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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The Saints must make final push with Drew Brees

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There are no excuses. This is the year the New Orleans Saints have to get it done.
Otherwise, they’re not going to win another Super Bowl with Drew Brees.

By John Buhler | Fansided

2020 could not be a more critical year for Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints.

The 41-year-old quarterback announced he will be back with the Saints this fall. As the greatest player in franchise history, Brees has brought stability to what was an unfathomably chaotic situation in New Orleans football post-Hurricane Katrina. Brees has become the most prolific passer in NFL history and gave the city a Super Bowl back in 2009. He’s a legend.

Essentially, Brees is Saints football. He’s what John Elway means to the Denver Broncos and what Dan Marino means to the Miami Dolphins. These are three of the 10 greatest quarterbacks in NFL history. However, Brees only has maybe a few more years to win New Orleans another Super Bowl before he retires. 2020 is the last year that window is open.

Michael Thomas: 'I Am Still a Man on a Mission' After Record Saints Contract

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By Joseph Zucker | Bleacher Report

New Orleans Saints star Michael Thomas didn't let his five-year, $96.2 million contract extension last July blunt his motivation on the field.

"When I signed my deal, I went right to work," Thomas said in an interview with SiriusXM NFL Radio. "I was a man on a mission, and I am still a man on a mission."

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Sean Payton talks Drew Brees return, how Saints may handle Taysom Hill

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By John Hendrix | SI

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton appeared on WWL Radio SportsTalk on Wednesday night with Kristian Garic and Bobby Hebert, discussing the Mardi Gras season, Drew Brees, Taysom Hill, and state of the team. He offered up some really good nuggets in regards to a future deal with his quarterback, and how the team would handle Hill as a restricted free agent. Quickly into the interview, Payton was asked about if there was any doubt of a Brees return for 2020.

"Honestly, there was some," Payton said. "We spoke a few times right after the season, prior to the Pro Bowl, and then after the Pro Bowl. I think it's a big decision, and I say that not speaking for Drew, but a lot goes into it. There's a lot of stress, stress on the family, a lot of sacrifices are made to gear up for what is almost half a year season."

Payton said that knowing Brees, he weighed the pros and cons of his decision. He'd periodically send him a text seeing how he's doing.

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Davis: Brees "Arguably The Best QB To Ever Play The Game"

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Sound crazy? Well, it shouldn't – and here's why

By Amy Lawrence | CBS Radio

It remains to be seen whether Drew Brees will play for the Saints in 2020, but his decision will have an enormous impact for not only New Orleans, but also the entire NFL.

“You’re talking about one of – if not arguably – the best quarterback to ever play the game,” Saints All-Pro linebacker Demario Davis said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “He has literally every passing record that you can own – career, season – from a numbers standpoint, but also from an efficiency standpoint. So when you think about that, it just tells you the level of accomplishment that he’s achieved for himself inside this game. It’s a level of mastery that isn’t easily accomplished. If it was, a lot more people would have done in the game what he’s done.”

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Report: Competition Committee now supports idea of sky judge

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A year ago, the idea of a sky judge received “no support” from the Competition Committee. Apparently all it took to convince them was the one-year failed experiment that expanded instant replay to include pass interference.

John Kryk of the Toronto Sun reports that the Competition Committee now supports having a sky judge to ensure that certain bad calls or non-calls are fixed in real time.

“The Competition Committee had an abbreviated conference call — obviously...
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Payton, Saints adjusting to unprecedented times as NFL draft looms

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Sean Payton is back at work.

The New Orleans Saints are full speed ahead with their NFL draft preparations.

But things are far from normal amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The most important thing for my coaches, with everyone in football operations, is the health and safety of our families,” said Payton, who self was self-quarantined with the virus before being cleared six days ago. “I know it’s the draft and it’s important, but it’s not as important as New Orleans...
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Saints, NFL offseason programs altered by coronavirus' 'life-changing experience'

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New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton flips on his TV every morning to watch the news, and he sees what everyone else sees — the number of coronavirus cases continuing to increase.

What's surreal to him is the worldwide severity.

As of noon Wednesday, Louisiana had more than 6,000 cases of coronavirus. When Payton himself was diagnosed with COVID-19 on March 19, Louisiana had just 392 cases.

"It's impacting our region and we're one of those hot spots," Payton...
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Sean Payton on facing Tom Brady twice a year: 'This division has gotten a lot stronger'

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New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton remarked on Tampa Bay’s signing of quarterback Tom Brady as “a big change” within the NFC South, and it’s not just because his team now has to compete against the three-time NFL MVP and his “outstanding” talent twice in a season.

