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Wheelbarrows of money and fast-food feasts: The Saints have the loosest locker room in the NFL playoffs

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Dan Wetzel - Columnist Yahoo

METAIRIE, La. — On Monday, New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton had a wheelbarrow full of $201,000 and the Vince Lombardi Trophy rolled into a team meeting to show the hardware and hard cash (via playoff payout shares) that players could take home if they can manage three more victories.

No “one game at a time” mantra here, let alone “one practice at a time” or “one rep at a time” or anything else from the iron-fisted Coaching 101 handbook.

Here’s the prize, here’s the goal, here’s what we are here for.

Welcome to the Big Easy, where in 2019 Payton feels comfortable that his unique group of Saints doesn’t need horse blinders to focus them on the minute tasks at hand. Instead they can embrace the reality of the playoffs, where the Saints aren’t just the NFC’s No. 1 seed headed into Sunday’s home game against the Philadelphia Eagles, but the betting favorites to win it all in Atlanta next month and still concentrate on what they need to do.

“I was just like, ‘Oh, that’s cool,'” rookie defensive end Marcus Davenport said of the guard-protected pile of money and the championship trophy. “‘Now let’s get to practice.'” ...

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The New Orleans Saints announced their uniform combination for the Divisional Round game vs the Eagles

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

The New Orleans Saints announced their uniform combination for their upcoming game against the Philadelphia Eagles in the divisional round of the 2018 NFL playoffs: black jerseys on black pants. The reveal came with a video of Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan celebrating a big play in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome simulated in EA Madden NFL 19:

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The all-black look has become New Orleans’ go-to combination at home in 2018, though they did break it out for a road trip against the Dallas Cowboys. Here’s how the Saints have done in each of their different looks throughout the Sean Payton era:

White jersey, gold pants: 33-18, .647
White jersey, black pants: 90-56, .616
White jersey, white pants: 3-2, .600
Black jersey, black pants: 24-20, .545
Black jersey, gold pants: 40-48, .455 ...

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One high school, two Super Bowl MVPs: The Brees-Foles connection

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By Tim McManus | ESPN Staff Writer

Nick Foles has no memory of watching Drew Brees play ball at Westlake High School. He figures if he ever attended one of his games -- a distinct possibility as a native of Austin, Texas -- he was probably playing tag or tossing a miniature football around somewhere beyond the stands, seeing as he was just a young boy.

Brees definitely remembers seeing Foles play. He returned to Westlake for the 10th anniversary of the team's 1996 state championship -- still the only one in school history -- and watched as Foles led his old squad and chased down his old records.

"It was actually during the season. It was a Friday night," Brees said. "I remember flying back and kind of being part of that homecoming experience, and the starting quarterback for my high school at the time was Nick Foles. Funny how things play out."

On Sunday, Brees and Foles will make history, becoming the only Super Bowl MVPs who attended the same high school to face off in a playoff game when the New Orleans Saints host the Philadelphia Eagles in the divisional round (4:40 p.m. ET). ...

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Saints banking on Superdome advantage on road to Super Bowl LIII

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By Katherine Terrell | ESPN Staff Writer


NEW ORLEANS -- The Saints think there's something special about the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in the postseason, and it's hard to argue with the numbers.

The Saints are 5-0 in postseason games in the Superdome in the coach Sean Payton era, compared to 1-5 on the road (not counting neutral site games), in that same time period. If the road to the Super Bowl goes through New Orleans, the Saints will be a tough opponent to defeat.

"It's wild. It's energetic. It's beautiful," said left tackle Terron Armstead. "From my point of view, I love it. I love to look back at the crowd from behind the benches and see people screaming and going crazy, jumping. I love it, man."

But why, exactly, is it like that?

The Superdome certainly isn't the fanciest stadium, as it's the seventh-oldest NFL stadium currently in use. It's technically not even the loudest, although it ranks up there on its best days....

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No change to status of offensive linemen during Thursday's practice

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By Nick Underhill | The Advocate

The New Orleans offensive line held steady during Thursday's practice.

