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Unsurprisingly, Saints aren't an odds-on favorite to sign Antonio Brown

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

The New Orleans Saints were the last team to host embattled wide receiver Antonio Brown for a free agent workout, but they aren’t being considered by oddsmakers as a viable betting favorite. That’s probably because Brown had a meltdown in its aftermath, producing a high-profile, profane diss track against Sean Payton and claiming the Saints only invited him as part of a bizarre publicity stunt.

So it shouldn’t shock anyone that BetOnline hasn’t included the Saints in their list of favorites to sign Brown, who recently agreed to serve an eight-game suspension for multiple NFL personal conduct policy violations. The top spot belongs to the Green Bay Packers (2/1), but the same sportsbook has better odds of Brown not playing any games at all in 2020 (2/3). Other teams on their radar include the Seattle Seahawks (5/2), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3/1) and Baltimore Ravens (4/1), each of whom have been connected to Brown to some degree in recent weeks. ...

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Craig Robertson impressed by Saints rookies Zack Baun, Joe Bachie

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

There aren’t many players on the New Orleans Saints roster who have seen more in the NFL than Craig Robertson. He’s entering his ninth season, having spent the last four years with the Saints after a four-year stint with the Cleveland Browns to start his career; that experience spans 125 games, including the playoffs. Elected special teams captain in 2019, he’s proven to be a big voice in the locker room and on the field.

So his words carry some weight. Robertson talked up third-round draft pick Zack Baun in a recent media conference call, describing the rookie out of Wisconsin as “a real knowledgeable kid.”

The Saints are rolling with a first-year position coach at linebacker, having promoted longtime assistant Michael Hodges after Mike Nolan was hired away by the Dallas Cowboys earlier this summer. While their interactions have mostly been limited to virtual classroom discussions, Robertson has liked what he’s seen — and heard — out of Baun, noting that, so far, the rookie seems receptive to coaching. ...

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Top 2020 training camp battles for Saints: Backup quarterback, receiver and tight end all question marks

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Examining the five most intriguing position battles for New Orleans

By Jordan Dajani | CBS Sports

The New Orleans Saints will get at least one more season with star quarterback Drew Brees, and Sean Payton is hoping this team can send him into retirement with a Lombardi Trophy. The postseason has been very unfriendly to the Saints as of late, as they have suffered three straight heartbreaking playoff losses over the last three years. Will what the Saints added this offseason help push them over the hump, and can the rookies they selected in the 2020 NFL Draft come in and make an immediate impact on this talented roster?

The Saints draft class was not one that had NFL analysts drooling, but they picked up some solid players that should help this team. Cesar Ruiz is a versatile offensive lineman that could start in Year 1, Zack Baun is a complete linebacker and then Adam Trautman could one day evolve into Taysom Hill's No. 1 tight end -- or will it be Jameis Winston's No. 1 tight end? That will be another battle to keep an eye on in training camp.

Payton's first goal during this unprecedented offseason will be to evaluate his talent and establish a rough depth chart. This task will be more difficult than usual since there is no preseason due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. New Orleans has plenty of talent, but which players will get more playing time than others? Let's take a look at five of the most intriguing training camp battles for the Saints. ...

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Do the Saints really need to add another defensive lineman?

  • News source: Kade Kistner
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The New Orleans Saints have had an incredibly productive off-season with the acquisitions of safety Malcolm Jenkins, wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders and a successful 2020 NFL Draft. Aside from the Baltimore Ravens, the Saints should be considered the most complete squad in the entire league heading into the 2020 season.

Despite the successful off-season, there seems to be no shortage of calls for New Orleans to add one of the premium defensive ends left on the free agent market in Jadeveon Clowney and Everson Griffin. That begs the question: should the Saints add another defensive lineman...
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After Drew Brees, how many current Saints could reach Hall of Fame? Six others, ESPN writer says

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As many as seven current New Orleans Saints players could wind up in Canton, Ohio, when their NFL careers are over, according to ESPN writer Bill Barnwell.

Barnwell says in addition to "lock" Drew Brees, another six Saints could end up in the Hall of Fame depending on how their careers play out.

The Saint with the best chance to reach the Hall of Fame after Brees is wide receiver Michael Thomas, Barnwell predicts. He gives Thomas a 70-99% probability.

After Thomas, Barnwell says running back Alvin Kamara, defensive end Cameron Jordan and corner back Marshon Lattimore have between 40-69%...
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Hopes not high with the Carolina Panthers in the NFC South

  • 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 one of our divisional rivals, the Carolina Panthers. Our friends over at Cat Scratch Reader took some time to give us Saints fans the scoop on the new home of Teddy Bridgewater.

Notable free agent additions:

QB Teddy Bridgewater, WR Robby Anderson, WR/KR Pharoh Cooper, CB Eli Apple, LT Russell Okung (trade), LB Tahir Whitehead, DE Stephen Weatherly

Over/Under:

10 wins — Under. This is a rebuilding team that will struggle in 2020, but should show signs of a positive future...
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Fleur-de-Links, August 6: Sean Payton speaks on coaches opting out of the 2020 season

  • News source: Adam Dunnells
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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.

While two Saints players have opted out of the 2020 seasons, no coaches have, according to Sean Payton.

A look at the career of Saints former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.

The audio and transcript of a conference call between Sean Payton and New Orleans media.

The Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Baltimore Raves are the favorites to sign Antonio Brown, despite the training session he attended with the Saints...
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Bruce Arians: Clock is ticking for Buccaneers to get ready for opener against Saints

  • News source: Curtis Crabtree
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It’s been over 20 years since the last time Bruce Arians had to get ready for the start of a football season without some preseason games to help get his team ready to play games that count.

