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Saints Countdown to NFL Kickoff 2020: #70 Jammal Brown (July 5th)

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By BT Boylan - Sports Illustrated

The New Orleans Saints are 70 days away from their Week 1 clash with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Here is a look at the greatest player in Saints history to wear #70: OT Jammal Brown

Jammal Brown, 39, spent seven seasons in the NFL, five with the New Orleans Saints. After arriving at Oklahoma as an All-state awarded DT, Brown solidified himself as one of the best OL in the country, winning the Outland Award (best interior lineman) in 2004. A unanimous All-American in 2004, Brown entered the 2005 NFL Draft regarded as the best OT in his class.

The New Orleans Saints selected Brown 13th overall in the 2005 NFL Draft. Brown started 13 games as a rookie playing at RT and made the NFL’s All-Rookie Team. In 2006, under new HC Sean Payton, Brown moved from RT to LT. Tasked with protecting the Saints' new $60M man, QB Drew Brees, Brown produced his best NFL season. Brown anchored a strong OL that led the Saints to their first-ever NFC Championship appearance in 2006. Starting in 15 games, Brown earned his first trip to the Pro-Bowl following the Saints 10-6 season. ...

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What NFL teams best prepared to lose a QB to coronavirus? Ranking 1-32 | Saints’ Jameis Winston or Cowboys’ Andy Dalton No. 1?

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By Zack Rosenblatt |

The 2020 NFL season will be unlike any season ever before it for a lot of reasons. Let’s focus specifically on the quarterback position.

There’s a cliche that says the backup quarterback is the most popular player in town. In 2020, the backup quarterback position has arguably never been more important.

Think about it: What if Tom Brady or Daniel Jones test positive for the coronavirus in the middle of the season? That would mean that player would, theoretically, have to sit out for two weeks, and the Buccaneers or Giants, in this case, would have no choice but to temporarily hand the keys over to the backup.

Some teams understood that this offseason and invested in backup quarterbacks, including the Giants in signing Colt McCoy.

Others strangely stood pat, like the Rams and Titans. There is still plenty of time to add another quarterback before the season — Colin Kaepernick, anyone? — but for now, let’s take a look at each team’s quarterback situation. ...

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Saints D-line coach says Marcus Davenport 'definitely has room to get better' even after strong second season

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By Jared Dubin | CBS Sports

In 2017, the New Orleans Saints came extremely close to taking a trip to the NFC title game, losing to the Minnesota Vikings on a last-second miracle pass from Case Keenum to Stefon Diggs. A few months later, the Saints traded two first-round picks to move up and select University of Texas-San Antonio pass rusher Marcus Davenport with the No. 14 overall pick, hoping that his dynamism on the edge would help push the team over the top.

Davenport struggled a bit with injuries during what was still a solid rookie season, but played only 51 snaps in New Orleans' two playoff games, the second of which was another heartbreaking loss, this time to the Los Angeles Rams. Davenport came back healthy for his second season and took a nice step forward, starting all 13 games in which he appeared and picking up six sacks, five tackles for loss, three forced fumbles, and 16 quarterback hits. He got injured again down the stretch, though, and didn't appear in New Orleans' playoff loss to (again) the Vikings. ...

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Dre Kirkpatrick an interesting free agent option remaining for the Saints

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The New Orleans Saints have had an active free agency, re-signing a future Hall of Famer in Drew Brees, signing last year’s passing leader Jameis Winston, signing the XFL interception leader Deatrick Nichols, and adding key players on both offense (Emmanuel Sanders) and defense (Malcolm Jenkins).

But maybe they aren’t done just yet.

Yes, there is still talk the Saints could be interested in former Seattle Seahawks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, but maybe that’s not the veteran the Saints target this offseason. Bleacher Report names signing former Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Dre...
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Dennis Allen looking forward to “huge challenge” of defending Tom Brady

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The NFC South was the site of the biggest free agent move in the league this March as quarterback Tom Brady‘s decision to sign with the Buccaneers made for a big change in the divisional landscape.

Such a shift will also mean more work for the defensive coordinators of the other three teams in the division.

Saints defensive coordinator Dennis Allen faced the Buccaneers twice last season, so he has experience facing the offense put together by head coach Bruce Arians and offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich. That offense is going to look different with Brady at the helm, however, and...
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Tom Brady’s arrival has brought out the worst in Buccaneer fans

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers joined some prestigious company in the 2020 offseason. Much like the 2011 Eagles, the 2014 Saints and the 2019 Browns, the Bucs left March as unquestioned offseason winners. And, much like the 8-8 Eagles, the 7-9 Saints and the 6-10 Browns, there’s definitely no disappointment lurking around the corner.

If you had asked Buccaneer fans heading into next season in early March, they’d have told you having a quarterback in his 40s could NEVER work. However, the signing of Tom Brady changed everything, and suddenly 40 is the new 20.

Just look at this video of the...
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Fleur-de-Links, July 7: Jonathan Vilma talks on his move to broadcasting and Saints OC answers questions

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A look at how previous shortened NFL seasons have worked in case the NFL 2020 season is cut significantly, if not outright cancelled altogether.

A look at how Michael Thomas stacks up against Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones.

Saints OC Pete Carmichael talks Emmanuel Sanders, Jameis Winston, Cesar Ruiz, and more.

Clutch Points ranks the 3 “most savage” moments from the rivalry between the Saints and Falcons, with Steve Gleason’s punt block earning the top spot.

A look at all four of the quarterbacks the Saints currently have on their roster.

With Emmanuel Sanders, Alvin...
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How many regular season games will the NFL have in 2020?

