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Could Taysom Hill Be the Heir to Drew Brees' Throne?

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By Aaron S. Miller | SI

The dual-threat quarterback, signal-callers every bit as dangerous rushing as they are delivering passes from behind the line of scrimmage, has increasingly become the vanguard of the position over the last decade. Versatile dual-threat passers have indelibly dotted the history of the league, from the likes of Hall of Famers Fran Tarkenton and Steve Young, through to Donovan McNabb and Atlanta Falcons and Philadelphia Eagles QB Michael Vick. Never before the last ten years, however, has the NFL seen such heavy emphasis on deliberately identifying the athletic ‘do-all' QB and installing complementary systems around him.

Lamar Jackson, the electric second-year Baltimore Ravens' QB, the main man in a John Harbaugh and Greg Roman crafted offense, epitomizes the heights a single man can take a 53-man NFL roster. Taken with the final pick of the 1st round of the 2018 NFL Draft, Jackson has been nothing short of spectacular in just his sophomore campaign as a pro. The NFL MVP and first-time First-Team AP All-Pro selection, Jackson compiled 36 passing TDs against just 6 interceptions for 3,100+ yards at a 66% clip. Alone, these numbers are impressive, but taking into consideration his NFL QB record 1,206 rushing yards on 176 yards (6.9 Y/A) and 7 TDs, it’s easy to realize the tremendous value a player with his specific skill set brings to the Ravens.

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Mickey Loomis likes his receivers, doesn't see big need with Michael Thomas on hand

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

What is the biggest draft need for the New Orleans Saints? Objectively speaking, probably wide receiver. Michael Thomas led the group with 149 receptions; Ted Ginn Jr. placed second-best, with just 30 catches. After those two, second-year pro Tre’Quan Smith was the only receiver to catch at least 18 passes. Thomas put the team on his back and made NFL history, but he can’t be expected to do it his entire career. The Saints must get him some help.

But for now, Saints general manager Mickey Loomis is focused on talking up the players still in the room: behind Thomas, that means names such as Smith, Keith Kirkwood, and Deonte Harris. Backups like Lil’Jordan Humphrey, Emmanuel Butler, Krishawn Hogan, Tim White, and Maurice Harris are also around. Ginn and slot specialist Austin Carr are each pending free agents.

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Drew Brees has no plans to leave the Saints

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By Marty Fenn | Clutch Points

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees will be a free agent this offseason, but he has no intention of leaving The Big Easy.

Brees spoke with Jane Slater of NFL Network about his contract as he worked out with NFC Pro Bowl teammates, saying it is “not a matter of ‘if’ it gets done, but ‘when.'” Here’s what he had to say:


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The argument for not spending the most-valuable RFA tender on Taysom Hill

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

What are the New Orleans Saints going to do with Taysom Hill? As a pending restricted free agent, they have plenty of options. The Saints can either re-sign Hill to a long-term contract extension, let him walk away uncontested, or issue one of three different one-year tenders, each worth slightly more than the ones beneath it and fully-guaranteed against the salary cap. With five different restricted free agents to consider, the Saints must act quickly.

The lowest-level contract tender is estimated to cost about $2.1 million, and would give the Saints the right to match any contract offers Hill gets from other teams. The middle-tier tender is expected to be worth roughly $3.2 million, and would recoup a second-round draft pick for the Saints should they not match an offer sheet. The top-level tender will be somewhere around $4.6 million in value and brings back a first-round pick if Hill leaves.

That makes the second-round tender the smart choice. One of several things would happen:

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2020 NFL Free Agency: 12 wide receivers for the Saints to consider

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

The number-one priority for the New Orleans Saints in the 2020 offseason has to be finding a wide receiver to run opposite Michael Thomas (after their quarterbacks riddle is answered, of course). Thomas put the team on his back for much of the 2019 season, breaking and resetting the NFL record for receptions in a single season, but he can’t be expected to do that every year.

