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2020 NFL Team Preview Series: New Orleans Saints

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By Steve Palazzolo | PFF

The Saints have built a well-rounded roster in recent years and are once again among the best teams in the NFC. The past three seasons have ended in playoff disappointment — whether through miracles, missed calls or untimely turnovers — but New Orleans has the pieces to be right there in the mix as long as the players stay healthy. The roster is strong in the right places, as the Saints can pass the ball, stop the pass and rush the passer. Now it’s just a matter of some of those breaks going their way in crunch time. Time may be running out on quarterback Drew Brees’ career, and the Saints’ attempt to win one more Super Bowl with him under center is one of the big stories of the 2020 NFL season.

ADDITIONS/SUBTRACTIONS
Additions/players brought back:

QB Drew Brees (re-signed for two years, $50 million)
QB Taysom Hill (first-round tender)
S Malcolm Jenkins (signed for four years, $32 million, $16.25 million guaranteed)
DI David Onyemata (re-signed for three years, $27 million)
G Andrus Peat (re-signed for five years, $57.5 million)
WR Emmanuel Sanders (signed for two years, $16 million)
RB Ty Montgomery
OT James Hurst
QB Jameis Winston

Losses:

S Vonn Bell
CB Eli Apple
LB A.J. Klein
G Larry Warford...

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Saints' Cam Jordan welcomes Tom Brady — 'the second-greatest QB of all time' — to NFC South

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Glenn Guilbeau | Lafayette Daily Advertiser

BATON ROUGE — The New Orleans Saints' season opener may be more than a month away, but defensive end Cam Jordan has his game mouth on.

The Saints are scheduled to host Tampa Bay and new free agent quarterback Tom Brady at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 13 on FOX in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to open the 2020 season. Brady, 43, will play his first NFL game as a member of a team other than New England, where he played since 2000 and won six Super Bowls.

"I do know we have to step up our game," Jordan said on "Good Morning Football" on the NFL Network Tuesday morning. "They've got the second-greatest quarterback of all time, right behind Drew Brees. And now we've got a head-to-head two times a year."

Brees, 41, will be entering his 15th season with the Saints and 20th in the NFL. He has won one Super Bowl, but he leads Brady in career passing yards and career touchdown passes. Brees is No. 1 in NFL history in passing yards with 77,416 from 2001-19. Brady is second with 74,571 from 2000-19. Brees is also No. 1 all time in touchown passes with 547. Brady is right behind with 541. ...

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Saints won't benefit from NFL adding salary cap space due to COVID-19

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

The NFL is continuing to adjust to the realities of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, with the latest change being a new rule that delays some salary cap accounting for players who are opting out of the 2020 season. Unfortunately for the New Orleans Saints, this doesn’t offer them much breathing-room.

Base salaries for those opt-outs are pushed ahead to the 2021 bookkeeping, and the NFL has decided that prorated signing bonus payments will follow them. But there’s just one snag: neither of the Saints players who have opted out of 2020 had signing bonuses written into their contracts to begin with.

Backup tight ends Cole Wick ($750,000 cap hit for 2020) and Jason Vander Laan ($675,000) each opted out, taking their one-year contracts off the books until 2021. Vander Laan’s contract didn’t qualify as a top-51 salary cap hit anyway, while Wick’s absence promoted a lesser-valued deal into its spot (2019 draft pick Saquan Hampton, who counts for $723,988). ...

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Cameron Jordan talks trash to Tom Brady, but can the Saints back it up?

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

Few NFL players enjoy chopping it up with the media more than Cameron Jordan. The New Orleans Saints defensive end appeared on “Good Morning Football” this week on NFL Network to preview the 2020 season and lay out his expectations, starting with a Week 1 kickoff against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

“They’ve got the second-greatest quarterback of all-time, right behind Drew Brees, and now we’ve got a head-to-head two times a year,” Jordan said, via NFL.com. “We’ve got our work cut out for us and then they have an addition, you bring in Rob Gronkowski and LeSean McCoy, you already had two 1,000-yard receivers in (Chris) Godwin and Mike Evans.

“This is a team that’s fighting for second place.”

That’s bold talk, which isn’t new for Jordan (who famously shipped bottles from Jordan Winery to Cam Newton after his Saints swept Newton’s Carolina Panthers). But will the Saints defense show up in Week 1? ...

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Saints LB Demario Davis, punter Thomas Morstead virtual press conferences

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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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Saints promote Terry Fontenot to assistant G.M. of pro personnel

  • News source: Josh Alper
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The Saints have made a change to the title of one of the top members of their personnel department.

As noted by multiple media members, the Saints now list Terry Fontenot as their assistant General Manager of pro personnel. The move gives them a pair of assistant General Managers under Mickey Loomis as Jeff Ireland is in charge of college personnel.

Fontenot spent the last seven years as the director of pro scouting in New Orleans. He has spent 18 years in the organization overall.

Fontenot interviewed for the Jets G.M. job that ultimately went to Joe Douglas last year. The change in...
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Fleur-de-Links, August 5: Thoughts from Demario Davis and Thomas Morstead

  • 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.

A transcript from a Microsoft Teams conference call between Demario Davis and New Orleans media.

Analysis of Nigel Bradham’s previous years as a linebacker and how he can help the Saints.

Good Morning Football’s Nate Burleson and Peter Schrager discuss whether or not Drew Brees is a Top 5 quarterback in NFL history.