Offensive linemen Jermon Bushrod (hamstring), Terron Armstead (pectoral), Ryan Ramczyk (shoulder), Larry Warford (knee) and Andrus Peat (hand) were all limited.

Wide receiver Simmie Cobbs (knee), who was a new addition to the injury report, was also limited.

Defensive end Alex Okafor (knee) practiced in full after being limited on Wednesday. Safety Chris Banjo (knee) and wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. (knee) were also limited. ...

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Latest Saints News

Saints announce signing of LB Nigel Bradham, activate LB Kaden Eliss from COVID-19 list

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The New Orleans Saints announced today that they have signed LB Nigel Bradham and activated LB Kaden Elliss from Reserve/Covid-19, it was announced by Executive Vice-President/General Manager Mickey Loomis.

Bradham (prounounced BRAD-em), 6-2, 241, was originally a fourth round pick (105th overall) of the Buffalo Bills out of Florida State in 2012. In eight NFL seasons with the Bills (2012-15) and Philadelphia Eagles (2016-19), he has appeared in 118 games with 96 starts, posting career totals of 588 tackles (409 solo), 8.5 sacks, three interceptions 33 passes defensed, five forced...
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Saints linebacker Kaden Ellis cleared from COVID-19 list, long snapper Zach Wood to be cleared pending second negative test

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It appears the New Orleans Saints’ innovative plans to keep the team healthy this offseason are thus far paying off. As reported by Nick Underhill, the only two players on the New Orleans roster to test positive are nearly in the clear.

Linebacker Kaden Ellis is officially off the COVID-19 list.

Long snapper Zach Wood tested negative on his first retest; pending the results of his test on August 7, Wood is nearly off the list as well.

The NFL has implemented comprehensive COVID-19 protocols to best ensure the viability of the 2020 NFL season. Major League Baseball’s COVID-19 wave makes...
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Source: Saints LB Kaden Elliss to be reinstated from reserve/COVID-19 list

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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New Orleans Saints linebacker Kaden Elliss will be reinstated to the active roster from the reserve/COVID-19 list after receiving negative coronavirus test results, a source told The Times-Picayune | New Orleans Advocate on Friday.

NewOrleans.Football first reported the news.

Elliss' reinstatement to the active roster comes just one day after he was first placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Just because a player is placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list doesn't mean they have tested positive for the virus. Players can be designated reserve/COVID-19 if a team fears they've been exposed to...
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CSC Podcast: Saints Sign Bradham, Fowler and Waive Ten Players

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New Orleans Saints analyst for Canal Steet Chronicles, Brenden Ertle, breaks down the Saints recent transactions ahead of training camp, signings, waived players and the players placed on physically unable to preform.

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 @NateJWSports.

Thanks for listening, and don’t miss the next show. Who Dat!
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4 weeks Saints Latavius Murray could be worth starting in fantasy football

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Latavius Murray is one of the best #2 running backs in the NFL. In the two games in which Alvin Kamara missed last season, Murray combined for over 220 rushing yards and found the end zone four times for a total of 60 PPR fantasy points. Even with Kamara in the lineup, Murray managed to average 7 PPG in games in which he had six or more carries. So, which matchups will Murray be most worthy of a start this year? In leagues of 12 teams or more, I believe Murray will be worth FLEX consideration in a few games this year. Here are the top four I believe Murray could warrant a start in deeper...
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Saints head to Chicago in Week 8 against a quarterback TBD

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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 what appears to be our annual trip to the Windy City. Our friends over at Windy City Gridiron took some time to give us Saints fans the scoop on the Chicago Bears.

Notable free agent additions:

Robert Quinn (edge), Jimmy Graham (TE), Germain Ifedi (OG), and via trade Nick Foles (QB)

Over/Under:

10 wins — Under. (but I could see a push being likely as well)

Most exciting rookie:

Cole Kmet may take a while to get acclimated to the pro game, as do most rookie tight ends...
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Ranking every NFL position group from 1-32

  • News source: www.espn.com - New Orleans Saints
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NFL rosters are all relative, which is something that's often overlooked when analyzing them. It's easy to say a team is in "good shape" or "loaded" at a particular position, but the fact is each unit is only as good as it is relative to the league's other 31 teams.

