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Weather, location helped drive WR Emmanuel Sanders to pick Saints over Packers

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By Zach Kruse | Packerswire

The weather and location of Green Bay were at least contributing factors to why veteran receiver Emmanuel Sanders picked the New Orleans Saints over the Packers in free agency.

Sanders, who agreed to sign a two-year deal with the Saints, told Rich Eisen of “The Rich Eisen Show” that playing indoors in the south appealed more to him than playing in the cold up in Green Bay.

“It’s just Green Bay, that cold weather, Rich, I wasn’t trying to do it, man” Sanders said. “To be in a dome 12 games out of the year in a pass-heavy offense or go to Green Bay? I can’t do it. I’d rather go to New Orleans. I’m from the south. My grandma is six hours away, can come to all the games. I can have my family drive up. It’s just a perfect opportunity for me.” ...

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How the NFL Draft process works from home

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By Ken Belson | The New York Times Company

The coronavirus pandemic has upended much, but with a late summer start to the season five months away, the NFL has been one of the few major professional sports leagues to avoid postponing or canceling games.

With little else going on in sports, the league has doubled down on holding its annual three-day draft — which ranks behind only the Super Bowl as the NFL’s biggest spectacle — beginning April 23, altering only the broadcast, which will now be a TV-only studio production with top picks participating remotely.

The NFL is sticking to its self-imposed calendar even as the league instituted travel restrictions and ordered team facilities closed, forcing teams to adapt all-important evaluations that will affect their fortunes for years to come, causing worries that draft selections might go lower or higher than their available research would support.

“When we look back at the draft in two years, we’re going to see guys who were overdrafted because of their familiarity and guys who were under-drafted in later rounds or not at all because they hadn’t been seen or were injured,” said Mike Tannenbaum, an ESPN analyst and a former NFL general manager.

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Saints should be in line for max amount of prime time games in 2020

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By John Hendrix | SI

The max amount of prime time games one NFL team can have in a scheduled season is five, and it feels like the New Orleans Saints are destined to be featured on the big stage for the upcoming season. In 2019, the team had four nationally televised prime time games, which was tied with the Cleveland Browns and Los Angeles Chargers. 10 teams received five prime time games.

Naturally, this can change with the way flexing happens across the league, but the league didn't do this last season with favorable matchups between the Saints and 49ers or the Saints and Titans. With the addition of Tom Brady, the Buccaneers are sure to go from one prime time game in 2019 to a bunch more. With two of the league's best quarterbacks set to duel twice in 2020, you can bet your bottom dollar that the Saints and Buccaneers will get some type of national spotlight, with the other game potentially featured as a top contender as America's Game of the Week on FOX.

While the NFL schedule won't drop until mid-to-late April, it's something the football world is ready for to help take their mind off the COVID-19 threat. Here's some of my predictions.

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NFL draft to go on in April; Roger Goodell memo warns against public comment

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By Dianna Russini| ESPN

The NFL draft will go on as scheduled April 23-25, commissioner Roger Goodell said in a leaguewide memo distributed Thursday.

In his memo, obtained by ESPN's Adam Schefter, Goodell served warning to those around the league who criticize the league's stance.

He wrote in the memo, "public discussion of issues relating to the Draft serves no useful purpose and is grounds for disciplinary action."

Goodell said the NFL Management Council Executive Committee met Thursday and was "unanimous and unequivocal that the Draft should go forward as scheduled," despite the coronavirus pandemic that has disrupted work for most of the nation.

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Saints GM Mickey Loomis advocates for delayed NFL draft start date

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

The NFL turned down a recommendation from team general managers to delay the start of the 2020 NFL Draft in response to the spread of the novel coronavirus, which disappointed many executives around the league. New Orleans Saints executive vice president/general manager Mickey Loomis was one of the loudest voices in favor of pushing back the draft’s start date (the three-day event is currently scheduled to begin April 23), and he made an appearance on The Peter King Podcast to share his perspective on the issue.

“This is not a fantasy draft that you can conduct with a list of things on a piece of paper,” Loomis told King, referring to a complicated process in which team personnel hold conference in “war rooms” on the day of the draft to remotely phone in their decisions.

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NFL, city officials work to keep 2024 Super Bowl in New Orleans

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The 17-game NFL regular season, beginning in the fall of 2021, could force the Super Bowl in 2024 out of New Orleans.

The game is scheduled to be played at the Superdome, February 4th 2024. But, if the season is pushed back an additional week, the game would be played February 11th. That would be in direct conflict with the final weekend of Mardi Gras.

Mardi Gras day in 2024 is February 13th.

One option to keep the game in New Orleans is to eliminate the bye week...
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Saints keep marching as they enter Week 3 of the 2006 season

  • News source: Kade Kistner
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The New Orleans Saints are rolling into Week 3 as they set their sights on Monday Night Football against the Atlanta Falcons. After an abysmal 3-13 season in 2005, the new additions of head coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees seem to be paying dividends almost immediately.

New Orleans began their season by travelling to Cleveland where the gutted out a 19-14 victory over the Browns. Brees clearly looked rusty, and it was obvious Payton was holding Brees...
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Saints By Position: Top 5 cornerbacks in franchise history

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Finding a true cover corner is so important in the NFL.

Finding a shutdown corner is rare.

