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Cautious approach in free agency has paid dividends for Saints

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By Josh Katzenstein, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

It’s time to give the New Orleans Saints some credit for their decisions in free agency the past few seasons.

Free agency is a difficult endeavor. For the most part, teams are overpaying flawed players because NFL general managers rarely let top-tier players leave.

At the scouting combine last month, Cardinals GM Steve Keim said free agency is often “fool’s gold” because teams will guarantee a lot of money to players they know little about. Frequently, the big-money deals backfire, so re-signing familiar players is often the most important move.

The Saints have been guilty of this. Signing safety Jairus Byrd in 2014, instead of retaining Malcolm Jenkins, was the biggest blunder in recent years. Adding running back C.J. Spiller was more about flash than substance. Tight end Coby Fleener, cornerback Brandon Browner and linebacker James Laurinaitis were other swings and misses.

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A Saints no-call movie? Disabled vets, big names could star in 'Get The Ref,' eyeing Netflix

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Staff Report | The Advocate

If nothing else, a movie is in the works that could offer Saints fans some catharsis.

The movie project "Get The Ref," was announced recently chronicling the no-call in the NFC Championship game that "enraged a generation of loyal Saints fans."

A news release from Prior Military Productions, a West Hollywood group that works with disabled veterans in the film industry, said filming is expected to begin in the summer. Ten disabled veterans are expected to work and learn with a Louisiana crew.

“We wanted to make a film with impact reflective of social events. The tragedy that befell Saints fans needs some kind of retribution,” said Joanne Busch, the company's president, in a news release.

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Saints UDFA Profile: Michigan State linebacker Joe Bachie

  • News source: Kade Kistner
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We are beginning a new series here at Canal Street Chronicles where we will highlight some of the New Orleans Saints most promising undrafted free agents (UDFA) that were signed this offseason. We were able to sit down with SB Nation site managers and editors to get the inside scoop on each player’s time in college and how that may translate to their time in the NFL and competition for a roster spot. Up first is former Michigan State linebacker Joe Bachie.

Ryan O’Bleness, managing editor of The Only Colors, was nice enough to take the time and help us dive into why Bachie was one of the...
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Holiday happiness is remembering Saints wins over the Falcons

  • News source: Deuce Windham
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Imagine, if you will, being a quarterback in the NFL whose line struggles so badly that you’re sacked nine times in a single game. Now, imagine in that same game you throw an interception to a defensive linemen who proceeds to stiff arm you into meme-land.

That is the life of Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan on November 28, 2019.

Cameron Jordan had a four sack game, Marcus Davenport chipped in two more, and interceptions by Shy Tuttle and Chauncey Gardner-Johnson all contributed to the defense providing one of the best performances in New Orleans Saints history. Not only was the...
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CSC Slack: Top Five Most-Hated Players from the Division in the Payton-Brees Era

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Every sports fan has a few of those players in their team’s division who just irk them when they face up against their squad. We don’t really hate them, (well...) but it’s just especially un-enjoyable when a player from a rival team makes big plays and/or celebrates in your face on a consistent basis when playing your hometown team.

Whether it be someone like Drew Brees from a Buccaneer fan’s perspective, who just tears their team apart every time he plays them; Cam Newton, who not only makes big plays, but lets you know about it when he does; Or even Matt Ryan, who just has a face that’s...
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Saints expecting more from Marcus Davenport

  • News source: Josh Alper
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The Saints traded up to take defensive end Marcus Davenport in the first round of the 2018 draft and that move was starting to pay dividends last season.

Davenport had three sacks and two forced fumbles in wins over the Panthers and Falcons in Weeks 12 and 13 last season, but the surge ended against the 49ers in Week 14. That’s when Davenport suffered a Lisfranc injury that brought his season to an end.

Saints defensive line coach Ryan Nielsen said that Davenport has “done the best that he can with his rehab” this offseason. He added that the team is looking for a big step forward as a...
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Fleur-de-Links, July 3: 49ers troll Saints and when Kiko Alonso is expected to return

  • News source: Adam Dunnells
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How the pandemic affects the players, and why that matters - Canal Street Chronicles

A further look at how the global pandemic is affecting the NFL players, with comments from the NFLPA.

Officially licensed Saints face coverings are available for the first time, with partial proceeds from the sales going to the CDC Foundation.

Linebacker Kiko Alonso, who injured his ACL at the end of the 2019 season, is expected to be recovered and return on time for Saints training camp.

