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Saints sign veteran tackle Michael Ola after minicamp tryout

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By Joel A Erickson

The NFL allows teams to bring in five veterans to try out at rookie minicamps, and the New Orleans Saints have always taken full advantage and found veterans who ended up signing Sunday.

At least one of this year's crop is already in the fold.

New Orleans is signing veteran tackle Michael Ola to a one-year-deal, says a league source, a move that adds a player with 31 starts under his belt to an offensive line that lost some of its veteran depth this offseason.

Ola, a CFL product who has spent time with seven NFL teams and made 12 starts for the Chicago Bears in 2014, played in two games for the Chargers in 2017.

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A look at how Saints measure draft prospects' ability to process information and learn

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By Nick Underhill

If you’re a prospect hoping to break into the NFL and meet with the Saints ahead of the draft, chances are you’re going to end up staring into a computer screen and will be asked to recognize how a series of balls move around a screen.
It might start out with 10 white and two red balls moving around the screen. At a certain point, the red ones will disappear, and it is the test subject’s job to say where they were on the screen when it happened. Then it will move on to three red balls, then four, and so on.

“And we record a score for that. We do a series of these that help us get a gauge as to how quickly someone processes information,” coach Sean Payton told The Advocate. “Where does it weigh? It’s still about the talent. It’s still about the traits — height, weight, speed, size. We’re still using a typing system. It gives us an additional bit of information with regards to other things — vision, learning elements. We’re really back to learning.”

NFL teams have been putting players through different types of mental tests for years. The Giants had one when Payton was with the team in 1999 that took about 45 minutes to complete. New Orleans located a more efficient way to go about the process two years ago when they came across this new method.

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Zach Strief joins Saints rookies for hands-on instruction: 'It's good to see him out here'

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By Christopher Dabe

Zach Strief couldn't help himself.

The recently retired offensive lineman arrived at the New Orleans Saints rookie minicamp Saturday (May 12) unsure of what to do, and given an all-access pass by coach Sean Payton, he did more than simply observe.

The 12-year NFL veteran took a hands-on approach to working with young players and fourth-round drafted lineman Rick Leonard, who played Strief's right tackle position during Saturday drills.

"He tiptoed around and stayed on the blacktop like he was one of (the media members)," Payton said about when Strief first arrived to watch minicamp workouts. "So we gave him an all-access pass for now."

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Former Saints tight end Coby Fleener still dealing with concussion symptoms: Sean Payton

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By Christopher Dabe
NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Former New Orleans Saints tight end Coby Fleener still has concussion symptoms related to a helmet-to-helmet hit in Week 12 against the Los Angeles Rams, coach Sean Payton said Saturday (May 12).
Fleener missed the remainder of the season, and the Saints released him Monday.

"He's still working through the process of getting cleared and he's working through being without symptoms," Payton said between rookie minicamp workouts.

The release came two years into a five-year contract with a maximum value of $36 million. The release has a post-June 1 designation, which lets the team spread the remaining amount of the contract over two years.

Fleener came to New Orleans expecting to fill the spot vacated by Benjamin Watson when he signed a two-year deal with the Baltimore Ravens. Fleener failed to match that production in 2016, and the Saints in 2017 turned to a more ground-based offense with Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara sharing backfield duties.

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Dennis Allen on Marcus Davenport: 'We’re certainly excited about the player'

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By NewOrleansSaints.com

New Orleans Saints Defensive Coordinator Dennis Allen
Post-Practice Rookie Camp Availability
Saturday, May 12, 2018


You can’t get too high or two low on Marcus Davenport at this camp considering this is the first time you’ve seen him perform as a Saint?

“Yes, I think it’s no different than any other year. Obviously, you have the athletic qualities that you are looking for. Mentally he has the things that we are looking for that gives him the chance to have success. This camp is really kind of about getting accustomed to some of the verbiage that we are going to use, getting use to some of the techniques that we are going to ask him to play. It’s kind of an introductory phase, but we’re certainly excited about the player.”

How do you envision using a guy like that?

“We’re going to play him at the right end to start off with and evaluate him there. I think the one thing that really stood out to us throughout the draft process was his ability to rush the passer. We felt like he had a unique skill-set that allowed him to be able to rush the passer. He has size, length, speed, so all the qualities that you’re looking for, he has. It’s getting him out here, getting him accustomed to what we’re going to ask him to do and helping him to deveolop.”