Arians was the offensive coordinator at the University of Alabama in 1997. He’s been in the NFL ever since. Without a preseason, Arians knows that the season opener against the New Orleans Saints on September 13 will sneak up rather quickly and they’ll need to make sure they’re ready to play.

“It’s totally different,” Arians said of the altered reality of training camp in 2020, via Taylor Jenkins of...
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Will Antonio Brown get signed during training camp?

  • News source: Mike Florio
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It’s been nearly a week since the NFL gave receiver Antonio Brown (partial) clarity regarding his status, with an eight-game suspension to be served in 2020 and, potentially, further punishment of an unresolved civil lawsuit accusing him of sexual assault and rape.. Since then, no team has been linked to him in any serious way.

The question becomes whether he’ll be signed during training camp, or whether teams will simply wait until his eight-game suspension ends. Given that he’s currently free and clear to participate in camp, this would be a great opportunity to get him in shape and to...
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No Saints coaches have chosen to opt out, Sean Payton says

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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Even though the New Orleans Saints have had two players opt out of the 2020 season due to coronavirus concerns, none of the team's coaches or staff have abstained from the upcoming year, coach Sean Payton said Wednesday.

Payton acknowledged that NFL coaches don't have a union like the players do and any instance of a potential coach opt out would be handled by their respective team.

"As far as I know, ... there hasn't been anybody that has decided to sit out up 'til this point," Payton said.

The two players who've chosen to opt out are tight ends Cole Wick and Jason Vander Laan. They...
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Walker: Saints being proactive by renting Loews Hotel for players, staff during camp

  • News source: BY ROD WALKER | Staff writer
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Here's hoping the other 31 teams in the NFL are paying attention to what's going on at 300 Poydras Street in downtown New Orleans.

That's the site of the Loews Hotel, where New Orleans Saints players, coaches and personnel who choose to do so, can stay for the next month during training camp.

In a season where the NFL will likely struggle to get to the finish line because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Saints have been aggressively proactive in making things as safe as possible.

Sean Payton and Mickey Loomis know they have assembled a Super Bowl contender and they know the...
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Saints QB Drew Brees may be 41, but his downfield numbers are 'still strong,' Sean Payton says

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees may have spent a considerable chunk of the offseason working toward completing a 60-yard pass, but coach Sean Payton said on Wednesday that he's not worried about Brees' downfield game.

"Our numbers down the field are still strong," Payton said. "His numbers down the field are strong. I think every year he's that type of player constantly looking for little ways to improve."

Brees, at the age of 40, threw for 2,949 yards last season and averaged 7.9 yards per passing attempt — which is on par for where he's been since 2012.

Brees said that he...
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Payton: Hotel during training camp all about ‘trying to reduce possible exposures’

  • News source: Lenny Vangilder
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The biggest story of the early stages of Saints preseason camp came out late Sunday after Sean Payton told NBC Sports’ Peter King the team was making a hotel available to players and staff during training camp.

Payton said it’s all about managing the odds in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

“It was really just looking at the percentages,” Payton said in a conference call with area media Wednesday. “If there’s 80 players and then another 90-95 people coaching, training, equipment, (without a hotel) every day, those 170 go home and come back the next day.

“You might (have zero...
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Buccaneers plan a “voluntary” bubble during the regular season

  • News source: Mike Florio
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Why bargain with the union for the right to compel players to live in a hotel all season when it can be done on a “voluntary” basis?

NFL teams are waking up to the ability to create a hardened bubble without seeking formal permission to do so. The league already has said, in an email to PFT, that it’s permissible to have a voluntary sequestration, which the Saints are doing during training camp. One of their top rivals is now taking it to the next level.

Via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians said Wednesday that the team has secured a hotel in Tampa for...
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Why the New Orleans Saints could win it all, Part VIII: Cornerbacks

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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Bringing back a series of pieces from the past three years, we’re going to check each position group on the New Orleans Saints and discuss how they improve the Saints’ chances of making a run in 2020. On to the what has become a strength on defense: the secondary.

To view previous parts, see below:

Part I: Offensive Line

Part II: Running Backs

Part III: Tight Ends

Part IV: Wide Receivers

Part V: Quarterbacks

Part VI: Defensive Line

Part VII: Linebackers

The New Orleans Saints cornerbacks had their ups and downs in 2019. Former Defensive Rookie of the Year Marshon Lattimore seemed...
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Saints LB Demario Davis, punter Thomas Morstead virtual press conferences

  • News source: Justin Macione
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New Orleans Saints Linebacker Demario Davis Microsoft Teams Call with New Orleans Media Tuesday, August 4, 2020

How do you balance social justice advocacy with preparing for football season?

“Yeah, I just always try to use my platform responsibly. I’m a huge believer in whom much is given, much is required. So just understanding that a lot comes with a lot of eyes being on you, having a lot of resources, understanding where I came from the opportunities I have to be able to give back and help those who don’t have the same opportunities or the same access. It’s kind of individually my...
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Former Saints coordinator Gregg Williams will be a head coach again

  • News source: Jake Rajala
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When Gregg Williams interviewed to be the defensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints back in 2009, Sean Payton was so struck by his preparation and intensity that he gave up $250,000 dollars so the Saints could afford the fiery defensive coordinator. Sean Payton envisioned that Williams would bring a similar identity to Payton, but on the other side of the football. Williams brought an aggressive, complex scheme with a lot of swagger.

In the 2009 Super Bowl season, the Saints had the No. 1 overall offense and their defense forced a league lead, 39 turnovers.

These two strong...
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