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Saints’ plan to conduct NFL draft from Dixie Brewing scrapped due to new NFL rules

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By Amie Just The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate

The New Orleans Saints will no longer be allowed to draft out of the Dixie Brewing Company in New Orleans East, the team confirmed, because the NFL informed teams via memo on Monday that all clubs will be drafting virtually this year from home due to the coronavirus pandemic.

General managers, head coaches, assistant coaches and other executives must conduct draft business from their own homes, meaning teams can’t just gather at one person’s residence for the April 23-25 draft.

In the memo, the NFL cited competitive balance and how most states have state-wide stay-at-home orders.

The Saints first allowed the majority of their employees to work from home beginning on March 12. All facilities will remain closed indefinitely, the memo read, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero and ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The NFL offices have been closed since March 13 and all team facilities have been closed since at least March 26, regardless of state mandates. As of Monday, all the governors of states with NFL teams have enacted state-wide stay-at-home orders.

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Saints Draft Prospect: LB Patrick Queen

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By Bob Rose | SI

Over the last three seasons, the New Orleans Saints have rebuilt their linebacking corps from a glaring team weakness into a much more athletic unit. They signed A.J. Klein as a free agent away from division rival Carolina in 2017, then added Alex Anzalone in the 3rd round of that year’s draft. In 2018, they signed Demario Davis, who has had two All-Pro caliber seasons and evolved into one of the league’s best defensive players. Last season, they brought in Kiko Alonso in an early season trade with the Miami Dolphins after adding promising Kaden Elliss in the seventh round of the draft.

Despite improvements at the position, the linebacker spot is considered a need for the Saints as this month’s NFL draft approaches. Davis is a key to the success of the defense, but the Saints lost Klein in free agency, Elliss is unproven, and versatile backup Craig Robertson is best as a spot-starter when necessary. Anzalone has been terrific when he’s been able to stay in the lineup, but has missed 29 of 53 games in his three years because of shoulder injuries. Alonso has injury concerns of his own, after tearing his ACL for the third time in last year’s playoff loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

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Saints Draft Prospect: CB A.J. Terrell

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By Bob Rose | SI

The New Orleans Saints will enter the 2020 season with one of the league’s best starting duos at cornerback. Marshon Lattimore and Janoris Jenkins form one of the NFL’s most formidable tandems against any receiving corps and will be one key to any defensive success this season. The depth behind Jenkins and Lattimore is a question though. Second-year defensive back Chauncey Gardner-Johnson was outstanding in the slot during his rookie campaign but could play more safety this season. The team re-signed P.J. Williams and restructured the contract of Patrick Robinson this offseason, but both players are often heavily targeted by opponents with success when they’re on the field. They also signed Deatrick Nichols out of XFL’s Houston Roughnecks in hopes he adds some ball-hawking ability to the position.

Today’s NFL is predicated on multi-receiver sets and multiple defensive backs being used to stop it, so New Orleans should address the lack of depth at this spot in the upcoming draft. The Saints own the 24th overall pick of the 1st round, along with selections in the 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th rounds. Some mock drafts have New Orleans grabbing a defensive player with their first-round choice, and there are several talented defensive backs who will be available. Today’s draft profile looks at one such player who has excelled at a college football powerhouse.

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Saints Draft Prospect: WR Van Jefferson

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By Bob Rose | SI

When the New Orleans Saints agreed to terms with free-agent wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders two weeks ago, they addressed a major weakness. The Saints have gotten little production from their wideouts outside the record-breaking exploits of All-Pro Michael Thomas. The acquisition of Sanders, along with other free agent moves the team has made, gives the Saints more flexibility with their first-round draft pick (24th overall) along with the rest of their selections.

New Orleans may still opt to use their first pick to further bolster the receiving corps, depending on their draft board and the talent available when they select. The wide receiver position is deep in this draft, however, and teams will be able to grab a quality wideout in later rounds. Today we profile a player who won’t hear his name called in the 1st round, but one that looks like he can be a difference-maker in the league.

