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Saints Draft Prospect: Gamebreaker WR Laviska Shenault, Jr.

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By Bob Rose | SI

New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas had a season for the ages in 2019, catching an NFL-record 149 passes for a league high 1,725 yards and 9 touchdowns. Thomas has increased his production in each of his four professional seasons, setting league records with 470 receptions for 5,512 yards and 32 touchdowns. For as great as Thomas has been, the Saints have gotten little production from their other wide receivers.

WR Ted Ginn Jr. had the next most receptions among the team’s wideouts in 2019 with just 30, and in 2018 WR Tre'Quan Smith caught 28 passes to finish second at the position behind the 125 balls that Thomas hauled in. With the addition of Emmanuel Sanders in free agency, the Saints have shored up what has been a glaring weakness over the last two years. Sanders is 33-Yrs old however, and the NFL draft looks loaded with wide receiver talent. The Saints may take advantage of that pool of talent, perhaps even with their first-round pick, 24th overall.

Today’s draft profile looks at a versatile wideout talent that should still be available late in the 1st round. ...

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Saints agree to terms with CB P.J. Williams

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By NewOrleansSaints.com

The New Orleans Saints announced today that they have agreed to terms with cornerback P.J. Williams. The announcement was made by Saints' Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis.

Williams, 6-0, 196, was originally selected by New Orleans in the third round (78th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft out of Florida State. He has appeared in 47 career regular season games with 22 starts, posting career totals of 150 tackles (119 solo), two sacks, four interceptions, one returned 45 yards for a touchdown, 23 passes defensed and two forced fumbles. In five postseason contests with two starts, he has added 16 tackles (13 solo) and five passes defensed. ...

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Sean Payton fires back at USA Today's column on Saints draft plans

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"Congratulations, New Orleans Saints. You've finally found a way to be dumber than Mike Ditka on Draft Day," said Armour.

By WWL Staff

NEW ORLEANS — Everyone these days seems to have an opinion on everyone else's actions or inactions during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Saints' decision to have its draft war room at the Gayle Benson-owned Dixie Brewery Company facility in New Orleans East has met with some opposition by a USA Today sports columnist.

Nancy Armour slammed the Saints decision in a column published Monday.

"Congratulations, New Orleans Saints. You've finally found a way to be dumber than Mike Ditka on Draft Day."

Armour says the optics of having the war room as both dumb and dangerous.

Saints head coach Sean Payton, who has just recently recovered from a battle with COVID-19, didn't take long to respond, challenging the facts behind Armour's column. ...

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New Orleans Saints move draft war room to team-owned brewery

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By Daniel Canova | Fox News

The New Orleans Saints are planning to hold their draft war room at the Dixie Brewery in New Orleans, which is also owned by team owner Gayle Benson, since the NFL forced its teams to shut down its facilities amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Head coach Sean Payton also said the team is prepared to stay at the brewery through the draft on April 23-25 if need be.

"This facility is fantastic," Payton told reporters on a conference call Wednesday, according to ESPN. "There's no one out here. We have our board set up, we've got seven monitors. ... We're certainly distanced away from each other. There's plenty of space. And then the monitors have all the scouts and everyone else, so the total people [involved] in the meeting might be 20."...

Payton said staff members are following all of the CDC guidelines. There will only be six or seven people on-site, including Payton, general manager Mickey Loomis and assistant general manager Jeff Ireland, and they will be spread out from one another in a boardroom setting. Everyone will be expected to take their temperature when they arrive at the facility.

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What was said that may indicate Taysom Hill could be the Saints’ starting quarterback in 2021

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By Brandon Judd | Desert News

SALT LAKE CITY — New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton seems to consistently have something positive to say about reserve quarterback/do-it-all playmaker Taysom Hill.

On Tuesday during a segment on ESPN’s “Get Up!” Payton talked about Hill’s role for the Saints in the upcoming season. During the tail end of answering a question posed by host Mike Greenberg, the coach also hinted that Hill’s chance to compete for a starting QB position may come sooner than originally imagined for a franchise that has seen All-Pro quarterback Drew Brees leading the Saints since 2006.

“First and foremost, we still view him as a quarterback. We spent a lot of time this offseason discussing our vision for him this season,” Payton said of Hill, while mentioning that the former BYU quarterback is the third or fourth fastest player on the New Orleans roster and will resume his role at various offensive positions and on special teams.

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2024 Super Bowl may clash with Mardi Gras in New Orleans, contingency plans being made

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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Two things New Orleans loves more than anything are Mardi Gras and the NFL, but the two could potentially be at odds in 2024 when the city is supposed to host the Super Bowl in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

The Super Bowl host rotation has already been determined through 2024, but now that a 17-game season is potentially on the table, contingency plans are being made.

Why? With a 16-game season, the Super Bowl for 2024 is scheduled for Feb. 4, but if there's a week...
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N.O. may lose '24 Super Bowl over 17-game slate

  • News source: www.espn.com - New Orleans Saints
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METAIRIE, La. -- The 2024 Super Bowl, which is scheduled to be played in New Orleans, may have to be moved to another location because of a calendar conflict if the NFL switches to a 17-game season.

If the Super Bowl gets pushed back a week to Feb. 11 that year as expected, then it will run into Mardi Gras. So the NFL, the New Orleans Saints and the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation have been working on contingency plans.

