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Saints' Mark Ingram joins NFL Network list of top 100 players for 2018

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By Christopher Dabe | The Times-Picayune

The NFL Network list of top 100 players for 2018 now includes Mark Ingram.
The New Orleans Saints running back is the No. 43 player on the list. The network continued its weekly countdown Monday (May 28) with players listed from Nos. 50 to 41.

Ingram is the third Saints player on the list so far, with wideout Michael Thomas at No. 81 and cornerback Marshon Lattimore at No. 82.

The placement of Ingram on the list is based in part on his 2017 performance, when the seven-year veteran posted the second of back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons. His 1,124 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns both were career bests.

The Saints will be without Ingram for the first four games of the season after he violated the league policy on performance enhancing substances.

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Jayrone Elliott gives Saints another Glenville High product

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By Josh Katzenstein

Jayrone Elliott said several teams tried to sign him this winter.

The outside linebacker and defensive end appeared in just one game with the Dallas Cowboys in 2017 before spending the majority of the season as a free agent. But, with three prior years of experience with the Green Bay Packers, teams saw a chance to add a player to spend the entire offseason competing for a role.

For Elliott, signing with the New Orleans Saints was an easy choice. Before playing at Toledo in college, Elliott went to Glenville High, the same Cleveland school where Saints wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr. and cornerbacks Marshon Lattimore and Justin Hardee went, and those three players helped convince Elliott to come to New Orleans.

"It was all about fit for me, and those three guys had a huge hand in me signing here," Elliott said. "I talked to them, and they were saying how cool the environment is here and how they take care of the guys here and how they just show love (and) how it's player-driven out here. It was just something I wanted to be a part of, and I was anxious to get back on a football team."

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Saints could have deepest defensive line they've had in years if everything pans out

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By Joel Erickson -- Advocate

One or two brilliant edge players are not enough to form an elite pass rush by themselves.

They have to have help.

Four defensive linemen racked up eight sacks or more for the Jacksonville Jaguars, now dubbed "Sacksonville" last season. Four primary pass rushers posted 5.5 sacks or more for Pittsburgh and Carolina, the other two teams with more than 50 sacks last season.

When the New Orleans Saints made a bold move up the board to grab UTSA defensive end Marcus Davenport in the first round of April's draft, the move was instantly and rightly tabbed as an effort to find a long-term bookend for All-Pro defensive end Cameron Jordan.

But the move also means the Saints have assembled more talent on the defensive line than they've had in years.

Full Article -- Advocate

Drew Brees creates VIP experience to raise money for his charitable foundation

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By Ron Higgins

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has put himself up for auction.

Donations made to the Brees Dream Foundation are good for entry into a VIP experience with Brees that includes the winner and a friend catching passes from Brees after a mini-camp practice, getting a tour of the Saints practice facilities, receiving autographed jerseys from Brees and a private dinner at Walk-Ons.

Airfare and hotel are also included.

Full Article -- Picayune

Here Are the Most Likely Matchups for Super Bowl 53, According to Vegas

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By Jason Rossi

There are lots of reasons you should watch the Super Bowl, but three really come to mind: The great plays, the amazing commercials, and the chance to earn money from a winning bet. The Super Bowl is the biggest gambling event of the year with $100 million wagered in Las Vegas and somewhere between $5 and $10 billion worldwide. We’re guessing the next Super Bowl will follow that trend, and even though the game is months away you can already place your bet. Here’s a look at the most likely matchups for Super Bowl 53, according to Las Vegas oddsmakers.

We’ll discuss a pairing that would make fans in two football-crazy cities happy (page 8), plus one matchup Vegas loves that we really don’t think will happen (page 12).

12. Cowboys vs. Patriots

Full Article -- Cheat Sheet

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Catching up with Deuce McAllister the Saints, the coronavirus and his golf game

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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Trying to catch Deuce McAllister the broadcaster, is probably a little easier than it was to catch Deuce McAllister the football player.

Back then it was about the most efficient and effective way to get from Point A to Point B, and he was really good at that. But these days it’s more about taking the winding road, even if it’s not necessarily by design.

McAllister tries to stay in shape in his post-playing career by playing golf. He helps his own cause.

“When I go and play, I normally hit about 13,000 to 15,000 steps,” McAllister said. “And I don’t walk, I use a cart. So that tells you...
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NFL to cut preseason in half; Saints to lose out on games vs. Rams and Dolphins

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The NFL will shorten the 2020 preseason, cutting the number of games for most teams from four to two, according to an ESPN report.

The move is the biggest move by the NFL to date in response to coronavirus. ESPN's report says the decision was made to give players more time to round into football shape before game action.

For the New Orleans Saints, that means the team's two preseason games will be at Pittsburgh on Aug. 23 at 7 p.m. and at home against Houston on Aug. 29 at 7 p.m.

The Saints will lose their preseason games at the Los Angeles Rams and at home against the Miami Dolphins...
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Interviews: Saints legends Jonathan Vilma and Deuce McAllister

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New Orleans Saints Linebacker Jonathan Vilma Legends Video Call with New Orleans Media Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Can you talk about how your new deal as a FOX analyist came to fruition? “It started at Super Bowl time down here in Miami (in February). I met with Brad (Zager), (and) some of their other higher administration guys and we were just talking briefly about calling games. I told them that I had called games before (college and 2019 Saints preseason). I also told them that I really enjoyed my time at ESPN. I told them that my time at ESPN never felt like work. They told me they’d...
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Report: NFL cuts 2020 preseason in half by eliminating two games

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The NFL has scrapped the originally scheduled first and final weeks of the 2020 preseason, according to Pro Football Talk,

The league’s announcement to confirm the cancellations are expected by Thursday, according to the report.