How excited were you that the club traded up to be in the position to pick up an edge player like that?

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NFL training camps are set to begin. The coronavirus is still here. Here's how the Saints will navigate both.

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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The words roll off Marcus Davenport’s tongue, seemingly nonchalant. But the New Orleans Saints defensive end is serious.

He’s honest, bluntly painting the potential picture that NFL fans fear. But he's also calm. He knows fretting about it isn’t productive.

“The NFL season can be canceled tomorrow, so we're just trying the best we can today,” Davenport said.

No day is given in the NFL, even amid typical circumstances. Davenport knows that all too well, having landed on injured reserve last season after he suffered a Lisfranc injury against the San Francisco 49ers.

But it’s vastly...
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Walker: 10 most important new faces on Saints roster to watch as training camp begins

  • News source: BY ROD WALKER | Staff writer
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The NFL season, assuming there is one, is full of uncertainties.

The COVID-19 pandemic makes it hard for us to know what tomorrow will bring, let along the next few months.

But we do know this: The New Orleans Saints enter training camp in good shape.

Not having any preseason games won't hurt the Saints as much as it'll hurt others. The roster and the guys coaching the players on that roster haven't changed much.

On paper, the roster looks stacked. Even if there was no draft or no free agency, the Saints would have entered the season as one of the favorites. That's how stacked it is...
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Source: Saints LS Zach Wood to be reinstated from reserve/COVID-19 list after negative tests

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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New Orleans Saints long snapper Zach Wood will be reinstated to the active roster from the reserve/COVID-19 list after receiving two negative coronavirus tests, a source told The Times-Picayune | New Orleans Advocate.

NewOrleans.Football first reported the news.

Wood's reinstatement to the active roster will come two days after he was first placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Wood's agent, Mike Abadir, told The Times-Picayune | New Orleans Advocate on Thursday that he believed Wood's positive coronavirus test was actually a false positive — a theory proving to be true after Wood's next...
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A look around the NFC South on SB Nation

  • News source: JR Ella
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A collection of news and stories from the other SB Nation NFC South blogs

Carolina will be be good on offense. Although the Carolina Panthers are expected to struggle defensively in the 2020-2021 NFL season, they have plenty surrounded new quarterback Teddy Bridgewater with plenty of offensive weapons.


Second Panther opts out of upcoming season. Christian Miller, a second-year edge rusher for Carolina became the second player to opt out of the upcoming NFL season because of COVID-19.


Russell Okung considering retirement. Amid the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the...
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How Emmanuel Sanders and Drew Brees got a jump-start on their rapport

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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Sometime this June, at some undisclosed Tropical Smoothie location in Denver, two guys ordered some lunch and got to know each other a bit.

Mundane as that might sound, this was important, because one of those guys was a future Hall of Fame quarterback and the other was his newest wide receiver, and outside of their preceding reputations, neither knew much about each other personally.

So, new New Orleans Saints teammates Drew Brees and Emmanuel Sanders got to talking.

“We had lunch and got to chop it up, we got to know each other,” Sanders said. “... On the field — that's going to work...
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Saints announce signing of LB Nigel Bradham, activate LB Kaden Eliss from COVID-19 list

  • News source: Justin Macione
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The New Orleans Saints announced today that they have signed LB Nigel Bradham and activated LB Kaden Elliss from Reserve/Covid-19, it was announced by Executive Vice-President/General Manager Mickey Loomis.

Bradham (prounounced BRAD-em), 6-2, 241, was originally a fourth round pick (105th overall) of the Buffalo Bills out of Florida State in 2012. In eight NFL seasons with the Bills (2012-15) and Philadelphia Eagles (2016-19), he has appeared in 118 games with 96 starts, posting career totals of 588 tackles (409 solo), 8.5 sacks, three interceptions 33 passes defensed, five forced...
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Saints linebacker Kaden Ellis cleared from COVID-19 list, long snapper Zach Wood to be cleared pending second negative test

  • News source: Madeleine Hudak
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It appears the New Orleans Saints’ innovative plans to keep the team healthy this offseason are thus far paying off. As reported by Nick Underhill, the only two players on the New Orleans roster to test positive are nearly in the clear.

Linebacker Kaden Ellis is officially off the COVID-19 list.

Long snapper Zach Wood tested negative on his first retest; pending the results of his test on August 7, Wood is nearly off the list as well.