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The NFL has already cut the 2020 preseason in half, cancelling the first and fourth preseason game. The Hall of Fame game has been cancelled. The 2020 season is still in currently proceeding as scheduled, but will it actually actually take place without a hitch or will the Covid-19 pandemic continue to chip away at the year?

Despite major league baseball players offering to play a longer season, MLB was adamant the league should not continue into November. Similarly, with the NBA getting ready to re-start, the NBA too made it a point to not be playing in November. With November being...
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Michael Thomas vs. Julio Jones are in a fierce battle for best NFC South receiver

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Last season, Michael Thomas made NFL history by catching the most passes in a single season in NFL history with a staggering 149. Thomas has emerged as the eminent threat in the Saints offense, and yet the superstar receiver continually gets disrespected around the league as a slant specialist who doesn’t open the field up.

That’s due in part to Thomas sharing the NFC South with Julio Jones, who is recognized around the league as a top receiver, not only today, but that the NFL has seen. Jones is likely the most physically gifted receiver the league has seen since Calvin Johnson. But if...
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Fleur-de-Links, July 6: A profile on Joe Bachie and a look at Tommy Stevens as Taysom 2.0

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Canal Street Chronicles recount some of the best Saints wins over the Atlanta Falcons.

A Q&A with SB Nation’s The Only Colors over how well Saints UDFA linebacker Joe Bachie fits in with the Saints’ scheme.

A profile on rookie linebacker Joe Bachie.

While Tommy Stevens may seem like Taysom Hill 2.0, he is unproven at the professional level in the way that Taysom Hill has proven his worth and abilities.

CSC contributors compile their top five biggest villains in the NFC South during the Sean Payton/Drew Brees era.

A look at how the NFL and NBA plan to deal with the pandemic ahead of...
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Johnson: Maybe it's not fair to compare Saints' Tommy Stevens to Taysom Hill — but it's hard not to

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The player in question was an all-state safety in high school. He was a punter, too, and as a freshman he played on special teams coverage units to go along with some wide receiver, tight end and linebacker.

Now he’s in the NFL, where he is first and foremost focused on being a quarterback. But he is also willing to do whatever the New Orleans Saints are asking of him.

Think you know who this player is?

You might have guessed Taysom Hill, and that is kind of the point.

When the Saints traded back into the seventh round to select former Mississippi State and Penn State quarterback Tommy...
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Life of a Saint: Will Smith

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With such a storied career, it’s hard to pick a favorite memory of Will Smith.

I mean, we are talking about a player who, in college at Ohio State, was a First-Team All American, Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year, Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, Second and First-Team All-Big Ten in successive years, and an SEC National Champion. When Smith made it to the NFL, he continued his storied career by being a first-round draft pick, a Pro Bowler and, of course, a Super Bowl Champion. Smith retired at #4 on the all-time New Orleans Saints career sack leader board.

The New York native...
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A look around the NFC South on SB Nation

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A collection of news and stories from the other SB Nation NFC South blogs

Dante Fowler Jr. is now a Falcon. In case you had forgotten! This offseason has been so unusual with the pandemic that it feels as though it has been ages since last season ended. This new series on The Falcoholic takes a look at current Falcons players, so here’s your chance to get familiar with your enemy.

Safety Keanu Neal eager to return to the field. One of the best player in the NFC South when healthy, Neal has suffered season-ending injuries the past two seasons. The former Florida Gator has been a force in...
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Saints UDFA Profile: Michigan State linebacker Joe Bachie

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We are beginning a new series here at Canal Street Chronicles where we will highlight some of the New Orleans Saints most promising undrafted free agents (UDFA) that were signed this offseason. We were able to sit down with SB Nation site managers and editors to get the inside scoop on each player’s time in college and how that may translate to their time in the NFL and competition for a roster spot. Up first is former Michigan State linebacker Joe Bachie.

Ryan O’Bleness, managing editor of The Only Colors, was nice enough to take the time and help us dive into why Bachie was one of the...
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Holiday happiness is remembering Saints wins over the Falcons

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Imagine, if you will, being a quarterback in the NFL whose line struggles so badly that you’re sacked nine times in a single game. Now, imagine in that same game you throw an interception to a defensive linemen who proceeds to stiff arm you into meme-land.

That is the life of Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan on November 28, 2019.

Cameron Jordan had a four sack game, Marcus Davenport chipped in two more, and interceptions by Shy Tuttle and Chauncey Gardner-Johnson all contributed to the defense providing one of the best performances in New Orleans Saints history. Not only was the...
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CSC Slack: Top Five Most-Hated Players from the Division in the Payton-Brees Era

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Every sports fan has a few of those players in their team’s division who just irk them when they face up against their squad. We don’t really hate them, (well...) but it’s just especially un-enjoyable when a player from a rival team makes big plays and/or celebrates in your face on a consistent basis when playing your hometown team.

Whether it be someone like Drew Brees from a Buccaneer fan’s perspective, who just tears their team apart every time he plays them; Cam Newton, who not only makes big plays, but lets you know about it when he does; Or even Matt Ryan, who just has a face that’s...
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Saints expecting more from Marcus Davenport

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The Saints traded up to take defensive end Marcus Davenport in the first round of the 2018 draft and that move was starting to pay dividends last season.

Davenport had three sacks and two forced fumbles in wins over the Panthers and Falcons in Weeks 12 and 13 last season, but the surge ended against the 49ers in Week 14. That’s when Davenport suffered a Lisfranc injury that brought his season to an end.

Saints defensive line coach Ryan Nielsen said that Davenport has “done the best that he can with his rehab” this offseason. He added that the team is looking for a big step forward as a...
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