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Saints WR Emmanuel Sanders opens up about relationship with Drew Brees

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By by Skyler Carlin | Clutch Points

The New Orleans Saints were able to sign Emmanuel Sanders this offseason, giving them a No. 2 option alongside Michael Thomas. During a conversation with the media on Friday, Sanders opened up about his relationship with Drew Brees.

Last season, Sanders found himself being traded to the San Francisco 49ers ahead of the trade deadline. However, before he joined the 49ers, his name was connected to the Saints and the Green Bay Packers. And according to Katherine Terrell of The Athletic, Sanders was the one that wanted to sign with New Orleans this offseason. ...

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Saints long snapper Zach Wood retests negative, still in COVID-19 protocol

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

One of the two New Orleans Saints players designated to the reserve/COVID-19 is already on his way off of it, having twice retested negative for a coronavirus infection: second-year linebacker Kaden Elliss. That leaves veteran long snapper Zach Wood as the only member of the Saints on the reserve list as he awaits the results of his second retest.

Nick Underhill of NewOrleans.Football first reported that Wood’s initial retest came back negative, and added that Wood will receive the results from his second retest on Saturday. If that is also negative, he will be allowed to rejoin the team. ...

Wood signed a four-year contract extension with the Saints earlier this summer that makes New Orleans’ special teams situation one of the most stable in the league

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Saints add depth at LB, sign vet free agent Nigel Bradham

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By Jelani Scott | Digital Content Producer

Nigel Bradham is heading to the Big Easy.

The New Orleans Saints have agreed to terms on a deal with the 30-year-old linebacker, according to Friday's transaction wire. The terms of the deal are undisclosed at this time.

A fourth-round pick out of Florida State in 2012, Bradham spent his first four seasons with the Bills before spending the last four with the Eagles. Bradham tallied 61 tackles, five passes defensed and an interceptions in 12 starts for Philadelphia in 2019. The team released him in February a day after declining his option for the 2020 season. ...

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Saints salary cap space update after the latest signings and opt-outs

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

With the NFL’s deadline for players to opt out of the 2020 season come and gone, the New Orleans Saints now know exactly who they’ll be working with in training camp. They’ve also made their first wave of roster cuts to bring their numbers down to the NFL-mandated 80 contracts, and added a veteran free agent or two.

So where does that place them against the salary cap?

Per ESPN’s Field Yates, the Saints are now ranked 25th in official cap space at just over $7.8 million (to be exact: $7,821,902). That includes transactions like the signing of wide receiver Bennie Fowler at the veteran’s minimum, and the opt-outs of tight ends Cole Wick and Jason Vander Laan.

But they aren’t finished just yet, because their deal with linebacker Nigel Bradham hasn’t been finalized and filed with the league office. Still, that shouldn’t drastically shift their salary cap outlook. ...

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Saints to activate linebacker Kaden Elliss from reserve/COVID-19

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

It turned out to be a short stay on reserve/COVID-19 for New Orleans Saints linebacker Kaden Elliss, who was designated to the reserve list Thursday. NewOrleans.Football’s Nick Underhill reported that the Saints will remove Elliss from the list after twice testing negative for COVID-19, which was confirmed by Amie Just of The Times-Picayune/Advocate. It suggests that the initial test result to put Elliss in the NFL’s COVID-19 protocol may have been a false-positive, but the real takeaway is that Elliss was fortunate to escape a serious infection.

That’s great news for the second-year pro out of Idaho, who was picked by the Saints late in the 2019 NFL Draft. Elliss initially showed out on special teams in training camp last summer before working his way into the linebacker rotation, splitting time with Kiko Alonso as the team’s third linebacker in base sets (starters Demario Davis and A.J. Klein rarely left the field). An unfortunate knee injury in Week 3’s road win over the Seattle Seahawks ended his rookie season, but he’s back now and looking to carve out a larger role for himself. ...

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Saints announce roster moves

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New Orleans adds linebackers to lineup

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 fumbles, five fumble recoveries with two touchdown returns and 28 special teams stops. ...

