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New Orleans Saints rookie tackle Trevor Penning taking small steps toward eventual goal

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'You've got to earn the spot'

By John DeShazier | Senior Writer -

Trevor Penning isn't expecting any handouts.

He wants to start at left tackle for the New Orleans Saints, who selected him in the first round (No. 19 overall) of this year's draft, and the path to that status was aided by the fact that Terron Armstead signed with Miami as an unrestricted free agent.

But even men as mountainous as Penning (6 feet 7, 322 pounds) understand that small steps have to be taken.

"That's the goal, (but) you've got to earn it," said Penning, an All-American at Northern Iowa and the only offensive lineman in Football Championship Subdivision to be a finalist for the Walter Payton Award, presented annually to the FCS national offensive player of the year. "That's really the goal – (but) you've got to earn the spot. Improve every day and go from there."

The first steps were made last weekend, at the Saints' rookie minicamp, where Penning began the process of settling in as an NFL player.

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Analysis How Jarvis Landry’s conversations with Jameis Winston helped lead the receiver to the Saints

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by Nick Underhill |

Jameis Winston didn’t go into sales mode because all he had to do was tell his truth.

When Jarvis Landry and Winston spoke this offseason, the wide receiver listened to the Saints’ quarterback as he explained how the team operates and the culture in place. Winston couldn’t say enough good things about the coaching staff. All of this was what Landry wanted to hear.

“I want to walk into a situation where the culture is set, walk into a situation where everybody’s working on one accord,” Landry said. “That’s something that’s very important to me at this stage in my career.”

After their first conversation, Landry wanted to keep talking. So, they talked more about the dynamics of the receiver room and how Landry would fit into the mix. The wide receiver became convinced that he would have opportunities to make plays and that he shared a vision with Winston on how that was going to happen.

“He’s gonna throw, and he’s gonna make plays, and he’s gonna trust his guys to make plays for him,” Landry said. “And as a receiver, that’s all you need, that’s all you want.” ...

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Saints: Jarvis Landry's Contract Details

  • News source: Kyle T. Mosley
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Field Yates reported Jarvis Landry's contract details with the New Orleans Saints.

Here are the terms of the deal:

The contract is favorable for New Orleans and Landry. The Pro Bowl wide receiver averages 86 catches per year in eight seasons. Although he'll be competing with Michael Thomas, Chris Olave, Alvin Kamara, and the other receivers for Winston's attention, Landry could still obtain the 65-reception incentive for $500K.

Other rather obtainable bonuses are:

Landry projects to complement All-Pro Michael Thomas and rookie Chris Olave as starters in the wide receiving corps for...
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Jameis Winston Progressing in ACL Rehab

  • News source: John Hendrix
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The Saints are putting all their hopes this season in Jameis Winston, and he's certainly been given some weapons to help him succeed. However, the big question remains when we'll see him on the field. According to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler on Wednesday, the latest progress report for Winston is good, and it sounds like he'll be ready for training camp.

Winston said he was ahead of progress in late March, and revealed to NFL Network after the scheduled dropped that he was ready to go if he had to play a game.

New Orleans will have OTAs next week, which will go through June 10. A mandatory...
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Saints sign Josh Black

  • News source: Charean Williams
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The Saints made official the signing of offensive guard Josh Andrews on Wednesday. They also signed defensive lineman Josh Black.

Black, a Syracuse product, went undrafted earlier this month. He had rookie minicamp tryouts with the Bears and the Saints.

The Saints need depth in the interior of their defensive line, and Black has seen action at both defensive end and defensive tackle. He also has played in multiple systems.

Black earned All-ACC honorable mention last season. He totaled 155 tackles, 24 tackles for loss, eight sacks, two passes defensed, two fumble recoveries, two blocked...
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Jeff Duncan: Sorry, Drew Brees fans, but these Saints belong to Jameis Winston

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A Saints official called me early this week to deliver some fake news.

“Get ready,” he said. “We’re announcing Drew’s coming back at a press conference at noon.”

