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An offseason workout helped Emmanuel Sanders get acclimated to Saints

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By Amos Morale III | WWL Radio

After the New Orleans Saints signed receiver Emmanuel Sanders this past offseason, quarterback Drew Brees flew out to Denver to work out with the veteran.

"It was good. It was really good for me,” Sanders said. “Sometimes a lot of people, they talk about the X's and O's, but moving to a whole new city and you don't know any guys on the team...so when Drew came out, it kind of made me feel good to know at least when I show up in the locker room, I already had gotten acclimated with him.”

Sanders didn't know it at the time, but Brees wasn't the only future teammate he'd work with that day. Sanders said Brees asked him to bring another receiver to the workout, so Sanders called his longtime friend and former teammate Bennie Fowler, who the Saints later signed.

"Drew ended up liking Bennie, the way that he ran routes. He's a big receiver and so now he's at camp with me as well," Sanders said. "So that's pretty cool."

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First look at Tommy Stevens in New Orleans Saints uniform

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By Nick Kosko | 247 Sports

Former Mississippi State quarterback Tommy Stevens heads to New Orleans to begin his NFL career. While quarterbacks Drew Brees, Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill are in front of him, Stevens will get plenty of wisdom from the veterans.

Stevens was drafted with the No. 240 overall pick (seventh round), but brings intangibles to the offense. In fact, he could be like a second Hill on the team, who is a do it all type of quarterback.

It’s unknown when Bulldogs fans are going to see Stevens on the field in New Orleans, but they can at least get a first look at their former quarterback in uniform. Stevens posted on Instagram on Saturday.

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Marcus Davenport's goal for 2020? Outplay Cameron Jordan

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

Expectations are high for Marcus Davenport. The big defensive end has fought through injuries early in his New Orleans Saints career, slowed by a critical turf toe issue in 2018 before getting sidelined with a Lisfranc break in 2019.

Despite those setbacks, he only needs to log seven sacks in 2020 to crack the Saints’ top-20 sack leaders in franchise history. He bagged six sacks in 13 games last year, and has already notched more of them in first two years put together (10.5) than the superstar lining up opposite him: Cameron Jordan, who racked up nine sacks between his first two seasons.

Davenport has taken what Jordan’s taught him and ran with it. The two got closer during the long offseason while rehabbing injuries (Davenport had his foot issue, while Jordan dealt with post-season surgery), spending a lot of time in the trainer’s room, and Davenport took Jordan’s lessons to heart. ...

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Rookie Saints linebacker Zack Baun changes his jersey number again

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

Good news, everyone!

Zack Baun, the New Orleans Saints third-round draft pick out of Wisconsin, has again changed his jersey number. Having worn No. 56 for the Badgers, he didn’t have many options when he first went pro — initially picking No. 40, which is a terrible, no-good look for a linebacker.

However, he switched to No. 53 after some consideration. And that’s a fine choice; A.J. Klein wore it well for the Saints the last few years, and before that it was repped proudly by Ramon Humber, the special teams ace who endeared himself to fans as “the Humberjack.”

But when the Saints signed former Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham, the rookie was quick to oblige the veteran. Baun gave Bradham No. 53, which Bradham used in previous stops with the Eagles and Buffalo Bills. ...

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Bennie Fowler: How the Saints WR landed in New Orleans

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By Kyle T. Moseley | SI

After the Saints sign a player, we would typically see Saints fans' comments to understand why Mickey Loomis decided to offer the player a contract. The NFL generally is the same as the real world. Players get tryouts and deals as a result of "who they know" on the team.

Networking, nepotism, and word of mouth are great to help someone land a job. I got my first job at a restaurant on St. Charles Street in New Orleans because of two friends' recommendations. My future employer trusted them. In WR Benny Fowler's case, the same was true for him. Two influential Saints players, QB Drew Brees and WR Emmanuel Sanders helped the journeyman receiver land a 1 year deal with New Orleans. But, how and why?

Emmanuel Sanders reminded the Saints press on Friday of the workout he and Drew Brees had several weeks ago. Drew flew out to Denver to meet and train with the Saints' offseason prize acquisition, Sanders. Brees needed another receiver to accompany Sanders during those workouts, and Sanders brought along his friend and former teammate, Bennie Fowler. According to Sanders, Drew Brees was impressed with Fowler. Enough for Brees to recommend to Fowler to the Saints and convince them to give him "a shot" during training camp, they did, and now Fowler is a Saint. ...

