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Movie about New Orleans Saints standout Michael Lewis is in the works

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By Mike Scott , NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Michael Lewis famously beat the odds when the former beer truck driver earned a tryout, and eventually a roster spot, with his hometown New Orleans Saints, where he proceeded to set records as a kick return specialist. Now, after conquering the NFL, the relentless Lewis is making a run at a new, equally lofty target: Hollywood.

Lewis, a fan favorite known among the Saints faithful as "The Beer Man," has signed a deal to develop his underdog story into a movie.

Local filmmaker and screenwriter David DuBos ("Delta Justice: The Isleños Trapper War") has been hired to write the film, with the hope of having the project ready to go before cameras as early as winter 2019, said Karl Bernard, Lewis' longtime attorney and agent.

"I think anybody who has any dream larger than themselves will be inspired by the Michael Lewis story," Bernard said late Tuesday afternoon (June 18) in confirming the deal. "He's an incredible individual, an incredible athlete, an American story come to life right before our eyes in the city of New Orleans."
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Saints’ Michael Thomas Jokes With Chad Johnson About New Contract

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By J.R. De Groote | Heavy.com

Michael Thomas has put himself in a position to get a huge payday from the Saints.

When he does, former NFL star Chad Johnson expects a meal — or two.

ESPN’s Dianna Russini reported on Tuesday that the Saints are “comfortable” making Thomas, 26, the highest-paid wide receiver in the game. Russini added that the deal could be done before training camp, setting the new bar for wide receiver contracts in the NFL.

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Report: Saints could make Michael Thomas NFL's highest-paid WR by training camp with new deal

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By Rod Walker | The Advocate

The Saints signed one of their stars, Cam Jordan, to a lucrative extension last week.

Wide receiver Michael Thomas could be next.

According to a report by ESPN's Dianna Russini, the Saints are hoping to agree to a deal with Thomas before the start of training camp, which begins in July.

According to the report, the Saints are "comfortable making (Thomas) the highest paid receiver in the game."

Full Story - The Advocate

Alvin Kamara discusses third season with Saints

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By Ken Lay | VolsWire

NEW ORLEANS —
When VFL Alvin Kamara entered the National Football League with the New Orleans Saints, no one knew quite what to expect.

Sure, Kamara had talent and he was one of the Southeastern Conference’s more versatile running backs.

While in college, then-UT head coach Butch Jones did not use Kamara as a feature back with the Vols. When Kamara arrived in the Big Easy, Saints coach Sean Payton, one of the NFL’s most innovative offensive play callers, had no such problems.

In fact, Payton made Kamara a star and the Tennessee product was offensive Rookie of the Year.

In two seasons with the Saints, Kamara has totaled more than 3,100 yards and scored 32 touchdowns.

Still, the one-time Tennessee star, who shared running back duties with Mark Ingram (now in Baltimore), is looking for more.

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NFC South Offseason Reports: Drew Brees, Matt Ryan, Cam Newton and Jameis Winston Face Critical Seasons

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Quarterbacks are always in the spotlight, but it will be especially sharply focused on the four in this division, with age, injury and coaching turnover playing into the major storylines.

By Jonathan Jones | Sports Illustrated

New Orleans Saints

2018 record: 13-3

New players: Latavius Murray, Malcolm Brown, Jared Cook, Erik McCoy, Nick Easton, Chauncey Gardner-Johnson.

Players lost: Max Unger, Mark Ingram, Alex Okafor, Tommylee Lewis, Tyeler Davison.

In what areas did the team improve? Tight end production in New Orleans has decreased steadily since the Jimmy Graham trade following the 2014 season. Ben Watson followed Graham, then Coby Fleener took over the top receiving spot, and last year Watson regained the top spot—with just 400 receiving yards. Enter Jared Cook. The 10-year veteran is coming off the best season of his career (68 catches, 896 yards—fourth-most among tight end—and six TDs with Oakland) and makes for an immediate upgrade over the aging Watson, who’s now back in New England.

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Sean Payton open to changing Saints offense to score more points

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By James Parks | 247 Sports

Last season, the New Orleans Saints had one of the NFL’s best offenses.

Ranking eighth overall, they were one of only eight teams to surpass 6,000 total yards, scored 31.5 points per game, the league’s third most, and accounted for 504 total points, also the third most.

The key to their continued success on offense is being open to change.

Saints head coach Sean Payton says that the team sticks to the basics and build on past success, but will also use their offseason training regimen to introduce new concepts, formations, and play calls.

“There will be variations we try,” Payton said at a recent practice.

“There will be some offseason projects, not just offensively. Defensively, we’ll look at how you might tweak some things in the gun and do a few things maybe you didn’t a year ago. There are some core principles to what we’re doing offensively that we believe in.”

