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Saints Defensive Back Has Lofty Prediction For His Future

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By Andrew McCarty | The Spun

The New Orleans Saints will have a few major contract decisions to make in the coming years regarding their young secondary.

Star corner Marshon Lattimore is headed into the final year of his contract. The Saints 2017 first-round pick is one of the best corners in the game and will command a lucrative salary.

However, he’s not the only Saints defensive back looking for a big payday. On Tuesday afternoon, fellow defensive back Chauncey Gardner-Johnson made headlines with his comment on social media.

He is heading into the third year of his four-year contract with the Saints. CGJ knows he’s one of the best young defensive backs in the game and he wants to be paid like it.

Earlier this afternoon, he made that abundantly clear with a message he posted to Twitter.

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Jalen McCleskey hopes tutorials lead to roster spot with New Orleans Saints

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By John DeShazier | Senior Writer -

"Just how to practice, even more," McCleskey said. "Watching guys like Julio and Calvin Ridley, just watching them go hard every route, no matter if it was the first day where we were just doing routes on air, weren't even in pads. They ran every route full speed. And just learning the little stuff, in the game and how to run the routes, different ways to beat different techniques.

"Julio did a great job of coaching guys, he really helped out a lot. He was always the first one to come help you out if you needed it. So, just listening to guys like that."

McCleskey soon will learn how much the lessons will pay off while attempting to make an impact with his favorite team. The New Orleans native, who was raised in Madisonville, played at Oklahoma State and Tulane from 2015-19. In four seasons at Oklahoma State, he caught 167 passes for 1,865 yards and 17 touchdowns and as a graduate transfer at Tulane, he caught 37 passes for 581 yards and four scores.

The contract offer from the Saints followed McCleskey's pro day with Tulane this year, a showcase he was unable to participate in last year due to Covid-19 restrictions.

"(Tulane) Coach (Willie) Fritz allowed the guys last year who were supposed to have their pro day, because ours got cancelled for Tulane, he allowed us to come back and do pro day this year," McCleskey said. "I went in there and at the end of the day, the Steelers and the Colts were the only two scouts that kind of talked to me at pro day.

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Taysom Hill’s focus, training has shifted to being a full-time quarterback

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Taysom Hill was listed as a quarterback on the roster for the Saints the past four seasons. But, while playing behind Drew Brees, Hill was as much halfback, fullback, slot receiver, outside receiver, tight end and core special teams player.

Brees retired earlier this offseason, leaving Hill to compete with Jameis Winston for the starting job.

That has changed Hill’s approach and his training this offseason.

“For the last four years, my workout routine has been different,” Hill said Tuesday, via video from Mike Triplett of ESPN. “It’s been structured to be the Swiss Army knife and do all...
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Lavonte David discusses Jameis Winston’s “eat a W” speech

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Many shook their heads when witnessing former Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston‘s notorious “eat a W” pregame speech. Among those who shook their heads were Winston’s teammates.

“I was right in the heart of it,” linebacker Lavonte David told, via “My boy Jameis, he’s a very, very, very energetic, animated guy. That was just something that he thought up off the top of his head. And he came out with it and it was weird, man. It was weird, honestly. He knows it was weird. Everybody wasn’t really thrilled with it for a hype-up speech, but unfortunately...
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Walker: George Floyd's death impacted sports; guilty verdict for Derek Chauvin reminds us more work to be done

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I shouldn't have been nervous on Tuesday, but I was.

So were many others — especially those who look like me — as we waited to hear the verdict in the trial of Derek Chauvin.

Far too many times we've been disappointed.

So there were stomachs full of butterflies and knots all over the country as the judge read the verdict of Chauvin, a Minneapolis police officer on trial for the death of George Floyd.

Chauvin, who kneeled on Floyd's neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds last Memorial Day, was found guilty of murder and manslaughter in the death that rocked this country and spilled over into...
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Saints Sean Payton and Taysom Hill discuss life after Drew Brees

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It is April, Sean Payton was just out at TPC Louisiana to play a charity golf event before the Zurich Classic tees off this week, and his New Orleans Saints team is still months away from taking the field for training camp.

That is to say, it’s still early in this process. So the Saints coach said the idea of life after Drew Brees hasn’t hit too hard yet. At some point when everybody returns to the facility, he knows he will be reminded his right-hand man of 15 years is no longer there.

Payton met with local media Tuesday afternoon for the first time since Brees announced his retirement...
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Saints re-sign OL Will Clapp

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The New Orleans Saints have re-signed interior offensive lineman Will Clapp, per Field Yates.

A depth piece in NOLA for the past three years, Clapp will look to continue on that trend this upcoming season.

He has played in 25 games and started four since 2018, and has a total of 479 snaps under his belt.

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Saints re-sign C/G Will Clapp, continuing team's signing streak of players with local ties

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The New Orleans Saints re-signed interior offensive lineman Will Clapp on Tuesday, according to the NFL's transactions wire.