As a result, August schedules for teams include two games with every one of them playing one home and one road game. The Saints preseason road game in week one at the Los Angeles Rams on Friday, Aug. 14 and their week four home tilt Thursday, Sept. 3 versus the Miami Dolphins are canceled.

The remaining preseason games for New Orleans at the Pittsburgh Steelers...
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Reliving some of our worst Saints vs Falcons memories

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Great rivalries are built over time, and for six decades now the New Orleans Saints and the Atlanta Falcons have been providing each of their fans with memorable losses to pain the heart and ache the mind. With rivalry week coming here to SBN we’re going to explore some of the worst (and eventually best) wins over the Saints rivals starting with the Falcons.

Seasoned veterans of the Who Dat Nation will remember the drubbings the team received in the seventies an younger fans will be more familiar with the painful stretch of the late 90s. From 1969 to 1973 the Saints lost nine straight...
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Saints fantasy position groups: Wide Receivers

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The New Orleans Saints added much needed depth at the wide receiver position in the form of free agent Emmanuel Sanders. Sanders joins the best WR in the league in Michael Thomas, as well as Tre’Quan Smith andspeedster Deonte Harris as the core group of Saints receivers. So here’s how we evaluate each receiver prior to entering the 2020 fantasy season.

Michael Thomas is the best receiver in the NFL and should be the first WR off the board in every fantasy league this season.

Position Ranking: WR1

ADP: 3-5

New Orleans added a much needed WR2 this off season in the form of 10-year...
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Fleur-de-Links, July 1: More from Latavius Murray and Cam Jordan ranks #2 in overall sacks for the Saints

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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.

Former Saints player Jonathan Vilma talks about his move over the summer to FOX as an in-game analyst and how he looks forward to his new role in the 2020 season.

The biggest positions to watch for on offense ahead of the 2020 season are QB2, RB3, and a third WR behind Michael Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders.

Latavius Murray speaks more on his Boys and Girls Club luncheon, his feelings on Drew Brees, and more.

A look at how Drew Brees has impacted...
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Former Saints LB Jonathan Vilma looking forward to challenge of the broadcast booth

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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Jonathan Vilma effectively had 24 hours to prepare for what must have amounted to one of the strangest job interviews of his life.

Fox reached out to the Miami resident this February when its representatives were in town for the Super Bowl. The network wanted Vilma as an in-game analyst for its NFL broadcasts, and Vilma reciprocated the interest.

Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit, which resulted in a couple things: Vilma’s interview — which would require him perform a mock live game broadcast — was not only pushed back, but Vilma would also have to conduct it virtually by video...
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How Saints rank in quarterback play in Super Bowl era

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It’s well-established by now that the New Orleans Saints don’t have the best franchise history. It took over 40 years to win a Super Bowl, and a lot of suffering and mediocrity led up to that zenith. That’s due in no small part to some brutal quarterback play over the franchise’s history.

According to rankings from ESPN’s Doug Clawson, however, the Saints’ quarterback history in the Super Bowl era isn’t all that bad. As it turns out, having one of the best quarterbacks ever for over a decade in Drew Brees can really boost your standing, even with a history riddled with poor play.

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Saints roster battles to watch on offense, part one

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Remember the days when the biggest concern around the Saints was “Who is going to be the third running back?” Good ole 2019.

The bad news is that this is 2020. The good news is that training camp is right around the corner. Should all go as planned, the Saints expect to hit the team facilities in July to get started with their off-season programs. Up until then, relegated to computer screens from home, the Saints have not been able to address logjams and competition at certain positions.

Getting back on the practice field late July (and no earlier according to head coach Sean Payton)...
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Saints urge mask wearing

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At some point in the last four months of this extended episode of The Twilight Zone, an important public-health issue became a political litmus test. It shouldn’t be. And people and organizations in positions of influence are trying to reverse that.

The Saints are on board with the effort, posting on Monday an image of coach Sean Payton wearing a face covering bearing a Saints logo on the sideline, with this message: “Do your job . . . wear a mask.”

Even if you don’t care about protecting yourself (you should) or others (you should), there’s a simple and logical connection between...
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Fleur-de-Links, June 30: Latavius Murray gives back and Alvin Kamara continues to support NASCAR

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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.

A profile for the Saints 2020 Week 13 opponent, Philadelphia Eagles.

How Saints’ wide receiver Tre’Quan Smith’s 3rd year with in the NFL could be his best year.

Jadeveon Clowney fits the Saints in “scheme, the physical profile, and the production in both the pass rush and run defense.”

Saints running back Latavius Murray returns to his hometown to co-host luncheon for the Boys and Girls Club.

Saints running back Alvin Kamara has become a huge...
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Saints coach on the art and science of training during a pandemic — with the help of Excel

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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There is an art and a science to New Orleans Saints strength and conditioning coach Dan Dalrymple’s trade.

The science part has been easy enough to follow as the coronavirus pandemic has changed the way the world operated this spring and summer. Dalrymple has Microsoft Excel, and he knows how to use it. He crafted a modifiable training schedule for players to follow with nifty pulldown menus depending on the equipment at their disposal.

But the art? The act of physically being there to provide a spot or some instantaneous feedback — Dalrymple has missed that, and he’s had to adapt.

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Saints running back Alvin Kamara has become NASCAR’s newest, biggest fan

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New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara has been getting more and more outspoken on social media lately, and his latest crusade has been... Promoting NASCAR. For the past week, Kamara’s Twitter has been absolutely flooded with the racing sport’s content. This is in the wake of NASCAR banning the confederate flag from its events.

The Saints running back had a quick, simple reply to NASCAR’s ban:

Things moved EXTREMELY quickly after this. Kamara became a massively outspoken Bubba Wallace fan, he was in attendance on June 14 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, and he kept fans informed on...
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