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Mike Detillier: The NFL’s changing look at college injuries

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By Mike Detillier / Sports Correspondent

We all have to adjust to things in life.

We are going through some unprecedented times today due to the Coronavirus outbreak that has spread across our nation.

The virus spread has also affected the scouting of college players for the NFL draft later this month.

This has impacted all of our lives and it trickles into the NFL and how they deal with players in college entering the league who have had injuries or have had off the field issues.

I’m a big believer that the smart folks in the NFL figure it out and find a way to make the right decision on who to select, but these times have thrown the league into doing things differently when it comes down to player rehabilitation. It will have an impact on players with injuries and also the call on players who have had issues off the field.

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa sustained a dislocated hip in the fall and he seems to be more than ahead of his rehab time with the hip injury, but his health status will raise more questions for teams picking early in the draft.

Full Story - houmatoday.com

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Marty Hurney: Teddy Bridgewater has “won everywhere he’s been”

  • News source: Charean Williams
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Panthers General Manager Marty Hurney won’t get into specifics about why the team released Cam Newton. Hurney, though, was effusive when asked about Newton’s replacement.

The Panthers signed Teddy Bridgewater a day after releasing Newton last month.

“He’s a very talented quarterback,” Hurney said of Bridgewater, via Bill Voth of the team website. “I’ve always liked him. He’s got great feet in the pocket. I think he’s got good vision, a quick release. He’s got good...
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The best of Saints players and fans live-tweeting 2006 Superdome homecoming

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On Sept. 25, 2006, the New Orleans Saints were returning to the rebuilt Superdome for the first time after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city and forced the team to spend an entire season out of town.

It was one of the most memorable nights not only in Saints history, but New Orleans history. The Saints were 3.5-point home underdogs but beat the rival Atlanta Falcons 23-3 on Monday Night Football in the home debuts of coach Sean Payton, quarterback Drew Brees...
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John Bel Edwards encourages watching Saints' 'rebirth' game, donations to Gayle Benson's coronavirus fund

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards knows what he's doing Monday night.

Like many Louisianians and sports fans around the country, he's tuning into ESPN's re-airing of the New Orleans Saints' 'Domecoming' game against the Atlanta Falcons from Sept. 25, 2006.

And he's encouraging people to continue to stay at home and watch the game as well when it kicks off at 7 p.m. CT.

"One of the things that we like to do in Louisiana to come together and an experience we can...
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We're all in this together: Who Dats wear black and gold ahead of 2006 'Domecoming' replay

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Saints fans needed this.

ESPN is re-broadcasting landmark games from the past 15 years during its Monday Night Football Classics series, a welcome distraction as the coronavirus emergency erases pro sports schedules.

On Monday (April 6) the series gets Who Dats' hearts beating with the Saints' 2006 Saints game vs. the Atlanta Falcons.

Sure, we're sitting at home alone instead of in our hallowed section of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. But we can still share the...
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Multiple networks chase Drew Brees, even though he’s still playing

  • News source: Mike Florio
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The network wars are taking more and more aggressive steps to recruit soldiers.

Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reports that three networks are chasing Saints quarterback Drew Brees, even though he will be playing at least one more season.

ESPN, FOX, and NBC all want Brees, Marchand writes. Brees reportedly has told network executives that he wants to work games.

Marchand pegs the magnitude of a Brees offer at $6.5 million annually, far less than the Tony...
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FDA, FTC to ex-Saints player Kyle Turley: Stop claiming CBD can cure coronavirus

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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Former New Orleans Saints offensive lineman Kyle Turley is in hot water with the Food and Drug Administration and the Federal Trade Commission after he and his company NeuroXPF have claimed that CBD can "kill COVID-19," according to a joint letter the two organizations sent Turley on March 31.