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7 key storylines to follow as New Orleans Saints return to training camp Wednesday

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New Orleans Saints players and coaches are days away from the start of training camp with Wednesday being the first day they’ll practice in shorts & helmets.

The team will practice in pads starting Aug. 17.

Before that, take a look at some of the key storylines to be aware of:

This training camp will be unlike any other in the league's history.

How will the Saints, and the rest of the NFL, try to navigate their way through a full-contact football season, without a bubble-like environment, amid a global pandemic?

You can learn more here.

Even though the New Orleans Saints have had two...
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No hobbies, just football: Saints' Marcus Davenport expects more from himself after a dedicated offseason

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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Though circumstances afforded him more time than he otherwise would have had in a typical offseason, New Orleans Saints defensive end Marcus Davenport did not devote much of it toward hobbies.

Learning the guitar would have to wait, and for that matter, so would his interest in exercising his mind through the written word. During the 2019 season, Davenport regularly had a book or two in his locker, sometimes rifling through them and reading passages during the open locker room period. Not this offseason.

No frivolity. Barriers up on mental avenues that served little purpose other than...
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NFL training camps are set to begin. The coronavirus is still here. Here's how the Saints will navigate both.

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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The words roll off Marcus Davenport’s tongue, seemingly nonchalant. But the New Orleans Saints defensive end is serious.

He’s honest, bluntly painting the potential picture that NFL fans fear. But he's also calm. He knows fretting about it isn’t productive.

“The NFL season can be canceled tomorrow, so we're just trying the best we can today,” Davenport said.

No day is given in the NFL, even amid typical circumstances. Davenport knows that all too well, having landed on injured reserve last season after he suffered a Lisfranc injury against the San Francisco 49ers.

But it’s vastly...
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Walker: 10 most important new faces on Saints roster to watch as training camp begins

  • News source: BY ROD WALKER | Staff writer
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The NFL season, assuming there is one, is full of uncertainties.

The COVID-19 pandemic makes it hard for us to know what tomorrow will bring, let along the next few months.

But we do know this: The New Orleans Saints enter training camp in good shape.

Not having any preseason games won't hurt the Saints as much as it'll hurt others. The roster and the guys coaching the players on that roster haven't changed much.

On paper, the roster looks stacked. Even if there was no draft or no free agency, the Saints would have entered the season as one of the favorites. That's how stacked it is...
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Source: Saints LS Zach Wood to be reinstated from reserve/COVID-19 list after negative tests

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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New Orleans Saints long snapper Zach Wood will be reinstated to the active roster from the reserve/COVID-19 list after receiving two negative coronavirus tests, a source told The Times-Picayune | New Orleans Advocate.

NewOrleans.Football first reported the news.

Wood's reinstatement to the active roster will come two days after he was first placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Wood's agent, Mike Abadir, told The Times-Picayune | New Orleans Advocate on Thursday that he believed Wood's positive coronavirus test was actually a false positive — a theory proving to be true after Wood's next...
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A look around the NFC South on SB Nation

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A collection of news and stories from the other SB Nation NFC South blogs

Carolina will be be good on offense. Although the Carolina Panthers are expected to struggle defensively in the 2020-2021 NFL season, they have plenty surrounded new quarterback Teddy Bridgewater with plenty of offensive weapons.


Second Panther opts out of upcoming season. Christian Miller, a second-year edge rusher for Carolina became the second player to opt out of the upcoming NFL season because of COVID-19.


Russell Okung considering retirement. Amid the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the...
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How Emmanuel Sanders and Drew Brees got a jump-start on their rapport

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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Sometime this June, at some undisclosed Tropical Smoothie location in Denver, two guys ordered some lunch and got to know each other a bit.

Mundane as that might sound, this was important, because one of those guys was a future Hall of Fame quarterback and the other was his newest wide receiver, and outside of their preceding reputations, neither knew much about each other personally.

So, new New Orleans Saints teammates Drew Brees and Emmanuel Sanders got to talking.

“We had lunch and got to chop it up, we got to know each other,” Sanders said. “... On the field — that's going to work...
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Saints announce signing of LB Nigel Bradham, activate LB Kaden Eliss from COVID-19 list

  • News source: Justin Macione
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The New Orleans Saints announced today that they have signed LB Nigel Bradham and activated LB Kaden Elliss from Reserve/Covid-19, it was announced by Executive Vice-President/General Manager Mickey Loomis.

