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Current, former Saints players react to tragic death of Kobe Bryant

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

The sports world was shaken by the sudden passing of Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, who was among five people killed in a helicopter crash in Southern California. It immediately took attention away from the 2020 Pro Bowl, with some players getting the news in the minutes between warmups and the all-star game’s kickoff.

Drew Brees reacted to the news during an appearance on the sidelines with ESPN’s Lisa Salters, saying, “You know, I had a chance to meet him one time. He was a guy who I always hoped I’d have a chance to be around more. I had so much respect for him as a competitor. I know he inspired so many people in so many different ways. I mean, one of the great competitors of any generation, not just with sports but with the way he approached a lot of things and now what he was doing after basketball. So, I pray for him. I pray for his family. I know we don’t know all the details yet, but it’s a tragic loss.”

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Drew Brees, Teddy Bridgewater are the only Saints in ESPN's top 50 free agents

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

Brees was named the third-best free agent set to hit the market in 2020, trailing only two other passers: Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott and New England Patriots legend Tom Brady. Here’s what ESPN had to say in ranking Brees so high among his peers:

Brees produced the NFL’s third-best QBR (72.0) after returning in Week 10 from a torn thumb ligament, trailing only Lamar Jackson and Patrick Mahomes during that period. His performance was a strong signal that he could play at a high level in 2020, even after a shaky outing in the Saints’ wild-card playoff loss to the Vikings. Brees has never been interested in leaving the Saints. Has anything changed? Would the Saints move on in favor of Teddy Bridgewater or Taysom Hill?

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New Orleans Saints: Russell Wilson gives Pro Bowl spot to Drew Brees

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Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson gives up 2020 starting Pro Bowl spot
to New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees.


By Matthew Beighle | Who Dat Dish

The Pro-Bowl is one of the most fun games during the NFL year. It is a time when the best of the best are picked to play against each other in an NFC and AFC conference battle. The New Orleans Saints have a plethora of players represented in this year’s game.

Wide receiver, Michael Thomas; tackle, Terron Armstead; running back, Alvin Kamara; defensive end, Cameron Jordan; cornerback, Marshon Lattimore; specialist...

1 More Way the Saints' Michael Thomas was the Best WR in the NFL This Season

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By Matt Wilson | Sportscasting

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas didn’t have the best season of anyone at his position. Instead, it was a generational regular-season run. He absolutely destroyed the rest of the field in receptions. It wasn’t even close. Oh, and he crushed several other key WR stats as well, which we’ll get into.

First, let’s look at the stat that will have future football fans pause when they take a look back at who did what in 2019.

How Michael Thomas blew up the receptions leaderboard in 2019

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Mike Detillier: An early look at the top players in the 2020 NFL draft

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By Mike Detillier / Sports Correspondent

The NFL draft is right around the corner in April and there will be some slight adjustments along the way, but below are my Top 45 players for the 2020 NFL draft as of today.

It’s not in the order in which I think they will get selected in April, but it’s my top-graded 45 players.

1. Chase Young, Defensive End, Ohio State

2. Joe Burrow, Quarterback, LSU (Burrow will be the first overall pick in the draft)

3. Jeffrey Okudah, Cornerback, Ohio State

4. Tua Tagovailoa, Quarterback, Alabama

5. Isaiah Simmons, Outside Linebacker, Clemson

6. Justin Herbert, Quarterback, Oregon

7. Derrick Brown, Defensive Tackle, Auburn

8. Mekhi Becton, Offensive Tackle, Louisville

9. Javon Kinlaw, Defensive Tackle, South Carolina

10. CeeDee Lamb, Wide Receiver, Oklahoma

11. Jerry Jeudy, Wide Receiver, Alabama

12. Andrew Thomas, Offensive Tackle, Georgia

13. Jedrick Wills, Offensive Tackle, Alabama

14. A.J. Epenesa, Defensive End, Iowa

15. Tristan Wirfs, Offensive Tackle, Iowa

16. Henry Ruggs III, Wide Receiver, Alabama

17. Grant Delpit, Safety, LSU

18. Xavier McKinney, Safety, Alabama

19. D’Andre Swift, Running Back, Georgia

20. K’Lavon Chaisson, Outside Linebacker, LSU

21. Yetur Gross-Matos, Defensive End, Penn State

22. Kristian Fulton, Cornerback, LSU

23. Kenneth Murray, Linebacker, Oklahoma

24. Trevon Diggs, Cornerback, Alabama

25. Tee Higgins, Wide...

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Saints 2019 Year in Review: Sheldon Rankins

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The Saints picked Sheldon Rankins 12th in the 2016 NFL Draft and picked up his fifth year option on 4-24-19.

In 2018 Sheldon Rankins had a banner year starting 16 games and recording 8 sacks before going to IR with a torn Achilles tendon.

It was week 4 before he made his return in 2019. He played in 10 games starting none of them and had 2 sacks, recording 7 solo tackles and 3 assist for a total of 10. Most of these were for a loss in the backfield. Rankins...
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Drew Brees’ retirement talk isn’t idle chatter

  • News source: Mike Florio
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Saints quarterback Drew Brees will return to the team for a 15th season or retire. Whatever he ultimately does, this isn’t an effort to generate attention or spark discussion. Brees, unlike plenty of other quarterbacks who from time to time have talked openly about retirement with no real intention of ever doing so, is and will be genuinely and seriously considering retirement.