The Saints expecting big production in 2020 from defensive end Marcus Davenport.

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Sponsor FedEx asks Redskins to change their name; Nike pulls team apparel from online store

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WASHINGTON — The title sponsor of the Washington Redskins’ stadium wants the NFL team to change its name.

“We have communicated to the team in Washington our request that they change the team name,“ FedEx said in a statement Thursday.

The company paid the team $205 million in 1999 for the naming rights to FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland.

In addition to the stadium name and sponsorship agreement, FedEx CEO Frederik Smith is a minority owner. Majority owner Daniel Snyder has shown no indications he’ll change the name since buying the team in 1999.

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NFL to play Black anthem before national anthem beginning in 2020 season: AP Source

  • News source: By ROB MAADDI | AP Pro Football Writer
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“Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” will be performed live or played before “The Star-Spangled Banner” prior to each NFL game during Week 1 and the league is considering putting names of victims of police brutality on helmet decals or jersey patches, a person familiar with the discussions told The Associated Press.

The person said the league is working collaboratively with players to recognize victims of systemic racism throughout the season in a variety of ways. The person spoke to the AP on Thursday on condition of anonymity because discussions between the league and the NFL Players Association...
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Saints banking on healthy, enthusiastic Marcus Davenport. 'He's put the work in'

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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For the second time in as many professional seasons, New Orleans Saints defensive end Marcus Davenport felt the rug yanked out from under him just as his immense potential to create havoc was showing.

In his last two full games of the 2019 season — Weeks 12 and 13, against divisional foes Carolina and Atlanta — Davenport recorded three sacks, two forced fumbles and seven tackles. Those two games pushed his season sack total to six. Between Davenport and Cam Jordan, the Saints starting defensive ends had 19.5 sacks in the first 12 games of the season.

Then, in the fourth quarter of a Week...
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49ers promote masks, with a shot at the Saints

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As it becomes clear that the simplest way everyone can reduce the spread of COVID-19 is to wear a mask, NFL teams are promoting the wearing of masks in the hopes that the football season will be able to start on time. The 49ers have found a creative way to do it.

The 49ers’ Twitter posted the message, “Be a saint. Grab a face mask” with video of George Kittle‘s catch-and-run to set up the winning field goal in last season’s game at New Orleans. That play ended with Saints safety Marcus Williams blatantly grabbing and pulling Kittle’s facemask in a desperate attempt to bring him down.

The...
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POLL: Which team in the NFC South do you dislike more, the Panthers or Buccaneers?

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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It’s no secret the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons are like oil and water. No love is lost between the players or the fans, and each team typically finds a sick level of joy out of the other team’s failure.

But outside of the NFC South rivalry between the Saints and Falcons, who would be the Saints next biggest rival? Or put another way, which team do you dislike the most?

When you ask most Saints fans for a list of rival teams they dislike not named “Falcon,” you’d be met with all kinds of answers. Older fans might quickly say the San Francisco 49ers from the old NFC West days...
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How the pandemic affects the players, and why that matters

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I’ve discussed some of the negative effects this virus might have on both the season ticket holders and coaching staffs, but I haven’t yet touched on the most important population within the NFL: the players themselves.

The NFLPA recently sent out a memo to all player agents directing them to have conversations with their clients about the risks inherent with Covid-19. Portions of the memo were released to ESPN.

Following a rushed reopening of the economy, many states are reporting soaring new case numbers. Arizona, Texas, and Florida, which are home to six NFL franchises, are reporting...
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Colin Kaepernick teams up with RFK Human Rights to support community bail funds

  • News source: Mike Florio
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Jails present a heightened risk of infection during the ongoing pandemic. Plenty of Americans who have yet to be convicted but who can’t afford bail remain stuck in jail pending the resolution of their charges.

Colin Kaepernick and his Know Your Rights camp have teamed up with Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights to help. The groups announced on Thursday morning that $1 million will be donated to community bail funds.

Dubbed the Funds for Freedom partnership, the effort expands on the RFK group’s Emergency Bail Out Action from earlier in the year. Initially, they’ll focus on 10 cities...
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Fleur-de-Links, July 2: Saints preseason cut in half and Deuce McAllister talks Latavius Murray

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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.

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Defensive end Cam Jordan surprise-called a Saints super fan who is in quarantine at an assisted living facility.

Former Saints running back Deuce McAllister talks golf, coronavirus, and his thoughts on current Saints running back Latavius...
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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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