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Saints roster bubble: Five in, five out

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By James Parks

The New Orleans Saints looked like a confident football team in their preseason opener last Thursday against the Jacksonville Jaguars, and this week they will line up against the Arizona Cardinals in their second summer contest looking to see how they have progressed in that time.

A few players have made good names for themselves, while others have drawn a more critical glance from coaches. With three more preseason games on the calendar, those evaluations can change for the better and for the worse, so there is still a long way to go.

But a few names have stuck out, both good and bad...

Saints getting a more refined Robinson this time around

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AP | Fox Sports

METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints cornerback Patrick Robinson sees his ease in front of a swarm of microphones as symbolic of the more secure person and player he has become since his unsatisfying first stint in New Orleans.

He left the Saints in 2015 as a five-year veteran who’d never quite lived up to expectations since being selected out of Florida State in the first round of the 2010 draft, just months after the Saints had won their only Super Bowl. Now he’s back one season after winning his first Super Bowl with Philadelphia.

“My first tenure here I was quite weak-minded, to be honest,”...

Rookie Saints offensive linemen Will Clapp, Rick Leonard in different places at this point in camp

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By Joel A. Erickson | The Advocate

The New Orleans Saints drafted two offensive linemen in April, selecting a pair of prospects from major programs to develop behind the sterling line they have already assembled.

New Orleans used a fourth-round pick on Florida State's Rick Leonard to address the edge, then used its final pick of the draft to select an interior player with local ties, former Brother Martin and LSU star Will Clapp.

Three weeks into their first NFL season, Clapp is ahead of Leonard as both rookies compete with a deep...

The Saint nicknamed ‘Duck Boy’ has the perfect mentality to rebound from Minneapolis Miracle

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Eric Adelson | Columnist
Yahoo Sport

Morgan Scalley watched the Minneapolis Miracle and his heart sank.

He is not a New Orleans Saints fan, per se. But he is a big fan of Marcus Williams, the Saints safety who made – or failed to make – the unforgettable play. It was Scalley who recruited Williams to Utah.

“Oh shoot,” the defensive coordinator thought. “He didn’t know what to do.”

The highlight that lives on is of Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs coming down with a third-and-10 pass from Case Keenum and scampering 61 yards unbothered into the end zone for a game-winning touchdown in the playoffs...

Underhill: Podcast: Reviewing Taysom Hill’s performance, the running back battle, more

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By Nick Underhill | The Advocate

The reviews are in.

This week's podcast breaks down the Jaguars game, from how Taysom Hill performed to who is standing out on the interior offensive line.

Plus, we set over/unders on yards for Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas, as well as sacks for Marcus Davenport. ...


Saints bond around ‘BlacKkKlansman’ and the chance to chase another Super Bowl Read more here:

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By Brian Allee Walsh - Special to the Sun Herald

Like all NFL teams in mid-August, the New Orleans Saints are fighting through the dog days of training camp and Tuesday’s off day was welcome relief for body, mind and soul.

Any down time is greatly appreciated.

Just as Sunday afternoon turned out to be therapeutic heaven for 90 players when Saints coach Sean Payton decided to cancel a scheduled walk-through, charter VIP buses and rent out a movie theater in downtown New Orleans.

The team chose from three current selections at The Theaters at Canal Place:

▪ Mission Impossible — Fallout: Ethan Hunt and...

Alvin Kamara Keeps His Rookie of the Year Trophy in His Closet

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In today's NFL, it's not quite enough to be just a running back. The days of the bruising between-the-tackles star are over. Now, if you want to be a star runner, you also have to be a playmaker: able to scrap for three yards up the middle, but also to peel out of the backfield to grab six passes a game—and maybe return a few kicks in...

Josh Rosen will play some with starters in Cardinals' 2nd preseason game

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By: Jess Root -- Cards Wire

The Arizona Cardinals will take on the New Orleans Saints on the road this Friday evening in their second preseason game of the year. Coach Steve Wilks explained that the starters would play more than they did against the Los Angeles Chargers in the opener. The starting offense was on the field for one drive and the starting defense for two possessions.

“The ones will increase their play,” Wilks told reporters Monday. But not everyone will get significantly more time. As he said last week, “there will be selected players that might not...

The Saints are always looking for 'inspiration' for new plays, and they aren't afraid to steal what they like

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By Nick Underhill | The Advocate

The Saints are thieves.

