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7 things to know about new Saints free agent pickup James Hurst

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

The New Orleans Saints offensive line, one of the league’s deepest and most talented groups, got a little stronger on Wednesday when the team agreed to terms on a one-year contract with former Baltimore Ravens starter James Hurst. While the Saints have not yet made the signing official, which will require a corresponding roster move, it’s likely just a formality and fans should expect to see Hurst in the mix once training camp rolls around. Here are seven facts to know about the newest addition to New Orleans:

1. Hurst is a Tar Heels alum

Named All-ACC in 2011 (second-team), 2012 and 2013 (first-team). Hurst tied a school record with 48 starts at left tackle.

2. Hurst wore a lot of hats in Baltimore

While left tackle is his natural position (16 starts in the NFL), Hurst started more games at left guard (19) for the Ravens while also playing right tackle and guard, and tight end in jumbo sets.

3. Hurst's 2020 season will start with a suspension

Sidelined the first four weeks due to a performance-enhancing substances policy violation, Hurst can join the Saints before their Week 5 Chargers game.

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Saints announce dates, times for 2020 preseason schedule

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

The New Orleans Saints revealed the specific times and dates for their 2020 preseason schedule, which will see them fly out for away games at the brand-new LoFi Stadium (visiting the Los Angeles Rams) and the historic Heinz Field (for a nationally-broadcast game with the Pittsburgh Steelers). After that two-game road series, the Saints will return to New Orleans to host the Houston Texans and Miami Dolphins in subsequent weeks.

Here’s everything you need to know about the 2020 Saints preseason:

Week 1: at Los Angeles Rams, Friday, Aug. 14 at 9 p.m. CT

This year’s preseason opener won’t kick off until 9 p.m. CT on Friday, Aug. 14, so maybe keep a pot of coffee ready. While Drew Brees probably won’t take the field in this one — he waited until Week 3 to make his preseason debut last year — there will still be plenty to watch out for, primarily the progress made by backup quarterbacks Taysom Hill and Jameis Winston. And the Rams’ shining new stadium should certainly catch the eye.

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Saints DC Dennis Allen looks to fine-tune areas of defense

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By Jaylon Thompson | 247 Sports

The New Orleans Saints are heading into this season looking to advance further in the NFL playoffs after early exits in recent years. The NFC South has gotten stronger with the addition of Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski in the division. The former Patriots joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the offseason.

Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen realizes the talent in the division. The Saints will play three potent offenses in the Buccaneers, Atlanta Falcons, and the Carolina Panthers twice this season.

In a recent interview with Saints senior writer John DeShazier, Allen discussed how the Saints' defense is focused on fine-tuning details of their overall scheme.

“What we really said during the offseason was, 'How are we going to do these things better? And how are we going to teach these things better?' And that's really where our focus has been. It's been about really fine-tuning all the little details to everything that we're doing defensively, from verbiage, terminology to techniques and fundamentals.”

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Former Saints teammates Marques Colston and Steve Gleason reunite through charity

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By Chris Hagan | FOX 8

NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) - As part of the ownership group of Main Squeeze Juice Company, former Saints receiver Marques Colston admits that staying open throughout the COVID-19 crisis has not been easy.

“It’s been tough,” says Colston. “Every industry, every company has probably been affected in some form or fashion, and we were no different. The one advantage that we did have is that many of our locations have drive-thru access. So that allowed for most of our locations to stay open.”

During which time, they made the most of their resources. Being a company that specializes in all-natural, healthy ingredients, they quickly realized that their immune-boosting juices could be a powerful donation to healthcare workers on the front lines.

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Saints Reportedly Sign Veteran NFL Offensive Lineman

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By Andrew Holleran | The Spun

The New Orleans Saints have reportedly added to their offensive line depth ahead of the 2020 regular season.

New Orleans has reportedly signed former Ravens offensive lineman James Hurst. The Saints and the former Baltimore starter reportedly have a one-year deal.

Hurst, 28, played collegiately at North Carolina. He went undrafted coming out of college and signed with Baltimore. The former Tar Heels lineman became a full-time starter at left guard in 2017, starting all 16 games. He agreed to a four-year contract extension following that season.

The Ravens demoted Hurst during the 2019 season. He received a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances in early 2020. Baltimore released him on March 16.

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13,000 fans in Superdome for Saints games? That's just one of many scenarios considered

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With some four months to go before the New Orleans Saints regular-season home opener, officials in charge of operating the Mercedes-Benz Superdome are considering a series of changes to manage fan safety amid the coronavirus pandemic, including what could be a sharp drop in the number of people able to cheer in person.

During a monthly meeting Thursday, officials from the Louisiana Stadium and Exposition District — the state entity commonly known as the Superdome Commission — said they are currently modeling multiple contingency plans should the NFL mandate social...
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Versatile Saints OL James Hurst likely to line up at tackle, using upcoming suspension as motivation

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New-to-New Orleans offensive lineman James Hurst has been positioned all over the offensive line since his rookie days in 2014.

Left tackle. Right tackle. Left guard. Sixth offensive lineman.

