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The Biggest Boom-or-Bust Players in the 2019 NFL Draft

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By Kristopher Knox | BR

Every single NFL prospect carries at least some amount of risk. However, some carry much more risk than others, while also bringing a tremendous amount of upside.

We're talking, of course, about boom-or-bust prospects—the kind who will make your favorite team's general manager look like either a genius or someone who's about to get fired.

Some of these players inevitably bust out. Johnny Manziel had all the talent needed to be a high-level NFL quarterback, but he didn't have the mindset. John Ross might be the fastest receiver in the league, but he hasn't developed into a dependable pass-catcher.

Plenty of risk-reward prospects do work out, though. No one could be sure if Khalil Mack would make the jump from FBS competition to the NFL, and he's turned into one of the best sack artists in the league. Rob Gronkowski was considered a massive injury risk after missing his entire junior season following back surgery. He just wrapped up a likely Hall of Fame career.

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Teddy Bridgewater and the Sunk Cost Fallacy

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Should the 3rd Round Pick traded to the Jets factor into the Saints’ decision on Bridgewater?
By BenCSC

A brief note prior to the article: this is not an article that focuses on an opinion of whether or not the Saints should re-sign Teddy Bridgewater. Rather, the focus of the article is on finding the correct process to form our opinions on the subject.

When making decisions during the NFL offseason, it’s important for decision-makers to think rationally. That sounds simple enough, doesn’t it? Coaches, General Managers, and their staff are paid an incredible amount of money to make the best decisions possible for the future of their franchises. The least they can do is find rational reasons to justify their decisions. By calling ourselves fans, we inherently admit that we are, at least to some extent, biased when forming opinions. After all, “fan” is short for “fanatic”. Even so, most fans like to think of themselves as rational with well-formed opinions on their team’s offseason plans. ...

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After Further Review: Saints should extend or trade Andrus Peat

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Andrus Peat (75) is dealing with a quad injury. (Source: Nola.com)

By Sean Fazende | Fox8

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -So here comes the offseason where the Saints, like always, want to be active in adding to a roster that came up one play short of a Super Bowl.

According to the salary cap website Over the Cap.com, the Saints currently have $12M in cap space. That’s not bad but not necessarily great either. They may need more cash to hit the open market.

And if they’re searching for more space, they should look no further than Andrus Peat.

Peat’s $9.6 million cap hit is fifth on the team but can be lowered significantly if the Saints extend him. If they believe in their 2015 first round selection, this offseason would be the perfect time to show it by offering him an extension. Larry Warford signed a four-year, $34 million deal in 2017. Detroit’s T.J. Lang is the tenth highest paid guard in the league at $9.5 million per season. Those two deals would be reasonable comps for any new deal with Peat. ...

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Saints potential free agent target: WR Golden Tate

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By Sean Fazende | Fox8Live

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Saints fans should be quite familiar with wide receiver Golden Tate. He’s no stranger to big plays against the black and gold.

Tate has played six regular season games against the Saints. His stats in those games: 40 receptions, 533 yards and five touchdowns. His fit with the Saints would be ideal; he excels out of the slot and has elite speed after the catch.

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New Orleans Saints Free Agency: Which Players Need to Be Re-Signed

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By Chad Breaux | LWOS

After two years of devastating playoff exits, the New Orleans Saints find themselves in a state of flux. They went “all in” in 2018 only to find defeat in the NFC Championship game. Free agent signings and trades have left the Saints front office in a conundrum. The championship window being held open by Drew Brees is closing, and the Saints lack the resources to shore up weak areas. In order to overcome the disappointment of the past two seasons, the Saints must re-sign their own free agents. The two most important are Mark Ingram and Wil Lutz.

New Orleans Saints Free Agency: Players Who Need to Be Re-Signed
The Draft and the Cap

New Orleans sacrificed this years’ draft. Aggressive trades have left the Saints with a depleted draft stock. Their first pick doesn’t come until the end of the second round. It will be the team’s lone pick in the first four rounds. The Saints do have two picks in each of round five, six, and seven. However, with the Saints’ considerable depth, the team will be hard-pressed to find someone to make the final 53-man roster, much less a difference maker. ...

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Short on picks, Saints make the most of 7-round mock draft

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

The New Orleans Saints have few picks to work with in the 2019 NFL Draft, but they made the most of them in a recent mock draft. Trevor Sikkema of The Draft Network charted all seven rounds, suggesting players to fit each of the Saints’ selections. Here’s who he picked up for the black and gold:

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Round 2, Pick 62: TE Dawson Knox
Saints get a pass-catching tight end.
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Knox was underused but efficient in college. ...

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2019 free agency: Saints options from the Cardinals

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

The New Orleans Saints will be poring over the lists of unrestricted free agents from every NFL team, looking for players who can help the black and gold. So we’ll be highlighting the options each team presents, every day of the week and twice on Saturdays. We’ll get started with the Arizona Cardinals.
Unrestricted free agents

DE Benson Mayowa
DE Markus Golden
DE Zach Moore
DT Rodney Gunter
FB Derrick Coleman
FS Tre Boston
K Phil Dawson
LB Deone Bucannon
LB Gerald Hodges
OG Mike Iupati
OG Oday Aboushi
OT Joe Barksdale
TE John Phillips
WR J.J. Nelson

Options for the Saints

Defensive tackle Rodney Gunter is an intriguing free agent. He’s a nose tackle (listed at 6-foot-5, 305-pounds) just hitting his prime at 27 years of age. Gunter logged a career-high 44 combined tackles last year (32 solo, 12 for no gain or loss of yards) to go with 4.5 sacks and nine quarterback hits. That profiles him as a disruptive presence who can anchor the middle of the line, offering more upside than the Saints’ incumbent nose tackles — Tyeler Davison had just two tackles for loss or no gain, and Taylor Stallworth only one. ...

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Saints potential free agent targets: Tyrann Mathieu

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By Sean Fazende | Fox8live

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Mention the name Tyrann Mathieu around Louisiana and it instantly brings back memories.

At LSU, Mathieu was magnificent but immature. He was Heisman finalist as a sophomore but was also dismissed from the team for multiple off-the field violations, which is why he slipped to the third round of the 2013 draft.

That seems like ages ago.

As a pro, Mathieu has been nothing but professional. He spent five seasons in Arizona before signing with the Texans in 2018. In Houston, he finished with 89 tackles and two interceptions. His durability was a concern early in his career, but Mathieu played in all 16 games in each of the last two seasons. ...

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See Also:
- Saints potential free agent targets: WR Adam Humphries

Saints aren't good enough at receiver to cut Cameron Meredith

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

Cameron Meredith and the New Orleans Saints didn’t get the inaugural season they wanted. Meredith logged just 114 yards through six games before landing on injured reserve following a surgical procedure on his knee. Now the Saints are staring at a $6.4 million salary cap hit for Meredith, knowing they can save more than $3.7 million by releasing him. But the Saints know something else: Their receiving corps isn’t good enough to punt on Meredith so soon.

Beyond Michael Thomas, no Saints receiver regularly threatened opposing game plans. Rookies Tre’Quan Smith and Keith Kirkwood had promising moments, sure, but quarterback Drew Brees struggled to connect with Ted Ginn Jr. after a terrific 2017 campaign. Austin Carr was talked up as a slot specialist and he notched as many catches as Meredith — in more than twice as many games. Tommylee Lewis was an afterthought forced into big moments due to injuries.

That deficiency is why we should expect the Saints to commit resources to improve the group in 2019. Dez Bryant should return for a second chance after his season ended before it could begin due to injury, similarly to Meredith. ...

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