As one source explained it to PFT, the Saints wants Brees back for what would essentially...
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2019 Saints Year in Review: Patrick Robinson, CB

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In March of 2018, the New Orleans Saints agreed to a 4-year, $20 million dollar contract with Patrick Robinson to shore up the slot cornerback position. Unfortunately, Robinson was lost for the 2018 season after sustaining a leg injury versus the Atlanta Falcons in week 3. It marked Robinson’s 3rd time being placed on injured reserve. Heading into 2019, Robinson was expected to return to 100% health and resume his role as the primary slot corner. Once camp started...
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Saints 2019 Year in Review: Ryan Ramcyzk

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During the 2017 NFL Draft, Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster was on the phone with Sean Payton when the Saints’ head coach asked to speak with his girlfriend. “This was part of our fact-finding late in the round,” Payton said.

“I hadn’t had a chance to meet his girlfriend during the pre-draft process, and we were still in the process of deciding. I think we were going to take Ramczyk anyway, but I wanted to talk to her about Reuben.”

Supposedly, Payton asked...
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Fleur-de-Links, January 28: Tommylee Lewis returns to Saints, more former Saints go to XFL, and Saints shine in Pro Bowl

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Saints sign wide receiver Tommylee Lewis to a reserve/future deal, another player who was at the same workout as Antonio Brown.

Pro Football Focus name Vonn Bell the 54th best overall free agent and the 9th best safety.

Former Saints Linebacker Hau’oli Kikaha, defensive ends Tomasi Laulille and Tavaris Barnes, wide receivers Simmie Cobbs and Seantavius Jones, defensive tackle Jay Bromley, safety Trae Elston, running backs DuJuan Harris and Darius Victor, offensive...
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32 players who leveled up this NFL season: Rising receivers and Year 2 leaps

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Super Bowl LIV on Sunday will showcase some of the NFL's elite players for the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs -- and many of those players have shown great improvements throughout their careers.

In an effort to highlight those NFL players who have made big jumps from one season to the next, we asked our NFL Nation reporters to identify the player on each team who leveled up during the 2019 season.

That player could be someone who didn't play much and...
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The path might not be what Morris Claiborne thought it would be, but it's still sweet

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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MIAMI — If things would have all gone according to plan, maybe Morris Claiborne would’ve been one of those select players seated at the podium inside Marlins Park for Monday night’s Super Bowl LIV’s Opening Night ceremony.

If repeated knee and hamstring injuries would not have forced him to miss 33 games in his first five professional seasons, maybe he would have had a chance to live up to the potential that made the Dallas Cowboys select him with the No. 6 overall...
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Video: FOX reporter Jay Glazer says Saints see Taysom Hill as Drew Brees’ heir apparent

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Fast forward to the 2:11 mark to hear the discussion about the potential retirement of Drew Brees and his potential immediate replacement:
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Saints sign a familiar face, Tommylee Lewis to reserve futures deal

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The Saints are bring back Tommylee Lewis. They have signed him to a reserve/futures deal which means he will get a chance to compete in camp. The Saints originally signed Lewis in 2016 as an UDFA. He made the final 53 and was on the roster for the NFCCG on 1-20-19, when you know what happened. That was his final game as a Saint.

Lewis was signed by the Lions 3-19-19 but was released during final cuts on 8-30-19. In October of 2019 Tommylee Lewis was selected in the...
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Tommylee Lewis re-signed by Saints to a reserve/future contract

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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The New Orleans Saints re-signed wide receiver Tommylee Lewis to a reserve/future contract on Monday, after he spent the 2019 season away from the team.

After the 2018 season, Lewis was a restricted free agent and the Saints declined to tender him, meaning he entered free agency unrestricted. Lewis was with the Detroit Lions during training camp, but did not make it through roster cuts. Back in October, Lewis was drafted by the XFL's Dallas Renegades.

In 34 games...
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Saints sign Tommylee Lewis to futures contract

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Receiver Tommylee Lewis has only 20 career receptions, but everyone knows his name for the pass he never had a chance to catch.

Lewis was the receiver with whom Nickell Robey-Coleman interfered without drawing a penalty in the NFC Championship Game a year ago. The missed call led to an expansion of replay to cover pass interference for the 2019 season.

Lewis is returning to the Saints.

He signed a reserve/futures contract, Katherine Terrell of TheAthletic.com...
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The Saints are in a delicate spot with Drew Brees

  • News source: Mike Florio
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Yes, the Saints want to keep Taysom Hill. They also want to do right by Drew Brees. And they’d presumably like to keep Teddy Bridgewater around.

It won’t be easy to accomplish all three.

Brees has made it clear that he’ll play for the Saints or retire. And, in theory, the Saints could make Brees an offer he won’t accept, with dollars and/or a role that reflects the rising star of Hill, the best player on the field for either team in the NFC wild-card game between...
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Saints want to keep Taysom Hill as Drew Brees’ heir apparent

  • News source: Michael David Smith
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Saints quarterback Drew Brees has not yet decided whether to retire. If he chooses to stay, the Saints will welcome him back with open arms. But the Saints also believe that in Taysom Hill, they have their quarterback of the future already on the roster.

Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reported today that Saints coach Sean Payton believes that Hill is ready to become the Saints’ franchise quarterback as soon as Brees retires.

The problem for the Saints is that they only...
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Saints 2019 Year in Review: A.J. Klein

  • News source: BobRose
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The New Orleans Saints entered the 2019 season with a linebacking unit considered their best in the Sean Payton era. The unit, long considered a team weakness, has been retooled with a third round draft pick in 2017 (Alex Anzalone) and two free agent signings in Demario Davis and A.J. Klein. Anzalone was lost early in 2019 with injury, but the team's linebackers performed up to task for the majority of the season. Much of the reason for that was due to the...
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