The future for Hurst seems to be at tackle, he said Thursday in his first interview as a Saint.

"I've had starts at a lot of places for sure, but most of the time's been spent at tackle," Hurst said, adding he talked to Saints offensive line coach Dan Roushar on Wednesday. "(We) just talked about my versatility and how that's helpful to an offense to be able to have a guy...
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Former Saints CB Apple signs with Panthers

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Former Saints cornerback Eli Apple finally has a new employer.

The Panthers announced Thursday they signed Apple to what The Athletic’s Joe Person reported is a one-year deal.

The former Giants first-round pick out of Ohio State was set to sign with the Raiders as a free agent back in March before the deal fell through. Instead, he will compete for a starting job with one of New Orleans’ NFC South rivals.

The Saints acquired Apple during the 2018 season but the 24-year old struggled in his first full season with the club in part due to injuries.
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CB Eli Apple signs with Panthers, 3rd former Saints player signed by Carolina this offseason

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Former Saints cornerback Eli Apple has agreed to a deal with the Carolina Panthers, continuing an offseason trend between the NFC South foes.

The Panthers announced the deal on Thursday but the terms were not specified.

Apple is the third player to head to Carolina in free agency this season after multiple seasons in New Orleans, joining quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and wide receiver Keith Kirkwood on the Panthers roster.

He had also garnered interest from the Las Vegas Raiders but the deal eventually fell apart.

Apple, 24, was one of the top names...
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DeAndre Hopkins: I know I’m the best wide receiver in the NFL

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Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins says he’s the top pass catcher in football, and that his numbers would dwarf those of other star receivers if he had played his entire career with an elite quarterback.

Hopkins said on ESPN that there is no doubt in his mind where he ranks.

“I definitely think I’m the best,” Hopkins said. “I know I’m the best.”

Hopkins has never led the league in catches or yards, but he said that’s a reflection of the offenses he has played in. Hopkins said he would have better numbers than Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas or Falcons...
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Eli Apple agrees to terms with Panthers

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Eli Apple has a home. Finally.

The free agent cornerback agreed in principle on terms of a one-year deal with the Raiders in late March, but the sides never could finalize the contract. So he went back on the market.

Two months later, Apple has agreed to terms with the Panthers, the team announced Thursday.

General Manager Marty Hurney said on WFNZ on Thursday that adding a veteran cornerback was a “priority.” Apple fills that need.

The Giants selected Apple with the 10th overall pick in the 2016 draft. He was traded to the Saints during the 2018 season. Apple...
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Saints waive Tim White to get James Hurst on roster

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The Saints waived receiver Tim White on Thursday to make room for offensive guard James Hurst, according to the NFL’s official transactions.

White, 25, spent time on the Saints’ practice squad late last season.

He originally entered the league as an undrafted free agent out of Arizona State in 2017. White spent his rookie season on injured reserve.

In 2018, White was on and off the Ravens’ roster. He played three games, catching one pass for 14 yards.

He also averaged 8.3 yards on nine punt returns and 22.5 yards on six kickoff returns.

White played two snaps...
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Louisiana by the Numbers: The best of every uniform (10-19)

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Part 9 of a series

This is what happens when history meets numbers.

Crescent City Sports has decided to go back through the list of greatest players to compete on the fields, courts and diamonds of Louisiana and decide who was the best to wear every number from 0 to 99.

Our rules are simple: To be eligible for our list, you had to play for a college or professional team in Louisiana, and the list is based on the number you wore while in Louisiana.

The ninth of our 10-part series looks at Nos. 10-19. The “teens” may be the toughest set of selections yet.

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NFL announces new playing rules and bylaws for 2020

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The below playing rules and bylaws were adopted by NFL clubs today:

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Jenkins to give virtual speech to Philly HS grads

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Saints rookie bold predictions

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It’s a pretty common occurrence for fans and analysts to make bold predictions about a game or season. If the prediction doesn’t come true, then that’s OK - you said it was bold! If it DOES come true, though... now you look like a genius!

So in that spirit, I wanted to give my bold predictions for the New Orleans Saints 2020 rookie draft class.

Here are three bold predictions for each rookie:

OL Cesar Ruiz

EDGE Zack Baun

TE Adam Trautman

OW Tommy Stevens

So there are some of my bold predictions for the 2020 New Orleans Saints rookie class. What do you think...
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Alvin Kamara could destroy Saints franchise records

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Fleur-de-Links, May 28: Saints preseason games announced and Thomas Morstead stars in a new book

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Officially licensed Saints face coverings are available for the first time, with partial proceeds from the sales going to the CDC Foundation.

The Saints four preseason games have been announced, which includes games against the Los Angeles Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers, Houston Texans, and Miami Dolphins.

The Rams preseason opener is set to be a home game where they will host the Saints.

ESPN’s recent ratings rank the Saints as the NFC team with the best chances of reaching the playoffs.

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Q&A with Jim Mora: On New Orleans airport mobs, the greatness of Sam Mills, more

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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Mora has not coached in the NFL since the end of the 2001 season, but he’s proud...
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