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Larry Holder: Changing the game in New Orleans with Saints and LSU coverage

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By Larry Holder

New Orleanians often resist change.

At times, it’s endearing. At other times, it’s frustrating.

I never thought I’d leave the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Ever. I wanted to follow in the footsteps of the late great columnist Peter Finney. Tell the stories that moved sports fanatics. Tell the truth behind the window dressing even with the loyal Who Dats breathing down my neck.

That can become a challenge when you’re constantly peeking over your shoulder at click counts and video impressions. And yet, I know there’s a thirst in the New Orleans area for quality sports journalism and biting, honest commentary.

The Athletic will...

Top NFL WRs on hitch routes

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BY MARK CHICHESTER --PFF

It’s the middle of July which means football is closer than you think. Training camps are popping up all over the country and fans will get their first glimpses of the 2018 iteration of their respective teams. The middle of July means we also continue our look at the top wide receivers on each branch of the route tree from 2017, with an eye towards their possible success in the season to come.

[Editor’s note: Routes in this study are bucketed onto the common PFF route tree featured below, for comparison, attached with their NFL average passer rating when targeting each specific route. For...

NFL, NFLPA issue joint statement, put anthem policy on hold

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By The Washington Post

The NFL has halted implementation of its new national anthem policy under an agreement with the NFL Players Association.

The two sides announced the deal Thursday night (July 19). The agreement also keeps the grievance filed by the NFLPA over the anthem policy, ratified by the NFL owners at their May meeting in Atlanta, from moving forward, at least temporarily.

"Everything is on hold," said one person familiar with the situation, confirming that both implementation of the anthem policy by the league and the union's...

NFL, NFLPA issue joint statement, put anthem policy on hold

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By The Washington Post

The NFL has halted implementation of its new national anthem policy under an agreement with the NFL Players Association.

The two sides announced the deal Thursday night (July 19). The agreement also keeps the grievance filed by the NFLPA over the anthem policy, ratified by the NFL owners at their May meeting in Atlanta, from moving forward, at least temporarily.

"Everything is on hold," said one person familiar with the situation, confirming that both implementation of the anthem policy by the league and the union's...

NFL Insiders predict: Teams set up to contend for multiple Super Bowls

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NFL Insiders

Throw out the Eagles and Patriots. Which team is best set up for multiple Super Bowl runs?

Mike Clay, NFL writer: New Orleans Saints. Yes, Drew Brees is now 39 years old, but he's signed for two more seasons and could have a few additional years in the tank, especially after the team rebuilt its defense, allowing for a more balanced attack. Young stars and high-ceiling prospects such as...

ONE PLAYER EACH NFL TEAM NEEDS TO STEP UP THIS SEASON

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By Vincent Frank

There are certain players teams will be relying on this NFL season. They aren’t necessarily star performers or franchise quarterbacks. Rather, players that teams have invested in to step up in a big way.

Some might be entering contract years or coming off injury-plagued seasons. Meanwhile, others are on new teams or are going to be tasked with taking on larger roles.

From a quarterback in Jacksonville that must improve to help the Jaguars become top-end Super Bowl contenders to a rookie running back in New Jersey with loads of pressure on him, here...

Wanna bet? Sean Payton and Doug Pederson wager again for a cause

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By Luke Johnson

Round 2 of this friendly wager has been made even friendlier by a cause.

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton and Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson will compete against each other in the American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament this weekend in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. The loser after three days will donate to team-affiliated autism charities in both cities.

The benefitting charities are the Eagles Autism Challenge in...

Dallas Cowboys: They wanted Kenny Vaccaro before, why not now?

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There was a report that the Dallas Cowboys tried to trade for safety Kenny Vaccaro in 2017, so why aren’t they looking at him this late in free agency?

by Randy Gurzi

Reports surfaced that the Dallas Cowboys were trying to trade for former New Orleans Saints first-round pick Kenny Vaccaro in 2017. Now he’s a free agent, but there’s nothing going on between him and the Boys.