Bradham (prounounced BRAD-em), 6-2, 241, was originally a fourth round pick (105th overall) of the Buffalo Bills out of Florida State in 2012. In eight NFL seasons with the Bills (2012-15) and Philadelphia Eagles (2016-19), he has appeared in 118 games with 96 starts, posting career totals of 588 tackles (409 solo), 8.5 sacks, three interceptions 33 passes defensed, five forced...
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Saints linebacker Kaden Ellis cleared from COVID-19 list, long snapper Zach Wood to be cleared pending second negative test

  • News source: Madeleine Hudak
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It appears the New Orleans Saints’ innovative plans to keep the team healthy this offseason are thus far paying off. As reported by Nick Underhill, the only two players on the New Orleans roster to test positive are nearly in the clear.

Linebacker Kaden Ellis is officially off the COVID-19 list.

Long snapper Zach Wood tested negative on his first retest; pending the results of his test on August 7, Wood is nearly off the list as well.

The NFL has implemented comprehensive COVID-19 protocols to best ensure the viability of the 2020 NFL season. Major League Baseball’s COVID-19 wave makes...
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Source: Saints LB Kaden Elliss to be reinstated from reserve/COVID-19 list

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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New Orleans Saints linebacker Kaden Elliss will be reinstated to the active roster from the reserve/COVID-19 list after receiving negative coronavirus test results, a source told The Times-Picayune | New Orleans Advocate on Friday.

NewOrleans.Football first reported the news.

Elliss' reinstatement to the active roster comes just one day after he was first placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Just because a player is placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list doesn't mean they have tested positive for the virus. Players can be designated reserve/COVID-19 if a team fears they've been exposed to...
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CSC Podcast: Saints Sign Bradham, Fowler and Waive Ten Players

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New Orleans Saints analyst for Canal Steet Chronicles, Brenden Ertle, breaks down the Saints recent transactions ahead of training camp, signings, waived players and the players placed on physically unable to preform.

If you’re enjoying the Canal Street Chronicles Podcast please remember to subscribe and leave a 5-star review on iTunes, Spotify or where ever you find your podcasts! The voices behind the microphones are Brenden and Nate, you can find them on Twitter, @Brendenertle and @NateJWSports.

Thanks for listening, and don’t miss the next show. Who Dat!
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4 weeks Saints Latavius Murray could be worth starting in fantasy football

  • News source: Hayden Reel
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Latavius Murray is one of the best #2 running backs in the NFL. In the two games in which Alvin Kamara missed last season, Murray combined for over 220 rushing yards and found the end zone four times for a total of 60 PPR fantasy points. Even with Kamara in the lineup, Murray managed to average 7 PPG in games in which he had six or more carries. So, which matchups will Murray be most worthy of a start this year? In leagues of 12 teams or more, I believe Murray will be worth FLEX consideration in a few games this year. Here are the top four I believe Murray could warrant a start in deeper...
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Saints head to Chicago in Week 8 against a quarterback TBD

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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We’ll continue a series of opponent preview posts for the New Orleans Saints opponents in 2020. Next, we’ll look at what appears to be our annual trip to the Windy City. Our friends over at Windy City Gridiron took some time to give us Saints fans the scoop on the Chicago Bears.

Notable free agent additions:

Robert Quinn (edge), Jimmy Graham (TE), Germain Ifedi (OG), and via trade Nick Foles (QB)

Over/Under:

10 wins — Under. (but I could see a push being likely as well)

Most exciting rookie:

Cole Kmet may take a while to get acclimated to the pro game, as do most rookie tight ends...
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Ranking every NFL position group from 1-32

  • News source: www.espn.com - New Orleans Saints
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NFL rosters are all relative, which is something that's often overlooked when analyzing them. It's easy to say a team is in "good shape" or "loaded" at a particular position, but the fact is each unit is only as good as it is relative to the league's other 31 teams.

That might seem like common sense, but you'd be surprised what you can learn and how your opinions are adjusted by actually sitting down and objectively (to the best of your ability) grading and/or ranking each positional unit of all 32 teams. This is a project I've done (and kept updated) each of the past several offseasons...
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