Love is one of those quarterbacks that could conceivably go anywhere from the middle of the first round to the beginning of the third round, depending on what teams value in his play. Pro Football Focus recent did a piece on love titled...
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Post season Lagniappe: Senior Bowl Game Thread, Shriner's Bowl, Pro Bowl

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Man it’s the dreaded offseason. Yet there is much football to talk about. Or not. It’s a Lagniappe thread so “most” topics are fair game. Just follow the guidelines and every thing will be kool.

The Shriners Bowl was last Saturday. Think this might be the first time I haven’t either watched it live or at least recorded it to watch. Did anyone watch and maybe see someone of interest for the upcoming draft?

The Reese’s Senior Bowl is today at 1:30 in Mobile, Ala. The...
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What to know about the 2020 Pro Bowl -- date, time, how to watch

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The 2020 Pro Bowl kicks off Sunday from Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida. The game begins at 3 p.m. ET, and you can watch it live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes, ABC, Disney XD and on the ESPN App.

The Pro Bowl is the NFL's version of an all-star game, with players from both the AFC and the NFC. In total, 88 players are voted in, and each participant gets paid for going. A player on the winning Pro Bowl team gets $74,00; players on the losing team each get $32,000...
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Garrett Hartley signs with XFL after tryout

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The New Orleans Saints have had many legendary kickers including Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Morten Andersen. However, Garrett Hartley made the most important kicks in franchise history to help the Saints win their first Super Bowl.

Now the 33-year old is back in professional football after impressing enough in a tryout to be signed by the fledgling reboot of the XFL. Hartley has been assigned to the Seattle Dragons for the upcoming spring season.

The former...
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Saints, archdiocese emails dust-up spotlights close relationship between team, church leaders

  • News source: BY RAMON ANTONIO VARGAS | Staff writer
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Court filings by the New Orleans Saints aim to keep the public from seeing hundreds of emails that show team executives helping the Archdiocese of New Orleans shape its messaging on the church’s clerical sex abuse crisis, The Associated Press reported Friday.

Within hours of the article’s publication, the Saints issued a statement defending themselves, saying the still-unreleased emails show club officials advised Archbishop Gregory Aymond — one of Saints owner...
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