As long as the tandem of Brees/Payton remains at the helm of the New Orleans Saints, the Saints will have the most veteraned...
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Demario Davis is still trying to unlock the best version of himself. How scary is that?

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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The gyms were closed down and the training was not going to be normal, so Demario Davis leaned into both facts.

Instead of increasing the risk of contact with the coronavirus that had the world in its clutches, the New Orleans Saints linebacker brought the training and the trainer to his doorstep, literally housing his trainers for a few months this offseason.

“And we were able to find ways to take our game to the next level,” Davis said.

The 31-year-old Davis is about to enter his ninth NFL season and his third with the Saints, and from a pure football standpoint, this weird offseason...
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Saints promote Terry Fontenot to Vice President/Assistant GM of Pro Personnel

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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A key member of the New Orleans Saints front office staff has earned a new title.

Terry Fontenot, who is entering his 18th season with the Saints organization and has spent the last seven years as director of pro scouting, has been promoted to Vice President/Assistant General Manager of Pro Personnel.

The promotion puts Fontenot alongside Jeff Ireland — the Saints’ Vice President/Assistant General Manager of College Personnel — as two of only a handful of NFL front office executives with the assistant GM title.

New Orleans has connected on several professional player acquisitions in...
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Voluntary bubbles could be the key to minimizing virus transmission

  • News source: Mike Florio
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NFL teams have, technically, a “virtual bubble” around each practice facility. But the bubble bursts each night, as players and coaches go home.

Coupled with testing that has a 24-hour turnaround, the ability of players to go home (and potentially catch the virus from a family member, even if the player himself doesn’t go anywhere) creates a real risk of an outbreak. An easy way to limit that risk is to harden the bubble, putting players, coaches, and other essential staff in a hotel.

That issue has been discussed in recent days from the perspective of whether the league should mandate a...
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Why the New Orleans Saints could win it all, Part VII: Linebackers

  • 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 linebackers!.

Demario Davis is quickly becoming one of the best linebackers in New Orleans Saints history. Davis had a career year in 2019, starting all 16 games, logging 111 tackles, 4 sacks, and an...
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Why the Saints are uniquely prepared for this offseason adversity

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Death, taxes, and New Orleans heartbreak. The Saints and their paper bag-clad fan base are painfully familiar with trials and tribulations; adversity has afflicted the team in almost every season of recent years. The 2020 NFL season, however, is different – the relevant challenges each team faces are almost an equalizer. One that weighs heavily in New Orleans’ favor.

Longtime Saints fans are no strangers to an NFL season faced with unprecedented uncertainty. The team was completely displaced in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina, with the subsequent training and practices taking place in a San...
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Saints cut defensive tackle Taylor Stallworth

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The Saints have pared their roster down to this year’s 80-man limit early.

Defensive tackle Taylor Stallworth has been released, multiple outlets report.

In 21 career games including three postseason appearances, the 24-year old Stallworth has 22 tackles, one sack and one fumble recovery.

The two-year veteran earned a place on the roster in New Orleans as an undrafted free agent out of South carolina in 2018 and appeared in 14 games during his rookie season. He was on practice squad last year before a return to the field for the final three weeks of the regular season and the playoffs...
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Film Study: Nigel Bradham’s coverage skills provide Saints with solid depth

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It wasn’t Jadeveon Clowney. It wasn’t Everson Griffen. But the Nigel Bradham signing was a smart one, providing the New Orleans Saints with insurance for Kiko Alonso and Alex Anzalone, and giving the team a seasoned, skilled backer.

The eight-year veteran spent the first half of his career in Buffalo before heading to the city of brotherly love for his last four seasons with the Eagles.

Bradham played mostly middle and strong-side linebacker in his time with Philly, making him a good fit next to Demario Davis, who plays the weak-side, if he was to see the field much in 2020.

To get a...
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Fleur-de-Links, August 4: Saints release another player and a preview of Marshon Lattimore’s 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 Marshon Lattimore’s production dropped last season, his numbers should improve in the 2020 season. (Promo video below)

After two years with the team, the Saints cut defensive end Taylor Stallworth.

The Las Vegas Raiders announced that there will be no fans present for the 2020 season, including their home opener against the Saints in Week 2.

A preview of the Los Angeles Chargers, the team the Saints will play in Week 5 of the 2020 season...
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How Saints' Drew Brees got creative to make his 41-year-old arm feel 'live'

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METAIRIE, La. -- Drew Brees and Tom House had to get creative this offseason because of coronavirus restrictions.

Luckily, that’s what the New Orleans Saints quarterback and his longtime throwing coach have always done best.

“The fun thing about the relationship with Drew is that he trusts both of us to be just crazy enough to try something new,” House told the Saints’ podcast.

House suggested tennis as a way to work on Brees’ “functional strength” since Brees was a standout tennis player when he was younger. Brees suggested lacrosse and stand-up paddle boarding, both of which have...
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Payton embraces bunker mentality for Saints seeking Super Bowl amid pandemic challenges

  • News source: Ed Daniels
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You can’t say he didn’t give us all a hint.

On his recent conference call with media, Saints head coach Sean Payton heaped praise on the National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League for their re-starts during COVID-19.

“I think the NBA’s done a fantastic job. I think the NHL has done a fantastic job,” said Payton.

And then came this little nugget:

“I think the concern with football is just that we are not creating a bubble.”

So, it was no shock when NBC Sports’ Peter King reported that the Saints will do just that during training camp.

According to King’s report...
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