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Saints add depth at LB, sign vet free agent Nigel Bradham

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By Jelani Scott | NFL.com Digital Content Producer

Nigel Bradham is heading to the Big Easy.

The New Orleans Saints have agreed to terms on a deal with the 30-year-old linebacker, according to Friday's transaction wire. The terms of the deal are undisclosed at this time.

A fourth-round pick out of Florida State in 2012, Bradham spent his first four seasons with the Bills before spending the last four with the Eagles. Bradham tallied 61 tackles, five passes defensed and an interceptions in 12 starts for Philadelphia in 2019. The team released him in February a day after declining his option for the 2020 season. ...

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Saints announce roster moves

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New Orleans adds linebackers to lineup

The New Orleans Saints announced today that they have signed LB Nigel Bradham and activated LB Kaden Elliss from Reserve/Covid-19, it was announced by Executive Vice-President/General Manager Mickey Loomis.

Bradham (prounounced BRAD-em), 6-2, 241, was originally a fourth round pick (105th overall) of the Buffalo Bills out of Florida State in 2012. In eight NFL seasons with the Bills (2012-15) and Philadelphia Eagles (2016-19), he has appeared in 118 games with 96 starts, posting career totals of 588 tackles (409 solo), 8.5 sacks, three interceptions 33 passes defensed, five forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries with two touchdown returns and 28 special teams stops. ...

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Saints roster cuts tracker, instant analysis ahead of training camp deadline

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

The New Orleans Saints began releasing players from their 90-man roster ahead of the NFL’s new Aug. 16 deadline to trim depth charts down to just 80 players, starting about an hour after our updated list of Saints players by jersey number went live (of course).

Teams will be allowed to hold small-group practice sessions without pads for the first few weeks of training camp, though work is largely limited to strength and conditioning drills due to the NFL’s rules and protocols during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. That gives them an opportunity to try out some things with newcomers, but not much.

So far, the released players are a mix of veterans who already have some game film to refer to and rookies who didn’t have much of a chance of making the team. Check back often for updates as the Saints continue to winnow down their roster: ...

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Saints Add WR Bennie Fowler to a 1-Yr Deal

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By Bob Rose | SI

The New Orleans Saints added depth to the WR position Thursday evening when they announced the signing of veteran wideout Bennie Fowler to a one-year contract. A six-year NFL veteran, Fowler will compete for a spot behind starters Michael Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, a teammate of Fowler's with the Denver Broncos for four seasons. He has 95 career receptions for 1,090 yards and six touchdowns in five seasons. ...

The 29-Yr old Fowler entered the Broncos league in 2014 as an undrafted rookie from Michigan State. After a year on their practice squad, he saw action in all 16 games of the 2015 season for Denver, catching 16 passes for 203 yards for the Super Bowl 50 champion Broncos. Fowler had 56 receptions for 698 yards and 5 scores with Denver before moving on as a free agent in 2018. After being released by the Bears and Patriots in early 2018, Fowler signed with the New York Giants, where he has played the last two seasons. He had 39 receptions for 392 yards and a touchdown in 18 games of action with New York.

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Saints signing Bennie Fowler

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By Charean Williams | PFT

The Saints are signing receiver Bennie Fowler, Nick Underhill at NewOrleans.Football reports.

Fowler, 29, played eight games for the Giants last season and made 23 catches for 193 yards. He also rushed for 20 yards.

The Giants released Fowler in November.

Fowler entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent out of Michigan State in 2014, signing with the Broncos. He spent four seasons in Denver, catching 56 passes for 698 yards and five touchdowns. ...

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5 Players the Saints should sign for Training Camp

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Dec 30, 2018; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive back Darqueze
Dennard (21) breaks up a pass intended for Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver
JuJu Smith-Schuster (19) during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. The Steelers
won 16-13. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports


By Bob Rose | SI

The arms race in the loaded NFC continued on Saturday when the Seattle Seahawks traded S Bradley McDougald and two 1st round draft choices to the New York Jets to acquire All-Pro S Jamal Adams. The New Orleans Saints already have perhaps the deepest roster of talent in the league, including a defense capable of stopping the NFL's best offenses. While that defense has talent deep into its depth chart and a Pro Bowl-caliber player at nearly every position, HC Sean Payton is not shy about making bold moves to strengthen his squad. It seems unlikely that New Orleans would pull off a trade, but there are several defensive stars still available on the free-agent market that could elevate the team’s excellent defense to an elite level.

