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Mike Detillier: The center of attention

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By Mike Detillier Sports Correspondent | Houma Courier

I hope we will get to see college and pro football in the fall.

One major area to watch this season with both LSU and the New Orleans Saints will be starting with the critical center position.

Other than quarterback, the center spot is the hardest for any player to excel at in both college and pro football.

At center, you are the quarterback of the offensive line. You make the alignment calls and you have to pick up the delayed inside blitzes you see so much today in the game.

With a new quarterback, you sometimes have to calm him down.

And you have to make sure you get the ball back in the exchange either under center or in the shot-gun/pistol formation back to the quarterback as close to 100 percent of the time as you can get it.

I spoke to former New Orleans Saints center Steve Korte, who never played center until he was selected by the Saints, about the responsibilities of playing center and the mental part of the game.

“When I was in high school in Colorado I played some offensive line and defensive tackle,” Korte said. “So I sign on with Arkansas and I’m a back-up defensive tackle to Dan Hampton. He’s a Hall of Fame defensive tackle, so my future is at guard. I got to be pretty good at it and I was a consensus All-American offensive guard in 1982. The Saints pick me in Round 2 in 1983 and after a couple of days of practice they decided to move me to the center position. I had practiced a little the center spot at one of these Regional Combines, but never in a game. It was quite an adjustment for me.”

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Why Re-signing Demario Davis Should Take Priority Over Alvin Kamara for the Saints

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By Bob Rose - Sports Illustrated

The New Orleans Saints have several enormous contract decisions to make over the next two years. Pro Bowl CB Marshon Lattimore and All-Pro offensive tackle Ryan Ramczyk had their fifth-year contract options picked up by the team, but are still scheduled to be unrestricted free agents at the end of the 2021 season unless extended. At the end of this coming season, New Orleans must deal with expiring contracts of key players like TE Jared Cook, DT Sheldon Rankins, LB Alex Anzalone, LB Kiko Alonso, FS Marcus Williams, DB P.J. Williams, RB Alvin Kamara, LB Demario Davis, along with finding a new quarterback after the expected retirement of Drew Brees.

The team's front office has done a masterful job at juggling the financials of the salary cap to keep one of the NFL's best teams intact, but keeping all of those players and the contracts they will command will be difficult. Most expect the Saints to make the biggest push to re-sign Kamara, who is perhaps the league's most versatile back and likely to pull in an average of close to $15 million dollars per year with his next deal. Kamara has rare abilities and has been a vital part of the Saints offensive success since joining them as a 3rd round pick in 2017. Re-signing a player with elite talents as his should be a priority, but the thought here is that the next top contract priority for New Orleans should be on the other side of the ball. ...

Why the 2020 season is crucial for Drew Brees’ legacy with the Saints

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By Brian Allee Walsh | Sun Herald

However you slice Patrick Mahomes’ blockbuster deal, the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback is going to make a boatload of money over the next 12 seasons, upwards of $500 million by all accounts.

Call it the NFL’s version of a stimulus check in this pandemic strapped world.

And to think only eight short years ago, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees signed a five-year, $100 million deal that made him the highest-paid quarterback on average in NFL history at the time.

How times have changed!

Brees’ deal included $60 million in guarantees, including a $37 million signing bonus. He celebrated the historic occasion by lunching at one of his Jimmy John’s sandwich shoppes — extra mayo on the Ultimate Porker.

Brees’ deal came on the eve of training camp in July 2012 and capped a tumultuous offseason, months after the league handed down unprecedented franchise-wide sanctions in the wake of Bountygate that included the season-long suspension of coach Sean Payton. ...

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10 questions with New Orleans Saints offensive line coach Dan Roushar

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Dan Roushar. Photo - Michael C. Hebert - New Orleans Saints

Roushar is entering his eighth season with Saints

Dan Roushar is entering his eighth season with the New Orleans Saints, and fifth as offensive line coach. During his tenure, tackles Terron Armstead and Ryan Ramczyk were named All-Pros and interior linemen Andrus Peat (left guard), Larry Warford (right guard) and Max Unger (center) were selected for the Pro Bowl. And this year, he'll help mold two promising young linemen – second-year center/guard Erik McCoy and rookie center/guard Cesar Ruiz. The Saints' offensive line consistently has been among the league's best, and Roushar wants to make sure it remains in the upper echelon of NFL units.

