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New Orleans Saints 2018 NFL Draft: Why Taysom Hill Is the Winner

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By Dean Mullen

Make no mistake, Taysom Hill has to feel pretty good going into the 2018 season. He will undoubtedly have to beat out Tom Savage to win the backup job. Also, with the acquisition of J.T. Barrett, it’s likely to be a battle for that backup position. Nevertheless, Hill has the coaches’ eyes and some experience being with the team for a solid year.

The fact that the Saints didn’t select a quarterback, has to instill some confidence in Hill. Surely, Who Dat Nation was salivating in round one, when the Saints traded up to move to the 14th overall pick. The thought was that the Saints were going to pick a quarterback. That’s the usual scenario when a team moves up and gives up a couple of draft picks.

Full Article -- LWOS

Saints draft: Boom or bust? Only time will tell!!

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TRACEY JAGNEAUX

NEW ORLEANS -- No question that after last year’s bountiful draft for the New Orleans Saints, the 2018 version of let’s take a chance would be scrutinized in a way that no other draft would be.

No matter who the Saints chose this year, the comparison to 2017 would be made, even though none of the players selected starting last Thursday had even taken a snap in the NFL.

So, how did the Saints do in this year’s installment? That all depends on who you ask. The range of grades looks like the report card of a seventh grader going through the change to adulthood: it is all over the map.
ESPN gave the Saints a C+, putting New Orleans just above average.

Bleacher Report, without providing any explanation with its rankings, gave the Saints a D, the lowest in the league along with Oakland and Seattle.
Yahoo and USA Today agreed with Bleacher Report and also rated the New Orleans draft as being D worthy. However, both NFL.com and CBS Sports had the Saints with a grade of B.

The biggest move of the draft for New Orleans came very early. The Saints made a bold move in the first round Thursday, trading next year’s first-rounder to move up and take Texas-San Antonio defensive end Marcus Davenport, a player who filled a need for a pressure player at the right defensive end spot the Saints have been trying to fill long-term for years.

Full Article -- Ville Platte Gazette

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Saints vs. Packers: Five Numbers That Do Not Lie

  • News source: JR Ella
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“Someone said: “numbers never lie.” And that was a lie, because sometimes numbers lie. But they don’t lie all the time, and that’s the truth.”

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This is the fun part of writing about sports: the team you follow is on a two-game losing streak, the defense is falling off faster than a Mardi Gras bead thrown from a Bourbon Street balcony, defensive backs are giving away penalties like they are Oprah, and last but not least, the starting quarterback, Breesus himself is making non-believers all around the Who Dat Nation. Is there anything else happening in NOLA?

So, the Saints have kinda...
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A first for the NFL: Steelers-Titans game is postponed because of positive coronavirus tests

  • News source: BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Pittsburgh-Tennessee NFL game will be played either Monday or Tuesday due to positive coronavirus test results among the Titans.

The NFL announced the switch on Wednesday. The previous day the NFL said that three Titans and five other team personnel had tested positive for COVID-19. The Titans have closed their facility at least through Friday and will not be able to practice in any fashion together until Saturday at the earliest.

Both the Titans and Steelers are 3-0 and among the NFL's seven undefeated teams.

Tennessee beat Minnesota 31-30 on Sunday, and the...
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CSC Staff Week 4 picks: Falcons freefall, faith in Foles fickle

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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With the 2020 NFL season now entering Week 4, we’re continuing our new weekly bit where some of the staff here at Canal Street Chronicles tries to pick winners and losers for every NFL game each week.

In Week 3, there were plenty of upsets and surprises across the league, but at least one thing is consistent: the Atlanta Falcons will blow 4th quarter leads. Only some of the CSC staff had faith in the Falcons to “Falcon” last week, but no one is making that mistake in Week 4, as the Green Bay Packers over the Falcons is one of numerous unanimous picks for this week’s slate.

Here are our...
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Payton impressed with Lions, laments how Saints looked “like a high school team” vs. bootleg

  • News source: Ken Trahan
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The New Orleans Saints and Sean Payton have turned the page from a second straight loss to their game this Sunday at Detroit.

The Saints have not faced the Lions since 2017. Detroit quarterback Matt Stafford has always been a potent passer, when healthy and when his supporting cast has been solid.

Stafford completed 22-of-31 for 270 yards and two touchdowns as the Lions upset previously unbeaten Arizona 26-23 on the road last Sunday.

“I felt he played one of his better games last weekend,” Payton said. “I think they’re a dangerous team, especially when they’re healthy at receiver and...
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New Orleans Saints: Important quotes from Week 3

  • News source: Madeleine Hudak
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Despite stronger gameplay, overall, in the New Orleans Saints 37-30 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football, the team just can’t seem to hit its stride. The cries of Drew Brees’ critics only get louder by the week; while he wasn’t necessarily to blame for the Week 3 loss, Brees certainly needs to step it up to duel against Matthew Stafford and the Detroit Lions’ aerial game. Here’s what key players had to say about another disappointing week for the Saints, and the team’s diagnostic assessment to collectively improve their gameplay.

