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New Orleans Saints do not make pick in NFL Supplemental Draft

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By James Parks | 247 Sports

The National Football League’s annual supplemental draft has come and gone, and once again, the New Orleans Saints decided to stay out of the proceedings altogether.

They weren’t alone, as 30 other NFL franchises also declined to make a selection in the event, with the Arizona Cardinals being the only club to make a pick, taking former Washington State safety Jalen Thompson in the fifth round.

It’s been a while since the Saints organization has selected a player through the supplemental draft, with the last one being former Illinois quarterback Dave Wilson in 1981.

Wilson came to New Orleans in the hopes of becoming the successor to Archie Manning at the starting quarterback position, but knee problems threw that plan off the rails.

He stayed with the Saints until 1989, but the knee injury he suffered in his rookie season would keep him from being as mobile as the position requires.

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Two prospects likely to be taken in NFL’s supplemental draft

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By Al Dupuy | Crescent City Sports

The NFL supplemental draft, set for July 10, provides one last opportunity for teams to potentially add young talent before the upcoming season.

If a team drafts a player they lose that round selection in the 2020 draft. 5 prospects will enter this year’s draft.

A pair of cornerbacks, Sam Beal and Adonis Alexander, were taken in the 2018 supplemental draft. Beal went to the Giants in round three and Alexander to the Redskins in round six.

This year could somewhat mirror 2018 since it appears two prospects have a chance to be selected.

Jalen Thompson, a 5-foot-11, 195-pound safety from Washington State, should be taken in either the second or third round by my projection. He lost his eligibility for 2019 due to his use of an over-the counter-supplement which violated college rules.

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Pro-Day Workout: Marcus Simms

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By Tony Pauline | Draft Analyst

Former West Virginia wide receiver Marcus Simms, one of the better talents in the supplemental draft on July 10, worked out in front of half the league’s teams today in Maryland. Here’s what we’ve got so far.

The teams on hand included the Jacksonville Jaguars, New Orleans Saints, Seattle Seahawks, Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets, Washington Redskins, Kansas City Chiefs, Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers and Atlanta Falcons.

The San Francisco 49ers and Minnesota Vikings both sent directors of scouting, while the Baltimore Ravens had their personnel director on hand. The Oakland Raiders had general manager Mike Mayock on hand.

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Cameron Jordan offers advice to Zion Williamson

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

There are many fans of the New Orleans Pelicans within the right-next-door locker room of the New Orleans Saints, maybe none larger than defensive end Cameron Jordan. Jordan and his family are a common sight sitting courtside at Pelicans games in the Smoothie King Center, and the Saints team captain is eager to see the next chapter in New Orleans basketball history: the selection of Duke Blue Devils phenom Zion Williamson with the first pick in the NBA Draft.

Jordan caught up with the Ringer’s Jordan Ritter Conn in a wide-ranging piece that also met up with people who influenced Williamson’s past and will cover his exploits in New Orleans. When asked what he would tell the 18-year old superstar on the eve of his arrival, Jordan chose his words carefully.

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Saints Rookies Sign their Contracts

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New Orleans Saints Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis announced that the club has signed their 2019 draft class to four-year contracts; center Erik McCoy, defensive backs Chauncey Gardner-Johnsonand Saquan Hampton, tight end Alizé Mack, and linebacker Kaden Elliss.

McCoy was the Saint’s second round draft choice (48th overall) out of Texas A&M and the club’ first pick overall. The 6-foot-4, 315-pound Lufkin, Tex. native started all 39 games he appeared in during his three seasons (37 starts at center, two at guard). Blocking for the Southeastern Conference’s leading rusher in 2018 and for an offense that rushed for over 2,000 yards each of the last three seasons, McCoy declared for the NFL Draft following his redshirt junior season after graduating...

Saints release Zach Zenner, Ray-Ray Armstrong

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The Saints released running back Zach Zenner, linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong and practice squad quarterback J.T. Barrett.

That leaves the Saints with two open spots on the 53-player roster and two on the practice squad.

Barrett became expendable with Drew Brees returning to practice.

Zenner’s release likely means running back Alvin Kamara‘s injury ankle is improving. The Saints signed Zenner last week with Kamara on the injury report.

Zenner played eight snaps on...
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Saints release RB Zach Zenner, LB Ray-Ray Armstrong, practice squad QB J.T. Barrett

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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The New Orleans Saints made three roster moves on Tuesday, according to the NFL's transaction reports.

The Saints released two players from the active roster in linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong and running back Zach Zenner. Additionally, the Saints released practice squad quarterback J.T. Barrett.

Barrett's latest stint with the Saints' practice squad started after quarterback Drew Brees went down with his thumb injury. Barrett was re-signed to the team on Sept. 17...
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Saints are their own toughest critic even after strong offensive showing in Chicago

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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Even without a slew of key offensive players, the New Orleans Saints turned in their best statistical offensive performance of the season in Sunday’s 36-25 drubbing of the Chicago Bears.

