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Dennis Allen “feels good” about Saints linebacker room

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By Brooke Kirchhofer

NEW ORLEANS, LA – Last season the New Orleans Saints dealt with numerous injuries, specifically at linebacker.

This offseason the Black and Gold were able to add to a few new faces to that position group.

Defensive coordinator Dennis Allen was recently on the New Orleans Saints podcast and spoke about the decision to draft Wisconsin linebacker Zack Baun and discussed the state of the linebacker room.

“I feel good about it. I think that’s still an area we are going to continue to look to see if there is anybody that we can acquire ...

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Are Josh Hill and Marcus Williams the most underappreciated Saints?

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By Steve Geller | WWL

The 2020 New Orleans Saints are jammed packed with talent and appear to be one of the toughest teams, top to bottom, in the NFL. The roster is dripping with star power, with the likes of Drew Brees, Michael Thomas, Cam Jordan and Demario Davis. But, not every player can be in the bright spotlight. Some key contributions come from role players or guys who don’t get the recognition they deserve,

Like, did you know Josh Hill is heading into year 8 with the Saints? He is one of the undrafted gems that scouts found and has been polished into a trusted tight end. Hill isn’t going to put up eye-popping stats, but does deal with the “dirty work”, like run and pass blocking. along with contributing on special teams. ...

Hill was forced out of week 5’s contest against Tampa Bay last year with a concussion and Coach Payton’s post game comments about the tight end were sure attention grabbing.

“…losing him was like losing your front door. All of a sudden there are 58 plays on the call sheet and he was involved in a lot of them….”

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Saints Sophomore Spotlight: Shy Tuttle

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By Bob Rose - Sports Illustrated

The 2019 New Orleans Saints already had a deep defensive tackle rotation of David Onyemata, Sheldon Rankins, Malcom Brown, Mario Edwards Jr., and 2018 undrafted rookie Taylor Stallworth. Rankins would miss the first portion of the 2019 season while recovering from an Achilles injury though. The team did not select a DT in the draft, although both Brown and Edwards were added as free agents. New Orleans would also receive more interior line help from an unlikely source.

Tennessee defensive tackle Shy Tuttle was not selected in the 2019 draft but was immediately signed by the Saints at the end of the event. The 24-Yr old Tuttle not only battled his way to a spot on the active roster, but impressed his coaches enough to earn an opening day start. Tuttle had a half sack against Houston on opening night and would see action in all 17 of his team’s games. ...

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Saints Sophomore Spotlight: Lil'Jordan Humphrey

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By Bob Rose - Sports Illustrated

The New Orleans Saints signed three rookie receivers last offseason that weren’t selected in the 2019 draft hoping to capitalize on the success that the franchise has historically had with overlooked players at this position. Saints Hall of Famers Eric Martin and Marques Colston were 7th round draft picks. Fellow team Hall of Famer Lance Moore went undrafted, as did Willie Snead, who had two productive seasons with the team. One 2019 UDFA receiver, Emmanuel Butler, had enough preseason success to earn a spot on the practice squad. Another, Deonte Harris, was a 1st team All-Pro selection as a rookie kickoff and punt returner. The third, and the subject of today’s spotlight, was a surprise to many that he wasn’t selected during the draft. ...

Lil'Jordan Humphrey was a productive receiver for his final two seasons at the University of Texas. The Saints signed him after poor 40 times and Scouting Combine performance caused him to go undrafted. Humphrey was inconsistent in early training camp practices, but came on strong with good showings in the final two preseason games to earn a spot on the roster. The 22-Yr old Humphrey saw action in six games during the season, playing on 58 offensive snaps. They targeted him just once and he failed to record a catch, but provided solid blocking for the team’s rushing attack. ...

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Statement from New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Gayle Benson

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By NewOrleansSaints.com - Gayle Benson

One week ago today, George Floyd was tragically and senselessly murdered. Anger, sadness and protest followed throughout our nation in response to this unjust murder. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of George Floyd.

