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Saints want Drew Brees to pass the torch to Taysom Hill for 2021 season, per report

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The 41-year-old Brees is still pondering whether or not to return for a 20th season in the NFL


By Cody Benjamin | CBS Sports

Drew Brees may not decide on his 2020 plans for another few weeks, but the New Orleans Saints already know what they would like to happen at the quarterback position, and their vision involves both Brees and another player currently on the team. That's according to ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio, who reported Tuesday that the Saints want the 41-year-old Brees to return for a 20th NFL season. Except they also want 2020 to serve as a transition year, per Florio, with Brees passing the torch to backup and utility player Taysom Hill, who would then fully take over under center in 2021.

"Even if Brees comes back," Florio said, "Hill will be used much more extensively as part of the team's offense in 2020 -- especially in light of some private regret that, if Hill had been utilized just a little bit more in the wild-card loss to the (Minnesota) Vikings, the Saints quite likely would have won the game." ...

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Current, former Saints players react to tragic death of Kobe Bryant

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

The sports world was shaken by the sudden passing of Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, who was among five people killed in a helicopter crash in Southern California. It immediately took attention away from the 2020 Pro Bowl, with some players getting the news in the minutes between warmups and the all-star game’s kickoff.

Drew Brees reacted to the news during an appearance on the sidelines with ESPN’s Lisa Salters, saying, “You know, I had a chance to meet him one time. He was a guy who I always hoped I’d have a chance to be around more. I had so much respect for him as a competitor. I know he inspired so many people in so many different ways. I mean, one of the great competitors of any generation, not just with sports but with the way he approached a lot of things and now what he was doing after basketball. So, I pray for him. I pray for his family. I know we don’t know all the details yet, but it’s a tragic loss.”

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Drew Brees, Teddy Bridgewater are the only Saints in ESPN's top 50 free agents

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

Brees was named the third-best free agent set to hit the market in 2020, trailing only two other passers: Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott and New England Patriots legend Tom Brady. Here’s what ESPN had to say in ranking Brees so high among his peers:

Brees produced the NFL’s third-best QBR (72.0) after returning in Week 10 from a torn thumb ligament, trailing only Lamar Jackson and Patrick Mahomes during that period. His performance was a strong signal that he could play at a high level in 2020, even after a shaky outing in the Saints’ wild-card playoff loss to the Vikings. Brees has never been interested in leaving the Saints. Has anything changed? Would the Saints move on in favor of Teddy Bridgewater or Taysom Hill?

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New Orleans Saints: Russell Wilson gives Pro Bowl spot to Drew Brees

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Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson gives up 2020 starting Pro Bowl spot
to New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees.


By Matthew Beighle | Who Dat Dish

The Pro-Bowl is one of the most fun games during the NFL year. It is a time when the best of the best are picked to play against each other in an NFC and AFC conference battle. The New Orleans Saints have a plethora of players represented in this year’s game.

Wide receiver, Michael Thomas; tackle, Terron Armstead; running back, Alvin Kamara; defensive end, Cameron Jordan; cornerback, Marshon Lattimore; specialist...

1 More Way the Saints' Michael Thomas was the Best WR in the NFL This Season

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By Matt Wilson | Sportscasting

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas didn’t have the best season of anyone at his position. Instead, it was a generational regular-season run. He absolutely destroyed the rest of the field in receptions. It wasn’t even close. Oh, and he crushed several other key WR stats as well, which we’ll get into.

First, let’s look at the stat that will have future football fans pause when they take a look back at who did what in 2019.

How Michael Thomas blew up the receptions leaderboard in 2019

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Saints 2019 Year in Review: David Onyemata

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Lagos, Nigeria-born 6’4” 300-lb defensive tackle David Onyemata came to the Saints in 2016 as a 4th round draft pick who didn’t start playing North American football until he attended the University of Manitoba. 2019 was Onyemata’s fourth season with the Saints, and his rookie contract is set to expire at the end of this league year on March 18.

In a season during which he was expected to continue to develop as a player and flourish on a strong DL (especially with...
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Solving how to pay stellar 2017 draft class part of Saints' cost of success

  • News source: www.espn.com - New Orleans Saints
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METAIRIE, La. -- No one should feel sorry for the New Orleans Saints, who have won more regular-season games than any team in the NFL in the past three years and who just had a whopping 14 players named to either the Pro Bowl or an Associated Press All-Pro team.

But when your roster is that loaded, the financial math gets a lot more advanced.

“There’s challenges when you’re not successful, and there’s challenges when you are successful,” Saints general manager...
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Fleur-de-Links, January 29: Taysom Hill named guest speaker at awards ceremony, poised to take over Saints, but Alvin Kamara wants Drew Brees back

  • News source: Adam Dunnells
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While the Saints want Drew Brees to return for 2020, they would also like for 2020 to “serve as a transitional year” for Taysom Hill to take over in 2021.

Taysom Hill named guest speaker for The Advocate’s Star of Star Awards, a high school sports awards ceremony.

Drew Brees, Michael Thomas, Jared Cook, Cameron Jordan, and Wil Lutz all stand out in Pro Bowl.

Alvin Kamara appeared as a guest on FS1’s First Things First and said that he wants Drew Drew Brees to come...
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Taysom Hill's BYU teammate Fred Warner enjoyed watching Hill's 'unbelievable' season

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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MIAMI — San Francisco linebacker Fred Warner spent three years chasing New Orleans Saints quarterback Taysom Hill around the BYU practice fields, so he knows a little something about Hill’s athleticism.

