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Saints 2021 Draft Prospects: Hunter Long

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New Orleans spent a Day 2 draft choice on promising TE Adam Trautman in 2020. Will they look to double up on the position in the 2021 draft? New Orleans spent a Day 2 draft choice on promising TE Adam Trautman in 2020. Will they look to double up on the position in the 2021 draft?

By Bob Rose | SI

New Orleans Saints tight end Adam Trautman was selected in the 3rd round in the 2020 draft with the 105th overall pick out of Dayton. The team traded all four of its Day 3 picks to Minnesota to move back into the 3rd round to grab him. New Orleans made that deal with the expectation that Trautman would take over the starting job in 2021.

Trautman caught 16 of 19 targets for 175 yards and a touchdown in his rookie year. He also impressed coaches with his blocking, earning him more playing time over the course of the season. While Trautman looks to be the starting tight end to open the season, the Saints have little depth behind him.

New Orleans moved on from disappointing veteran TE Jared Cook and released the reliable Josh Hill this offseason. They added veteran TE Nick Vannett in free agency, but he offers little downfield threat as a receiver.

For the first time since 2005, Drew Brees will not be the New Orleans quarterback to start a season. The Saints could use the draft to give new starter Jameis Winston extra weapons. While they may bring in another wideout, they could also use a mid-round pick on another tight end to complement Trautman.

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Saints 2021 Draft Prospects: Osa Odighizuwa

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This versatile PAC-12 defender has both the versatility and explosiveness to be a Day 2 draft steal.

By Bob Rose | SI


The New Orleans Saints have had one of the NFL's deepest defensive lines over the past two seasons. Much of the attention has gone to their talented defensive ends. Perennial Pro Bowler Cameron Jordan, former 1st round pick Marcus Davenport, breakout star Trey Hendrickson, and emerging star Carl Granderson have been a nightmare for opposing quarterbacks.

It is the team’s deep and disruptive corps of defensive tackles that have been an underrated part of the Saints' defensive success. They’ve created consistent interior pressure, forces opponents to commit double-team blocking, and be a major reason for a top-five ranking against the run over the last three seasons.

Sheldon Rankins, the 12th overall selection in the 2016 draft, and star run defender Malcom Brown were both lost this offseason. Those losses have depleted their formidable depth. The team still has underrated star DT David Onyemata, along with promising former undrafted tackles Shy Tuttle and Malcolm Roach, but may want to add another playmaker up front with a draft choice.

Outside of Alabama's Christian Barmore, there are no sure 1st round picks at defensive tackle in this year's draft class. However, the position is deep in talent into the middle rounds. Today's draft profile highlights one such player.

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Saints RB Alvin Kamara has more rushing touchdowns than these 19 NFL teams

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By Mark Lane | Touchdownwire

New York Jets — 8

Le’Veon Bell was responsible for none of them through two games.

Chicago Bears — 8

When you combine Matt Nagy, who gives up on the run, with a quarterback controversy, you get a paucity of rushing touchdowns.

Houston Texans — 8

Trade DeAndre Hopkins for David Johnson, they said. Anyone can run behind the Texans’ offensive line, they said. Carlos Hyde had a career year, they said. ...

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Game Balls from the Saints Frying of the Falcons, 24-9

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By Bob Rose | SI

For the first time since 2005, the New Orleans Saints would face their archenemy, the Atlanta Falcons, without Drew Brees behind center. Saints head coach Sean Payton shocked most of the football world at mid-week when he announced that Taysom Hill would get the start for the injured Brees over the more experienced Jameis Winston.

Amid reports of a divided locker room over their preference at quarterback, the Saints responded with a dominant defensive and offensive performance in pummeling the Falcons 24-9.

Atlanta began this contest with a 65-Yd march, bolstered by a 45-Yd completion to WR Calvin Ridley, which ended with a short field goal. New Orleans would go three-and-out on their first possession, with Hill taking a sack on 3rd and short. The Saints defense took control of the game after that.

