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Re-birth of Slash: NFL teams looking for the next Taysom Hill

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By Eric D. Williams | ESPN Staff Writer

COSTA MESA, Calif. -- Out on the practice field watching his defense compete against the New Orleans Saints last August, the breath-taking speed of Taysom Hill caught the attention of Los Angeles Chargers defensive coordinator Gus Bradley.

During joint practices and a preseason game against the Saints, Bradley and the Chargers got an up-close look at the versatility of a do-everything backup quarterback.

"You rarely see a guy that size with that type of speed," Bradley said. "Sometimes you see speed and you go, 'Well, he's going to play wide receiver.' But because of his size, he can play multiple positions."

Hill ran for an 11-yard touchdown, threw to Tre'Quan Smith for a 5-yard score and also converted a fake punt for a first down in a 33-7 exhibition win over the Chargers.

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Marcus Davenport and Cameron Jordan attend Von Miller's pass-rush summit

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

New Orleans Saints pass rushers Marcus Davenport and Cameron Jordan are attacking their offseason by seeking out one of the best in the business of sacking quarterbacks: Denver Broncos superstar Von Miller. Miller, 30 years old, has logged 98 career sacks since being drafted in 2011 and trails only Terrell Suggs (132.5 career sacks, and has been playing since 2003) among active players. He places 33rd on the all-time ranking since sacks were first recorded in 1982. He’s also been hosting annual pass-rush summits to gather the league’s defensive linemen for a weekend where they can train with and learn from one another.

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Gerald McCoy choosing between Browns, Ravens and Panthers

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Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy is getting ready to announce his next team, and he’s reportedly down to three potential suitors.

By Kevin Parvizi | FanSided

Though the Tampa Bay Buccaneers deemed his cap hit too hefty at $13 million and seemingly no teams were willing to trade a draft pick for the veteran defensive tackle, Gerald McCoy has found no shortage of teams interested in signing him as a free agent.

McCoy has been one of the best defensive tackles of the past decade and would be an immediate difference-maker for any team. According to a report from the Cleveland Plain-Dealer’s Mary Kay Cabot, McCoy will make his final decision by Monday or Tuesday after his agent engages in final discussions over the weekend.

Per Cabot, the three teams in the running for McCoy’s services are the Baltimore Ravens, Carolina Panthers, and Cleveland Browns. Several other contenders have been mentioned as interested suitors in the Atlanta Falcons, Indianapolis Colts, New England Patriots, and New Orleans Saints, but it’s no surprise to see who the final teams are...

Jets GM search: Who is Saints’ Terry Fontenot? Bio, pros, cons, analysis of late-addition candidate

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By Matt Stypulkoski | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

If there’s anything we’ve learned this week, it’s that the Jets’ list of candidates for their general manager opening remains fluid.

On Thursday, they were turned down by Vikings assistant general manager George Paton. And one day prior, they added a new name to the prospect pool, tacking Saints director of scouting Terry Fontenot onto the list.

Fontenot is undoubtedly a dark-horse candidate. But is there a chance he snags the job? What kind of experience does he have? And would it make him a good fit?

To start, let’s take a closer look at who Fontenot is and what he’s done during his...

New England Patriots out of Gerald McCoy free-agent sweepstakes down to two AFC teams (Report)

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By Andrew Callahan | Mass Live

The Patriots were among the first teams reported to be a potential suitor for six-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy earlier this month.

But almost as soon as McCoy was released from Tampa Bay, New England was apparently knocked out of the running.

According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, McCoy’s choices are down to the Ravens and Browns. The 31-year-old career Buccaneer recently took an overnight visit to Baltimore that lasted into Wednesday morning. McCoy visited Cleveland last week.

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Jets Rumors: Saints' Terry Fontenot Requested for GM Interview by NY

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By Tim Daniels | Bleacher Report

The New York Jets have reportedly requested an interview with New Orleans Saints director of pro scouting Terry Fontenot about their vacant general manager position.

Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported the update Wednesday, noting Fontenot has a "great reputation" after helping New Orleans "drastically improve its roster."

The Louisiana native has spent the past 16 seasons as a member of the Saints organization. He worked his way up the ladder through the scouting department before being named director of pro scouting in 2013.

In 2015, Fontenot spoke about the chance to work alongside general manager Mickey Loomis, who called him a future GM, and head coach Sean Payton.

"I think it says a lot about this organization," he said. "You watch Mickey Loomis—who I think is the best in the league—and coach Payton—I think he's the best in the league—and the way they do things in an organization like this, and you'll learn a lot."...