The FDA and FTC explicitly cited two posts in the letter from the NeuroXPF website and Twitter from March 23 and March 27, but alluded that Turley had made multiple other...
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NFL players for all 32 teams who would be hurt most by lost offseason

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As the 2020 NFL draft approaches and free agency slows to a trickle, the league's offseason programs are right around the corner. If team activities are reduced or canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, it will have a far-reaching impact on rosters.

With five new head coaches on the sidelines and quarterbacks Tom Brady and Philip Rivers leading a parade of big-name players who have changed teams, many newcomers across the NFL will be itching to settle in with...
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Change to all-decade team eliminates virtual rubber stamp into Hall of Fame

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For position players, making the first team of an all-decade team virtually guaranteed entry into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Only six first-team players off the previous all-decade teams are not in the Hall of Fame, excluding specialists and those yet to become eligible, according to Rick Gosselin of Talk of Fame Network. (Tom Brady, Dwight Freeney and Charles Woodson have not become eligible yet.)

Sixty-five second-team all-decade position players are not in...
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Saints' plan to conduct NFL draft from Dixie Brewing scrapped due to new NFL rules

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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The New Orleans Saints will no longer be allowed to draft out of the Dixie Brewing Company in New Orleans East, the team confirmed, because the NFL informed teams via memo on Monday that all clubs will be drafting virtually this year from home due to the coronavirus pandemic.

General managers, head coaches, assistant coaches and other executives must conduct draft business from their own homes, meaning teams can't just gather at one person's residence for the April...
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NFL: Draft will be “fully virtual” with team personnel in separate locations

  • News source: Josh Alper
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The NFL told teams last week that they were deciding between allowing small gatherings of club personnel to work together during the draft or requiring everyone to work from their homes by themselves.

The league announced its ruling on Monday. In a memo delivered to all teams and obtained by multiple reporters, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote that teams should prepare for a “fully virtual.” Club personnel will be located “in separate locations and able to...
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A Saints 'rebirth' from all angles: Down Who Dat memory lane with Steve Gleason, Drew Brees, more

  • News source: BY JEFF NOWAK | Staff writer
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Yes, it's a "Domecoming" on April 6 amid the coronavirus crisis, even if it's about 14 years since Steve Gleason blocked the punt a city will never forget.

With ESPN set to re-air the Saints' momentous return to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome from 2006 -- complete with the block that's now memorialized outside the stadium -- it's time for a walk down Who Dat memory lane.

Scroll below for a breakdown of some of the memories, stories, moments and more ahead of...
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Saints OL Will Clapp has fond Rebirth memories of football's return and a late bedtime

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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Will Clapp was of the age that one of the main things that excited him about the New Orleans Saints’ first game back in the Superdome following Hurricane Katrina was the fact that his bedtime got pushed back a little later than usual.

His parents had tickets to the game. Clapp stayed at home and took pleasure in the fact that his younger brothers had to stick to their typical sleep schedule.

Clapp was 10 years old when he sat down to watch that Monday Night...
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New Orleans Saints vs Atlanta Falcons: Bold Predictions for 2006 Week 3

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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It’s a pretty common occurrence for fans and analysts to make bold predictions about a game or season. If the prediction doesn’t come true, then that’s OK - you said it was bold! If it DOES come true, though... now you look like a genius!

So in that spirit, some of the Canal Street Chronicles writers were asked to share with me a bold prediction or two for the Week 13 of the regular season for the New Orleans Saints: a return to the Dome for the first time since the...
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Cameron Jordan, Jahri Evans, Darren Sproles named to All-Decade Team

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Defensive end Cameron Jordan , right guard Jahri Evans and running back/returner Darren Sproles are the New Orleans Saints representatives on the NFL, Pro Football Hall of Fame All-Decade team for the 2010s that was announced Monday, April 6.

Sproles, who played with the Saints in 2011, ’12 and ’13, was selected as an offensive flex player and a punt returner. Sproles is the fourth individual ever to appear on an all-decade team at multiple positions, joining Mel...
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