Clapp was originally a restricted free agent this offseason, and the Saints didn't tender him ahead of that deadline.

Clapp, who played college football at LSU and attended Brother Martin, has been with the Saints since his hometown team selected him in the seventh round of the 2018 NFL draft.

Clapp played in nine games last season, serving as the sixth offensive lineman in five of those games. When active, he also saw time on special teams.

In total, Clapp has...
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Saints QB Jameis Winston to football camp: 'I'm outworking everybody' ... even Dak Prescott

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Jameis Winston will have to battle down the line for the job as the New Orleans Saints' starting quarterback, and the message he shared at a football camp resonates with how he views that opportunity.

Winston shared that message while speaking to players in attendance at the inaugural Kenny Shaw R.A.W. football camp in Orlando, Florida. Shaw and Winston were teammates at Florida State.

“I went from being the No. 1 draft pick to being – everybody laugh at me. But guess what? I’m about that business. I’m outworking everybody at my position," Winston said, jokingly adding that he knew...
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Saints Re-Sign Will Clapp

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The New Orleans Saints re-signed offensive lineman Will Clapp, according to ESPN's Field Yates. Clapp, 25, was an unrestricted free agent and all three of his NFL seasons with the Saints.

Clapp was a 7th round pick, the 245th overall selection, in the 2018 draft. He had played collegiately at LSU. Clapp appeared in three games as a rookie, starting one. He saw even more playing time in 2019, appearing in 14 games with 3 starts.

Clapp was released by the Saints at the end of training camp last season. He was re-signed to the team's practice squad, where he would eventually be promoted...
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Saints re-sign Will Clapp

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After signing Christian Montano earlier on Tuesday, the Saints have made another move to solidify depth along the offensive line.

Per the transaction wire, New Orleans has re-signed backup center Will Clapp.

Clapp was slated to become a restricted free agent last month, but did not receive a tender from the Saints, which made him free to sign with any team. But now he is back where he’s spent his entire career, having appeared in 25 games with four starts for New Orleans since 2018.

Clapp played in eight contests last year, with 62 offensive snaps and 41 special teams snaps.
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It's been a while since the Saints drafted a d-lineman. How would Wake Forest DE Carlos Basham fit?

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It has been three years since the New Orleans Saints used a draft pick on a defensive lineman, but that might be about to change.

The Saints had a successful three-year run in which they invested heavily in their defensive line with some of their top picks. Marcus Davenport (2018), Trey Hendrickson (2017), Sheldon Rankins (2016) and David Onyemata (2016) were all selected in the first three rounds in a three-year span.

After plugging those players into a group that already included star Cameron Jordan (another Saints first-rounder) as well as free agent additions Alex Okafor and Malcom...
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Saints re-sign backup guard/center Will Clapp

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Things are picking up with the Saints, who have re-signed offensive lineman Will Clapp ESPN’s Field Yates first reported the news which was confirmed on the daily NFL transactions wire. A seventh round pick out of LSU in 2018, Clapp has appeared in 26 games with the Saints (including one playoffs matchup) with four career starts; he’s totaled 479 snaps on offense and 177 reps on special teams during that span.

Expect him to compete with recently-added Tulane center Christian Montano for the No. 2 center job, with either Erik McCoy (the incumbent) or Cesar Ruiz (the Saints’ 2020 first...
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Saints mock draft reader poll: Who's your pick at No. 28 in this year's NFL draft? Tell us here

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The 2021 NFL draft is just over a week away, and the New Orleans Saints have a decision to make at the back-end of the first round.

We've already published two editions of our beat writer mock drafts (results below), and a third is coming later this week. But this time we wanted to let our readers have their say on whom the Saints should select when they're on the clock at No. 28.

It'd be great to write down Ja'Marr Chase, of course, but as always we've used The Draft Network's simulator to establish picks 1-27 and a realistic pool of players to choose from.

Here's how that order broke...
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Jalen and J.J. McCleskey vying to become Saints 2nd ever father-son duo

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The weather was so bad last week Jalen McCleskey didn't even get a chance to properly celebrate the most exciting news of his young career immediately after it happened.

The former St. Paul's and Tulane receiver was making his way across the Causeway bridge from New Orleans to the North Shore, and he was uncomfortable driving through the downpour that saturated the New Orleans area last week.

His phone rang while he was on the bridge. It was someone from the New Orleans Saints letting him know they wanted to sign him. McCleskey just processed the potentially life-changing call from his...
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Saints sign Christian Montano

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The New Orleans will sign free-agent center Christian Montano to their roster, per a report first tweeted by ESPN's Adam Schefter. The contract will be a one-year deal to add depth along the offensive line for New Orleans ahead of training camp.

Last season, Montano was an undrafted rookie free agent from Tulane. He was signed to a contract by the Pittsburgh Steelers but was among their final cuts before the season started.

Montano doesn't have great athleticism to be effective pulling during run blocking, but he is a mauler in the trenches. He wins most of his battles with excellent...
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