Saints with 5th best receiving corps in the NFL

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By Chris Dunnels | Canal Street Chronicles

The New Orleans Saints didn’t have much at wide receiver in 2018 beyond Michael Thomas. In 2019, it doesn’t look to be much better. There’s an aging Ted Ginn Jr., an injury concern (to say the least) in Cam Meredith, and a pair of second-year receivers who failed to sustain production last year in Keith Kirkwood and Tre’Quan Smith.

But, if you broaden the term “wide receiver” to be “pass catchers,” now you’re opening it up to tight ends - and arguably running backs as well. At tight end, the Saints have made a noticeable improvement from 2019, replacing the ancient Ben Watson with Pro Bowler Jared Cook.

Considering the edition of Cook, Bleacher Report was able to rank the New Orleans Saints with the fifth best receiving corps in the NFL:

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Former Saints tight end Ben Watson suspended 4 games

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By Christopher Dabe, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Former New Orleans Saints tight end Ben Watson will miss the first four games this season with the New England Patriots for violating the league policy on performance enhancing substances.

Watson said in a Facebook message Sunday (May 26) he underwent a legal testosterone treatment as prescribed by a doctor in March, well before he decided against retirement and chose in May to play another NFL season. Until then, he considered himself retired and began the testosterone treatments as a method to help his body recover from 15 seasons as an NFL player.

The league administered the random drug test March 29 and he received a letter from the league May 3 to say he tested positive.

“I was devastated and for obvious reasons did not want to proceed,” Watson wrote. “At that point I knew that my decision to return to play would include a four game suspension and I immediately discussed this new development with the clubs.” ...

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Alvin Kamara, Ted Ginn Jr., and Mark Ingram to run '40 Yards of Gold' tournament

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

Here’s a fun offseason exercise: which member of the New Orleans Saints is the fastest? To help find out, running back Alvin Kamara and wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. will join former teammate Mark Ingram in the inaugural ’40 Yards of Gold’ tournament, which will pit a number of NFL players against each other in the 40-yard dash. The groups are divided by whether they play offense or defense, and fans can vote for bracket seeding by following this link. Voting ends Sunday, May 26, at 12 AM EST, so make sure your voice is heard.

Here’s the full list of participants, per a press release:

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DT McCoy to visit Browns Friday amid heavy interest

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By Reuters | Yahoo News

Interest from the Cleveland Browns is being reciprocated by free agent defensive tackle Gerald McCoy, who will be in Berea, Ohio, at team headquarters on Friday.

McCoy will take his first-ever free agency visit with the Browns, and he informed other suitors of the pecking order on Thursday.

McCoy, the third overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday with three years left on his contract. The deal called for him to make $13 million in base pay this season. The original contract was for six years and $95.2 million.

Cleveland general manager John Dorsey confirmed he'd host McCoy on Friday. Dorsey, speaking Thursday after organized team activities, said he will continue to "turn over every rock." Of McCoy, Dorsey said he is "a good player the Browns want to get to know a little better."

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Ranking the NFL's Best Home Run Threats

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By Chris Roling | Bleacher Report

To borrow a term from baseball, an NFL home run threat is quite rare.

The baseball term, though a mixed metaphor, is a bit fitting though. For a few select players who are dangerous with the ball in their hands, no matter the scenario or field position, a simple "touchdown" description doesn't do their talents justice.

Home run threats are all over the place in terms of style. Some wideouts are shifty, juking-defenders-out-of-cleats machines; others bully defensive backs at the high point of a target and after the catch. Some running backs are one-cut threats before kicking into gear; others mow over any defender in their way before ripping off massive gains.

Like anything at the NFL level, there isn't any one stat that can reliably predict if a player will be a home run threat. But a proven track record doesn't hurt, nor does a wicked combination of testing and measurement numbers.

The following players can score at a moment's notice and cause defensive coordinators to lose sleep.

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NFL offseason agendas: Barnwell's to-do lists for all 16 NFC teams

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By Bill Barnwell | ESPN Staff Writer

No NFL team manages to fill all of its holes during the offseason. Each has a weak point or two that gets revealed by injuries or disappointing play over the course of a season. Even the most successful offseasons of 2018 prove that point. The Bears surrounded Mitchell Trubisky with talent, acquired a dominant pass-rusher in Khalil Mack and won the NFC North, only for the kicker who signed a four-year extension to sputter out over the course of the year and collapse at the worst possible moment. The Colts needed to turn to midseason acquisition Dontrelle Inman when their wideouts were struggling to stay healthy.

Every NFL team still has some work to do. In some cases, that's filling a roster spot or supplementing a positional group. In others, it's locking up a player who is about to hit free agency. Some teams have much more to do over the next few months than others.

Over the next two days, I'll run team by team and try to identify the key things each...

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