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Unsurprisingly, Saints aren't an odds-on favorite to sign Antonio Brown

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

The New Orleans Saints were the last team to host embattled wide receiver Antonio Brown for a free agent workout, but they aren’t being considered by oddsmakers as a viable betting favorite. That’s probably because Brown had a meltdown in its aftermath, producing a high-profile, profane diss track against Sean Payton and claiming the Saints only invited him as part of a bizarre publicity stunt.

So it shouldn’t shock anyone that BetOnline hasn’t included the Saints in their list of favorites to sign Brown, who recently agreed to serve an eight-game suspension for multiple NFL personal conduct policy violations. The top spot belongs to the Green Bay Packers (2/1), but the same sportsbook has better odds of Brown not playing any games at all in 2020 (2/3). Other teams on their radar include the Seattle Seahawks (5/2), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3/1) and Baltimore Ravens (4/1), each of whom have been connected to Brown to some degree in recent weeks. ...

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Craig Robertson impressed by Saints rookies Zack Baun, Joe Bachie

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

There aren’t many players on the New Orleans Saints roster who have seen more in the NFL than Craig Robertson. He’s entering his ninth season, having spent the last four years with the Saints after a four-year stint with the Cleveland Browns to start his career; that experience spans 125 games, including the playoffs. Elected special teams captain in 2019, he’s proven to be a big voice in the locker room and on the field.

So his words carry some weight. Robertson talked up third-round draft pick Zack Baun in a recent media conference call, describing the rookie out of Wisconsin as “a real knowledgeable kid.”

The Saints are rolling with a first-year position coach at linebacker, having promoted longtime assistant Michael Hodges after Mike Nolan was hired away by the Dallas Cowboys earlier this summer. While their interactions have mostly been limited to virtual classroom discussions, Robertson has liked what he’s seen — and heard — out of Baun, noting that, so far, the rookie seems receptive to coaching. ...

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Top 2020 training camp battles for Saints: Backup quarterback, receiver and tight end all question marks

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Examining the five most intriguing position battles for New Orleans

By Jordan Dajani | CBS Sports

The New Orleans Saints will get at least one more season with star quarterback Drew Brees, and Sean Payton is hoping this team can send him into retirement with a Lombardi Trophy. The postseason has been very unfriendly to the Saints as of late, as they have suffered three straight heartbreaking playoff losses over the last three years. Will what the Saints added this offseason help push them over the hump, and can the rookies they selected in the 2020 NFL Draft come in and make an immediate impact on this talented roster?

The Saints draft class was not one that had NFL analysts drooling, but they picked up some solid players that should help this team. Cesar Ruiz is a versatile offensive lineman that could start in Year 1, Zack Baun is a complete linebacker and then Adam Trautman could one day evolve into Taysom Hill's No. 1 tight end -- or will it be Jameis Winston's No. 1 tight end? That will be another battle to keep an eye on in training camp.

Payton's first goal during this unprecedented offseason will be to evaluate his talent and establish a rough depth chart. This task will be more difficult than usual since there is no preseason due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. New Orleans has plenty of talent, but which players will get more playing time than others? Let's take a look at five of the most intriguing training camp battles for the Saints. ...

2020 NFL Team Preview Series: New Orleans Saints

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By Steve Palazzolo | PFF

The Saints have built a well-rounded roster in recent years and are once again among the best teams in the NFC. The past three seasons have ended in playoff disappointment — whether through miracles, missed calls or untimely turnovers — but New Orleans has the pieces to be right there in the mix as long as the players stay healthy. The roster is strong in the right places, as the Saints can pass the ball, stop the pass and rush the passer. Now it’s just a matter of some of those breaks going their way in crunch time. Time may be running out on quarterback Drew Brees’ career, and the Saints’ attempt to win one more Super Bowl with him under center is one of the big stories of the 2020 NFL season.

ADDITIONS/SUBTRACTIONS
Additions/players brought back:

QB Drew Brees (re-signed for two years, $50 million)
QB Taysom Hill (first-round tender)
S Malcolm Jenkins (signed for four years, $32 million, $16.25 million guaranteed)
DI David Onyemata (re-signed for three years, $27 million)
G Andrus Peat (re-signed for five years, $57.5 million)
WR Emmanuel Sanders (signed for two years, $16 million)
RB Ty Montgomery
OT James Hurst
QB Jameis Winston

Losses:

S Vonn Bell
CB Eli Apple
LB A.J. Klein
G Larry Warford...