DARQUEZE DENNARD (CB)

The 28-Yr old Dennard had spent his first six years with the Cincinnati Bengals. He was the 24th overall pick in the 1st round of the 2014 draft. He played in just nine games last year (starting 5) and has 3 career interceptions, 22 passes broken up, 3 forced fumbles, and 3 sacks. He allowed just 48.6% completion percentage when targeted in 2019 and surrendered only 1 touchdown pass. Dennard is at his best in slot coverage, a weakness of the Saints defense in recent seasons. Chauncey Gardner-Johnson was outstanding in that role as a rookie...

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Saints announce signing of LB Nigel Bradham, activate LB Kaden Eliss from COVID-19 list

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The New Orleans Saints announced today that they have signed LB Nigel Bradham and activated LB Kaden Elliss from Reserve/Covid-19, it was announced by Executive Vice-President/General Manager Mickey Loomis.

Bradham (prounounced BRAD-em), 6-2, 241, was originally a fourth round pick (105th overall) of the Buffalo Bills out of Florida State in 2012. In eight NFL seasons with the Bills (2012-15) and Philadelphia Eagles (2016-19), he has appeared in 118 games with 96 starts, posting career totals of 588 tackles (409 solo), 8.5 sacks, three interceptions 33 passes defensed, five forced...
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Saints linebacker Kaden Ellis cleared from COVID-19 list, long snapper Zach Wood to be cleared pending second negative test

  • News source: Madeleine Hudak
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It appears the New Orleans Saints’ innovative plans to keep the team healthy this offseason are thus far paying off. As reported by Nick Underhill, the only two players on the New Orleans roster to test positive are nearly in the clear.

Linebacker Kaden Ellis is officially off the COVID-19 list.

Long snapper Zach Wood tested negative on his first retest; pending the results of his test on August 7, Wood is nearly off the list as well.

The NFL has implemented comprehensive COVID-19 protocols to best ensure the viability of the 2020 NFL season. Major League Baseball’s COVID-19 wave makes...
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Source: Saints LB Kaden Elliss to be reinstated from reserve/COVID-19 list

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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New Orleans Saints linebacker Kaden Elliss will be reinstated to the active roster from the reserve/COVID-19 list after receiving negative coronavirus test results, a source told The Times-Picayune | New Orleans Advocate on Friday.

NewOrleans.Football first reported the news.

Elliss' reinstatement to the active roster comes just one day after he was first placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Just because a player is placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list doesn't mean they have tested positive for the virus. Players can be designated reserve/COVID-19 if a team fears they've been exposed to...
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CSC Podcast: Saints Sign Bradham, Fowler and Waive Ten Players

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New Orleans Saints analyst for Canal Steet Chronicles, Brenden Ertle, breaks down the Saints recent transactions ahead of training camp, signings, waived players and the players placed on physically unable to preform.

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.

Thanks for listening, and don’t miss the next show. Who Dat!
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4 weeks Saints Latavius Murray could be worth starting in fantasy football

  • News source: Hayden Reel
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Latavius Murray is one of the best #2 running backs in the NFL. In the two games in which Alvin Kamara missed last season, Murray combined for over 220 rushing yards and found the end zone four times for a total of 60 PPR fantasy points. Even with Kamara in the lineup, Murray managed to average 7 PPG in games in which he had six or more carries. So, which matchups will Murray be most worthy of a start this year? In leagues of 12 teams or more, I believe Murray will be worth FLEX consideration in a few games this year. Here are the top four I believe Murray could warrant a start in deeper...
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Saints head to Chicago in Week 8 against a quarterback TBD

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We’ll continue a series of opponent preview posts for the New Orleans Saints opponents in 2020. Next, we’ll look at what appears to be our annual trip to the Windy City. Our friends over at Windy City Gridiron took some time to give us Saints fans the scoop on the Chicago Bears.

Notable free agent additions:

Robert Quinn (edge), Jimmy Graham (TE), Germain Ifedi (OG), and via trade Nick Foles (QB)

Over/Under:

10 wins — Under. (but I could see a push being likely as well)

Most exciting rookie:

Cole Kmet may take a while to get acclimated to the pro game, as do most rookie tight ends...
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Ranking every NFL position group from 1-32

  • News source: www.espn.com - New Orleans Saints
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NFL rosters are all relative, which is something that's often overlooked when analyzing them. It's easy to say a team is in "good shape" or "loaded" at a particular position, but the fact is each unit is only as good as it is relative to the league's other 31 teams.