He was joking, of course. This was how Airline Drive treated Drew Brees’ social media post on Sunday night and the resulting brushfire it ignited across the Internet.

Make no mistake. No one loves Brees more than his former teammates, coaches and staff at the Saints training facility. They aren’t being callous. They’re being realistic.

Anyone who knows Brees knew he was kidding when he said he “may play football again” in his...
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Saints Add Free-Agent LB to Bolster Thin Unit

  • News source: Bob Rose
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Amid the official signing of WR Jarvis Landry and rookie mini-camp over the weekend, the New Orleans Saints also quietly bolstered their linebacker depth. On Monday, the Saints signed free-agent LB Eric Wilson, most recently with the Houston Texans.

Wilson, 27, played collegiately at Cincinnati before signing with the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted rookie in 2017. He didn't play any defensive snaps as a rookie, but saw extensive action on special teams in all 16 games. His defensive responsibilities increased in 2018, with Wilson recording 2 sacks, 4 tackles for loss, and 5 pressures...
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Saints new 'big 3' at WR set to revitalize passing attack

  • News source: Ross Jackson
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All offseason the New Orleans Saints have been open about wanting to address and bolster their wide receiver one. Inherently, this was on the horizon with the expected return of All-Pro receiver Michael Thomas. However, New Orleans wisely didn’t rely on just his return to aid what was considered a big need for the team. They also selected Ohio State wide receiver Chris Olave in the first-round and most recently signed veteran wideout Jarvis Landry. The signing of Landry is one that was met with much excitement due to his Louisiana roots, but is also a clear benefit to the team when it...
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Saints Hall of Fame hosts Celebrity Golf Classic

  • News source: Tina Howell
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On Monday, May 16th, the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame held their annual celebrity golf classic at Chateau Golf Country Club in Kenner.

Over 40 former and current Saints players and personnel attended the event, including Saints Head Coach Dennis Allen, General Manager Mickey Loomis as well as Cam Jordan, CJ Gardner-Johnson, Pete Warner, Malcolm Roach, Tony Jones Jr., Albert Huggins Jr., Marquez Callaway and more.

All proceeds from the event benefit the non-profit Saints Hall of Fame Museum in New Orleans.

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Watch: C.J. Gardner-Johnson responds to Saints adding Jarvis Landry

  • News source: Ross Jackson
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The last few weeks have been exciting ones for New Orleans Saints fans. The signings of hometown talent like safety Tyrann Mathieu and wide receiver Jarvis Landry along with a promising draft lass featuring two first-round selections have helped to reengage a fanbase that was concerned about an early patient approach by the team. But the excitement didn’t stop at Saints fans when Landry was signed this past weekend. Even Saints players took time to express their excitement, especially safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson.

Gardner-Johnson was streaming live on social media when he saw the news...
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Saints with one of the NFL’s best UDFA classes

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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The New Orleans Saints have been one of the NFL’s better teams at finding productive undrafted free agents. Pierre Thomas, Deonte Harty, Josh Hill, Chris Ivory, Delvin Breaux, Jonathan Casillas...even Junior Galette...all were signed as undrafted free agents and produced in New Orleans for various periods of time.

The Saints are hoping they can strike gold again with this year’s class of undrafted free agents, and the good folks at NBC believe they have a chance. NBC analyst Thor Nystrom ranked the undrafted free agent class of each NFC team, and the Saints were given the second-best...
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Fleur-de-Links, May 18: Drew Brees recent surgery likely prevents an NFL return

  • News source: Adam Dunnells
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The Saints have waived offensive lineman Eric Wilson.

Oddsmakers still heavily favor Drew Brees staying retired for the 2022 season, despite speculation following his Tweet about possibly returning to football.

Drew Brees reportedly underwent shoulder surgery about two weeks ago, which would heavily hurt his chances of returning in 2022 if he actually wanted to come back to the NFL.