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Why Saints' Marcus Davenport will have a T.J. Watt-type edge rusher breakout season in 2020

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It's Year 3 for the former UTSA product who is ready to take the leap into stardom

Chris Trapasso | CBS Sports

On defense, T.J. Watt had the most seismic leap in the NFL last season, and it's time to pinpoint who's next. While Watt's sack total only improved from 13 to 14.5, he was much more disruptive on a snap-to-snap basis and led the league with eight forced fumbles. He was a first team All-Pro alongside Chandler Jones at the edge rusher position.

My pick for the Watt-type breakout in 2020 is Saints outside rusher Marcus Davenport, another former Round 1 selection who plays on a team with an established, highly paid star -- 2019 second-team All-Pro Cam Jordan -- across from him on the edge.

It wasn't Davenport's fault the Saints used two first-round picks in a trade up to select him in the 2018 NFL Draft, but after a mediocre rookie campaign, there were rumblings he was headed toward bust territory, or just that his debut season indicated he'd never fulfill the expectations that come with a player when a team trades up in Round 1 to get him. ...

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Former Brother Martin, Nicholls running back Dalton Hilliard Jr. dead at 29

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The son of LSU and Saints legend Dalton Hilliard has died, Nicholls State University announced Monday.

Dalton Hilliard Jr. was just 29 years old.

The younger Hilliard played running back for Brother Martin and Nicholls State.

The cause of death has not been announced.
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Healthy Kamara not concerned about contract

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METAIRIE, La. -- Alvin Kamara insisted that he isn't concerned about his contract heading into the final year of his rookie deal. In fact, the New Orleans Saints running back said he told his agent not to even mention it to him unless something serious develops.

Instead, the three-time Pro Bowler said his main focus this offseason was healing from the knee and ankle injuries that plagued his "rocky" 2019 season.

"I'm just here to do my job. I'm healthy and back with my teammates, and we're working toward getting ready for Tampa [in Week 1]," said Kamara, who missed only two games (Weeks...
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Alvin Kamara admits he played hurt last season; talks motivation in contract season

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The 2019 version of Alvin Kamara is not what was expected.

Yes, he was good but he was not as good as he was in his first two seasons.

Last year, Kamara accounted for 1,330 yards and six touchdowns from scrimmage.

By comparison, in 2018, Kamara accounted for 1,592 yards and 18 touchdowns from scrimmage. That came after a rookie season in 2017 where Kamara accounted for 1,554 yards and 13 touchdowns from scrimmage.

Kamara enters a contract year in 2020. Michael Thomas landed a huge deal most recently from the Saints. From a running back perspective, Christian McCaffery did the same and...
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Alvin Kamara focused on being healthy again, not contract

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Alvin Kamara would like a new contract. But he’d also like to get back to feeling like Alvin Kamara.

The Saints running back told reporters on a videoconference Monday that he struggled throughout last season after an early knee injury, and clearly wasn’t himself. He admitted that frustration, knowing his body language was “terrible” at times.

“I injured myself early. Jacksonville week, I tore my knee basically,” Kamara said, via Luke Johnson of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “That was something I was dealing with the whole season, had to miss some time, which I don’t like to do. Came...
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Alvin Kamara is focused on feeling healthy — not his next contract

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There are two things at the forefront of the discussion regarding New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara heading into this season, but he only devoted energy to one of them since the 2019 season ended.

Kamara spent this offseason focusing on getting healthy and feeling like himself again. He will worry about a new contract whenever that time comes.

“I’m not concerned with contract talks at all,” Kamara said. “Me and my agent (Damarius Bilbo) talked briefly about it, and I told him, ‘Don’t tell me anything about a contract until stuff is happening and there’s something I need to...
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What Bennie Fowler can bring to the Saints offense

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The wide receiver situation for the New Orleans Saints is in a very odd spot at the moment. With Michael Thomas eating up the vast majority of the targets last year and the new addition of Emmanuel Sanders, it’s hard to imagine the Saints have enough targets to go around. After signing Bennie Fowler, the Saints’ wide receiving corps has only become more crowded.

Fowler has the potential to usurp Tre’Quan Smith’s No. 3 spot in the receiver rotation, but with Smith being five years younger and the two of them putting up similar stats, he may have a tall task ahead of him. The Saints offense...
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Emmanuel Sanders and Saints trying to get a feel for each other

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The Saints didn’t have to work hard to sell wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders on joining the team as a free agent this offseason.