The most likely scenario is moving the...
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2006 Week 3 picks: Home Sweet Dome

  • News source: Wallace Delery
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Two weeks in the books, with two road victories for the New Orleans Saints. The Saints will now finally come back home to host the Atlanta Falcons in the most anticipated game in the 40-year history of the Saints franchise. Both teams come into this one undefeated and look to move to 3-0 for the season. With the win, the Saints have the golden opportunity to stand alone in first place in the NFC South, and sorry Atlanta, in the words of America’s new favorite movie...
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NFL, city officials work to keep 2024 Super Bowl in New Orleans

  • News source: Ed Daniels
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The 17-game NFL regular season, beginning in the fall of 2021, could force the Super Bowl in 2024 out of New Orleans.

The game is scheduled to be played at the Superdome, February 4th 2024. But, if the season is pushed back an additional week, the game would be played February 11th. That would be in direct conflict with the final weekend of Mardi Gras.

Mardi Gras day in 2024 is February 13th.

One option to keep the game in New Orleans is to eliminate the bye week...
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Saints keep marching as they enter Week 3 of the 2006 season

  • News source: Kade Kistner
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The New Orleans Saints are rolling into Week 3 as they set their sights on Monday Night Football against the Atlanta Falcons. After an abysmal 3-13 season in 2005, the new additions of head coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees seem to be paying dividends almost immediately.

New Orleans began their season by travelling to Cleveland where the gutted out a 19-14 victory over the Browns. Brees clearly looked rusty, and it was obvious Payton was holding Brees...
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Saints By Position: Top 5 cornerbacks in franchise history

  • News source: Ken Trahan
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Finding a true cover corner is so important in the NFL.

Finding a shutdown corner is rare.

When the latter occurs, your team is typically going to be extremely successful.

The New Orleans Saints have had good but not great corners in franchise history.

The best was clear, based on longevity and productivity. The second person on our list is well on his way to a very good career. The other spots were hard to separate.

Another player was superb at cornerback for...
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Home Sweet Dome: How CSC will cover ESPN’s “Domecoming” re-air

  • News source: Ross.Jackson
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As a part of the NFL and ESPN’s five-week series broadcasting Monday Night Football classics, one of the most important games in New Orleans Saints history will be re-visited on Monday March 6th. Canal Street Chronicles and our colleagues over at the SB Nation mothership and The Falcoholic are joining forces to commemorate this event by setting the scene, reacting in real time, and recapping this iconic NFL evening as if it were happening live.

That means for the...
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Cam Jordan thinks Drew Brees has at least two more seasons in him

  • News source: Josh Alper
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Saints head coach Sean Payton created a few headlines this week when he referred to quarterback Drew Brees heading into his “final season” during an appearance on ESPN.

Payton later clarified that he doesn’t know what Brees will do after 2020 and that the quarterback is taking things on a year-to-year basis at this point. One of Brees’ teammates has a different thought about Brees’ playing future, however.

During his own appearance on ESPN, defensive end Cam Jordan...
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Fleur-de-Links, April 3: ESPN will air a classic New Orleans Saints game and Saints bring back P.J. Williams

  • News source: Adam Dunnells
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Though former Saint Eli Apple had an initial agreement with the Las Vegas Raiders, Apple is back on the market after he and the Raiders could not agree to final terms.

Sean Payton responds to a USA Today article that criticized the Saints use of a local brewery as their NFL Draft headquarters.

Cornerback P.J. Williams signs a one-year deal with the Saints worth $2 million.

On April 6th, ESPN will air the New Orleans Saints victory over the Atlanta Falcons...
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CSC Podcast: Saints re-sign CB P.J. Williams

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New Orleans Saints analyst for Canal St. Chronicles Brenden Ertle breaks down the news of the Saints re-signing CB P.J. Williams.
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Deal with Raiders falls through for former Saints cornerback Eli Apple

  • News source: Jude Young
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Free agent cornerback Eli Apple reportedly agreed to a contract in mid-March with the Raiders. It did not turn out that way.

Apple and the Raiders failed to finalize the agreement, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Thursday.


As a result, Apple is back on the market after spending the past season and a half with New Orleans. The Ohio State product came to the saints via in-season trade with the Giants in 2018.

Apple was a starter for the Saints until an ankle injury...
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Former Saints corner Eli Apple's contract with Las Vegas Raiders falls through: report

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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Former New Orleans Saints cornerback Eli Apple was ready to continue his career with the Las Vegas Raiders, but the contract could not be finalized, according to an ESPN report.

It is not clear what prevented the deal from being completed, though Apple was forced to miss both the Saints' 2019 regular-season finale and the playoff loss against Minnesota with an ankle injury. Apple had initially agreed to join the Raiders on a one-year, $6 million contract.

The...
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Eli Apple not signing with Raiders after all

  • News source: Michael David Smith
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More than two weeks after reports surfaced that free agent cornerback Eli Apple was signing with the Raiders, it turns out that no deal was reached.

Apple and the Raiders were unable to finalize the agreement, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

It’s unclear what the issue was that prevented a deal from getting done. This year deals are taking longer to get finalized because the COVID-19 shutdown has made physical exams and face-to-face meetings more difficult.

The...
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Why Cam Jordan expects at least 2 more Saints seasons from Drew Brees? Ask Tom Brady

  • News source: BY JEFF NOWAK | Staff writer
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Cam Jordan is thankful for all the NFC South quarterbacks that have been so kind to him over his nine NFL seasons, even the new one -- but for a different reason.

Days after coach Sean Payton stoked the fire that Drew Brees was in his final season, the Saints defensive end said he expected at least two more from his current quarterback. And he points to Tom Brady's deal to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the reason why.

“In my mind I never have to worry about...
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