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Drew Brees, the face, heart and soul of the New Orleans Saints, takes on Bucs, Tom Brady in NFL playoffs

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By Glenn Guilbeau | USA Today

When quarterback Drew Brees signed with the New Orleans Saints as a free agent on March 14, 2006, Archie Manning and Aaron Brooks held 16 club quarterback records between them.

Manning is down to one now, and it may still make him sore: 337 career sacks from 1971-82.

Brooks, who played from 2000-05, is down to two: most passes attempted with 60 against Denver in 2004 and sacks in a season with 50 in 2001.

Brees has just about everything else: 20 franchise passing records to be exact, including career passing yards with 68,010 to Manning’s 21,734 career completions with 6,017 to Manning’s 1,849, career touchdown passes with 491 to Brooks’ 120, career 300-yard passing games with 116 to Brooks’ 10 and career passer rating of 101.52 to 81.1 by Jim Everett (1994-96). ...

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Saints and Buccaneers have high-powered offenses, but battle in the trenches could decide outcome

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By Brett Martel (AP) | Boston Globe

NEW ORLEANS — For all the extraordinary talent the Saints and Buccaneers have at quarterback, running back, and receiver, defensive end Cameron Jordan figures that what happens in the trenches will be the decisive factor in their divisional-round playoff clash on Sunday night.

Recent history backs him up.

The Saints’ defensive front was in Tom Brady’s face constantly in both meetings during the regular season. The Saints won each by double digits, the last a 38-3 rout in Tampa Bay in Week 9.

“If you say, ‘What’s the most important part of any game,’ I’m going to say, ‘Physicality with the D-line and how we affect the quarterback,’” Jordan asserted after practice this past week.

Five of the 12 interceptions Brady threw in his first season with Tampa Bay came against the Saints. One came on a ball deflected at the line of scrimmage by defensive ends Marcus Davenport and Jordan before being caught by defensive tackle David Onyemata. The Saints also sacked Brady six times this season.

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Saints rookie cornerback Paulson Adebo can help at a thin position — but when will he be ready?

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Some traits are obvious and immediate, and New Orleans Saints rookie cornerback Paulson Adebo has quite a few of them.

He hasn’t even been a Saint long enough to wear a helmet with the fleur-de-lis on the side, and yet through this pinhole view of him, Adebo's coaches and teammates have seen enough to sing a united chorus.

Here’s defensive coordinator Dennis Allen: “He’s big, long, he can run, he’s smart — so a lot of the characteristics that we like in a corner, he’s got.”

And secondary coach Kris Richard: “How fast he’s able to pick things up schematically has been really positive...
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85 percent of Dolphins, Saints players fully vaccinated or in the process

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Saints head coach Sean Payton said recently that he is confident that the team would reach the threshold of 85 percent of players fully vaccinated and a report on Thursday indicates he had good reason to feel that way.

Albert Breer of SI.com reports and PFT has confirmed that the Saints are one of two teams that have 85 percent of their players either fully vaccinated or on the way to reaching that status. The Dolphins are the other team in that category.

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said this week that he didn’t know the exact percentage of the team’s players that have been...
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Saints' Michael Thomas Seeking Redemption After an Injury-Plagued Year

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When New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas suffered a severe ankle injury during the 2020 season opener against Tampa Bay, it would hamper the team's offense for the rest of the year. Thomas missed nine games and was just a shadow of his dominant self when he was on the field.

The 28-year-old Thomas had started 57 consecutive contests, including playoffs, before last year's injury. He had not missed a game since Week 14 of his 2016 rookie season. His injury-plagued campaign broke a streak of four consecutive years with at least 92 receptions and 1,100 yards receiving.

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Film: David Onyemata trending towards becoming Pro Bowl-caliber DT

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Perhaps one of the most underrated defensive linemen in the league, Canada’s own David Onyemata is quietly trending towards becoming a perennial Pro Bowl-caliber defensive tackle.

With the performance this guy put on display last season, you’d think he’d be recognized more across the league as a high-level three-technique tackle.

He recorded a career-high 6.5 sacks in 2020 and was one of eight DT’s in the league to rank in the top 15 in the regular season in both QB pressures (46) and defensive stops (29) — according to PFF. These pressure and stop numbers were also career bests for...
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ICYMI: Vegas likes Saints in SB LVI, Kamara's New Cereal, Payton on Movie Set, The Jameis-Tre'Quan Connection, Jared Cook Fumbles Again

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Notable NFL football news will be scarce over the next month until training camps officially open for the 32 teams. Still, down in the bayou, New Orleans Saints football news keeps the Who Dat Nation engaged and ready for more.

In today ICYMI [in case you missed it], Vegas simulations favor the Saints in SB LVI, Jameis and Tre'Quan re-connect, Alvin Kamara's new cereal, Sean Payton dons a wig, and Jared Cook takes shots at the Saints' offense.