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Saints announce signing of LB Nigel Bradham, activate LB Kaden Eliss from COVID-19 list

  • News source: Justin Macione
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The New Orleans Saints announced today that they have signed LB Nigel Bradham and activated LB Kaden Elliss from Reserve/Covid-19, it was announced by Executive Vice-President/General Manager Mickey Loomis.

Bradham (prounounced BRAD-em), 6-2, 241, was originally a fourth round pick (105th overall) of the Buffalo Bills out of Florida State in 2012. In eight NFL seasons with the Bills (2012-15) and Philadelphia Eagles (2016-19), he has appeared in 118 games with 96 starts, posting career totals of 588 tackles (409 solo), 8.5 sacks, three interceptions 33 passes defensed, five forced...
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Saints linebacker Kaden Ellis cleared from COVID-19 list, long snapper Zach Wood to be cleared pending second negative test

  • News source: Madeleine Hudak
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It appears the New Orleans Saints’ innovative plans to keep the team healthy this offseason are thus far paying off. As reported by Nick Underhill, the only two players on the New Orleans roster to test positive are nearly in the clear.

Linebacker Kaden Ellis is officially off the COVID-19 list.

Long snapper Zach Wood tested negative on his first retest; pending the results of his test on August 7, Wood is nearly off the list as well.

The NFL has implemented comprehensive COVID-19 protocols to best ensure the viability of the 2020 NFL season. Major League Baseball’s COVID-19 wave makes...
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Source: Saints LB Kaden Elliss to be reinstated from reserve/COVID-19 list

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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New Orleans Saints linebacker Kaden Elliss will be reinstated to the active roster from the reserve/COVID-19 list after receiving negative coronavirus test results, a source told The Times-Picayune | New Orleans Advocate on Friday.

NewOrleans.Football first reported the news.

Elliss' reinstatement to the active roster comes just one day after he was first placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Just because a player is placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list doesn't mean they have tested positive for the virus. Players can be designated reserve/COVID-19 if a team fears they've been exposed to...
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CSC Podcast: Saints Sign Bradham, Fowler and Waive Ten Players

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New Orleans Saints analyst for Canal Steet Chronicles, Brenden Ertle, breaks down the Saints recent transactions ahead of training camp, signings, waived players and the players placed on physically unable to preform.

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Thanks for listening, and don’t miss the next show. Who Dat!
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4 weeks Saints Latavius Murray could be worth starting in fantasy football

  • News source: Hayden Reel
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Latavius Murray is one of the best #2 running backs in the NFL. In the two games in which Alvin Kamara missed last season, Murray combined for over 220 rushing yards and found the end zone four times for a total of 60 PPR fantasy points. Even with Kamara in the lineup, Murray managed to average 7 PPG in games in which he had six or more carries. So, which matchups will Murray be most worthy of a start this year? In leagues of 12 teams or more, I believe Murray will be worth FLEX consideration in a few games this year. Here are the top four I believe Murray could warrant a start in deeper...
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Saints head to Chicago in Week 8 against a quarterback TBD

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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We’ll continue a series of opponent preview posts for the New Orleans Saints opponents in 2020. Next, we’ll look at what appears to be our annual trip to the Windy City. Our friends over at Windy City Gridiron took some time to give us Saints fans the scoop on the Chicago Bears.

Notable free agent additions:

Robert Quinn (edge), Jimmy Graham (TE), Germain Ifedi (OG), and via trade Nick Foles (QB)

Over/Under:

10 wins — Under. (but I could see a push being likely as well)

Most exciting rookie:

Cole Kmet may take a while to get acclimated to the pro game, as do most rookie tight ends...
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Ranking every NFL position group from 1-32

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NFL rosters are all relative, which is something that's often overlooked when analyzing them. It's easy to say a team is in "good shape" or "loaded" at a particular position, but the fact is each unit is only as good as it is relative to the league's other 31 teams.

