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Manning Award winner Baker Mayfield not worried about returning to New Orleans as Browns' starter

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BY TED LEWIS -- Special to The Advocate

The next time Baker Mayfield is in New Orleans, he may be the starting quarterback of the Cleveland Browns.

Or he might just be holding the clipboard.

The former Oklahoma quarterback was in the Crescent City on Tuesday to pick up the Manning Award, the final piece of college hardware he’ll receive, including the Heisman.

But the first winner of the award which goes to the nation’s top college quarterback to actually claim the hardware after the draft, Mayfield, whom the Browns made the No. 1 overall pick has moved on to other things.

“I’m not really worried about that right now,” said Mayfield, whose new team plays the Saints on Sept. 16 in the season’s second game. “I’m just trying better each day.”

Full Article -- Advocate

10 Recently Drafted NFL Players Who Are Already Stars (And 10 On Their Way To Bust Status)

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A young NFL star and All-Pro can become a bust in the blink of an eye because of personal issues or one unfortunate injury.

BY MICHAELS ZAK

National Football League players who are labeled with the figurative bust status are not all built the same. Some appear to be flops and fail to find their form in the NFL right out of the gates. Others, however, manage to achieve some success in the early stages of their careers before they fall out of favor with coaches or general managers for different reasons. Then, there are the players who look like busts as rookies but who then manage to get it together and become stars who are named to Pro Bowl squads and compete for championships. The roller-coaster nature of the sport and of careers plays into the idea that we truly cannot evaluate a draft class until three, four or maybe even five years after it enters the NFL.

What should be remembered is that many of the ten players recently drafted who may be on their way to bust status still have time to turn things around and evolve into stars. In some cases, changing teams and finding the right NFL homes helps. Others who are already stars require no such adjustments. They are able to succeed regardless of coaching or those around them, and the best of the best become the new faces of the league throughout the 2020s. What’s interesting, as it pertains to this piece, is that a young star and All-Pro can become a bust in the blink of...

NFC South Offseason Report Cards: Bucs, Saints Boost Defense; Falcons Brace for Negotiations with Julio Jones

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In arguably the NFL's most competitive division, it will take more than double-digit wins to secure a playoff spot. Which team made the right offseason moves

By JONATHAN JONES

ATLANTA FALCONS
2017 record: 10–6

Crucial additions: CB Justin Bethel, TE Logan Paulson, G Brandon Fusco

Crucial losses: WR Taylor Gabriel, DE Adrian Clayborn, DT Dontari Poe, TE Levine Toilolo, FB Derrick Coleman

2018 NFL draft picks and grades

What improved? The Falcons replaced what they lost in the offseason, and the franchise improved at cornerback and at receiver. But thinking outside the box here—more than anything, Atlanta improved on its championship window by inking quarterback Matt Ryan to a five-year, $150 million contract extension. Ryan now has a cap hit of $17.7 million in 2018 and just $22.8 million next year before jumping to $31.8 million in ’20 (but by that time every top quarterback will cost a team at least $30 million per year).

Full Article -- Sports Illustrated

Saints columnist throws first punch of 2018 at Falcons by mocking poster, stadium

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By Eric Mandel

The cheap shots between the Saints and Falcons are starting early this year, and they have nothing to do with the players on the field.

Jeff Duncan, a general sports columnist for NOLA.com and The Times-Picayune, didn't pull any punches in a post Tuesday critiquing a new Falcons wall poster being sold by a company licensed by the NFL.

Duncan calls the team poster, which features a football-holding falcon diving into the end zone, "the single worst piece of art in human history," before throwing an onslaught of insults at anything relating to the Falcons. That includes insulting the look of the Falcon ("What you'd get if you if you cross-bred a tiger and an eagle"), Atlanta's stadium ("can't be a scene from Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium because we can see the sky. That would require the multi-million-dollar roof to actually work") and the franchise itself ("Pride since 1966." Really?! ... How about a more appropriate motto?: "Ring-less since 1966.")