“It’s also what he brings to the rest of the team,” Payton said of Brady. “One of the great strengths a player like Tom has is those others around him get better. I’m sure that we’ll see an entirely...
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Saints aren't done assembling their 2020 roster. What positions will they bolster next?

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Through a handful of strategic moves in free agency, the New Orleans Saints addressed some of the larger questions facing the roster at the outset of the off-season.

But with the draft still scheduled to begin in a few weeks, the team is not quite done adding to the roster, and coach Sean Payton hinted at a few of the positions at which the Saints may still strike.

“We’re going to be smart with the draft relative to the grades and paying attention to our board,”...
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Walker: Sean Payton unsure if this is final year for Drew Brees, but best guess here is this is it

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Should you go ahead and order those rocking chairs and fishing poles and all those other parting gifts to give Drew Brees for his farewell tour this season?

Or should you wait until 2021 (or 20 whatever) when No. 9 finally decides to walk away from his Hall of Fame career for good?

The answer to that depends on which Sean Payton you believe.

Is it the Payton who appeared on ESPN's Get Up on Tuesday and had this to say when talking about the Saints quarterback...
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Saints looking for third quarterback “to develop, work with, and improve”

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The Saints are one of the teams that have held video meetings with former Utah State quarterback Jordan Love recently and they’ll likely be spending time with other prospects at the position in the coming weeks.

Saints head coach Sean Payton said on Wednesday that a third quarterback to go with Drew Brees and Taysom Hill is an important piece for the team because of the way they use Hill on gamedays. That player will be on the active roster for games and Payton said...
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A war room in the tap room? The Saints' move their temporary HQ to Dixie Brewing

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In a move that both fits the city’s reputation and fills a need as the coronavirus pandemic changes the way things are, the New Orleans Saints temporarily moved their headquarters to a local brewery and are planning to stay there through the 2020 NFL draft.

Outside of essential medical and security personnel, all 32 NFL teams are currently restricted from accessing their usual facilities, so the Saints branched out elsewhere. When coach Sean Payton spoke to local...
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Saints will add 3rd quarterback, had virtual meeting with Utah State QB Jordan Love

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The New Orleans Saints will sign a third quarterback before the 2020 season, that much is certain.

But who it'll be and what experience they may or may not have remains to be seen.

Saints coach Sean Payton said on Wednesday that the team isn't set on either drafting a quarterback or acquiring one through free agency, but rather that they'll mesh with the team.

"It'll be the best available player that we feel like fits our program," Payton said.

Whoever that...
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Saints set up draft headquarters in brewery

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METAIRIE, La. -- With NFL facilities closed during the coronavirus pandemic, the New Orleans Saints had to find a new space to set up their makeshift draft headquarters.

So they turned to their draught headquarters.

The Saints have set up shop in the brand new Dixie Brewing Company facility in New Orleans East, which is also owned by team owner Gayle Benson and is closed to the public for the time being. Saints coach Sean Payton said the team is prepared to stay at...
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Saints, Packers among teams showing interest in Jordan Love

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The Dolphins got to meet face to face with Utah State quarterback Jordan Love before the NFL imposed travel restrictions because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Other teams didn’t get that chance, so they’re having to get to know him on FaceTime or Zoom.

The Saints, Packers, Chargers, Raiders, Dolphins and Colts have had contact with Love virtually, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Love is projected to go somewhere in the first round.

The Raiders, who had the No...
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Sean Payton says he's a 'dummy,' doesn't know if Drew Brees will retire after 2020

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Sean Payton is a "big dummy."

Those are his words, not a commentary, after the Saints coach addressed his word choice from a day earlier regarding his quarterback Drew Brees' plans beyond the 2020 season.

"I'm a big dummy. ... I honestly don't know if it's his last year," Payton said Wednesday, speaking on a teleconference with the media.

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2020 NFL Draft sleepers: Defensive edition

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With the 2020 NFL Draft approaching, it is prime season for mock drafts and big boards. While these are always a blast to come up with, every year there are prospects who get pigeonholed into rounds and rankings that are lower than where they should be.

Whether it be poor combines, a lack of exposure or scouts and pundits’ misinterpretation of where value lies, diamonds in the rough get overlooked every draft season.

In this article, I try to identify these gems...
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Sean Payton: I’m a dummy, I don’t know if this is Drew Brees’ last year

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Saints coach Sean Payton inadvertently stepped in it regarding Drew Brees‘ future plans yesterday, and today Payton is trying to clean up the mess he made.

Payton said on ESPN yesterday that Brees “announced he’s coming back for his final season.” But Brees has not announced that 2020 will be his final season. On a call with reporters today, Payton said he just misspoke.

“I’m a big dummy,” Payton said.

Payton said that his understanding is Brees won’t decide until...
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