There are no written words, nor the timing of those words that can properly honor the life of George Floyd. We stand against police brutality in any form. Statements are words; unified action towards a solution is what needs to come from this now.

Both the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans organizations take a tremendous amount of pride in working with our players and community leaders to impact meaningful change.

Within the last few years we have worked closely with Saints LB Demario Davis on social justice reform projects such as supporting the local public defender's office. We donated professional office space in Benson Tower to support Operation Restoration, a program empowering women impacted by incarceration to successfully re-enter the community.

We support these types of programs as well as programs that are on the forefront of the Players Coalition mission. There are many reform projects that face our society including working with our police departments to help improve citizen relationships, supporting the public defender's office and working to impact prison reform. We are proud of our work with the District Attorney's office supporting victim's issues as well. These are all complicated and yet they must be addressed together. ...

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Saints' Demario Davis speaks on Gayle Benson, teammates, unrest, more — but he's not stopping there

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New Orleans Saints linebacker Demario Davis has long followed one of Abraham Lincoln's tenets: Actions speak louder than words.

In the past year, he helped bail an immigration activist out of ICE detention; went to Flint, Michigan, donating money and clean water to the city; and visited the U.S.-Mexico border, delivering backpacks, toys and food to families there.

In recent weeks, Davis has risen to the challenge again.

On Monday, Saints and New Orleans Pelicans owner Gayle Benson released a statement in the wake of the death of George Floyd, a black man who...
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NFL tells teams they must hold training camps at home

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All 32 NFL teams have been told by commissioner Roger Goodell to hold training camps at their home facilities this summer because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Most NFL teams stay at their training complexes year-round, but Dallas, Pittsburgh, Kansas City, Buffalo, Indianapolis, Carolina, Washington and the Los Angeles Rams are among those that stage portions of training camp elsewhere.

Some NFL teams, including the Saints, conduct joint practices with other teams, but those have also been canceled. The Saints were supposed to have joint practices with the Rams this...
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Walker: Harsh realities of racism in everyday life won't allow us to just 'stick to sports'

  • News source: BY ROD WALKER | Staff writer
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Tim Duncan matched the description.

So do 21 million other of us in the United States.

Black male.

And on this particular day, those were the only two words it took for Duncan to face that same fear so many of us have felt at least once in our lifetime.

Duncan, the athletic director at the University of New Orleans, was back home in Newton, Massachusetts, on May 20 walking with his wife in his affluent neighborhood when the four police cars pulled up.

"Like most of us, it wasn't the first time," Duncan said. "Because I had gone through it before, it wasn't a...
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The Simms top 40 QB ranking, No. 29: Teddy Bridgewater

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Four years ago, some believed Teddy Bridgewater would enjoy a breakout season in his third year in the NFL. Then came a horrific non-contact knee injury during a late-August practice, and Bridgewater’s career was derailed. For multiple years.

He missed all of 2016 and barely played in 2017. He spent 2018 mostly on the bench in New Orleans, and then in 2019 the opportunities came. Five games, five wins.

It caught the attention of teams looking for quarterbacks, and it landed for Bridgewater the kind of contract few thought he’d ever get, from the Panthers.

He...
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Sean Payton on 'Blackout Tuesday': George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery were 'murdered, not killed'

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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On Tuesday, June 2, Twitter and Instagram were full of black squares for "Blackout Tuesday," a display to amplify black voices and show solidarity with the international protests against racism and police brutality.

The protests were sparked by the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in Minneapolis after a white police officer kneeled on the back of his neck for at least seven minutes. Floyd was handcuffed and said he couldn't breathe.

Several New Orleans Saints team members participated in "Blackout Tuesday," including coach Sean Payton who first posted...
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Sean Payton links upcoming election to needed change

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Most members of the NFL community who have spoken out about recent events have done so apolitically, giving statements that don’t mention any particular election or elected official. Saints coach Sean Payton has made a different kind of statement.