Full Article -- Atlanta Business Chronicle

Danny Kanell says Drew Brees will be ‘revered’ in NOLA forever

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By James Parks

There aren’t that many New Orleans Saints fans thinking about how their team will look after quarterback Drew Brees finally retires from the game, especially considering how well he’s still playing at age 39 and his importance to the team’s newly resurrected playoff and Super Bowl hopes.

It was for that reason that Brees elected to stay in New Orleans this offseason, signing a two year contract after becoming a free agent, to finish the job he began with the organization more than a decade ago.

In so doing, Brees will cement what has been a unique bond between a quarterback and a city.

“I think this city and this franchise appreciates Drew Brees unlike any other,” NFL analyst Danny Kanell told CBS Sports concerning Brees’ legacy.

Full Article -- 247 Sports

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New Orleans Saints Coaching History—J.D. Roberts (1970–1972)

  • News source: Ken Trahan
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Tom Fears did a commendable job as the first head coach of the New Orleans Saints. He was qualified and respected.

Those qualities may not have preceded the second head coach in franchise history to the position.

J.D. Roberts took over the team midway through the 1970 season.

His first game was memorable, as the Saints downed playoff-bound Detroit 19-17 at Tulane Stadium on Nov. 8, 1970 on an NFL record 63-yard field goal by Tom Dempsey on the final play of the...
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4 trades the Saints should consider making ahead of the 2020 season

  • News source: Kade Kistner
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With the days of blockbuster free agency transactions behind us, we now turn our focus towards four trade scenarios the New Orleans Saints could potentially pursue. New Orleans was one of the most active teams in the league in filling its immediate gaps in the squad via free agency. However, there are still holes that need to be addressed before the start of the 2020 season. While many of those will be addressed in the draft, here are four trades that make sense for...
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CSC Lagniappe: Saints and NFL football in empty stadiums, are you kidding me?

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Yeah that’s a real possibility. We are going to have a virtual draft, no idea when players will get to training camp, and when the fast test for Covid-19 is a reality, the players should be able to practice. But what about the season. Below is the interview Drew Brees and his Wife Brittany had with talk show host Ellen Degeneres. The first part discusses their $5 million dollar contribution and makes me even prouder of our quarterback. Near the end Drew discusses how...
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Drew Brees: NFC South got more challenging this offseason

  • News source: Josh Alper
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Tom Brady‘s arrival in Tampa changed the outlook for the Buccaneers and it also set up multiple matchups with one of the NFL’s other top quarterbacks of all time.

Drew Brees re-signed with the Saints for the same two years that Brady signed up for with the Bucs, so they’re on track to face off at least four times in NFC South matchups. During an appearance on The Ellen Show on Wednesday, Brees was asked about the new arrival and what it means for life in the...
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Fleur-de-Links, April 9: Saints re-sign Cameron Tom and Drew Brees makes an All-Decade Team

  • News source: Adam Dunnells
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Saints QB Taysom Hill and his wife have their first baby on the way.

Three scenarios where the Saints could trade up for the 2020 NFL Dract.

After being snubbed by the Pro Football Hall of Fame All-Decade Team, Drew Brees makes the PFF All-Decade Team.

After re-signing center Cameron Tom, here’s a look at what he brings to the team.

In an interview with Sirius XM’s NFL Radio, Cam Jordan does not seem to be intimidated by Tom Brady joining the NFC South.

Three...
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Taysom Hill and wife Emily have some news: Their first baby is on the way

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If you're looking some for good news these days, you've come to the right place...

New Orleans Saints quarterback Taysom Hill and his wife, Emily, announced Wednesday night that the couple is expecting its first child.

"We are beyond thrilled for our new addition to our family, coming August 2020!! 💙💙," Hill wrote on Instagram.

Hill and his wife have been married since 2014.