After that opening drive, New Orleans allowed just 183 yards through the rest of the game and held a potent Atlanta offense to only three field goals. The Falcons were just 2 of 14 on 3rd downs and had negative yardage in the third quarter. New Orleans sacked Atlanta QB Matt Ryan 8 times and intercepted him twice, putting a stranglehold on the game.

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Who are the Saints picking in way-too-early 2022 mock drafts?

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The 2021 NFL draft is finally behind us, so of course draft experts and college football enthusiasts are already turning their attentions towards 2022. Mock drafts are flying around fast and furious, and there’s little consensus on what the New Orleans Saints will do. But that’s often the case given their aggressive approach to the draft and unconventional preferences.

In surveying the ten most recent 2022 NFL mock drafts, I found that the Saints have been connected to a pair of college quarterbacks and a crowd of receivers, but few draft analysts are expecting the Saints to go get a...
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Could Landon Young be a Draft Steal for the Saints?

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2021's sixth-round draft pick, Landon Young, proved to be one of the best offensive tackles in the SEC. Perhaps, he may become another draft steal for the New Orleans Saints.

Offensive tackle Landon Young elected to stay within his home state and play football at the University of Kentucky to play college football. Young was a former five-star recruit and multi-sport high school athlete. He fits the mold of an NFL offensive tackle towering at 6-7 and 310 pounds.

Young started games at both tackle spots in Lexington. Also, his size makes him versatile to play at guard in the interior of...
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A Look Around the NFC South on SB Nation

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Saints make The World's 50 Most Valuable Sports Teams 2021

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New Orleans Saints are listed in the Forbes 'World's Top 50 Most Valuable Sports Teams' of 2021.

The New Orleans Saints franchise is one of the most valuable clubs in the NFL. Owner Gayle Benson inherited the club from her husband, Tom Benson. Benson saved the Saints from moving to Jacksonville, Florida, and purchased the team in 1985 for $70.2 million from the previous owner John Mecom.

Forbes values New Orleans is one of the top sports franchises in the world at $2.48 billion. The financial magazine appraised the Saints at No. 46 in the world of sports entities. The Saints are No. 25...
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Watch: Saints Smith, Callaway, Johnson, and Jones, Jr. Workout with Route God

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The New Orleans Saints second-year players, Marquez Callaway, Juwan Johnson, and Tony Jones, Jr., and veteran receiver Tre'Quan Smith are continuing their offseason workouts with Route God. Each player will be fighting to make the team because of a talented and crowded wide receiver room.

James Everett, aka Route God, hosted the Saints teammates on location in Florida. The football trainer was a star wide receiver and cornerback for Denver's George Washington High School. He played collegiate football for ASA College in Miami, Florida, for the 2016-17 season.

In a recent interview with...
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Panthers drafted Terrace Marshall at No. 59 after hearing Saints wanted him at No. 60

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The Panthers shifted gears at the last minute while they were on the clock in the second round of the draft, taking LSU wide receiver Terrace Marshall with the 59th overall pick because they believed that the Saints, who had the 60th pick, were about to take him.

The Panthers had two players they particularly liked as the 59th pick approached: Marshall and BYU offensive tackle Brady Christensen. According to Darin Gantt of Panthers.com, Christensen was probably going to be the pick at 59, until the Panthers got a call tipping them off that the Saints were about to take Marshall 60th...
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Saints clock in at No. 14 in Touchdown Wire's post-draft NFL power rankings

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Where do you put the Saints against the rest of the NFL now that the draft and free agency’s big moves are behind us? Are they still one of the four or five best teams in the league? Are they even top ten? That’s not the case per Doug Farrar over at Touchdown Wire. Farrar ranks the Saints outside the top tier as his 14th-best team in the NFL coming out of the draft. Here’s what he wrote of their placement:

And Farrar isn’t really giving the Saints much credit among their peers in the NFC. He’s slotted them behind the Seahawks (12), the Bears (11), Washington (8), the Packers (4), and the...
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Report: Panthers were tipped off that Saints targeted LSU WR Terrace Marshall Jr.

