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New kicker, snapper give Saints 'plan B' for COVID-19 issues

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By Amos Morale III / WWL

The Saints signed kicker Blair Walsh and long snapper John Denney to their practice squad on Monday. New Orleans head coach Sean Payton explained the move as a contingency plan.

“Where are we going if all the running backs have COVID or have close contacts?” Payton used as an example. “Well, fortunately, Ty (Montgomery) is over with the receivers and that’s who we are going to use. So it’s really just that.

“We have a punter in the building as a plan B and now we have a long snapper and a kicker.” ...

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Saints Add a Veteran Kicker to Their Practice Squad

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New Orleans brings in a former All-Pro kicker as insurance for Wil Lutz.

Bob Rose | SI

The New Orleans Saints announced Monday that they were signing veteran kicker Blair Walsh to their practice squad. The move was made to provide depth for the team at the position as insurance against COVID-19 or any other situation, according to team officials. New Orleans has worked out several kickers over the last two weeks, leading to some speculation about the their comfort over kicker Wil Lutz.

Lutz has been one of the NFL's most reliable place kickers over the last four seasons and earned a Pro Bowl berth in 2019. He has converted 23 of 28 field goal attempts and 57 of 58 extra points this season, but has been mired in a recent slump. ...

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Saints claim Patrick Omameh off waivers from Raiders

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By Curtis Crabtree | PFT

The New Orleans Saints are bringing guard Patrick Omameh back to the team after claiming him off waivers from the Las Vegas Raiders on Tuesday.

The Saints initially released Omameh in September prior to the start of the regular season. He would sign with the Raiders practice squad two weeks later before quickly being called up to the active roster. He’s spent the first three months of the season with the Raiders before they waived him on Monday.

The Saints will have a roster exemption for Omameh until he is able to clear COVID-19 intake protocols with the team.

Omameh appeared in 14 games for the Saints last season. Despite mainly being a guard, he did make a start at tackle in place of an injured Terron Armstead. He played in six games this season for the Raiders. ...

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Stay or go? Looking ahead to Saints' pending 2021 free agents

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

Which free agents should the New Orleans Saints re-sign in 2021? There are a number of hurdles ahead of them before it’s time to make those decisions, like finishing out the 2020 season and navigating the lowered 2021 salary cap. It could result in some cap casualties, which muddies the situation for players whose contracts are expiring.

Still, here’s our take on who should stay or go at this point in the season:

DE Trey Hendrickson: Stay

Hendrickson must be the highest priority for the Saints to re-sign after the season. He’s among the NFL’s sack leaders (7.5) and is tied with Cameron Jordan for the team lead in quarterback pressures (31), consistently winning his one-on-one matchups out on the edge. He and third-year pro Marcus Davenport have become a terrific rotation on their side of the line.

The franchise tag could be in play, but the Saints likely want to avoid that because it would really limit their financial flexibility (especially in light of the depressed salary cap). Hendrickson should be seeking a multi-year extension, and he’s earned it. After reaching deals with players like David Onyemata and Andrus Peat, fans should have some optimism the team gets this done.

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Get to know the enemy, new Falcons head coach Arthur Smith

  • News source: Dylan Sanders
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The 38 year old from Memphis has not held a ton of football jobs. From 2006-2010 he held three assistant jobs at UNC, Washington (Football Team,) and the University of Mississippi. He joined the Titans in 2011 and was just an assistant until 2019, when he became offensive coordinator. Unfortunately for the Saints, I actually love this hire for Atlanta.

It would be easy to look at the Titans offense the past two seasons and give all of the credit to Derrick Henry, and while he is a freak, Arthur Smith has played a key role in that.

His offense has helped turn Ryan Tannehill into one of...
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Greatness is hard to define, but legacy of Drew Brees transcends the game of football

  • News source: Madeleine Hudak
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With one final look back at the Superdome, Drew Brees descended into the tunnel after what may have been his final game for the New Orleans Saints.

While Brees soaked in the potential end of his storied career, the scoreboard in the background told a different story. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 30, New Orleans Saints 20. An ugly and heartbreaking playoff exit for the fourth consecutive season. One of the worst games of Brees’ career.

Should this be Brees’ final game, it incurred a detrimental spotlight. Ultimately, it’s not what Brees will be remembered for. There is a duality to Drew Brees...
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Lions have agreed to six-year deal with Dan Campbell

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The Lions reportedly settled on Dan Campbell as their new head coach late last week and things are moving closer to becoming official in Detroit.

According to multiple reports, Campbell has agreed to terms with the Lions. He is set to sign a six-year deal with the organization.

Campbell spent the last five seasons as the assistant head coach and tight ends coach for the Saints. He has head coaching experience in the NFL after serving as the interim head coach for the Dolphins after they fired Joe Philbin during the 2015 season. The Dolphins went 5-7 with Campbell at the helm.

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What could the Saints offer for Deshaun Watson?

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Get ready to hear this question a trillion times this offseason. From journalists, to idiots with a keyboard (like me!), to random twitter users named “Firstname Bunchofnumbers”, near every person that follows the NFL will be asking the same thing:

What will it take for us to get Deshaun Watson?

