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This Saints Player is a Surprise Breakout Candidate for 2020

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By Alexander Wolz | 12 Up

There are few true unknowns when it comes to the offense for the New Orleans Saints. Drew Brees is an all-time quarterback, Alvin Kamara is an incredible playmaker in the backfield and Michael Thomas is arguably the league's best receiver, not to mention the dual-threat of Taysom Hill. Defense, however, is more of an open scenario, but a new draftee may be a leading man this season despite not yet being any kind of household name.

New Orleans took an aggressive approach in the 2020 NFL Draft, trading up to draft key rookies, including Zack Baun, a Wisconsin linebacker who unexpectedly slipped. The Saints came in to steal him away, and their fans should be happy about the decision.

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Which NFC South team had the most athletic draft according to RAS?

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How did the NFC South fare in the 2020 NFL Draft? Which team had the best
overall haul from a RAS standpoint?

By Kent Platte | Pro Football Network

With the 2020 NFL Draft now complete, we’re able to take a look back at previous seasons and see if organizations are following any sort of trends from years past. Teams can be unpredictable at times, but they often follow the same sorts of behaviors with regards to decision making and risk management, trends that we can analyze to help us understand the approach to roster building those teams are taking.

To that end, we’re going to take a look at every division in the NFL and review how they’ve drafted in regards to general athleticism, continuing with the RAS in the NFC South.

Relative Athletic Scores, or RAS, compares player athletic testing to all players at that position with a vast database spanning more than 30 years. It then uses those scores to create a composite final score on a 0 to 10 scale, with 5.00 being the median score. Using RAS, we’re going to look at four division rivals and identify how much athletic testing has played into their draft process in the early rounds.

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Saints assistant GM: Chiefs were probably taking Cesar Ruiz at No. 32 overall

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Saints general manager Jeff Ireland had “pretty strong intel” the Chiefs would
have taken the Michigan center.

By Pete Sweeney and Craig Stout | Arrowhead Pride

Maybe it wasn’t Clyde Edwards-Helaire no matter what, after all — at least at No. 32.

NewOrleans.football’s Nick Underhill passed along news from New Orleans Saints assistant general manager Jeff Ireland that the team had “pretty strong intel” the Kansas City Chiefs would have taken Michigan center Cesar Ruiz had he been available at No. 32 overall in the 2020 NFL Draft.

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Mike Detillier: Talking about Saints, LSU and a top Nicholls player for the 2021 NFL Draft

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By Mike Detillier / Sports Correspondent

On the first night of the NFL Draft, the New Orleans Saints selected Michigan offensive center/guard Cesar Ruiz with their first overall selection.

I have always believed that Ruiz is a starting center prospect in the NFL. The center position will eventually be his spot with the Saints, even though they traded back into the second-round last year to select Texas A&M center Eric McCoy.

It will create another move to put McCoy at right offensive guard to eventually replace veteran Larry Warford.

Former New Orleans Saints offensive tackle Zach Strief, who is now the Voice of the Saints on WWL Radio 870-AM, said that he also believes Ruiz is best suited for the center spot, but maybe not in 2020.

“Reading your scouting report, seeing television tape on him and hearing different things about Cesar Ruiz, he looks best suited for the center spot, but there is something to consider here in 2020,” Strief said. “No one knows what training camp will look like and how many timing sessions he will have with the other linemen to work on getting that rhythm correctly. Last summer we all saw at times Eric McCoy was still holding the ball and the other four linemen were up the field. It’s not necessarily about the timing of Drew Brees and Ruiz, but Ruiz with the other four linemen to work as one. Drew will make the calls and adjustments upfront, but it is the timing of the others with a rookie center that is unknown at this time. Everyone has to be on the same page. If this was a regular training camp and you had the OTA’s, rookie sessions and the regular time to work with the other linemen, Ruiz would probably be slated to play center, but without anything concrete about how practices will be held before the season, I’m not sure Sean Payton wants to give Drew Brees a rookie starting center back to back years.”

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Saints re-watch: How New Orleans dominated the line of scrimmage on both sides vs Denver

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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Being completely honest, I was not looking forward to watching this game a second time.