Ted Ginn Jr. was the next-best wide receiver in catches, and he only had 30. After him, no other wideouts had more than 18. The Saints were able to win a lot of games and get into the playoffs by asking Thomas to make magic despite the extra coverage going his way, but their first-round exit spelled out how serious a problem this could be. Drew Brees needs more weapons at wide receiver, and Sean Payton has to recognize that.

While this is a draft class loaded with talent at that position, we shouldn’t expect the Saints to sit on their hands and wait for a rookie hopeful to drop to them in April. Their strategy for nearly two decades has consisted of filling roster holes through free agency so that they can go into the draft targeting the best players available. To that end, we’ve ranked a dozen possible free agents who fit the Saints’ needs, though maybe not their budget. Each tier is broken down by expected contract values.
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NFL Pro Bowl 2020: Several Saints stand out in 38-33 AFC win over NFC

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A somber 2020 Pro Bowl is now in the books. In a game that was ultimately overshadowed by the tragic passing of NBA legend Kobe Bryant, the AFC defeated the NFC 38-33 in a close game. Several Saints put up serious numbers, including Drew Brees, Michael Thomas and Jared Cook.

Brees started at quarterback at the behest of Russell Wilson, who gave Brees props for possibly opening doors for him to start in the NFL. Brees capitalized on the opportunity, throwing for 95...
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'It could happen to any one of us:' Saints QB Drew Brees reflects on life, legacy of Kobe Bryant

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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ORLANDO, Fla. — New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees spoke for five minutes at his locker after Sunday's Pro Bowl.

And for the first time since his team lost to the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC wild-card game, Brees wasn't asked about his future. Instead, every question pertained to the tragic death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant.

Bryant died in a helicopter crash on Sunday, and the news broke moments before the Pro Bowl was set to begin.

Brees said he had met...
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'We all work together so well:' Saints cite chemistry setting franchise-record with 10 Pro Bowlers

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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ORLANDO, Fla. — Details reminiscent of the New Orleans Saints franchise were everywhere during week of the Pro Bowl.

The end zones at Camping World Stadium were black and gold. The NFC's uniforms were gold, while the AFC's were black.

And then, there were a franchise-record 10 Saints in uniform on Sunday — with an 11th who elected to stay home due to injury. It wasn't the highest total for any team, as the Baltimore Ravens had a league-high 11 players on the AFC...
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Walker: Thanks for the memories, Kobe

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Alvin Gentry may as well have been speaking for all of us.

"I have no words, really," Gentry said as he began his pregame news conference. "I don’t know where you can even start."

None of us had the words to quite make sense of the shocking news that rocked the NBA on Sunday.

When you think of Kobe Bryant, you think of numbers like 24 and 8 (the two jersey numbers he wore) or 81 (the number of points he once scored in a game against the Toronto Raptors).

The...
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'A terrible day for the world:' Saints at Pro Bowl heartbroken by Kobe Bryant's death

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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ORLANDO, Fla. — A party raged under the bleachers inside Camping World Stadium just 15 minutes before kickoff at the Pro Bowl.

Inside the NFC's locker room, speakers blared Meek Mill as night club-esque lights shone brightly. The NFC's all-stars were ready.

Then, they checked their phones, and disbelief washed over them.

NBA great and future Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant was killed in a helicopter accident in California. In that moment, football no longer mattered...
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After Kobe Bryant's death, Drew Brees calls him 'one of the great competitors of any generation'

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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ORLANDO, Fla. — News of Kobe Bryant's death broke just before the starting lineups at the Pro Bowl were announced.

And by the end of the first quarter, most everyone on the sidelines was aware of the tragedy, including New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees.

Brees, in an in-game interview with ESPN's Lisa Salters, said he'd met Bryant once in the past, and wished he could have interacted with him more.