The NFL has implemented comprehensive COVID-19 protocols to best ensure the viability of the 2020 NFL season. Major League Baseball’s COVID-19 wave makes...
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Source: Saints LB Kaden Elliss to be reinstated from reserve/COVID-19 list

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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New Orleans Saints linebacker Kaden Elliss will be reinstated to the active roster from the reserve/COVID-19 list after receiving negative coronavirus test results, a source told The Times-Picayune | New Orleans Advocate on Friday.

NewOrleans.Football first reported the news.

Elliss' reinstatement to the active roster comes just one day after he was first placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Just because a player is placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list doesn't mean they have tested positive for the virus. Players can be designated reserve/COVID-19 if a team fears they've been exposed to...
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CSC Podcast: Saints Sign Bradham, Fowler and Waive Ten Players

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New Orleans Saints analyst for Canal Steet Chronicles, Brenden Ertle, breaks down the Saints recent transactions ahead of training camp, signings, waived players and the players placed on physically unable to preform.

If you’re enjoying the Canal Street Chronicles Podcast please remember to subscribe and leave a 5-star review on iTunes, Spotify or where ever you find your podcasts! The voices behind the microphones are Brenden and Nate, you can find them on Twitter, @Brendenertle and @NateJWSports.

Thanks for listening, and don’t miss the next show. Who Dat!
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4 weeks Saints Latavius Murray could be worth starting in fantasy football

  • News source: Hayden Reel
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Latavius Murray is one of the best #2 running backs in the NFL. In the two games in which Alvin Kamara missed last season, Murray combined for over 220 rushing yards and found the end zone four times for a total of 60 PPR fantasy points. Even with Kamara in the lineup, Murray managed to average 7 PPG in games in which he had six or more carries. So, which matchups will Murray be most worthy of a start this year? In leagues of 12 teams or more, I believe Murray will be worth FLEX consideration in a few games this year. Here are the top four I believe Murray could warrant a start in deeper...
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Saints head to Chicago in Week 8 against a quarterback TBD

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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We’ll continue a series of opponent preview posts for the New Orleans Saints opponents in 2020. Next, we’ll look at what appears to be our annual trip to the Windy City. Our friends over at Windy City Gridiron took some time to give us Saints fans the scoop on the Chicago Bears.

Notable free agent additions:

Robert Quinn (edge), Jimmy Graham (TE), Germain Ifedi (OG), and via trade Nick Foles (QB)

Over/Under:

10 wins — Under. (but I could see a push being likely as well)

Most exciting rookie:

Cole Kmet may take a while to get acclimated to the pro game, as do most rookie tight ends...
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Ranking every NFL position group from 1-32

  • News source: www.espn.com - New Orleans Saints
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NFL rosters are all relative, which is something that's often overlooked when analyzing them. It's easy to say a team is in "good shape" or "loaded" at a particular position, but the fact is each unit is only as good as it is relative to the league's other 31 teams.

That might seem like common sense, but you'd be surprised what you can learn and how your opinions are adjusted by actually sitting down and objectively (to the best of your ability) grading and/or ranking each positional unit of all 32 teams. This is a project I've done (and kept updated) each of the past several offseasons...
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Will 'playing with fire' finally burn Saints when salary cap plummets?

  • News source: www.espn.com - New Orleans Saints
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METAIRIE, La. -- If the New Orleans Saints have taught us anything over the past decade, it’s that the salary cap is never as daunting as it seems.

General manager Mickey Loomis and vice president of football administration Khai Harley have become masters of pushing cap costs into future years -- a practice that has worked out for them while the NFL’s cap has continued to soar by more than $10 million per year in the past seven years.

The 2020 salary cap is $198.2 million per team. But because of lost revenues from the coronavirus pandemic, the NFL's 2021 cap could plummet to as low as...
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Fleur-de-Links, August 7: Sean Payton happy with Jameis Winston and two players added to reserve/COVID-19 list

  • News source: Adam Dunnells
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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.

Both safety Malcolm Jenkins and cornerback Janoris Jenkins are set to have a large impact on the Saints defense, with quotes from Marshon Lattimore and defensive coordinator Dennis Allen.

With the Saints current roster, the Saints do not need to add Jadeveon Clowney or Everson Griffin to the defensive line, though either edition would be “a luxury.”

Long snapper Zach Wood and linebacker Kaden Elliss have been put on the reserve/COVID-19 list...
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