Sportsline's advanced projection model simulated the 2021 season and predicted the 2022 Super Bowl odd after 10,000 season simulations. Guess...
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Taysom Hill remains optimistic on future with Saints

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With training camp starting to kick off, all eyes of the New Orleans Saints and Who Dat Nation are on who will land the starting position at quarterback post-Drew Brees. While the obvious choice remains Jameis Winston, one could wonder what would become of Taysom Hill if this were to become a reality. What would this do to Hill’s mental state heading into games knowing that he’ll only be a backup to Winston? Would Hill remain in New Orleans after this year ends? Would he look to find a way to leave mid season? Only time will tell.

Many thought that Taysom Hill’s interview for the QB...
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Tre’Quan Smith sees big opportunity with Saints this season

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The changes to the Saints’ passing game this offseason went beyond quarterback Drew Brees’ retirement.

Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders and tight end Jared Cook are both playing elsewhere after combining for 98 catches during the 2020 season, but neither departure spurred the Saints toward a splashy addition at either position. That puts the onus on returning players stepping up to fill the void.

Tre'Quan Smith is one of the wideouts in that position. He’s caught 80 passes through his first three seasons in New Orleans and he sees the chance to get a lot more playing with Michael Thomas...
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Saints' Tre'Quan Smith has great chance for long-awaited breakout

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METAIRIE, La. -- The first time Jameis Winston ever targeted New Orleans Saints receiver Tre'Quan Smith in a game, it worked out pretty well.

Smith broke wide open on a trick play during the Saints’ playoff loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in January, and Winston hit him deep down the field for a 56-yard touchdown.

Chances are, they won’t continue to average 56 yards per connection if Winston wins New Orleans' starting quarterback job this season. But that type of big-play opportunity will definitely be there.

“We’ve talked about it a lot,” said Smith, who flashed a big smile when asked...
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Fleur-de-Links, June 17: Drew Brees speaks on Chargers quarterback

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With Drew Brees’s retirement leaving a question mark surrounding the Saints’s starting quarterback, the Saints are poised to have one of the most unpredictable seasons in more than a decade.

Adam Trautman speaks on his expected expanded role with the Saints in the 2021 season.

Canal Street Chronicles dives deep into the Saints depth chart at quarterback heading into the next season.

Saints’ director of medicine Beau Lowery is reportedly returning to LSU to become the school’s director of sports medicine.

A Saints fan shows off his elaborately-decorated, Saints-themed car.

Drew Brees...
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Michael Fabiano: Adam Trautman a 'Deep Sleeper'

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SI Fantasy expert Michael Fabiano believes under Sean Payton that second-year tight end Adam Trautman is a 'deep sleeper' for fantasy football owners in 2021.

Fabiano can pinpoint a player's projected fantasy football value when connected with a particular NFL coach and style of offense.

The SI fantasy football expert joined SI betting authority Bill Enright to analyze the NFC South's coaches and their effect on fantasy football in 2021.

"Historically a powerhouse on offense, that's Sean Payton's group down in New Orleans," said Enright. He proceeded, "we know Drew Brees is no longer...
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Saints fans back at training camp? Maybe, with these new NFL COVID protocols: report

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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The NFL and NFL Players Association agreed to new COVID-19 protocols ahead of the 2021 season, according to an NFL Network report.

Included in a memo circulated to the 32 NFL clubs Wednesday were updated guidelines for vaccinated and unvaccinated players, NFL media and for fans who wish to see their teams in the leadup to the season.

Fans were noticeably absent not only in stadiums throughout last season, but also from team training camp practices. But things may go back to something approaching normal this season.

According to the report, “fans will be permitted to attend training...
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Saints Fantasy: What is Taysom Hill's Value, Not at Starting QB?

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Taysom Hill was a hero during the fantasy football playoff push last season. The Swiss Army Knife averaged 22.1 points per week during his four-game stint as the Saints starting quarterback and was even tight end eligible for his first NFL start at QB against Atlanta.

Headed into the Fall of 2021, Hill finds himself in a battle with former 2015 number one overall selection Jameis Winston for the reigns of starting quarterback for the New Orleans Saints. Back in May, I made a case for both Winston and Hill to be QB1s in Fantasy this season.

But what if Hill does not win the starting job...
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Drew Brees: Justin Herbert’s physical tools are as good as anybody I’ve ever seen

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It’s been a long time, but Drew Brees was back in the building.

Technically, it’s a different set of four walls, since the franchise has relocated up the California coast since he last played for it. But Brees was on hand at the Chargers facility Wednesday for Los Angeles’ minicamp practice as a part of his transition into broadcasting.

Jeff Miller of the Los Angeles Times reported an NBC Sports crew was also there for a mock production meeting.

Aside from being a starting quarterback for the franchise, Brees’ former position coach in New Orleans, Joe Lombardi, is now the Chargers’...
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Are the Saints' young receivers ready to step into a bigger role? The team thinks so

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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The 2020 season was rough for the New Orleans Saints’ wide receiver corps, but perhaps the series of unfortunate events that plagued the group last year can now allow it to blossom fully.

Consider this: New Orleans kept five receivers on its initial 53-man roster last season, and between them they missed a combined 25 games. The normally bountiful spoils eluded the Saints wideouts, as none eclipsed 65 catches or 750 receiving yards. But the near-constant tinkering and role-expanding gave the team a chance to see what it had in live action.

So when the Saints made the decision to release...
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