With Houston Texans star quarterback Deshaun Watson reportedly on the trade market this spring, there are about 30 NFL teams that will be ringing Houston’s line, seeing what it will take to get the former Clemson man under center for them in 2021 (I’m giving KC the benefit of the doubt in saying...
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2021 Saints Mock Draft 1.0: Rounds 1-2

  • News source: Dylan Sanders
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There are a lot of storylines to look at in this upcoming offseason for the New Orleans Saints. But what my eyes go to first, is the NFL draft. Is there a potential replacement quarterback available? Do they need to replace Marcus Williams? What offensive lineman will the Saints draft first? There are so many scenarios I have already played out in my head. So here is my first mock draft of this off-season here on Canal St. Chronicles:

I would be remiss if I didn’t start out the 2021 off-season with the player I have been begging for the Saints for two years now. Anyone that talks draft...
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Aaron Rodgers: Packers’ Week Six loss to Buccaneers doesn’t matter now

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The Packers suffered their worst loss of the season in Week Six, when they went to Tampa Bay and lost 38-10 to the Buccaneers. As they prepare for a rematch in the NFC Championship Game, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers isn’t too worried about that.

Rodgers told Pat McAfee that what happened in the regular season doesn’t matter now, noting that the Buccaneers suffered a blowout loss of their own to the Saints in the regular season, only to beat the Saints in the playoffs.

“I think the Week Six game matters as much as when the Saints went to their place and beat them 38-3,” Rodgers said...
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Saints' daunting to-do list: Replace Drew Brees, save nearly $100 million in cap costs

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METAIRIE, La. -- Quarterback Drew Brees' likely retirement is the tip of the iceberg for a New Orleans Saints team that will face its most challenging offseason since Brees arrived back in 2006.

Not only will they have to identify their next quarterback, but they are also projected to be nearly $100 million over the salary cap because the league-wide cap is expected to drop dramatically after lost revenues from COVID-19 in 2020.

Sure, we know the Saints can move cap charges around with the best of them. (I counted up to $140 million in possible cap savings through restructures...
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Fleur-de-Links, January 20: Multiple moves on the Saints coaching roster

  • News source: Adam Dunnells
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The Atlanta Falcons have officially named former Saints director of pro scouting Terry Fontenot as their next GM.

Saints secondary coach Aaron Glenn is expected to leave New Orleans to be the defensive coordinator for the Detroit Lions.

Michael Thomas is expected to undergo multiple surgeries on his ankle in the offseason.

According to Adam Schefter, Michael Thomas did things like miss practice all week and play games while on pain medication in order to help his team on a Super Bowl run.

Ryan Nielsen has been promoted to assistant head coach in a bid to keep him from joining LSU.

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He's 40. He's Black. He's an NFL GM; How hard work, determination took Terry Fontenot to the top

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Terry Fontenot finished dead last that day.

But the way Fontenot handled that one-mile race as an eighth grader also explains how he eventually landed one of the most powerful positions in the NFL.

Fontenot didn't look at all of the runners who crossed the finish line before him.

Instead, he looked down at his watch and said this: "I bettered my time."

"That's the type of person he has always been," said Jacquetta Fontenot, Terry's mom. "He never worries about what everyone else around him is doing. He always kept his eyes focused on what he could do to make himself better."

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Saints rewatch: Tampa Bay's aggressive man coverage stifled the Saints' passing attack

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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Sometimes, the second look at things simply reinforces what was evident the first time around.

The New Orleans Saints’ season ended in heartbreak Sunday, and upon further review, the culprits did not change: New Orleans did its defense no favors with too many turnovers, and when the Saints managed to hold onto the ball, they didn’t do enough with it.

Maybe it doesn’t sound fun to revisit in closer detail exactly how those obvious things played out, but if you’re not faint of heart, here is the final after-action report of the Saints’ 2020 season.

As the Saints were lining up for their...
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Eagles to interview Saints DC Dennis Allen about head coaching job

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Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen will interview with the Eagles about their head coaching position on Wednesday, reports Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.

Allen has been the Saints defensive coordinator since 2015. He was previously the head coach of the Raiders, posting a 8-28 record from 2012-2014.

New Orleans has had one of the NFL’s top ranked defenses over the past three seasons.
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Report: Saints assistant Aaron Glenn tabbed as Lions defensive coordinator

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Reports indicate Dan Campbell will be announced Wednesday as the new head coach of the Lions, and he’s starting to assemble a staff with a fellow Saints assistant joining him in Detroit.

NFL Network reports Saints secondary coach Aaron Glenn is heading to the Lions to serve as Campbell’s defensive coordinator.


Glenn has been with the Saints since 2016. The former NFL Pro Bowl cornerback recently interviewed with the Jets regarding the head coaching opening they filled by hiring 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Salah.
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Saints' secondary coach Aaron Glenn reportedly to be Detroit's defensive coordinator

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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The New Orleans Saints are reportedly losing another position coach to the Detroit Lions, as secondary coach Aaron Glenn and the Lions' are closing in on a deal to make him their next defensive coordinator, according to a report from Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.

Glenn will be joining new head coach Dan Campbell, who had spent the last five season with the Saints coaching their tight ends and serving as the team's assistant head coach.

Campbell's hiring is expected to be official on Wednesday after he finishes exit meetings with Saints players.

Glenn had interviewed for the New York...
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Report: Lions to hire Aaron Glenn as defensive coordinator

  • News source: Michael David Smith
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Dan Campbell is bringing Aaron Glenn with him to Detroit.

Campbell, the new Lions head coach, will hire Aaron Glenn as defensive coordinator, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Glenn and Campbell have worked together on the Saints’ staff for the last five years.

The 48-year-old Glenn was a first-round draft pick of the Jets in 1994 and had a 15-year NFL playing career. This will be his first coordinator job after seven seasons as an assistant coach.
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