ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. addresses the Saints' biggest need

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

What are the most important positions for the New Orleans Saints to address in the 2020 NFL Draft? Before free agency, replies would have included wide receiver, offensive guard, linebacker, safety, and cornerback. And likely quarterback.

With the first week-and-a-half of free agency in the books, the Saints have plugged many of those holes on their roster. They’ve added help at wide receiver (Emmanuel Sanders) and safety (Malcolm Jenkins) while retaining their own starters at guard (Andrus Peat) and cornerback (Janoris Jenkins), among others. They still have work to do in reinforcing the depth chart — younger options at corner would be nice, and they should add another passer — but the biggest hole remains at linebacker.

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Saints mailbag: Should Lamar Jackson have been drafted instead of Marcus Davenport?

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1581467692629.png By John Hendrix | SI

We're just over a week removed from the end of the NFL season, and we keep wondering what the New Orleans Saints will do first ahead of the new league year. Free agency starts on March 18, and the Saints have an estimated $12.3 million in cap space currently. Of course, things can and will wildly change soon, as we await the final number for the league's salary cap and restricted free agent tender costs. To help pass the time, I tackled some of your Saints questions. Thanks for all the submissions.

Since he's 'obviously' on on his way out, would Drew Brees be willing to surrender the No. 9 jersey when they draft Joe Burrow?

No player will ever wear No. 9 again for the Saints once Drew Brees hangs it up. I get the intrigue, but I can't realistically see them trying to trade up for Burrow when they have a legitimate shot at a Super Bowl run with who they have right now. ...

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Former Saints Coach: Taysom Hill Will Be Brees' Successor

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Mike Westhoff believes Hill will be the Saints' starting quarterback once Drew Brees retires

By Zach Gelb | CBS Sports Radio

Drew Brees has played 19 NFL seasons, won a Super Bowl and turns 41 on Wednesday. In many ways, it would not be surprising to see him retire.

On the other hand, former Saints special teams coach Mike Westhoff does not see that happening.

“I don’t know for sure,” Westhoff said on The Zach Gelb Show. “I did not ask him, and he did not tell me. But his level of enthusiasm led me to believe he’s absolutely not ready to quit. I think he’ll go for a little while. I think he will. I believe that.”

When Brees does retire, though, Westhoff believes that Taysom Hill will be the Saints’ starting quarterback.

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NFL playoffs strategy guide: Understanding the Saints

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By Steven Ruiz | For the Win

It’s been a long NFL season, but the postseason is finally here. Now, you probably didn’t get to study the entire playoff field in-depth during the regular season. No worries. We’ve put together guides that will help you become an instant expert on all 12 teams making up the field.

These guides will tell you how each team uses its personnel on both sides of the ball, what its strategic tendencies are and how efficient the team is based on several advanced metrics.

In this guide, we’ll be looking at the New Orleans Saints, who rolled to an NFC South title but just missed out on a bye with a 13-3 record. Let’s get to know them ...

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Tom Dempsey has recovered after testing positive for COVID-19

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Former NFL kicker Tom Dempsey has recovered after testing positive for COVID-19, WDSU-6 reports.

Dempsey, 73, has battled Alzheimer’s disease and dementia since 2013. He was one of several residents of a senior living facility in New Orleans to contract COVID-19.

Dempsey, who was born without toes on his right foot and fingers on his right hand, signed with the Saints as an undrafted free agent in 1969. He is best remembered for his record-setting 63-yard field...
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Saints WR Deonte Harris donates more than 10,000 meals to food banks amid coronavirus

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With cases of coronavirus on the rise, New Orleans Saints All-Pro return specialist Deonte Harris wanted to give back to the cities he calls home, but he wasn't sure exactly how to go about it.

After discussing potential options with his family and marketing team, Harris decided on donating the equivalent of 10,740 meals to two food banks, with 6,240 going to the Second Harvest Food Bank in Louisiana and 4,500 meals donated to the Maryland Food Bank.

A $1 donation...
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Report: Sheldon Rankins should return in time for training camp

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Saints defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins ruptured his Achilles in the team’s first playoff game in the 2018 season. He returned to action in Week Four of 2019.

He made seven tackles and two sacks in 10 appearances before his other leg flared up.

Rankins required surgery that “essentially preempted what could have led to an Achilles rupture,” Nick Underhill of New Orleans Football reports.

Rankins is working his way back from that, training in Indianapolis, and...
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Emmanuel Sanders hits the interview tour from home to discuss joining the Saints

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Emmanuel Sanders speaks to SportsCenter about getting a welcoming text from Drew Brees and Sean Payton’s recruitment tactics.

Emmanuel Sanders joing Colin Cowherd to talk about his excitement to join New Orleans and Jimmy Garpollo’s overthrow in the Super Bowl.

