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Sean Payton looking forward to safer, exciting kickoffs

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By Herbie Teope

METAIRIE, La. -- If anyone can properly evaluate and implement the NFL's new kickoff rules, New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton certainly qualifies.

Payton, who joined the NFL's Competition Committee in September 2017, helped the eight-member committee shape the proposal that was approved at the Spring League Meeting this week.

Of the notable changes, members of the kicking unit can no longer have a running start...

Could new NFL kickoff rules give Saints' Alvin Kamara more chances to score?

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By Christopher Dabe

Alvin Kamara isn't entirely sure what to expect with the new kickoff rules enacted for the 2018 season.

He's eager to find out. His kickoff return for a touchdown last season was the first by a New Orleans Saints player since 2009.

Since that 2009 return, the NFL put rules in place that significantly reduced the number of kickoff returns league wide. The rules for 2018 could cause the number of kickoff returns to rise again, Sean Payton said Thursday (May 24).

"I think in the first quarter...

'Never seen anyone like him at the position': Taysom Hill off to good start at Saints OTAs

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By Nick Underhill

Taysom Hill’s performance at organized team activities might have been one of the more anticipated events of the offseason.

The Saints were able to see the quarterback play some last year during practices, but those moments came on Wednesdays when he was running the scout team. But the plays he was running were foreign to him. He’d look at a card, attempt to run the play, and then go back and repeat the process. Nothing about it was natural. It wasn’t the stuff he was...

Saints' Taysom Hill having a 'ton of fun' getting reps at quarterback

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By Amos Morale III

Saints quarterback Taysom Hill spent all of last season on the New Orleans roster. He even played in a few games on special teams.

But during the first stretch of 2018 OTAs, Hill has gotten a chance to do something he hadn't in nearly all of last season. And that is to practice at quarterback.

"There were a few days where I'd get to run the scout team (last year)," Hill said Thursday (May 24) after the last of three OTA sessions this week. "But I was kind of joking around with a few of the...

New Orleans Saints react to NFL's new national anthem rules

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By Josh Katzenstein

Ten New Orleans Saints players sat on the bench during the national anthem before their Week 3 game against the Carolina Panthers.

Some players around the NFL had already been participating in a peaceful protest during the anthem with hopes of bringing attention to racial injustice and police brutality, starting in 2016 with former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Just two days before these Saints players joined the cause, President Donald Trump said NFL owners should fire any...

Taysom Hill says he's playing catch up in Saints offense

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The Saints claimed Taysom Hill off waivers in September of last year after the undrafted quarterback from BYU went through the Packers training camp & preseason. He would end up on the Saints active roster in December; but as a special team’s player. Still, Coach Sean Payton had a ton of praise for him as a QB.

Hill enters this year’s organized team activities in New Orleans with aspirations of being the #2 guy behind Drew Brees. How has it been for him now that he’s had an entire offseason to digest the playbook more?

“Oh, it’s so nice,”...

Drew Brees hoping Saints offense can be as balanced as last season

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By Josh Katzenstein

Drew Brees' performance in 2017 showed the value of efficiency over volume.

His 4,334 passing yards were his fewest in 12 years with the New Orleans Saints, and his 536 passing attempts were his second fewest.

Meanwhile, Brees set an NFL record by completing 72 percent of his passes, and he averaged 8.1 yards per attempt, his best mark since 2011.

With the Saints having significant success running the ball with Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara last season, Brees didn't have to throw the ball as...

Cam Jordan among Saints limited in OTAs; Terron Armstead, Alex Anzalone full participants

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By Josh Katzenstein

Just four New Orleans Saints players were absent from organized team activities on Thursday, the only of the three OTAs sessions open to the media this week

Running back Mark Ingram, wide receiver Brandon Coleman, guard Andrus Peat and tight end Benjamin Watson were not seen during the practice session at team headquarters in Metairie.

Ingram has skipped all of the optional offseason practices and workout sessions so far this spring as he hopes for a new contract. It's unclear why the other...