"He was a guy who I always hoped I would have the chance...
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Russell Wilson asks Drew Brees to start in his place in the Pro Bowl

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Russell Wilson was chosen as the NFC’s Pro Bowl starting quarterback, but he’s stepping aside today.

Wilson has asked Drew Brees to start in his place in today’s Pro Bowl.

It was a classy move from the 31-year-old Wilson toward the 41-year-old Brees. Perhaps Wilson has some inside information about Brees’s retirement plans, but more likely Wilson just wanted to make a gesture for a player he’s long admired.

“Drew means the world to me,” Wilson said on the ESPN...
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Drew Brees to start at QB in 2020 Pro Bowl

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According to this Tweet from Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, starting quarterback for the NFC’s Pro Bowl team, Russell Wilson has given his starting spot in today’s game to our very own Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints:

This is a kind gesture from one veteran peer to another. While speculation may lean toward the thought that Wilson is giving this spot to Brees as a “retirement gift” as Brees could be playing in his last Pro Bowl, that is merely speculation...
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2020 NFL Pro Bowl: open thread

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The Pro Bowl is the closest thing we’ll get to actual NFL football this Sunday, so let’s follow the event here. The New Orleans Saints are sending eleven representatives to today’s Pro Bowl. Here are this year’s Saints Pro Bowlers to watch today:

QB - Drew Brees

RB - Alvin Kamara

WR - Michael Thomas

TE - Jared Cook

OT - Terron Armstead

OG - Larry Warford

DE - Cameron Jordan

CB - Marshon Lattimore

K - Wil Lutz

KR - Deonte Harris

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OG - Andrus Peat...
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Pro Bowl 2020: Game Time, TV, Online, and Mobile Streaming

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The Pro Bowl returns to Orlando for a fourth consecutive year, rather than a trip to beautiful Hawaii or the Super Bowl host city of Miami. It may not be scenic Honolulu or South Beach, but the NFL Pro Bowlers do get to spend some time at Disney World this year. Although the Pro Bowl had become a mess from 2014-2016, the game has rebounded a bit since 2017. It has gone from unwatchable to mildly entertaining.

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Drew Brees will “give it a month or so” before making his decision

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For Saints quarterback Drew Brees, the decision is simple: Play for the Saints in 2020, or retire.

On Saturday, the timetable for making the decision became a bit more clear.

“I’m really waiting until football is totally done,” Brees said Saturday from the Pro Bowl, via Amie Just of NOLA.com. “Obviously being here, I’m just very much focused on my family and this opportunity to be around the guys, playing the game.

“Then, I’ll kind of lay low for a little bit, get...
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Super Bowl LIV picks and analysis from 18 Pro Bowlers

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The NFL's best gather in Orlando, Florida, this week to play in Sunday's Pro Bowl at Camping World Stadium (ABC/ESPN, 3 p.m. ET). How do they see Super Bowl LIV playing out between the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers?

We asked 18 Pro Bowlers and a Legends captain to weigh in on who's going to win the big game. Not everyone went on record and chose a winner, but everyone offered a take. Here's what they said:

Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker

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Saints Podcast Round-Up, January 25, 2020

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Looking for Saints podcasts? We got you set with all the local podcasts such as Canal St. Chronicles, Locked On Saints, Saints Happy Hour, Who Dat Confessional, Bayou Blitz and more!

Canal St. Chronicles

Locked On Saints

Saints Happy Hour

Who Dat Confessional

Bayou Blitz
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Drew Brees' retirement decision to come in a month; Saints QB using Pro Bowl for family time

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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KISSIMMEE, Fla. — One of Drew Brees' sons, Callen, clung to his father's leg after Saturday's Pro Bowl practice.

Brees, while answering media questions, occasionally patted his son on the head, simultaneously paying attention to both his child and a reporter.

For Brees, that's what Pro Bowl week is all about: spending time with his wife and four children. His decision regarding his future on the football field will come later.

"I'm really waiting until football...
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