Sanders said in March that he didn’t need to hear from other teams once the Saints offered him a deal because he knew he wanted to play in an offense with quarterback Drew Brees. His feelings about playing with Brees haven’t dimmed in the ensuing months either.

Sanders said that Brees reminds him of Peyton Manning, who was the Broncos quarterback in 2014 when Sanders caught a career-high 101 passes for 1,404 yards and nine touchdowns. Now he and the Saints just...
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3 big questions to consider as Saints prepare for 2020 season and beyond

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The NFL is preparing to enter an uncertain realm next week when teams begin to take the field under the ominous shadow of a coronavirus pandemic reshaping the way professional football will operate in 2020 — if it happens at all.

So much being unknown about the path ahead is an unforeseen wrinkle in the New Orleans Saints well-laid plans. They once again built a roster that appears worthy of contending for a Super Bowl and have given it over to a smart, proven coaching staff. That championship mission feels as urgent as ever with the face of the franchise on the brink of beginning his...
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Linebacker Nigel Bradham is a starter-quality option for the Saints

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For the New Orleans Saints, any addition at the linebacker position is of benefit. Two of the projected starters in Alex Anzalone and Kiko Alonso are coming off of season-ending injuries and both have an unfortunately extensive injury history. Anzalone has been cleared to return to football activities while Kiko Alonso will start this season’s version of camp on the physically unable to perform list.

If by chance Alonso is not ready for week one or it’s simply too risky to throw him into full-speed action right away, the Saints have made a great investment in Nigel Bradham, who is...
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Ranking all 32 NFL teams by their under-25 talent

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Quarterbacks have generated a year of dramatic risers and fallers in Football Outsiders' ranking of teams by their talent that is under 25 years old. With the public pressure on teams to start their rookie passers in Week 1 -- or at least as soon as their placeholder veterans lose a few games -- it's little wonder that players such as Baker Mayfield can swing their teams' standings by 10 or more spots once they accumulate more than their few hundred freshman pass attempts.

After a different sort of regression, one such player propelled his team to the top spot for 2020. Despite their...
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Fleur-de-Links, August 10: Saints safety announces a name change and one player cleared from COVID list

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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.

After having to change his original college number of 56, which is the number of Demario Davis, to number 40, Zack Baun has again changed his jersey number to 53, the former number of A.J. Klein.

A brief preview of the Saints Week 8 opponent for the 2020 season, the Chicago Bears.

Safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson has announced via Instagram that he is changing his name to “Ceedy Duce.”

The Saints games against the Green Bay Packers, the Kansas City...
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7 key storylines to follow as New Orleans Saints return to training camp Wednesday

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New Orleans Saints players and coaches are days away from the start of training camp with Wednesday being the first day they’ll practice in shorts & helmets.

The team will practice in pads starting Aug. 17.

Before that, take a look at some of the key storylines to be aware of:

This training camp will be unlike any other in the league's history.

How will the Saints, and the rest of the NFL, try to navigate their way through a full-contact football season, without a bubble-like environment, amid a global pandemic?

You can learn more here.

Even though the New Orleans Saints have had two...
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No hobbies, just football: Saints' Marcus Davenport expects more from himself after a dedicated offseason

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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Though circumstances afforded him more time than he otherwise would have had in a typical offseason, New Orleans Saints defensive end Marcus Davenport did not devote much of it toward hobbies.

Learning the guitar would have to wait, and for that matter, so would his interest in exercising his mind through the written word. During the 2019 season, Davenport regularly had a book or two in his locker, sometimes rifling through them and reading passages during the open locker room period. Not this offseason.

No frivolity. Barriers up on mental avenues that served little purpose other than...
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NFL training camps are set to begin. The coronavirus is still here. Here's how the Saints will navigate both.

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The words roll off Marcus Davenport’s tongue, seemingly nonchalant. But the New Orleans Saints defensive end is serious.

He’s honest, bluntly painting the potential picture that NFL fans fear. But he's also calm. He knows fretting about it isn’t productive.

“The NFL season can be canceled tomorrow, so we're just trying the best we can today,” Davenport said.

No day is given in the NFL, even amid typical circumstances. Davenport knows that all too well, having landed on injured reserve last season after he suffered a Lisfranc injury against the San Francisco 49ers.

But it’s vastly...
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