Q: How significant has the adjustment been to not seeing players, not having an offseason program?

It's certainly been a challenge, but I think it's been a welcome challenge, with the idea that we've been restricted in our ability to be in-person contact with the players. Each morning for the last three weeks, we've had what we're considering virtual meetings, and we've really involved the young players and the guys that are new to the program. And we spend about an hour-and-a-half each morning with them going through the installations. And as we teach them the system and go through things, we have film to back up what we're talking about. It's really become kind of an interesting process. Because of our lack of ability to put them on the field and go through things, it's been a lot more communication back and forth, many, many more questions as we've...

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CSC Podcast: Dr. Rasmussen on Covid-19 and the Saints season

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New Orleans Saints analyst for Canal Street Chronicles Brenden Ertle interviews Dr. Angela Rasmussen, Associate Research Scientist at Colombia University. Dr. Rasmussen answers all your questions about the potential 2020 NFL season. Will fans be able to attend games? What can players do to slow the spread and more!

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...
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How they built it: Saints possess enviable depth at every offensive position

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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For the past several seasons, the New Orleans Saints have at least anecdotally been considered to possess one of the NFL's deepest rosters, and the team has fortified that notion with 37 wins the past three seasons — tops in the NFL.

With almost all the key players from the 2019 season returning, that figures to again be the case in 2020. New Orleans not only has one of the NFL's premier players at each of its position groups, but it has capable players in reserve at just about every position, too.

This roster was built by smart decisions at every step of the team-building process. New...
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Interviews: Saints legends LeCharles Bentley and Usama Young

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New Orleans Saints C/G LeCharles Bentley Legends Microsoft Teams Video Call with New Orleans Media Friday, July 10, 2020

Can you talk about the end of your playing career and starting Offensive Line Performance in 2008? “Oh boy, I actually started the business in Cleveland and if you’re not familiar with Cleveland, it is a place that everyone brags about being from, because they want to look cool. But that’s my actual hometown. When I started the business, I built it in Cleveland first. My exit from the league was a little unique. In some regards, I wasn’t quite ready to go, probably like...
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Ranking the NFL's top 10 offensive tackles: Best of the league's bodyguards

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To preview the 2020 NFL season, we asked more than 50 league executives, coaches, scouts and players to help us stack the top 10 players at 11 different positions (sorry, special-teamers). The results might surprise you. They surprised me.

Here's how it worked: Voters gave their best 10 to 15 players at a position, then we compiled the results and ranked candidates based on number of top-10 votes, composite average, interviews and research. We had several ties, so we broke them by isolating the two-man matchup with additional voting and follow-up calls. Each section is packed with quotes...
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Saints offer fans options to defer season tickets, receive refunds for 2020

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The New Orleans Saints have offered season ticket holders the option of deferring their 2020 season until the following season or receiving a refund.

Season tickets holders were issued the opt-out form Friday.

Whether fans choose a refund or deferral, they still keep their option to renew tickets and parking passes without going onto the team’s season ticket waiting list.

The move comes as the NFL approaches a season of uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Malcolm Jenkins says DeSean Jackson was wrong, but asks to “stay focused”

  • News source: Darin Gantt
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Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins doesn’t approve of former Eagles teammate DeSean Jackson‘s comments this week, but he also doesn’t want to get bogged down in a problem he perceives as being not his own.

Jenkins posted an Instagram video in which he addressed Jackson’s anti-Semitic posts on social media.

“We gotta stay focused,” Jenkins said. “All of this back and forth that’s going on right now is a distraction. Comments were made, and they were wrong. Allow those who were impacted by it to voice their grievances.

“But we’ve got to stay focused. Because Breonna Taylor’s killers are still...
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Saints rookie QB Tommy Stevens’s Madden rating released

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Just when you thought the New Orleans Saints were done in the 2020 NFL Draft, they trade back into the seventh round to draft Mississippi State quarterback Tommy Stevens.

Stevens was a former offensive weapon in the mold of Taysom Hill at Penn State before transferring to Mississippi State to just play quarterback. Now in the NFL, it’s to be determined if Stevens presents an option to be a backup to Taysom Hill in Taysom’s current role on offense, or if Stevens is a potential backup to Taysom Hill, quarterback of the future.