That might seem like common sense, but you'd be surprised what you can learn and how your opinions are adjusted by actually sitting down and objectively (to the best of your ability) grading and/or ranking each positional unit of all 32 teams. This is a project I've done (and kept updated) each of the past several offseasons...
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Will 'playing with fire' finally burn Saints when salary cap plummets?

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METAIRIE, La. -- If the New Orleans Saints have taught us anything over the past decade, it’s that the salary cap is never as daunting as it seems.

General manager Mickey Loomis and vice president of football administration Khai Harley have become masters of pushing cap costs into future years -- a practice that has worked out for them while the NFL’s cap has continued to soar by more than $10 million per year in the past seven years.

The 2020 salary cap is $198.2 million per team. But because of lost revenues from the coronavirus pandemic, the NFL's 2021 cap could plummet to as low as...
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Fleur-de-Links, August 7: Sean Payton happy with Jameis Winston and two players added to reserve/COVID-19 list

  • News source: Adam Dunnells
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Officially licensed Saints face coverings are available for the first time, with partial proceeds from the sales going to the CDC Foundation.

Both safety Malcolm Jenkins and cornerback Janoris Jenkins are set to have a large impact on the Saints defense, with quotes from Marshon Lattimore and defensive coordinator Dennis Allen.

With the Saints current roster, the Saints do not need to add Jadeveon Clowney or Everson Griffin to the defensive line, though either edition would be “a luxury.”

Long snapper Zach Wood and linebacker Kaden Elliss have been put on the reserve/COVID-19 list...
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Saints place LB Kaden Eliss, long snapper Zach Wood on COVID-19/reserve list

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The Saints have made clear their focused efforts to avoid complications from COVID-189 infections, including a team hotel to help insulate the team during training camp.

However, a pair of players are already sidelined due to the virus.

Linebacker Kaden Ellis and long snapper Zach Wood were placed on the NFL’s COVID-19/reserve list Thursday. The duo are the first New Orleans players to be added to the list as the league copes with the pandemic. Twenty-five teams had placed at least one player on the list through Wednesday.

Players on the list have either tested positive or have come in...
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Saints place LS Zach Wood, LB Kaden Elliss on reserve/COVID-19 list

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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New Orleans Saints long snapper Zach Wood and linebacker Kaden Elliss have been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, according to Thursday's transactions.

The two are the first Saints to be placed on the newly created reserve list since its inception on July 26.

Just because a player is placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list doesn't mean they have tested positive for the virus. Players can be designated reserve/COVID-19 if a team fears they've been exposed to the virus and require quarantine.

NFL teams are not allowed to discuss the reasoning behind any player's placement on the...
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COVID-19 deadline has passed with no additional Saints opting out

  • News source: Kade Kistner
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The NFL’s COVID-19 opt-out deadline has now passed as of 3pm CST today. No additional New Orleans Saints players have chosen to opt-out of the season after tight ends Jason Vander Laan and Cole Wick made the decision late last month.

Multiple players across the league have decided to not participate in the season for personal reasons surrounding COVID-19. Most notably, the New England Patriots have a record eight players choosing to sit out.

This team is poised to make another run at a Super Bowl and every player understands what is at stake. Other than Vander Laan and Wick, no other...
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Top Performances of 2019: Michael Thomas breaks record in the Music City

  • News source: Matthew Terry
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Welcome back to another entry in the Top Performances of 2019 series. Going into this list, I wanted to give a shoutout to players whose big performances might not appear on the traditional stat sheet. Those that didn’t get the recognition they deserved (and then my first piece was about Teddy Bridgewater but just go with it).

That being said, there’s no way this list was going to happen without at least one of Michael Thomas’s ten 100-yard games.

It was hard to narrow down to just one of the ten games, so the easiest is Thomas’s dominant performance against the Tennessee Titans. This is...
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Do the Saints really need to add another defensive lineman?

  • News source: Kade Kistner
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The New Orleans Saints have had an incredibly productive off-season with the acquisitions of safety Malcolm Jenkins, wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders and a successful 2020 NFL Draft. Aside from the Baltimore Ravens, the Saints should be considered the most complete squad in the entire league heading into the 2020 season.

Despite the successful off-season, there seems to be no shortage of calls for New Orleans to add one of the premium defensive ends left on the free agent market in Jadeveon Clowney and Everson Griffin. That begs the question: should the Saints add another defensive lineman...
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