Still, he enjoyed watching his old college teammate’s talent unfold in so many different ways this season. In addition to spot duty at quarterback, Hill rushed for 156 yards and a touchdown, caught 19 passes for 234 yards and six touchdowns and made six tackles on...
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Fox Sports commentators: Drew Brees still has plenty left in the tank

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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MIAMI — New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has not yet decided whether he wants to return for a 20th NFL season in 2020, but there is plenty of belief out there from those who watch the game closely that he could still do it at a high level if he chooses to return.

Fox Sports commentators Jimmy Johnson and Tony Gonzalez both said they believed Brees has plenty left in the tank after the 41-year-old quarterback put together a fine statistical season in 2019...
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Former LSU LB Kwon Alexander hoping 'legendary' vision comes to fruition Super Bowl Sunday

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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MIAMI — When former LSU star linebacker Kwon Alexander was looking for a new team this offseason, he saw the San Francisco 49ers as a nice squad with the potential to be legendary with the right pieces mixed in.

“I felt like it was the perfect match,” Alexander said. “Then I went up there, and the atmosphere was amazing, nice, everybody was cool. It was a great, legendary vibe.”

And here he is, on the brink of claiming a Super Bowl title. And if he does do that...
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Top tight ends George Kittle and Travis Kelce appreciate each other from afar

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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MIAMI — Making his second Super Bowl media appearance in as many days, San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle flashed a grin when a reporter asked him to peg how many times he’d been asked to compare himself to his Kansas City Chiefs counterpart, Travis Kelce.

“Often,” Kittle said. “You guys keep asking me about it. It’s really fun.”

But here’s the other thing: Kittle, and just about everyone else who has been asked, has a lot to say about the topic. Kittle...
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Mike Pereira: Pass interference rule was a bad rule that was destined to fail

  • News source: Charean Williams
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Did the expansion of replay to include pass interference work? It depends on your definition of “work.”

Of the 101 interference-related replay reviews during the regular season, only 24 resulted in the on-field call being reversed, according to Mark Maske of The Washington Post.

Former NFL head of officiating Mike Pereira calls the rule a colossal failure.

“Well, my opinion is it was a bad rule,” Pereira said Tuesday in a Fox Sports media session. “I anticipated...
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Saints 2019 Year in Review: Sheldon Rankins

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The Saints picked Sheldon Rankins 12th in the 2016 NFL Draft and picked up his fifth year option on 4-24-19.

In 2018 Sheldon Rankins had a banner year starting 16 games and recording 8 sacks before going to IR with a torn Achilles tendon.

It was week 4 before he made his return in 2019. He played in 10 games starting none of them and had 2 sacks, recording 7 solo tackles and 3 assist for a total of 10. Most of these were for a loss in the backfield. Rankins...
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Drew Brees’ retirement talk isn’t idle chatter

  • News source: Mike Florio
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Saints quarterback Drew Brees will return to the team for a 15th season or retire. Whatever he ultimately does, this isn’t an effort to generate attention or spark discussion. Brees, unlike plenty of other quarterbacks who from time to time have talked openly about retirement with no real intention of ever doing so, is and will be genuinely and seriously considering retirement.

As one source explained it to PFT, the Saints wants Brees back for what would essentially...
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2019 Saints Year in Review: Patrick Robinson, CB

  • News source: Tee Word
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In March of 2018, the New Orleans Saints agreed to a 4-year, $20 million dollar contract with Patrick Robinson to shore up the slot cornerback position. Unfortunately, Robinson was lost for the 2018 season after sustaining a leg injury versus the Atlanta Falcons in week 3. It marked Robinson’s 3rd time being placed on injured reserve. Heading into 2019, Robinson was expected to return to 100% health and resume his role as the primary slot corner. Once camp started...
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Saints 2019 Year in Review: Ryan Ramcyzk

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During the 2017 NFL Draft, Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster was on the phone with Sean Payton when the Saints’ head coach asked to speak with his girlfriend. “This was part of our fact-finding late in the round,” Payton said.

“I hadn’t had a chance to meet his girlfriend during the pre-draft process, and we were still in the process of deciding. I think we were going to take Ramczyk anyway, but I wanted to talk to her about Reuben.”

Supposedly, Payton asked...
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Fleur-de-Links, January 28: Tommylee Lewis returns to Saints, more former Saints go to XFL, and Saints shine in Pro Bowl

  • News source: Adam Dunnells
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Saints sign wide receiver Tommylee Lewis to a reserve/future deal, another player who was at the same workout as Antonio Brown.

Pro Football Focus name Vonn Bell the 54th best overall free agent and the 9th best safety.

Former Saints Linebacker Hau’oli Kikaha, defensive ends Tomasi Laulille and Tavaris Barnes, wide receivers Simmie Cobbs and Seantavius Jones, defensive tackle Jay Bromley, safety Trae Elston, running backs DuJuan Harris and Darius Victor, offensive...
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32 players who leveled up this NFL season: Rising receivers and Year 2 leaps

  • News source: www.espn.com - New Orleans Saints
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Super Bowl LIV on Sunday will showcase some of the NFL's elite players for the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs -- and many of those players have shown great improvements throughout their careers.

In an effort to highlight those NFL players who have made big jumps from one season to the next, we asked our NFL Nation reporters to identify the player on each team who leveled up during the 2019 season.

That player could be someone who didn't play much and...
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