Hill has become a fan favorite the past few years in New Orleans, captivating fans with...
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Saints offseason overview: Defensive line

  • News source: Les East
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METAIRIE – The defensive line was one of the deepest positions on the New Orleans Saints last season.

That depth came in handy as two of the team’s top linemen – tackle Sheldon Rankins and end Marcus Davenport – suffered season-ending injuries.

Five-time Pro Bowl defensive end Cameron Jordan also was injured for the last five games, but kept playing on his way to finishing the season with a career-high 15.5 sacks. Jordan revealed after the season that he was...
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Drew Brees: Stay at home, out of harm’s way

  • News source: Charean Williams
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While some NFL players are flaunting their workouts on social media in violation of stay-at-home orders, Drew Brees is encouraging everyone to stay home.

The Saints quarterback went on The Ellen Show with the message that the more everyone follows the rules, the quicker sports can return and life can resume at something akin to normal.

“We’re gonna get through this, but we need to get through it together,” Brees told DeGeneres from his home in California, via Amie...
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What Cameron Tom brings in his return to New Orleans

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One of the items on Sean Payton’s offseason checklist last week when he spoke to New Orleans media was interior offensive line. This even after re-signing Andrus Peat. Now, the Saints return another familiar face to the team in versatile interior offensive lineman Cameron Tom.

The Southern Miss grad never made it to the field in 2019, starting the season on IR. However, his development has been encouraging for the Saints staff who had him deep in last year’s...
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Saints re-sign Baton Rouge native C Cameron Tom

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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The New Orleans Saints have re-signed Baton Rouge-native Cameron Tom, according to Wednesday's transaction report.

Tom has been with the Saints since 2017 and has played in 11 games for New Orleans — all of which came in 2018.

In 2017, Tom was on the team's practice squad until Oct. 25. He was a healthy inactive in Week 8 through the rest of the season.

Tom missed the entire 2019 season due to being placed on injured reserve with an undisclosed injury during...
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Saints re-sign Cameron Tom

  • News source: Josh Alper
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The Saints have brought one of their reserve offensive linemen back to the roster.

According to multiple reports, the Saints have re-signed Cameron Tom. They opted not to tender Tom as a restricted free agent last month.

Tom signed with the team after going undrafted in 2017 and spent his rookie year on the practice squad. He appeared in 11 regular season games for the Saints during the 2018 season. He made one start at right guard in the season finale as the...
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Saints WR Emmanuel Sanders will make $2M in base salary next season; breaking down new contract

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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New Orleans Saints wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders contract details have been finalized, and the team's new No. 2 wide receiver will make $10 million guaranteed.

Here's how the deal breaks down, according to Spotrac.

Additionally, Sanders' deal carries $1.5 million in reception incentives for both the 2020 and 2021 season. There is also a 2022 season on Sanders' contract, but it voids on the last day of the 2021 league year.

Sanders addition to the Saints' offense...
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More than 70K New Orleans homes tuned in to Saints 'Domecoming' re-run, ratings show

  • News source: BY JEFF NOWAK | Staff writer
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Just over 70,000 screaming fans crammed into what was then the Louisiana Superdome on Sept. 25, 2006 as the Saints marched in for their "Domecoming" after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

On April 6, 2020 and nearly 14 years later, more than 70,000 New Orleans homes united again for that game -- from a distance -- across a city shut down by the coronavirus pandemic.

According to local ratings data provided by WWL-TV, the re-airing of that Week 3 Monday Night...
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Cam Jordan not intimidated by Tom Brady

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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After getting named to the NFL’s All-Decade team, and after being a consensus “this is the Saints player I’d most want to be quarantined with” pick, New Orleans Saints defensive end Cam Jordan is hitting the interview trail.

Jordan appeared on SiriusXM NFL Radio with Alex Marvez and Gil Brandt to discuss Malcolm Jenkins re-joining the Saints, the NFL’s All-Decade team, Sean Payton, Covid-19, and playing for one of the all-time GOATs, Drew Brees.

On the topic of...
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