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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.

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

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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 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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Sean Payton links upcoming election to needed change

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Most members of the NFL community who have spoken out about recent events have done so apolitically, giving statements that don’t mention any particular election or elected official. Saints coach Sean Payton has made a different kind of statement.

Payton today posted two pictures on Twitter, one of George Floyd and one of Ahmaud Arbery, and wrote a brief statement that referenced the upcoming election.

“Were Murdered not Killed on Video. How many have we not seen? 22 weeks from today for change,” Payton wrote.

That’s not quite an endorsement of Joe Biden or a...
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Saints fortunate to have majority of tough matchups at home

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Each NFL team’s schedule for a given year is based off their record from the previous year and a rotation of interdivisional matchups. For the New Orleans Saints, there are a ton of high-profile games in what could be Drew Brees’s final year in the NFL.

Highlights include:

There are plenty of difficult games listed above (the Chiefs will obviously be no cakewalk), but there are others where the Saints should be favored (the Chargers game, for instance). When DraftKings created odds for last year’s division winners to go undefeated in 2020, the schedule for each...
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Saints owner Gayle Benson releases statement on recent protests

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As the murder of George Floyd grips the country, protests rage across every large city in America. Many are hoping to bring about reform to the justice system which has harbored racial injustice and allowed police brutality to go unchecked for far too long.

Protesters are pleading with local, state, and federal government for a change in the system that would bring about accountability for law enforcement while also taking note of racial injustices within some of the largest urban areas in the United States.

In response to these demonstrations professional...
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Fleur-de-Links, June 2: Saints owner makes a big move and Demario Davis speaks out

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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.

Saints and Pelicans owner Gayle Benson announced the Social Justice Leadership Coalition in response to ongoing protests across the country.

Saints linebacker Demario Davis will join Pelicans guards JJ Redick and Lonzo Ball as the first official members of Gayle Benson’s Social Justice Leadership Coalition.

In addition to joining the Social Justice Leadership Coalition, Demario Davis spoke on NFL Network about the need to...
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Interviews: Ron Swoboda, Perry Clark, Andrew Doak on All Access

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Saints, Pelicans owner Gayle Benson issues George Floyd statement: 'This is about making a difference'

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New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Gayle Benson became the latest high-profile member of the professional sports community to condemn the actions of police officers that resulted in the death of George Floyd last week.

Benson opened her public statement Monday afternoon saying as much, but followed by saying the key takeaway was not the words, but the action to follow.

In her statement, Benson said the organization reached out to and spoke with Saints linebacker Demario Davis and Pelicans guards Lonzo Ball and JJ Redick. The result of that conversation was...
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Gayle Benson statement on George Floyd tragedy, community initiatives

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Social Justice Leadership Coalition Created

One week ago today, George Floyd was tragically and senselessly murdered. Anger, sadness and protest followed throughout our nation in response to this unjust murder. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of George Floyd.

There are no written words, nor the timing of those words that can properly honor the life of George Floyd. We stand against police brutality in any form. Statements are words; unified action towards a solution is what needs to come from this now.

Both the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans...
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Saints, Pelicans form joint Social Justice Leadership Coalition

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“Statements are words,” Saints owner Gayle Benson said Monday.

“Unified action towards a solution is what needs to come from this now,” Benson added in a long statement.

To that end, Benson formed a Social Justice Leadership Coalition within her two organizations, the Saints and the NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans. Saints linebacker Demario Davis and Pelicans players Lonzo Ball and JJ Redick are helping spearhead the joint effort.

“This is not about making statements to appease people. This is about making a difference and working together,” Benson wrote.

Here is...
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With America in turmoil, Saints' Demario Davis says the time for action is now

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New Orleans Saints linebacker Demario Davis has never been one to shy away from taking a strong stance against systemic racial inequality in America, and that is not going to change now.

Appearing on the NFL Network with host Andrew Siciliano on Monday, Davis said now is the time to enact reform within law enforcement to prevent the type of situation that resulted in unarmed and restrained black man George Floyd lying dead in the street while in the custody of Minneapolis police.

It was a catalytic moment that has since plunged the country into protests and...
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Demario Davis: “We have to change the way policing is done”

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Many companies in every industry are putting out statements, which don’t really state all that much.

When Saints linebacker Demario Davis was asked about the violence that has erupted from protests of the death of George Floyd, he had specific ideas.

During an appearance on NFL Network, Davis said any hope of progress has to begin with honoring the memory of Floyd — but it can’t stop there.

“We can’t bring justice to these families,” Davis said. “Justice would be bringing those people back and we can’t bring them back. The first thing we can do is try to honor...
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Marty Hurney won’t say if NFL has been in touch about Tommy Stevens pursuit

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The Saints traded into the seventh round of this year’s draft in order to select former Mississippi State quarterback Tommy Stevens and Saints head coach Sean Payton said later that he made the move in order to keep Stevens from going to the Panthers as an undrafted free agent.

According to Payton, the Panthers and Stevens had agreed to a deal before the draft is over. That’s prohibited as teams can speak to players, but NFL rules preclude them from discussing financial matters or entering into an agreement.

The Panthers denied the allegation shortly after the...
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Cam Jordan makes PFF’s NFL Top 50

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New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan has been one of the most dominant and consistent performers on the Saints defense since he came into the league in 2011.

Jordan has started every single game since 2012 and has averaged 13.5 sacks over the last three seasons. In those last three seasons, Jordan has made the Pro Bowl each year and has made First Team All-Pro once. To cap off an incredible career so far, Jordan made the’s All Decade team for the 2010s.

It should come as no surprise then that Jordan similarly made Pro Football Focus’s Top 50...
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Louisiana by the Numbers: The best of every uniform (0-9)

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Part 10 of a series

This is what happens when history meets numbers.

Crescent City Sports has decided to go back through the list of greatest players to compete on the fields, courts and diamonds of Louisiana and decide who was the best to wear every number from 0 to 99.

Our rules are simple: To be eligible for our list, you had to play for a college or professional team in Louisiana, and the list is based on the number you wore while in Louisiana.

The final installment of our 10-part series looks at Nos. 0-9. While many of the greats in Louisiana sports...
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Eli Apple joins Saints junior varsity team?

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Former New Orleans Saints cornerback Eli Apple just inked a brand new, one-year, $3 million deal with the Carolina Panthers. After having his previous deal with the Las Vegas Raiders fall through earlier this offseason, this seems like a pretty good deal.

Now for the question that remains: is Apple heading to the Saints junior varsity team? Seemingly every player that New Orleans released or opted to not re-sign this offseason has somehow made their way to the Panthers.

Those players include fan favorite quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, wide receiver Keith...
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