They love to watch other football games and borrow ideas. Everyone is involved. Coach Sean Payton likes cutups of all the scoring plays every week, which often sparks ideas. There is the film the team is exposed to during a given week while scouting an upcoming opponent, which can often lend to new wrinkles. Sometimes those plays end up sticking around. And then, of course, there is just the stuff people see while watching games.

That’s one of the reasons Drew Brees likes watching football games. College, pro, whatever it might be, every game...

Saints training camp Day 19: Trey Hendrickson, Arthur Maulet keep impressing

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By Nick Underhill | The Advocate

Dress code: Pads

Attendance: CB P.J. Williams (bruised ribs), WR Cam Meredith, DE Marcus Davenport (pulled muscle) and TE Michael Hoomanawanui did not practice.

Returned: WR Tommylee Lewis, DL Mitchell Loewen

Limited: Looked like DE Cam Jordan, DE Alex Okafor, G Andrus Peat and C Max Unger were allowed to rest a little.

Overview: The Saints held a shorter practice on Monday, wrapping up in a little less than two hours. A few periods were held on the far end of the field, behind a wall...

Jonathan Williams emerging as dark horse in Saints' running back competition

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By Joel A. Erickson | The Advocate

This summer kept throwing competition into the path of Jonathan Williams.

First, the Saints signed Terrance West, a veteran who has been a starter for two teams in the NFL and still has tread on his tires, and then New Orleans added another veteran, Shane Vereen, to the running back room.

For a player like Williams, who is still trying to carve out his place in the NFL, the added competition represented hurdles on the route to a spot on a Saints roster that already includes Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara, the NFL's most productive tandem of backs last year.

Williams is...

Saints DB coach Aaron Glenn: 'Watch out for Jamerson'

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

New Orleans Saints defensive backs coach Aaron Glenn has something of an eye for talent. He’s done a great job the last few years working with young defensive backs, teaching them to discipline their eyes and perfect their footwork. While Marshon Lattimore probably didn’t need as much work as others, the Saints have fielded a strong secondary under Glenn’s watch with undrafted guys like Ken Crawley and Arthur Maulet stepping up to contribute.

That brings us to today’s topic. Natrell Jamerson played all over the defensive backfield at Wisconsin, using his background as a wide receiver in high school to...

Saints: For rookie Taylor Stallworth, NOLA is ‘home away from home’

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By Roy Anderson

When you and your family grow up Saints fans, getting to play in Black and Gold is a dream come true. For Mobile’s Taylor Stallworth, it is getting really real.

Saints rookie defensive tackle Taylor Stallworth is living the dream. From growing up in Mobile, Alabama with a family full of Who Dats, himself a Saints fan, he’s now getting his shot to hit the big time wearing the Black and Gold.

Full disclosure, and as many Who Dat Dish readers know, I’m a Mobile product myself. Mobile is something of a sister city to New...

New Orleans Saints hope patience pays off with Devaroe Lawrence

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John DeShazier | Senior Writer -

Devaroe Lawrence knows perfectly well that you won’t find many Devaroe Lawrence’s in the NFL.

The undrafted rookie in 2017 joined the New Orleans Saints coming off a torn ACL, then needed another surgery because he said the first procedure left him bone-on-bone.

Before he could launch an NFL career, he was grounded for a year. So Lawrence is nothing short of appreciative for the Saints’ patience.

“Nobody ever really said they’ll wait for me,” he said. “I was...

Saints: If you’re not Keith Kirkwood, you need to step it up

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By Roy Anderson | WhoDatDish

There are more rookies than usual in Saints camp this year looking like they’ll be impossible to cut. Keith Kirkwood may be making the strongest case.

It seems like, every season in Saints training camp, there’s an undrafted rookie who catches everybody’s eye. Last season, understandably, it was LSU’s Travin Dural. This year, it’s wide receiver Keith Kirkwood.

If you’re not familiar with the name, we’re here to help you out. If you’re from SEC country, like most Saints fans, you may have never seen a...

Jonathan Williams building momentum in Saints RB battle

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

The New Orleans Saints will need someone to fill in for Mark Ingram during the two-time Pro Bowler’s month-long suspension, and it looks like third-year back Jonathan Williams is in the lead position.

Williams won fans over with his go-ahead score over the Jacksonville Jaguars in last week’s preseason game, but he’s been known to football fanatics for a while now. He rushed for over 2,000 yards and 16 touchdowns in two years as a starter for the Arkansas Razorbacks, and bounced between the Buffalo Bills and Denver Broncos as a reserve after entering the NFL through undrafted free agency...

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