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Saints cut Taylor Stallworth, training camp roster down to 80 players

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

The New Orleans Saints have brought their roster down to 80 players from 90 ahead of the NFL’s new Aug. 16 deadline, with third-year pro Taylor Stallworth being cut on Monday. Stallworth’s release was first reported by Pro Football Talk’s Josh Alper and confirmed by The Athletic’s Katherine Terrell.

Stallworth signed with the Saints as an undrafted rookie back in 2018 out of South Carolina, playing well enough during training camp and in preseason games to earn a spot on the opening-day roster as a backup nose tackle. He played intermittently in 2019 as teammates higher on the depth chart entered and left the lineup, spending much of the season on the practice squad while logging 119 snaps in five games (including the playoffs). ...

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Saints' Cameron Jordan: Tom Brady's Buccaneers 'fighting for second place' in NFC South

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Jordan believes the Buccaneers hype is premature

By Jordan Dajani | CBS Sports

With Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski now members of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, fans are thinking about how they measure up against some of the other best teams in the NFL. Missing the postseason in 2020 would most definitely be a failure for the Buccaneers, and some believe this loaded offense has a chance to win the Super Bowl. Are we giving the Buccaneers too much credit before they have even taken the field with their new quarterback? Is it possible that they aren't even the best team in their division and will have to make the postseason via a wildcard spot?

During a recent appearance on NFL Network's "Good Morning Football," New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan said the Bucs hype is premature and that they are fighting among the other NFC South teams for "second place" behind the Saints.

"I do know we have to step up our game, we've got to elevate," Jordan said, via "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. 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." ...

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Sean Payton: Saints are planning 'sequester' before Week 1

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By Nick Shook | Around the NFL writer

As fellow professional sporting leagues experience varying results from their different restarts amid an ongoing pandemic, at least one NFL franchise is taking note and preparing accordingly.

The New Orleans Saints are planning something of a bubble for the organization's Tier 1 and 2 employees to voluntarily enter in the final weeks before the start of the regular season, according to NBC Sports' Peter King.

"It's not a bubble," Saints coach Sean Payton told King. "It's a sequester. The message from the league is, 'The show must go on.' If so, we've got to do everything we can to be sure that happens."

According to King, the sequester will take place at the Loews Hotel, where the team has contracted four floors of space for its 100 employees that fall on Tiers 1 or 2 and its 80 players. The goal: Lower the risk of someone contracting COVID-19 as much as possible by offering a safe environment in which they can spend the weeks leading up to the start of the season. It isn't much different than a home team spending the night before the game in a hotel, save for the fact the amount of time is much longer. In this unprecedented time, unusual measures might just be necessary to try to compete and succeed. ...

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Saints roster cuts tracker, instant analysis ahead of training camp deadline

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

The New Orleans Saints began releasing players from their 90-man roster ahead of the NFL’s new Aug. 16 deadline to trim depth charts down to just 80 players, starting about an hour after our updated list of Saints players by jersey number went live (of course).

Teams will be allowed to hold small-group practice sessions without pads for the first few weeks of training camp, though work is largely limited to strength and conditioning drills due to the NFL’s rules and protocols during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. That gives them an opportunity to try out some things with newcomers, but not much.

So far, the released players are a mix of veterans who already have some game film to refer to and rookies who didn’t have much of a chance of making the team. Check back often for updates as the Saints continue to winnow down their roster: ...

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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