Full Story - 247 Sports

Saints linebackers coach Mike Nolan touts Alex Anzalone

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

Nolan was asked about the value he has in two starters who can play any linebacker spot, between Demario Davis and A.J. Klein. But Nolan pointed out that the Saints run deep at the position beyond those two top-level players, with Craig Robertson slotting in as a valuable backup and Anzalone continuing to stand out.

“I think it’s coming along well,” Nolan said of Anzalone’s progress. “Alex wears more hats than anyone else at the linebacker position. What I mean by that is he plays all three positions, and he’ll practice at two of the three. A lot of times guys will back up at another position but they don’t get much reps at it, they stay on top of it by studying. Whereas Alex has had to do all three positions and has done a real good job with it.”

The big problem Anzalone has had to deal with throughout his career — going back to his college days with the Florida Gators — was his health. He suffered a broken arm and slow-to-heal shoulder injuries that cost him playing time throughout college, and cut short his rookie season with the Saints.

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How long will Drew Brees be Saints QB? 'As long as he wants to play,' GM Mickey Loomis says

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By Staff | The Advocate

Drew Brees is a 40-year-old NFL quarterback -- that in and of itself is a rare feat.

And while there seems to be no dropoff in his Saints production after his 18th NFL season, even GM Mickey Loomis said it's really unknown how long the 12-time Pro Bowler could keep playing.

“It’s a good question,” Loomis said Monday on SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Sports Radio in response to a question from host Adam Schein.

“I would say that for most people he’s already exceeded whatever number was anticipated. Certainly that’s true with Tom Brady as well."

Brady, 41, is the only other NFL quarterback currently beyond the 40 mark. Brees celebrated his 40th birthday during the divisional round of the NFL playoffs in January.

Full Story - The Advocate

New Orleans Saints Triumphs: Drew Brees becomes the single season passing king

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"Move over Marino, there's a Brees coming through the door" - Jim Henderson (Dec 26, 2011)

By Bob Rose | Canal Street Chronicles

Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino set a single season landmark of passing yardage that many thought unthinkable during the 1984 season. Marino passed for 5.084 yards, (along with 48 touchdowns) during the '84 campaign, besting the previous mark of 4,802 set in 1981 by Dan Fouts of the San Diego Chargers. The 5,000 yard plateau was one that no one thought possible, and many believed that it may never occur again. Marino himself, for all of his passing achievements, would only come as close as 254 yards away in 1986, his second most prolific season. More than two decades would go by after Marino's record breaking season, and only 10 quarterbacks had seasons of over 4,500 yards passing during that period, with no one breaking the hallowed 5,000-yd. mark. It would be 24 years before another quarterback, another all-time great, would eclipse this elusive barrier.

Drew Brees joined the New Orleans Saints as a free agent in 2006...

Saints happy with Erik McCoy's progress, eager to test him further

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

It was very likely that Erik McCoy would be a rookie starter once the New Orleans Saints traded up to get him in the 2019 NFL Draft. Now, weeks out from training camp, it almost feels inevitable. The Texas A&M product is already making positive impressions on the people who matter most as he seeks to replace Max Unger: Sean Payton and Drew Brees.

McCoy initially split practice reps at center with third-year backup Cameron Tom during organized team activities and minicamp; free agent signee Nick Easton filled in for right guard Larry Warford, who was held out while managing an injury. But McCoy rarely missed a snap during the final two weeks of practice sessions, or at least those open to the media.

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New Orleans Saints 2019 Rushing Offense Outlook

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By Ashley Murray | LWOS

The New Orleans Saints have consistently been an offensive powerhouse. In 2005, the Saints suffered one of their worst seasons in history, finishing with a record of 3-13. This disastrous season led to inevitable huge changes being made, including the firing of coach Jim Haslett. The following year, Sean Payton was named head coach and quarterback Drew Brees signed with the Saints as a free agent. The team finished the 2006 season with it being their most successful to date, making it all to the NFC Championship for the first time in franchise history. But even that success could not have prepared fans for what was to come.

Under coach Payton, for the past 13 seasons, the Saints have finished as a top 10 team in terms of overall offense, placing in the top three for nine of...

Which veteran player could the New Orleans Saints cut?

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By James Parks | 247 Sports

It’s been a while since we’ve seen Cameron Meredith on the field, and if things don’t turn around quickly, we may not see him in a New Orleans Saints uniform again.

That is, according to the analysis of ESPN, who in a recent study predicted which veteran players could find themselves the victim of a roster cut before the season begins.

“Meredith agreed to a pay cut to stay with the team in March. But that won’t be enough unless he finally gets healthy and starts producing on the practice field,” ESPN noted in their analysis.

“Meredith missed all of OTAs and minicamp to keep recuperating from the knee injury that wiped out his entire 2017 season with the Bears and limited him to just six games in New Orleans last year. The plan is to be smart and cautious so he can be healthy in training camp and last the full season. But he’ll have to make up ground quickly this summer to solidify a role.”

Full Story - 247 Sports

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