The only thing to ask in...

Power ranking all 32 NFL teams before training camp

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By KEVIN BOILARD

NFL spring workouts have come and gone; now we're looking forward to training camp. Players will report to their respective training camp locations later this month, as they get set to begin the great run-up to the 2018 season. Before they do, however, let's take a closer look at each team and rank all 32 based on how they look on paper at this point in the offseason.

A lot will change between now and December, when many of these teams will be fighting for playoff spots and seeding. That doesn't mean it's too soon to establish an early pecking...

Attempted murder among charges for former Saint Brandon Browner

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By Luke Johnson

Former New Orleans Saints defensive back Brandon Browner is facing four felony and two misdemeanor charges, including attempted murder, related to an alleged house break-in Sunday (July 8).

The La Verne (California) Police Department issued a press releaseTuesday (July 10) detailing the charges against Browner, which include attempted murder, robbery, burglary, false imprisonment and two misdemeanor charges of child...

How Pro Football Focus grades punters

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BY GORDON MCGUINNESS

Punters Are People Too.

It was a clever phrase created by NFL Network’s Rich Eisen to celebrate one of the lesser-heralded positions around the NFL. Frequently, the phrase gets brought up to highlight a punter who makes a tackle or picks up a first down on a trick play, but at it’s heart, it is meant to highlight how important punters are to the field position battle, and how that impacts the outcome of games. Consider this stat from our PFF Forecast team of Eric Eager and George Chahrouri: The Expected Points Added (EPA) on a drive that starts at the...

What NFL Teams Will Make The 2019 Playoffs? Patriots, Steelers Considered Locks For 2018 Season

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By Anthony Riccobono

raining camp is quickly approaching for the NFL’s 32 teams ahead of the 2018 season. Most of the league is hopeful that they can make a run to the playoffs, though only a couple are considered to be near locks to reach the postseason.

The New England Patriots are the favorites to win Super Bowl LIII, and it would be stunning if the defending AFC champs didn’t have a 2019 playoff game. With -1500 odds to make the postseason, they are nearly three times as likely to make...

Kenny Vaccaro likely to find new team before training camp

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By James Parks

Long the subject of trade rumors going back to the 2017 season and since then expected to be making a move this offseason as a free agent, former New Orleans Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro is still looking to test the market before the coming football season.

While he’s been unable to court interest from any other team so far this offseason, he’s expected to sign elsewhere before the league begins their training camp period in late July, The Advocate reports.

Five months after the start of the free agency period, two months...

Former NFL corner Brandon Browner arrested on felony charges

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By Nick Shook

Former NFL cornerback Brandon Browner was arrested on felony charges Sunday in La Verne, California, police confirmed to NFL.com.

According to La Verne Police, officers responded to a call at 10:07 a.m. concerning a male who allegedly broke into a residence through a locked window. Browner was identified as the man and allegedly forced the victim back into her residence before fleeing the scene.

Browner, 33, is also alleged to have physically harmed and made threats to harm the victim while in the residence, according to police. Browner also allegedly took a Rolex watch valued at approximately $20,000...

7 most explosive NFL offenses heading into training camp

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by Robby Sabo

Defense wins championships. Offense puts fannies in the seats. This is the classic “go-to” when front office personnel attempt to differentiate between offensive and defensive football in the NFL.

But has the narrative changed? Has this high-flying pursuit of aerial dominance in the league where they play for pay led to a massive importance on offensive football, making it more critical than its more boring brother?

The jury’s still out.

The Philadelphia Eagles took home Super Bowl 52 while showcasing the seventh best offense and fourth most...

Top NFL offenses by run concept from 2017

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BY SAM MONSON

We have been diving deep into the PFF database recently during our Teaching Month this June, and particularly focusing on run concepts and how they break down. Already, we have explored what the run concepts themselves are and taken a look at how teams defended them in 2017, but now it’s time to flip our attention to the offensive side of the ball.

For the purposes of these numbers, we have removed garbage time...


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