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6 players Saints could pick up from the AAF

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

The Alliance of American Football was suddenly shuttered on April 3 after controlling owner Thomas Dundon choosing to suspend operations. His decision put hundreds of players back on the street, many of them NFL veterans who were working towards a return. Some of them have already landed with NFL teams, like quarterback Garrett Gilbert (with the Cleveland Browns) and wide receiver Rashad Ross (with the Carolina Panthers). Here’s six prospects the New Orleans Saints should consider.

TE Thomas Duarte, Arizona Hotshots

Duarte put on 15 pounds to play tight end after leaving the college ranks as a wide receiver prospect. He made the most of his limited opportunities in the AAF, catching 8 of his 12 targets for 111 yards. He scored a touchdown or two-point attempt on three of those catches. Duarte proved he can get upfield in a hurry and make some difficult catches. The Saints should give him a shot as their third tight end behind Jared Cook and Josh Hill.


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5 Questions with Pats Pulpit on Malcom Brown

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By Chris Dunnels | Canal Street Chronicles

Our friend Rich Hill over at SB Nation’s Pats Pulpit on the New England Patriots, was kind enough to answer a few questions about one of the new additions to the New Orleans Saints: DT Malcom Brown.

Looking at Malcom Brown’s statistics, he seems solid if uninspiring. In a nutshell, what can the Saints and their fans expect out of Brown in the middle of the defensive line?

Brown was a solid defensive tackle with the Patriots, but could shine more in a different scheme. He’s a great run defender when allowed to be aggressive from the three-technique, which is where he stood out next to Alan Branch. But when Branch left, Brown was tasked to take over that space-eater role and he was not as well fit for that job.
If the Saints allow him to be more aggressive in the middle of the defense, he should be a great run defender with some pass rushing upside. But if he’s asked to take on multiple blockers, he won’t fare as well.
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Scouting Potential Saints: WR Hakeem Butler

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The Saints had a private meeting with Butler, and many might think him a bad fit because New Orleans already has Michael Thomas. What can he provide?

By Deuce Windham | Canal Street Chronicles

You would think with the New Orleans Saints lacking a 1st round selection they wouldn’t put much focus on players who carry (for most) high draft grades, especially when those players play the same position as one of their current stars. Hakeem Butler out of Iowa State is projected to fill both of those areas, and yet the Saints still made it a priority to meet with him privately and get a full scouting report on the big 6’6, 225 pound receiver.

He’s not just big, but has the speed to run right by defenders as well. Butler posted an elite RAS (Relative Athletic Score) of 9.77 at the NFL combine with a 4.48 40 yard dash, 18 bench reps and a 36 inch vertical. Players of his size and length rarely are able to show off this level of athleticism, and it’s caused people to draw comparisons to greats like Calvin Johnson and Randy Moss.

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Saints on the hook for Nick Easton only through 2019 season

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By James Parks | 247 Sports

As anyone in the business will tell you, NFL contracts are not all they seem.

Though reports frequently list players as signing deals over multiple years for large amounts of money, the truth is that teams organize these contracts in a way that gives them a chance to get out of the agreement earlier than the terms specify and paying the players less than the announced value.

That could be true for Nick Easton, the new Saints starting center.

This offseason after veteran Max Unger announced his retirement from football, New Orleans signed Easton away from Minnesota on a reported four year contract worth $22.5 million.

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New Orleans Saints 2019 NFL draft outlook: Offensive tackle

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By Josh Katzenstein, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

The New Orleans Saints have two of the best offensive tackles in the NFL with Terron Armstead and Ryan Ramczyk, but they still might seek some help at the position in the draft.

Jermon Bushrod, the top backup option last season, is still a free agent, and although the team likes Michael Ola, he spent more time practicing at guard than tackle last year.

Armstead was a Pro Bowl left tackle in 2018, but he still missed six games as he continued to be plagued by injuries. The 27-year-old Armstead hasn’t played more than 10 games in any of the past three seasons, so as good as he is when he’s healthy, left tackle depth is critically important for the Saints, though they benefit from left guard Andrus Peat’s ability to move to tackle at times.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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