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So that stings. The New Orleans Saints waited to add a wide receiver until the seventh round at pick No. 255 in the 2021 NFL draft, adding South Alabama prospect Kawaan Baker, but they might have been able to address the position much sooner if things had shaken out differently. This report comes from Panthers.com’s Darin Gantt, who shared a nugget about the Saints following an active weekend in Carolina’s draft war room:
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Tanoh Kpassagnon has picked his new Saints jersey number

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The New Orleans Saints added a boatload of rookies and college free agents over the last week, so it’s time for the official website roster to update jersey numbers — not just for the new additions, but also to some inconsistencies with veteran players like Tanoh Kpassagnon.

Kpassagnon wore No. 92 during his four years with the Kansas City Chiefs, and that’s what he was initially assigned upon signing with the Saints earlier this offseason. But it’s the same number used by starting defensive end Marcus Davenport, so it’s good to have some clarity. Kpassagnon is now listed at No. 90, which...
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ICYMI: Payton, Kwon, Sherman, Kamara Commercial, Rookie Jerseys, & Zeke about Superdome Noise

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Just in case you missed Saints news, notes, and nuggets from the week of May 3-7.

"He's a winner. And, there were just enough good things that kept coming up what you watch him play...winningest quarterback at Notre Dame history...that's the function of that position [quarterback] is to lead your team to scores, find a way to win games, he's a pretty impressive guy."

Sean Payton on The Rich Eisen Show

Sherman listed the New Orleans Saints as a possible destination with ESPN's Stephen A. Smith. On the veteran corner's Twitch account, questions the "want" from the Saints after drafting...
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Saints Film Room: How Pete Werner fits in on Saints D

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The New Orleans Saints selecting Ohio State linebacker Pete Werner with the 60th pick in the 2nd round of the 2021 NFL draft definitely surprised some people.

The three-year starter for the Buckeyes was never a dominant force in college who put up gaudy numbers or made ridiculous plays on the regular. He was a role player on a talented team who just knew where to be at all times.

However, at 6-foot-3, 242 pounds, with over 33-inch arms, he’s what you would call a prototype-sized backer. In addition, he put up great numbers at his pro day — logging a 4.62 40-yard dash, a 39.5-inch...
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Nick Saban needs to quit blaming Dolphins’ doctors for Drew Brees

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Fifteen years after the fact, former Dolphins coach Nick Saban remains miffed that Dolphins doctors deemed the shoulder of quarterback Drew Brees unfit for NFL competition. (We probably could have ended that sentence after the word “miffed.”) Those same doctors nevertheless embraced the prospect of sending a second-round pick to the Vikings for quarterback Daunte Culpepper and his wrecked knee.

“Don’t forget, when I was the coach of the Miami Dolphins, doctors failed Drew Brees on a physical,” Saban recently told reporters regarding the fact that Alabama linebacker Dylan Moses went...
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Saints: What Payton, Polian, and Mora said about Ian Book the Quarterback

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What Sean Payton, Bill Polian, and Jim Mora, Jr. had to say about the New Orleans Saints drafting Ian Book at quarterback was intriguing and insightful.
So, what's the Book on Ian Book?

What was the hidden trail that led to the New Orleans Saints drafting Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book.

Read between the lines and follow the breadcrumbs.

Ian Book is now a Saints quarterback. Does he have a legitimate shot at earning a starting role in New Orleans?

The odds are slim.

Nonetheless, there's still a chance.

So, what's the Book on Book?

Earlier this week on on SiriusXM NFL Radio...
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Saints finally address the wide receiver position....in 2022 mock draft

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Most fans of the New Orleans Saints, myself included, believed the Saints would add a wide receiver in the 2021 NFL Draft at some point during the draft’s first two days. Not only did this not happen, the Saints waited until the 7th Round before selecting South Alabama wideout Kawaan Baker with the 255th overall selection.

After losing Emmanuel Sanders in the offseason as a suspected cap casualty to the Buffalo Bills, and with only a handful of unproven youngsters and/or undrafted free agents at the position, the Saints still need to bring help to Michael Thomas in the wide receiver room...
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