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The Dome ain’t super without Saints fans

  • News source: Monty602
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With under four minutes left in fourth quarter and clinging to only a three point lead, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers pulled off one of his go-to tricks and utilized a hard count on third and 3. Drew Brees has also become adept at drawing opponents offside with a hard count, but Rodgers managed to do it on Brees’ home field rather than his own.

Not once, but twice, Demario Davis took the bait. It even appeared like Rodgers was close to calling a time-out when Davis jumped far over the line of scrimmage, giving Rodgers what he has become an expert at cajoling, a free play.

Though...
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Fleur-de-Links, September 30: Saints fill out their practice squad as injuries pile up

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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The blame isn’t solely Drew Brees’s, but for the first time in his career, he might be holding the Saints offense back.

The former LSU Tiger finds his way back to the Saints practice squad after clearing waivers.

You are what your record says you are, and the Saints’ having a losing record.

ESPN’s Mike Triplett discusses the concerns, and potential reasons for optimism, surrounding the New Orleans Saints quarterback.

Despite a recent extension, could Alvin Kamara actually be under-paid?

The Saints offense might be struggling, but the defense is a bigger concern.

The pandemic has made...
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NFL Survival Index: The contenders best positioned to overcome key injuries

  • News source: www.espn.com - New Orleans Saints
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The sound of MRI machines buzzing around the NFL was predictable. Teams braced for a rash of injuries amid the COVID-19 pandemic, comparing the lack of offseason preparation to the post-lockout injury outbreak in 2011.

Several superstars who were eyeing massive 2020 seasons were suddenly taking to social media to promise an epic comeback in 2021.

Things have gotten so bad with the New York Jets, who had 17 players on the injury report last week, that the team is looking into the repeated issues, particularly the frequent soft-tissue injuries, according to sources.

But while the Jets are...
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Sean Payton has found his mask of preference

  • News source: Darin Gantt
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Considering that Saints coach Sean Payton was fined $100,000 for not wearing a mask in the opener, it makes sense that he’s looking to save a little money where he can.

So after some experimentation, he found an economical alternative.

“The simple, $1.75 surgical mask, just felt lighter, cleaner and also I think a little bit easier to talk through without any muffled sound than the material one,” Payton said, via Amie Just of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

The fact he could buy more than 57,000 of them if he still had his fine money notwithstanding, it became a functional decision...
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Walker: Alvin Kamara earning top running back pay while giving Saints top receiver play

  • News source: BY ROD WALKER | Staff writer
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Alvin Kamara signed a contract extension a little over three weeks ago that made him the second-highest-paid running back in the NFL.

The way Kamara has shouldered the load in the Saints' passing attack so far, perhaps he and his agent should have considered negotiating for some of that wide receiver-level money.

In the absence of the sure-handed Can't Guard Mike, Drew Brees has depended heavily on Can't Tackle Alvin, a name the Green Bay Packers would vouch for after whiffing time and time again on Kamara's spectacular 52-yard touchdown reception Sunday night.

Thomas, who has missed...
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Saints re-sign former LSU OL Will Clapp to practice squad

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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The Saints re-signed New Orleans native and LSU alumnus Will Clapp to their practice squad on Tuesday, according to the NFL's daily transactions report.

The Saints waived Clapp, an interior offensive lineman, from the 53-man roster on Sept. 26 to make room for wide receiver Bennie Fowler III and defensive end Margus Hunt on the active roster. Running back Ty Montgomery was placed on the injured reserve on that day as well.

Clapp cleared waivers on Monday, meaning the Saints could re-sign him to the practice squad.

The Brother Martin alumnus has been with the Saints since they drafted...
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Cam Jordan on 1-2 start: I’m putting everything on defense

  • News source: Josh Alper
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One of the questions that’s been asked around the Saints in the early weeks of this season is whether quarterback Drew Brees‘ skills are diminishing at a concerning rate.

Defensive end Cam Jordan fielded that question during an appearance on The Rich Eisen Show Tuesday. Jordan laughed when asked if Brees had lost too much arm strength and said he trusts Brees “more and more every time he takes the field.”

Jordan said the secret to changing the conversation is to “win more” and that he’s casting blame for the team’s losses to the Raiders and Packers to his side of the ball.

“We’re...
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It’s the Week Three Goats (in a Bad Way) draft

  • News source: Mike Florio
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On Monday, we go positive. (For the most part.) On Tuesdays, one specific segment of PFT Live focuses on the negative.

It’s the Goats (in a Bad Way) draft. The Week Three edition appears in the attached video.

Some of them are obvious. Cowboys defensive lineman Trysten Hill should be ashamed — and suspended — for his attempt to injure Seahawks running back Chris Carson by grabbing Carson’s leg while on the ground and rolling like an alligator with its prey.

Another Hill lands on the list: Saints quarterback Taysom. His fumble on a poorly-read read-option play flipped the momentum in...
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Saints continue to tumble in Week 4 Power Rankings

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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It’s about to be as bad as you think. Here are all of the major outlets’ power rankings. So how do the New Orleans Saints rank? (Change from each week will be in parentheses.)

Do you agree with these rankings? Let us know in the comments. Make sure you follow Canal Street Chronicles on Twitter at @SaintsCSC, “Like” us on Facebook at Canal Street Chronicles, and make sure you’re subscribed to our new YouTube channel. As always, you can follow me on Twitter @ChrisDunnells.
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