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Mike Detillier: A look at Saints’ players working to take the next step

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By Mike Detillier / Sports Correspondent

As NFL training camps get started, this is the time of the year when you get a look at the players on the respective teams who can elevate their games to help their team win.

Here is my look at the New Orleans Saints players that either have to stay healthy or take that next step in their development.

Deonte Harris, kick returner/receiver

Harris quickly developed into one of the elite return specialists in the NFL as a rookie last season.

But Saints coach Sean Payton has not hidden the fact that he wants Harris to touch the ball more as a wide receiver and as a rusher.

Harris made the All-Pro team due to his skills in the return game, but he only caught six passes for 24 yards and rushed the ball four times for 31 yards on offense.

Payton wants much more than that for the speedy 5-foot-6, 173-pounder.

In the week after beating the Seattle Seahawks last season, Payton mentioned comparisons to Harris and current Seahawks return man/wide receiver Tyler Lockett during an interview on the Saints Coaches Show on WWL Radio 870-AM.

If Harris is anything close to Lockett as a wide receiver, the Saints have found another treasure in the elusive and talented all-purpose performer from Assumption College.

Full Story - houmatoday.com

Transcript: Drew Brees training conference call - Saturday, August 1

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New Orleans Saints Quarterback Drew Brees
Training Camp Conference Call with New Orleans Media
Saturday, August 1, 2020


Opening Statement:


"Good morning. Hey, before we start, I want to open it up with a statement and then after that, I'll be happy to answer any questions you guys have about football, training camp just to kind of get things kicked off. But, first I'd like to say this: I've always been someone who has felt compelled to serve. It's the main reason why Brittany and I came to New Orleans. That was a time when I really wasn't sure if I would ever play football again, but I knew I had a chance to be a part of something much greater than myself. The last 15 years in New Orleans have been some of the proudest, most rewarding moments of our lives. We've tried to dedicate ourselves to creating a lasting legacy of hope, of love and progress, especially in this city. Going back to my comment on June 3rd, to think for a second that New Orleans or the state of Louisiana or the black community would think that I was not standing with them for social justice, that completely broke my heart. It was crushing. Never, ever would I feel that way. Now, I recognize that I missed an opportunity that day. I had an opportunity to talk about and emphasize the social injustices that exists for our black community and our need as a country to support them and to advocate for systemic change and my lack of awareness in that moment hurt a lot of people. Now, there are there are three key things I want...

Transcript: Craig Robertson training conference call - Saturday, August 1

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New Orleans Saints Linebacker Craig Robertson
Training Camp Conference Call with New Orleans Media
Saturday, August 1, 2020


What have you been doing the past few months while all of this has been happening to try to be as ready as you can to come back and get back in the swing of things again?


"Well, I guess the first thing was just finding a routine. When the season's over, you have a few months and then you're right back at work. So just finding that routine to make sure that you weren't losing yourself in and such and just keeping your mind focused, that there is going to be a season, even though everything on TV early on was up in the air. We didn't really know any information, everything was new. So just pretty much just staying consistent."

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Marcus Williams among 8 Saints players on Top 101 list

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

The NFL released its annual Top 100 Players ranking as voted on by active players themselves, and the New Orleans Saints tied the Baltimore Ravens for the most total selections in the entire league (seven each).

Interestingly, another list breaking down the best players in the game today comes from Touchdown Wire’s Doug Farrar and Mark Schofield. They recognized eight Saints as belonging in the top tier of NFL talent. However, they left out cornerback Marshon Lattimore (ranked at No. 76 on the NFL’s list) and running back Alvin Kamara (No. 42) while including center Erik McCoy, free safety Marcus Williams, and left tackle Terron Armstead. Here’s where each Saints player finished in Touchdown Wire’s rankings:
  • C Erik McCoy, No. 96
  • DE Cameron Jordan, No. 75
  • FS Marcus Williams, No. 54
  • LT Terron Armstead, No. 51
  • LB Demario Davis, No. 43
  • RT Ryan Ramczyk, No. 29
  • QB Drew Brees, No. 22
  • WR Michael Thomas, No. 7
Full Story - Saints Wire - USA Today

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Ranking every NFL position group from 1-32

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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

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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

  • News source: Matthew Terry
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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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After Drew Brees, how many current Saints could reach Hall of Fame? Six others, ESPN writer says

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As many as seven current New Orleans Saints players could wind up in Canton, Ohio, when their NFL careers are over, according to ESPN writer Bill Barnwell.

Barnwell says in addition to "lock" Drew Brees, another six Saints could end up in the Hall of Fame depending on how their careers play out.

The Saint with the best chance to reach the Hall of Fame after Brees is wide receiver Michael Thomas, Barnwell predicts. He gives Thomas a 70-99% probability.

After Thomas, Barnwell says running back Alvin Kamara, defensive end Cameron Jordan and corner back Marshon Lattimore have between 40-69%...
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Hopes not high with the Carolina Panthers in the NFC South

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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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 one of our divisional rivals, the Carolina Panthers. Our friends over at Cat Scratch Reader took some time to give us Saints fans the scoop on the new home of Teddy Bridgewater.

Notable free agent additions:

QB Teddy Bridgewater, WR Robby Anderson, WR/KR Pharoh Cooper, CB Eli Apple, LT Russell Okung (trade), LB Tahir Whitehead, DE Stephen Weatherly

Over/Under:

10 wins — Under. This is a rebuilding team that will struggle in 2020, but should show signs of a positive future...
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Fleur-de-Links, August 6: Sean Payton speaks on coaches opting out of the 2020 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 two Saints players have opted out of the 2020 seasons, no coaches have, according to Sean Payton.

A look at the career of Saints former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.

The audio and transcript of a conference call between Sean Payton and New Orleans media.

The Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Baltimore Raves are the favorites to sign Antonio Brown, despite the training session he attended with the Saints...
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Bruce Arians: Clock is ticking for Buccaneers to get ready for opener against Saints

  • News source: Curtis Crabtree
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It’s been over 20 years since the last time Bruce Arians had to get ready for the start of a football season without some preseason games to help get his team ready to play games that count.

Arians was the offensive coordinator at the University of Alabama in 1997. He’s been in the NFL ever since. Without a preseason, Arians knows that the season opener against the New Orleans Saints on September 13 will sneak up rather quickly and they’ll need to make sure they’re ready to play.

“It’s totally different,” Arians said of the altered reality of training camp in 2020, via Taylor Jenkins of...
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Will Antonio Brown get signed during training camp?

  • News source: Mike Florio
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It’s been nearly a week since the NFL gave receiver Antonio Brown (partial) clarity regarding his status, with an eight-game suspension to be served in 2020 and, potentially, further punishment of an unresolved civil lawsuit accusing him of sexual assault and rape.. Since then, no team has been linked to him in any serious way.

The question becomes whether he’ll be signed during training camp, or whether teams will simply wait until his eight-game suspension ends. Given that he’s currently free and clear to participate in camp, this would be a great opportunity to get him in shape and to...
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No Saints coaches have chosen to opt out, Sean Payton says

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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Even though the New Orleans Saints have had two players opt out of the 2020 season due to coronavirus concerns, none of the team's coaches or staff have abstained from the upcoming year, coach Sean Payton said Wednesday.

Payton acknowledged that NFL coaches don't have a union like the players do and any instance of a potential coach opt out would be handled by their respective team.

"As far as I know, ... there hasn't been anybody that has decided to sit out up 'til this point," Payton said.

The two players who've chosen to opt out are tight ends Cole Wick and Jason Vander Laan. They...
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