They set new 2019 season-highs in points (36), rushing yards (151), time of possession (37:06) and plays run from scrimmage (74). They were efficient, converting seven of their 15 third down attempts and scoring touchdowns on four of their six trips into the red zone. For just the...
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Video: Saints radio analyst Steve Korte

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Atlanta Falcons trade receiver Mohamed Sanu to New England Patriots for second-round pick

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ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have traded receiver Mohamed Sanu to the New England Patriots for a second-round draft pick in 2020, according to a person within the NFL.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the teams were still completing Tuesday's deal, which was first reported by ESPN.

The move signaled the Falcons are already looking to the future just seven weeks into the season. Atlanta (1-6) is mired in a five-game...
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Michael Thomas is proving he’s worth every penny no matter who’s throwing to him

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Michael Thomas was set to make $1.148 million this season. He held out of training camp to push the Saints toward offering him a new deal that would pay him closer to his worth. The move paid dividends worth millions as the Saints inked Thomas to a five year contract extension worth $100 million, with $61 million guaranteed.

Since entering the league in 2016, Thomas has broken almost every record a wide receiver can. During his rookie season, Thomas broke franchise...
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Defense paving way to potentially special Saints season

  • News source: Ken Trahan
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How good is this Saints defense?

Consider the fact that it has never had all of its parts together at any time this season and how good it can be when all are in place.

To start the season, there was no Sheldon Rankins and no David Onyemata. Mario Edwards was also banged up.

Trey Hendrickson started the season on fire. Then, he went down.

Onyemata returned in week two before Rankins came back against Dallas on Sept. 29 after missing the first three games.

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10 potential trade targets for the New Orleans Saints

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The NFL trade deadline is one week away, and the first dominoes are starting to fall as the Atlanta Falcons have traded Mohamed Sanu to the New England Patriots for a 2020 second round pick. The New Orleans Saints are sure to be buyers rather than sellers at the deadline, but it takes two to tango. Obviously Mickey Loomis and the Saints front office would love to add players like Patrick Peterson, Davante Adams, and Travis Kelce to the team, but that requires those...
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Saints bringing Captain Munnerlyn in for a vist

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The Saints continue to kick the tires on veteran cornerbacks, with the latest a guy they’re familiar with.

According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, the Saints are bringing former Panthers cornerback Captain Munnerlyn in for a visit.

Munnerlyn was in camp with the Bills this summer.

The Saints are running short at cornerback at the moment, after Eli Apple (knee) was injured late in last week’s win over the Bears, and Patrick Robison (hamstring) also left the...
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Week 8 NFL Power Rankings: 1-32 poll, plus new goals for every team

  • News source: www.espn.com - New Orleans Saints
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The NFL power rankings are a weekly litmus test of where each team stands. But we're going to go beyond that this week, as we feel that six to seven games is enough of a sample size to reevaluate each team's most realistic path of success going forward.

So that's what our NFL Nation writers did. Based on what they've seen so far, they have recalibrated expectations for their teams for the rest of the season, and beyond. Many can stay the course on their preseason...
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Sean Payton making early Coach of the Year case in Brees' absence

  • News source: www.espn.com - New Orleans Saints
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METAIRIE, La. -- When the New Orleans Saints ruled out running back Alvin Kamara and tight end Jared Cook on Friday -- in addition to quarterback Drew Brees -- at least half a dozen Saints and NFL analysts made some version of the same decree:

If the Saints go into Chicago and win this week, you might as well hand Sean Payton the Coach of the Year award on the spot.

Well, the Saints didn’t just beat the Bears. They dismantled them with a 36-25 win that wasn’t...
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Patriots vs. Jets: Monday Night Football open thread

  • News source: Wallace Delery
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The New York Jets host the New England Patriots tonight in the Garden State. While the Jets are coming off a surprising win last week, the Pats are coming off winning, well, every week. Will the Pats let the home team hang in this one for a while? Can the Jets make this game interesting? Let’s tune in and find out!

Enjoy the game with the CSC family and join the thread below!
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Saints' FB-to-QB option had its roots in Dallas ... and in Zach Line's high school resumé

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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Not everyone gets to relive their high school glory days, but the New Orleans Saints gave fullback Zach Line that chance in a big moment Sunday against the Chicago Bears.

It was the latest example of coach Sean Payton getting creative to create an explosive play opportunity for an offense that was missing a couple explosive players: In the third quarter, facing a third-and-1 from the Bears 44, Payton dialed up an option with Line serving as the pitch man and backup...
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'Tremendous' Saints defense limiting teams to historic lows through Week 7

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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CHICAGO — The Chicago Bears tried running the football.

On the first play of the game, quarterback Mitchell Trubisky handed the ball to running back Tarik Cohen, but New Orleans Saints safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson stopped Cohen after he gained 1 yard.

Chicago's next three rushes, no gain, then 2 yards and then 1 yard before safety Vonn Bell forced and recovered a fumble.

After that, the Bears rushed the ball just three more times, totaling just 17 yards rushing...
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The MVP race remains wide open

  • News source: Mike Florio
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Not long ago, the candidates for the 2019 NFL MVP award consisted of Patrick Mahomes, Patrick Mahomes, Patrick Mahomes, and Russell Wilson. Now, Mahomes’ injury could make his own chance at winning the award a much more difficult proposition.

So with seven weeks in the bag, let’s look at the candidates as of right now. It’s a snapshot that we’ll take, perhaps every week, in order to figure out who really is in the running for this award.

The Leading Contenders...
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