The First Take guys, Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman grill Emmanuel Sanders about the quality of the quarterbacks he’s played with over his career.
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NFL owners vote to expand playoffs for 2020 season

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The NFL owners formally voted to officially expand the playoffs to 14 teams for this upcoming season, the league announced Tuesday afternoon.

Seven teams per conference will make the playoffs, rather than the previous six. Only the No. 1 seed will receive the bye, meaning the No. 2 seed will host the No. 7 seed during wild-card weekend.

If this rule were to have been instituted for the 2019 season, the No. 2 Green Bay Packers would have played the No. 7 Los...
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Sean Payton talks Drew Brees in 2020, says Saints QB returning 'for his final season'

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This may be the last season for New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, coach Sean Payton said on Tuesday morning while appearing on ESPN's Get Up.

Despite agreeing to a 2-year, $50 million deal earlier in March, Payton called the Saints' quarterback situation unique because "with our quarterback Drew Brees, he's announced he's coming back for his final season."

The 2020 season will be Brees' 20th season in the NFL and his 15th in New Orleans.

This is the first...
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NFL approves expansion of playoffs to 14 teams

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NFL clubs voted today to expand the postseason by two teams beginning with the 2020 season.

Expanding the NFL postseason was addressed in the new NFL-NFLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement. Players and clubs both recognized that nothing energizes fans like the chance to see their team...
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Payton: Brees is entering his final season

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Saints head coach Sean Payton said Wednesday in an ESPN interview that quarterback Drew Brees is entering his final NFL season.

On ESPN’s morning program ‘Get Up’ during an interview with Mike Greenberg, Payton referred to the combination of quarterbacks Brees and multi-diminesional Taysom Hill as “a unique situation with our team and our quarterback Drew Brees is (thaT) he’s announced he’s coming back for his final season.”

Brees has not previously clarified...
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Michael Thomas bobblehead commemorates 2019 Offensive Player of the Year Award

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FOCO, a leading manufacturer of sports and entertainment merchandise, created a commemorative bobblehead to celebrate New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas and his record-breaking 2019 season.

In a world of doom and gloom, maybe seeing a bright spot like this nifty little piece could help shine a bit of light into your day.

The bobble head can be purchased here, and a copy of the relevant portions of FOCO’s press release is below:
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Sean Payton hints that 2020 is Drew Brees’s final season

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In a discussion with ESPN’s Mike Greenberg on “Get Up” about Taysom Hill’s role in the offense in 2020, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton indicated that 2020 could be the “final season” for Drew Brees.

The full quote from Payton was, “Drew Brees has announced he’s coming back for his final season.”

While the semantics of this statement can be argued to an extent, with Brees’s contract situation and age, he definitely is in a position in his career where...
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Assessing the quarterback landscape across the NFL

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There are a lot of interesting veteran quarterback names on the free agent market right now. Former Super Bowl champion Joe Flacco. Former number one overall pick and MVP Cam Newton. Fellow former number one overall pick Jameis Winston. Plus a plethora of viable backup options like Mike Glennon, Matt Moore, and Geno Smith.

In the 2020 NFL Draft, there are plenty of options at quarterback as well. It’s presumed the Cincinnati Bengals will select LSU QB Joe Burrow...
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Saints By Position: Top 5 defensive tackles in franchise history

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It is a thankless position.

Defensive tackles are asked to hold the point of attack, to occupy blockers and to occasionally make tackles.

Most of the time, they are doing the dirty work to allow linebackers and safeties, even defensive backs to clean up and get the glory of tackles.

Sometimes, a defensive tackle can serve as an outstanding pass rusher as well and gain glory through sacks.

Regardless of the role, defensive tackle is an important position on any...
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Sean Payton: Taysom Hill sees himself as a starting QB, and we do too

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Sean Payton does not believe in the old adage that if you have two quarterbacks you have none.

The Saints re-signed Drew Brees and placed a first-round tender on Taysom Hill, and Payton said on ESPN that the reason the Saints put a first-round tender on Hill is that they think he’s a starting quarterback — just not actually the starter until Brees retires.

“First and foremost, we still view him as a quarterback. We spent a lot of time this offseason discussing our...
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CSC Post-Free Agency 2020 Mock Draft

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With free agency on the verge now of being completed, it only makes sense to look forward to the NFL Draft which, despite all of Mother Nature’s attempts to ruin it, is still on course to begin as expected on Thursday, April 23rd.

Teams will look to rebuild, or in the case of the New Orleans Saints, reload, as they head into the new-look NFL in the upcoming year. With the Saints possessing a pick in every round except for the second and seventh rounds, they’ve got...
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