That might seem like common sense, but you'd be surprised what you can learn and how your opinions are adjusted by actually sitting down and objectively (to the best of your ability) grading and/or ranking each positional unit of all 32 teams. This is a project I've done (and kept updated) each of the past several offseasons...
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Will 'playing with fire' finally burn Saints when salary cap plummets?

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METAIRIE, La. -- If the New Orleans Saints have taught us anything over the past decade, it’s that the salary cap is never as daunting as it seems.

General manager Mickey Loomis and vice president of football administration Khai Harley have become masters of pushing cap costs into future years -- a practice that has worked out for them while the NFL’s cap has continued to soar by more than $10 million per year in the past seven years.

The 2020 salary cap is $198.2 million per team. But because of lost revenues from the coronavirus pandemic, the NFL's 2021 cap could plummet to as low as...
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Fleur-de-Links, August 7: Sean Payton happy with Jameis Winston and two players added to reserve/COVID-19 list

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Officially licensed Saints face coverings are available for the first time, with partial proceeds from the sales going to the CDC Foundation.

Both safety Malcolm Jenkins and cornerback Janoris Jenkins are set to have a large impact on the Saints defense, with quotes from Marshon Lattimore and defensive coordinator Dennis Allen.

With the Saints current roster, the Saints do not need to add Jadeveon Clowney or Everson Griffin to the defensive line, though either edition would be “a luxury.”

Long snapper Zach Wood and linebacker Kaden Elliss have been put on the reserve/COVID-19 list...
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Saints place LB Kaden Eliss, long snapper Zach Wood on COVID-19/reserve list

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The Saints have made clear their focused efforts to avoid complications from COVID-189 infections, including a team hotel to help insulate the team during training camp.

However, a pair of players are already sidelined due to the virus.

Linebacker Kaden Ellis and long snapper Zach Wood were placed on the NFL’s COVID-19/reserve list Thursday. The duo are the first New Orleans players to be added to the list as the league copes with the pandemic. Twenty-five teams had placed at least one player on the list through Wednesday.

Players on the list have either tested positive or have come in...
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Saints place LS Zach Wood, LB Kaden Elliss on reserve/COVID-19 list

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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New Orleans Saints long snapper Zach Wood and linebacker Kaden Elliss have been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, according to Thursday's transactions.

The two are the first Saints to be placed on the newly created reserve list since its inception on July 26.

Just because a player is placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list doesn't mean they have tested positive for the virus. Players can be designated reserve/COVID-19 if a team fears they've been exposed to the virus and require quarantine.

NFL teams are not allowed to discuss the reasoning behind any player's placement on the...
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COVID-19 deadline has passed with no additional Saints opting out

  • News source: Kade Kistner
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The NFL’s COVID-19 opt-out deadline has now passed as of 3pm CST today. No additional New Orleans Saints players have chosen to opt-out of the season after tight ends Jason Vander Laan and Cole Wick made the decision late last month.

Multiple players across the league have decided to not participate in the season for personal reasons surrounding COVID-19. Most notably, the New England Patriots have a record eight players choosing to sit out.

This team is poised to make another run at a Super Bowl and every player understands what is at stake. Other than Vander Laan and Wick, no other...
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Top Performances of 2019: Michael Thomas breaks record in the Music City

  • News source: Matthew Terry
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Welcome back to another entry in the Top Performances of 2019 series. Going into this list, I wanted to give a shoutout to players whose big performances might not appear on the traditional stat sheet. Those that didn’t get the recognition they deserved (and then my first piece was about Teddy Bridgewater but just go with it).

That being said, there’s no way this list was going to happen without at least one of Michael Thomas’s ten 100-yard games.

It was hard to narrow down to just one of the ten games, so the easiest is Thomas’s dominant performance against the Tennessee Titans. This is...
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Do the Saints really need to add another defensive lineman?

  • News source: Kade Kistner
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The New Orleans Saints have had an incredibly productive off-season with the acquisitions of safety Malcolm Jenkins, wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders and a successful 2020 NFL Draft. Aside from the Baltimore Ravens, the Saints should be considered the most complete squad in the entire league heading into the 2020 season.

Despite the successful off-season, there seems to be no shortage of calls for New Orleans to add one of the premium defensive ends left on the free agent market in Jadeveon Clowney and Everson Griffin. That begs the question: should the Saints add another defensive lineman...
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