That might seem like common sense, but you'd be surprised what you can learn and how your opinions are adjusted by actually sitting down and objectively (to the best of your ability) grading and/or ranking each positional unit of all 32 teams. This is a project I've done (and kept updated) each of the past several offseasons...
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Will 'playing with fire' finally burn Saints when salary cap plummets?

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METAIRIE, La. -- If the New Orleans Saints have taught us anything over the past decade, it’s that the salary cap is never as daunting as it seems.

General manager Mickey Loomis and vice president of football administration Khai Harley have become masters of pushing cap costs into future years -- a practice that has worked out for them while the NFL’s cap has continued to soar by more than $10 million per year in the past seven years.

The 2020 salary cap is $198.2 million per team. But because of lost revenues from the coronavirus pandemic, the NFL's 2021 cap could plummet to as low as...
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Fleur-de-Links, August 7: Sean Payton happy with Jameis Winston and two players added to reserve/COVID-19 list

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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.

Both safety Malcolm Jenkins and cornerback Janoris Jenkins are set to have a large impact on the Saints defense, with quotes from Marshon Lattimore and defensive coordinator Dennis Allen.

With the Saints current roster, the Saints do not need to add Jadeveon Clowney or Everson Griffin to the defensive line, though either edition would be “a luxury.”

Long snapper Zach Wood and linebacker Kaden Elliss have been put on the reserve/COVID-19 list...
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Saints place LB Kaden Eliss, long snapper Zach Wood on COVID-19/reserve list

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The Saints have made clear their focused efforts to avoid complications from COVID-189 infections, including a team hotel to help insulate the team during training camp.

However, a pair of players are already sidelined due to the virus.

Linebacker Kaden Ellis and long snapper Zach Wood were placed on the NFL’s COVID-19/reserve list Thursday. The duo are the first New Orleans players to be added to the list as the league copes with the pandemic. Twenty-five teams had placed at least one player on the list through Wednesday.

Players on the list have either tested positive or have come in...
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Saints place LS Zach Wood, LB Kaden Elliss on reserve/COVID-19 list

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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New Orleans Saints long snapper Zach Wood and linebacker Kaden Elliss have been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, according to Thursday's transactions.

The two are the first Saints to be placed on the newly created reserve list since its inception on July 26.

Just because a player is placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list doesn't mean they have tested positive for the virus. Players can be designated reserve/COVID-19 if a team fears they've been exposed to the virus and require quarantine.

NFL teams are not allowed to discuss the reasoning behind any player's placement on the...
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COVID-19 deadline has passed with no additional Saints opting out

  • News source: Kade Kistner
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The NFL’s COVID-19 opt-out deadline has now passed as of 3pm CST today. No additional New Orleans Saints players have chosen to opt-out of the season after tight ends Jason Vander Laan and Cole Wick made the decision late last month.

Multiple players across the league have decided to not participate in the season for personal reasons surrounding COVID-19. Most notably, the New England Patriots have a record eight players choosing to sit out.

This team is poised to make another run at a Super Bowl and every player understands what is at stake. Other than Vander Laan and Wick, no other...
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Top Performances of 2019: Michael Thomas breaks record in the Music City

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Welcome back to another entry in the Top Performances of 2019 series. Going into this list, I wanted to give a shoutout to players whose big performances might not appear on the traditional stat sheet. Those that didn’t get the recognition they deserved (and then my first piece was about Teddy Bridgewater but just go with it).

That being said, there’s no way this list was going to happen without at least one of Michael Thomas’s ten 100-yard games.

It was hard to narrow down to just one of the ten games, so the easiest is Thomas’s dominant performance against the Tennessee Titans. This is...
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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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