When the latter occurs, your team is typically going to be extremely successful.

The New Orleans Saints have had good but not great corners in franchise history.

The best was clear, based on longevity and productivity. The second person on our list is well on his way to a very good career. The other spots were hard to separate.

Another player was superb at cornerback for...
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Home Sweet Dome: How CSC will cover ESPN’s “Domecoming” re-air

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As a part of the NFL and ESPN’s five-week series broadcasting Monday Night Football classics, one of the most important games in New Orleans Saints history will be re-visited on Monday March 6th. Canal Street Chronicles and our colleagues over at the SB Nation mothership and The Falcoholic are joining forces to commemorate this event by setting the scene, reacting in real time, and recapping this iconic NFL evening as if it were happening live.

That means for the...
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Cam Jordan thinks Drew Brees has at least two more seasons in him

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Saints head coach Sean Payton created a few headlines this week when he referred to quarterback Drew Brees heading into his “final season” during an appearance on ESPN.

Payton later clarified that he doesn’t know what Brees will do after 2020 and that the quarterback is taking things on a year-to-year basis at this point. One of Brees’ teammates has a different thought about Brees’ playing future, however.

During his own appearance on ESPN, defensive end Cam Jordan...
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Fleur-de-Links, April 3: ESPN will air a classic New Orleans Saints game and Saints bring back P.J. Williams

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Though former Saint Eli Apple had an initial agreement with the Las Vegas Raiders, Apple is back on the market after he and the Raiders could not agree to final terms.

Sean Payton responds to a USA Today article that criticized the Saints use of a local brewery as their NFL Draft headquarters.

Cornerback P.J. Williams signs a one-year deal with the Saints worth $2 million.

On April 6th, ESPN will air the New Orleans Saints victory over the Atlanta Falcons...
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CSC Podcast: Saints re-sign CB P.J. Williams

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New Orleans Saints analyst for Canal St. Chronicles Brenden Ertle breaks down the news of the Saints re-signing CB P.J. Williams.
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Deal with Raiders falls through for former Saints cornerback Eli Apple

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Free agent cornerback Eli Apple reportedly agreed to a contract in mid-March with the Raiders. It did not turn out that way.

Apple and the Raiders failed to finalize the agreement, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Thursday.

As a result, Apple is back on the market after spending the past season and a half with New Orleans. The Ohio State product came to the saints via in-season trade with the Giants in 2018.

Apple was a starter for the Saints until an ankle injury...
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Former Saints corner Eli Apple's contract with Las Vegas Raiders falls through: report

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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Former New Orleans Saints cornerback Eli Apple was ready to continue his career with the Las Vegas Raiders, but the contract could not be finalized, according to an ESPN report.

It is not clear what prevented the deal from being completed, though Apple was forced to miss both the Saints' 2019 regular-season finale and the playoff loss against Minnesota with an ankle injury. Apple had initially agreed to join the Raiders on a one-year, $6 million contract.

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Eli Apple not signing with Raiders after all

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More than two weeks after reports surfaced that free agent cornerback Eli Apple was signing with the Raiders, it turns out that no deal was reached.

Apple and the Raiders were unable to finalize the agreement, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

It’s unclear what the issue was that prevented a deal from getting done. This year deals are taking longer to get finalized because the COVID-19 shutdown has made physical exams and face-to-face meetings more difficult.

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Why Cam Jordan expects at least 2 more Saints seasons from Drew Brees? Ask Tom Brady

  • News source: BY JEFF NOWAK | Staff writer
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Cam Jordan is thankful for all the NFC South quarterbacks that have been so kind to him over his nine NFL seasons, even the new one -- but for a different reason.

Days after coach Sean Payton stoked the fire that Drew Brees was in his final season, the Saints defensive end said he expected at least two more from his current quarterback. And he points to Tom Brady's deal to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the reason why.

“In my mind I never have to worry about...
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Saints agree to terms with cornerback PJ Williams

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The New Orleans Saints announced today that they have agreed to terms with cornerback P.J. Williams. The announcement was made by Saints’ Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis.

Williams, 6-0, 196, was originally selected by New Orleans in the third round (78th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft out of Florida State. He has appeared in 47 career regular season games with 22 starts, posting career totals of 150 tackles (119 solo), two sacks, four...
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Saints bring P.J. Williams back on affordable deal

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Per Nick Underhill, the New Orleans Saints have signed versatile slot corner P.J. Williams to a one-year contract.

The deal is reported to include $2 million fully guaranteed, according to Ian Rapoport.

Corner was a position where the starters might have been in place, but there was little depth before this signing. While Williams might not be a guy you’re comfortable with manning a starting role, him being the fourth or fifth corner and providing depth in the slot...
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Sean Payton slams column bashing Saints' over plan to 'head to a bar' for draft HQ

  • News source: BY JEFF NOWAK | Staff writer
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Sean Payton didn't throw out the entirety of a USA Today column roasting the Saints' plans for the NFL draft, just 92% of it.

The column in question from Nancy Armour labeled the Saints' choice of a "bar" for its draft headquarters as "dumb and "dangerous" while New Orleans grapples with the coronavirus pandemic.

"Nancy, you have 8% of your facts correct with this piece! Unbelievable," Payton wrote in response to a tweet of Armour's touting the column. "We need...
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