When watching it in person, there was not a ton of usable material from the New Orleans Saints’ 31-3 win against the Denver Broncos. You might have heard, but the Broncos were playing someone who should have never had to play a game as an NFL quarterback, and that impacted the way the entire game was played.

But, friends and readers, diamonds are sometimes in the rough. Or, put another way, this game was not a complete waste of time.

We’re going to mostly ignore the play of the quarterbacks and the...
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Broncos activate Drew Lock, Brett Rypien, Blake Bortles from COVID list

  • News source: Myles Simmons
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Denver should have at least one quarterback on the field this week.

The Broncos announced Tuesday afternoon they’ve activated Drew Lock, Brett Rypien, and Blake Bortles from the reserve/COVID-19 list. All three will be eligible to practice tomorrow as Denver begins on-field preparations to face Kansas City on Sunday Night Football in Week 13.

Their activation ostensibly brings this chapter of Denver’s COVID saga to a close after all three were deemed high-risk, close contacts and were unable to play in Sunday’s game against the Saints.

Broncos CEO Joe Ellis released a statement earlier...
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Drew Brees watched Saints-Broncos game at home due to collapsed lung, new COVID-19 protocols

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees wanted to be in Denver with his team for Sunday's win over the Broncos, but he instead he watched the unorthodox game on TV.

Brees told Cox Sports TV's Mike Nabors on Sunday that doctors ruled out any potential travel to Denver, especially with his collapsed lung and the elevation change. And that was before the NFL updated its coronavirus guidelines as they pertained to travel parties.

"It was kind of determined even two weeks ago that this would not be a trip I would make, just with the lung and everything," Brees said. "There's risks with the...
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Broncos CEO Joe Ellis on QB COVID debacle: We must prevent this from happening again

  • News source: Mike Florio
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The Broncos found themselves, as of Saturday afternoon, without a quarterback for Sunday’s game against the Saints. Privately, the Broncos aren’t happy with various aspects of the way the situation was handled. Publicly, the Broncos are saying all the right things.

“We share the disappoint of our fans for the challenging and unique situation our team faced at the last minute this weekend,” team president and CEO Joe Ellis said. “While it’s easy to point fingers, all of us must take responsibility and work together to prevent it from happening again.

“Throughout this season, I’m proud of...
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Sean Payton should win Coach of The Year

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The word “great” gets thrown around a lot today, especially in the media. In a world dominated by ‘clicks’, superlatives are used more for their impact than their accuracy. We see it all over the place, not just in sports, but in sports in particular the word ‘great’ gets thrown around a lot. New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton is known for loving the quote “confidence comes from demonstrated ability”, and Sean’s demonstrated ability has put him in a very small group.

There are five coaches in the NFL today who deserve the word “great” put in front of their name, and Sean Payton is...
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CSC’s Week 13 fantasy football waiver wire

  • News source: Hayden Reel
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Murray has actually received a higher share of touches than Alvin Kamara in the two games in which Taysom Hill has started. His role has increased in the last two games with the Saints going more run heavy and utilizing a true committee backfield with Brees out of the lineup. Murray should continue to see an increased role in the offense and has a chance to turn it into a high scoring output over the next two weeks against two favorable matchups.

Will Fuller V has been suspended for six games for PED usage. This now creates an opportunity for Coutee to be the Texans #2 receiver for the...
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The anger of some Broncos fans is misplaced

  • News source: JR Ella
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As we all know, fan is short for fanatic, so irrational reactions are what characterizes sports aficionados across the globe. It is what makes fans awesome sometimes, and other times, not-so-much. Anger, ridiculous displays of elation, booing Santa, filing lawsuits because of a no call. The list of head-scratching behaviors, all linked to their team’s (mis)fortunes is long.

In the case of the 2020 Denver Broncos, it was a whole lot of anger and indignation after their team had to play the New Orleans Saints on Sunday afternoon without any of its four quarterback options, due to COVID-19...
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“Kwontifying” Alexander’s immediate impact with the New Orleans Saints

  • News source: Ross.Jackson
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10 combined tackles, one pass defended, and one fumble recovery.