In any event, it was interesting to see Madden’s rookie QB...
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Saints offer season ticket holders refunds and the option to skip using their 2020 tickets

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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In a year that has largely redefined what the world normal means, it should not have come as much of a surprise for New Orleans Saints season ticket holders when they heard they will not have access to their normal seats this year.

The Saints have become the latest NFL team to defer 2020 season tickets to the 2021 season, allowing fans to either use the money toward the cost of their 2021 tickets or to receive a refund upon request.

In a form circulating among season ticket holders Friday, the Saints offered the option to fans to cancel their 2020 season tickets, be refunded and also...
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Saints allow season ticket holders to opt out of 2020

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The Saints are the latest team to let season ticket holders know that this season will be very different.

Saints season ticket holders have been sent a form that allows them to choose to either get a refund on their tickets for this year or roll them over to the 2021 season, according to WDSU in New Orleans.

The Saints’ season is supposed to start on September 13 against the Buccaneers. The Drew Brees vs. Tom Brady matchup is one of the most anticipated games of Week One and would be an enormous event at the Superdome. But the Superdome will certainly not be at full capacity, and may be...
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“OL Masterminds Summit” proceeds in Texas this weekend

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They’re calling it the “OL Masterminds Summit.” The litmus test as to whether the individuals participating are truly “masterminds” is whether they’ll realize that they shouldn’t attend.

Michael Gehlken of the Dallas Morning News explains that the event, featuring 50 offensive lineman, will proceed as scheduled in Texas this weekend.

The event will mainly unfold in a hotel ballroom, according to Gehlken, along with on-field work at a walk-through pace. It’s the latest event involving NFL players to defy the recommendation of the NFL Players Association that no group workouts should occur...
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As NFL season rapidly approaches, NFL showing no urgency to deal with COVID-19

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It seemed unfathomable that when COVID-19 reached its (first) zenith back in March that we would still be trying to figure out how to deal with it four months later. And yet, as places begin to reopen, we’re beginning to see new cases spike again. Indeed, July 8’s 62,425 new cases (via The New York Times) was the largest single-day spike the U.S. has seen.

As MLB and the NBA scramble to find their respective seasons, the NFL has appeared to show very little urgency in finding a way to address coronavirus concerns. Its hits have been big. The teleconference NFL Draft was a huge success...
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Ranking the NFL's best wide receivers: Execs, players, coaches debate the top 10

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To preview the 2020 NFL season, we asked more than 50 league executives, coaches, scouts and players to help us stack the top 10 players at 11 different positions (sorry, special-teamers). The results might surprise you. They surprised me.

Here's how it worked: Voters gave their best 10 to 15 players at a position, then we compiled the results and ranked candidates based on number of top-10 votes, composite average, interviews and research. We had several ties, so we broke them by isolating the two-man matchup with additional voting and follow-up calls. Each section is packed with quotes...
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Fleur-de-Links, July 10: A profile of Cameron Jordan and a conference call with Usama Young

  • News source: Adam Dunnells
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With frequent evenly-matched meetings between the two teams, star running back Christian McCaffrey, and the recent signing of Teddy Bridgewater, Saints fans have multiple reasons to dislike the Carolina Panthers.

A transcript of the Microsoft Teams conference call between former safety Usama Young and New Orleans media.

Alan Donnes, writer of Patron Saints: How the Saints Gave New Orleans a Reason to Believe, dies at 57 from bacterial meningitis.

Drew Brees sent a private message of support to a 19-year Leukemia patient who is also an avid Saints fan.

A look at Saints’ NFC South rival...
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Former Saints safety Usama Young now helps NFL players prepare for life after football

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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Usama Young did not want to leave the NFL after the 2014 season, but his body gave him no choice.

For the second time in as many years with the Oakland Raiders, the former New Orleans Saints draft pick ended his season on injured reserve. He appeared in just six games in 2014, his final NFL season.

“I tore my knee up — ACL, MCL, hamstring off the bone,” Young recalled. “When I realized I was no longer going to run this (4.4-second 40-yard dash) or jump this 40-plus-inch vertical, and I didn’t have those tools to succeed, I had to hang them up.

“... I went into a little dark place, I...
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