Offensive line coach Doug Marrone speaks on his return to New Orleans and new wide receivers coach Kodi Burns shares his thoughts on joining the team.

A look at Dennis Allen’s full response to Drew Brees...
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Saints Waive OL Eric Wilson

  • News source: John Hendrix
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For now, there won't be any confusion with the Saints having two Eric Wilson's in training camp. According to the NFL Transaction Wire from Tuesday, the team has waived Penn State offensive lineman Eric Wilson.

Wilson was one of 17 undrafted rookie free agents to join the team at the end of April, and he becomes the second quick casualty after Cincinatti linebacker Joel Dublanko was waived on Monday. The team added veteran linebacker Eric Wilson and Devine Ozigbo in five reported transactions.

Wilson should be fine, as he's actually a Harvard psychology undergrad. When we previewed the...
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Recent shoulder surgery would complicate a potential Drew Brees return

  • News source: Mike Florio
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While it’s still unclear from a Sunday night tweet whether future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees is truly thinking about coming back to football (one more tweet could clear it up quickly), there’s one specific complication to any desire to play football.

As noted by Peter King in his latest Football Morning in America column, Brees had left shoulder surgery on May 2. ESPN’s Ed Werder added earlier today that Brees “would be physically unable to play until at least September or October.”

Again, if there was a joke in the original Brees tweet, it’s far from obvious. He has tweeted...
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Alontae Taylor, Tennessee’s Cookie Man, now a Saints rookie

  • News source: Rene Nadeau
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The New Orleans Saints took a hit in the secondary following the conclusion of the 2021 NFL campaign.

It’s tough to lose both starting safeties but Marcus Williams signed with the Ravens and Malcolm Jenkins retired soon after.

New Orleans made out fine in response to the losses though, adding veterans Tyrann Mathieu, Marcus Maye and Daniel Sorensen to strengthen that spot.

At corner and nickel, the Saints are loaded with Marshon Lattimore and Paulsen Adebo, Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Bradley Roby and Ken Crawley as experienced options with starting experience.

However, life in the NFL...
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Doug Marrone hopes 'third time's the charm' with Saints, while Kodi Burns grateful for 1st NFL job

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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It's been 14 years since Doug Marrone last roamed the halls at the New Orleans Saints headquarters.

In that time, he's been a head coach three times with Syracuse, the Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars, and had a 1-year stint with Alabama as its offensive line coach. Now, he's returned for his third stint in New Orleans, this time as the offensive line coach.

But the passage of time hasn't made anything about his return to New Orleans weird. For him, it feels "more comfortable," he said Saturday.

"No disrespect for anywhere else I've been, I think when you're here — this is what...
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Contract details are in for 3 Saints rookies; see details for Chris Olave, D'Marco Jackson, Jordan Jackson

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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With rookie minicamp in the rearview mirror and the next wave of offseason workouts on the horizon, the New Orleans Saints have placed most of their rookies in the books.

Four of the Saints' five draft picks have signed their contracts and those details for three of them — first-round draft pick Chris Olave, fifth-round pick D'Marco Jackson and sixth-round pick Jordan Jackson were made available on Tuesday through a Times-Picayune league source.

Penning's details were available last week and second-round pick Alontae Taylor has not yet signed.

Olave, the Saints' first pick in this...
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2022 Saints Hall of Fame Biloxi Celebration set for June 9-10

  • News source: Ken Trahan
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The sixth annual Biloxi Saints Hall of Fame Celebration is set for Thursday, June 9 and Friday, June 10.

On Thursday night, June 9, the Saints Hall of Fame Reception/Auction is set for 7-10 o’clock in the third floor Grand Ballroom of IP Casino Resort Spa at 850 Bayview Avenue in Biloxi.

The event features up to 25 prominent former New Orleans Saints players, a silent auction of sports memorabilia, a live auction of Saints items and outstanding food and drink from the outstanding restaurants of IP.

All celebrities are available for pictures and autographs.

Tickets are $40 per person...
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