Payton today posted two pictures on Twitter, one of George Floyd and one of Ahmaud Arbery, and wrote a brief statement that referenced the upcoming election.

“Were Murdered not Killed on Video. How many have we not seen? 22 weeks from today for change,” Payton wrote.

That’s not quite an endorsement of Joe Biden or a...
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Saints fortunate to have majority of tough matchups at home

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Each NFL team’s schedule for a given year is based off their record from the previous year and a rotation of interdivisional matchups. For the New Orleans Saints, there are a ton of high-profile games in what could be Drew Brees’s final year in the NFL.

Highlights include:

There are plenty of difficult games listed above (the Chiefs will obviously be no cakewalk), but there are others where the Saints should be favored (the Chargers game, for instance). When DraftKings created odds for last year’s division winners to go undefeated in 2020, the schedule for each...
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Saints owner Gayle Benson releases statement on recent protests

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As the murder of George Floyd grips the country, protests rage across every large city in America. Many are hoping to bring about reform to the justice system which has harbored racial injustice and allowed police brutality to go unchecked for far too long.

Protesters are pleading with local, state, and federal government for a change in the system that would bring about accountability for law enforcement while also taking note of racial injustices within some of the largest urban areas in the United States.

In response to these demonstrations professional...
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Fleur-de-Links, June 2: Saints owner makes a big move and Demario Davis speaks out

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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.

Saints and Pelicans owner Gayle Benson announced the Social Justice Leadership Coalition in response to ongoing protests across the country.

Saints linebacker Demario Davis will join Pelicans guards JJ Redick and Lonzo Ball as the first official members of Gayle Benson’s Social Justice Leadership Coalition.

In addition to joining the Social Justice Leadership Coalition, Demario Davis spoke on NFL Network about the need to...
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Interviews: Ron Swoboda, Perry Clark, Andrew Doak on All Access

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Saints, Pelicans owner Gayle Benson issues George Floyd statement: 'This is about making a difference'

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Gayle Benson became the latest high-profile member of the professional sports community to condemn the actions of police officers that resulted in the death of George Floyd last week.

Benson opened her public statement Monday afternoon saying as much, but followed by saying the key takeaway was not the words, but the action to follow.

In her statement, Benson said the organization reached out to and spoke with Saints linebacker Demario Davis and Pelicans guards Lonzo Ball and JJ Redick. The result of that conversation was...
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Gayle Benson statement on George Floyd tragedy, community initiatives

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Social Justice Leadership Coalition Created

One week ago today, George Floyd was tragically and senselessly murdered. Anger, sadness and protest followed throughout our nation in response to this unjust murder. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of George Floyd.

There are no written words, nor the timing of those words that can properly honor the life of George Floyd. We stand against police brutality in any form. Statements are words; unified action towards a solution is what needs to come from this now.

Both the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans...
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Saints, Pelicans form joint Social Justice Leadership Coalition

  • News source: Charean Williams
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“Statements are words,” Saints owner Gayle Benson said Monday.

“Unified action towards a solution is what needs to come from this now,” Benson added in a long statement.

To that end, Benson formed a Social Justice Leadership Coalition within her two organizations, the Saints and the NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans. Saints linebacker Demario Davis and Pelicans players Lonzo Ball and JJ Redick are helping spearhead the joint effort.

“This is not about making statements to appease people. This is about making a difference and working together,” Benson wrote.

Here is...
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With America in turmoil, Saints' Demario Davis says the time for action is now

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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New Orleans Saints linebacker Demario Davis has never been one to shy away from taking a strong stance against systemic racial inequality in America, and that is not going to change now.

Appearing on the NFL Network with host Andrew Siciliano on Monday, Davis said now is the time to enact reform within law enforcement to prevent the type of situation that resulted in unarmed and restrained black man George Floyd lying dead in the street while in the custody of Minneapolis police.

It was a catalytic moment that has since plunged the country into protests and...
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