Mark Ingram planning to attend minicamp, Sean Payton says

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By Josh Katzenstein

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton said running back Mark Ingram plans to attend mandatory minicamp from June 12-14 after skipping the rest of the offseason program with hopes of getting a new contract.

Ingram, who is coming off a career year in 2017, has skipped the offseason workout program that began April 16 and did not participate in the first three practices of organized team activities this week. The workouts and OTAs are optional, but skipping minicamp would result in a fine for Ingram...

Saints receiver Cameron Meredith 'way ahead of schedule' in return from knee injury

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By Amos Morale III

New Orleans Saints receiver Cameron Meredith is ahead of schedule in his return from a knee injury that kept him off the field for the entire 2017 season, coach Sean Payton said Thursday (May 24).

The 6-foot-3, 207-pound receiver who the Saints signed as a free agent this offseason did not participate in team drills during Thursday's OTA practice but Payton said his participation was encouraging.

"I made a comment to (Saints' director of sports medicine) Beau (Lowery) two days ago during the...

Four Players That Must Step Up to Make the 2018 New Orleans Saints

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Expect heavy competition at multiple roster spots throughout this summer on a roster loaded with young talent.

By Bob Rose

The New Orleans Saints wrap up the first of their organized team activities (OTA's) today, the first of three workouts the team will have until the beginning of training camp. The Saints will meet again on May 29-31, then June 4-7 for two more rounds of OTA's before mandatory mini-camp from June 12-14. Today, we have a look...

Jonathan Williams among players vying for role during Mark Ingram's suspension

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By Josh Katzenstein

Jonathan Williams signed with the New Orleans Saints on Nov. 14 last year. Then, for the next seven regular-season games and two playoff matchups, he was inactive.

It was a tough experience for the young running back, who has been passionate about playing football since growing up in Texas.

"It was hard on me, but it just gave me more motivation to come back in a better fashion," Williams said Monday (May 21).

In 2018, Williams should have a much better chance to earn a role in games. He'll...

NFL owners approve new rule: Players must stand for national anthem if they're on field

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Associated Press

ATLANTA -- NFL owners have approved a new policy aimed at addressing the firestorm over national anthem protests, permitting players to stay in the locker room during the "The Star-Spangled Banner" but requiring them to stand if they come to the field.

The decision was announced Wednesday by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell during the league's spring meeting in Atlanta.

In a sign that players were not part of the discussions, any violations of the policy would result in fines against the team — not the players. The NFL Players Association said it will challenge any part of the new policy that violates...

Freeman chasing his dream

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By Kevin Eckleberry

His time as a Baltimore Raven was short-lived.

KeShun Freeman, the former Callaway Cavalier who recently completed his collegiate career at Georgia Tech, participated in a rookie mini-camp with the Baltimore Ravens.

Freeman made a positive impression and was offered a spot on the team, but his tenure with the Ravens lasted all of one day.

Unfazed, Freeman was invited to take part in the New Orleans Saints’ rookie mini-camp, and once again he was offered a place on the team.

This time, it looks like Freeman will be hanging around...

Bleacher Report: David Onyemata is Saints’ best-kept secret

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The New Orleans Saints have a stronger defensive line than might meet the eye.

By John Sigler

Bleacher Report’s Justis Mosqueda picked out a sleeper from all 32 rosters, including the New Orleans Saints. Characterized as a list of guys you don’t think about who maybe you should think about, Mosqueda went with Saints defensive lineman...

New Orleans to host Super Bowl in 2024

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By Larry Holder

ATLANTA -- New Orleans' Super Bowl drought is over.

The NFL awarded the 2024 Super Bowl (58) to New Orleans after the city secured a unanimous vote during Wednesday morning's single-city ballot process among NFL owners, snapping New Orleans' two-bid losing streak for the NFL's championship game.

It will be the first time the city will host the game since 2013 when Baltimore defeated San Francisco in Super Bowl 47 on Feb. 3, 2013 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. It's also the 11th time New Orleans will host the Super Bowl, tying with Miami for the most games hosted by one city. This will be the eighth...


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