That’s what you would see if you were to “box score scout” your way through linebacker Kwon Alexander’s immediate impact over his first three games with the New Orleans Saints. It doesn’t tell the whole story by any means.

Even the advanced statistics undersell exactly how great the former San Francisco 49er has been with the Saints’ defense.

Per Pro Football Focus, Alexander had one hurry as a pass rusher, four missed tackles and five defensive stops. In coverage, He also allowed 5/7 receiving for 36 yards and an 83.0...
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Overreactions from the Saints ugly win over the Broncos

  • News source: Kade Kistner
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The New Orleans Saints won a clunker of a game on Sunday afternoon when the team defeated a quarterback-less Denver Broncos. Some will say “a win is a win” but if you watched the same game we did, you know that’s not the truth. Despite an 8-2 record after a 31-3 victory, we still have fans overreacting on every platform of social media. It’s understandable based on the offense’s performance, but at the end of the day, there is not a ton we can take away from the game.

However, that didn’t stop the entirety of Who Dat Nation from making their thoughts and feelings known. Here are some of...
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CSC Podcast: Saints Dominate in Denver 31-3

  • News source: BrendenErtle
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New Orleans Saints analysts for Canal St Chronicles Brenden Ertle and Nate Williamson breakdown the Saints beating the QB-less Broncos 31-3. We discuss, not to overreact about Taysom Hill, break out game for Latavius Murray and the Saints defense has become one of the leagues best.

If you’re enjoying the Canal Street Chronicles Podcast, please remember to subscribe and leave a 5-star review on iTunes, Spotify, or where ever you find your podcasts! The voices behind the microphones are Brenden and Nate, you can find them on Twitter, @Brendenertle and @NateJWSports.

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Fleur-de-Links, December 1: Saints are still poised to win the NFC South

  • News source: Adam Dunnells
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A new t-shirt from BreakingT is now available, commemorating Taysom Hill’s debut game, a victory of rival Atlanta Falcons.

Sean Payton has excused Taysom Hill’s performance against the Denver Broncos, saying, “Taysom played this thing just how I wanted him to play it.”

In Kevin Hart’s recent interview with Reggie Bush, Bush revealed that he was excited to be drafted by the Houston Texans, and when that fell through, his agents were excited for him to go to the New York Jets, but Sean Payton picked up Reggie Bush instead.

According to Westgate SuperBook, the New Orleans Saints are the...
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Walker: Saints DL Ryan Glasgow earns bragging rights over big brother, Broncos OL Graham Glasgow

  • News source: BY ROD WALKER | Sports columnist
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When Ryan Glasgow returns home to DeKalb, Illinois, he'll still have the household bragging rights.

Glasgow plays defensive tackle for the New Orleans Saints.

Big brother Graham plays guard for the Denver Broncos.

On Sunday, the two went head-to-head on several plays in the Saints' 31-3 victory.

It's the second time the two have played each other in an NFL game. The first time was three seasons ago during Ryan's rookie season with the Cincinnati Bengals when Graham was with the Detroit Lions.

Ryan and the Bengals won that one too, giving him a 2-0 edge in the Glasgow series.

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Seahawks vs. Eagles: Monday Night Football open thread

  • News source: Wallace Delery
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The Philadelphia Eagles host the Seattle Seahawks tonight in the City of Brotherly Love. This is a rematch of their Wild Card matchup this past January. Will Russell Wilson dominate the Philly defense? Can Philly find a way to exploit the Seattle defense? Let’s tune in to find out!

Follow the game with the CSC family and join the thread below!

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Payton not about winning seasons, downplays Saints top-rated defense ranking

  • News source: Ken Trahan
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The Saints clinched a fourth straight winning season with the 31-3 win Sunday at Denver, but head coach Sean Payton appreciates it but downplayed its significance.

“There’s a lot of things that you look back on and get excited about,” Payton said. “Four straight winning seasons, that probably tells me that coming from a program that hasn’t had much success or history of success. I’m being just honest. I’m glad that four in a row. Our aspirations are much higher than that, than having a winning season. That’s all. I don’t really look at that and footnote it.”

In the aftermath of a...
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