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Projecting the Saints 53-Man Roster: Offensive Tackles

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By B.T. Boylan | SI

The New Orleans Saints' final 53-man roster will be tightly contested. The Saints News Network projects the team's Offensive Tackles to earn spots in 2020.
NEW ORLEANS SAINTS OFFENSIVE TACKLES

Terron Armstead
Ryan Ramczyk
James Hurst
Derrick Kelly
Calvin Throckmorton (UDFA Rookie)
Darrin Paulo (UDFA Rookie)

LOCKS AT OFFENSIVE TACKLE

Terron Armstead, 8th NFL Season



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The ABC's of New Orleans Saints Training Camp

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By John Hendrix | SI

We're just a week out from New Orleans Saints training camp kicking off. While Sean Payton has downplayed the notion of this being an actual camp, it's going to be a quick speed to execution type of setting for the team. Here's a comprehensive A-to-Z look of what to look forward to over the several weeks.

A is for Adam Trautman. There's a lot of excitement for the third-round rookie Saints tight end, and his role in the offense will be interesting as we move forward. New Orleans has Jared Cook and Josh Hill in the fold as the primary guys, and we have to see what happens with Taysom Hill. Trautman could be an interesting red zone threat.

B is for Brees. Drew Brees has had a roller coaster offseason, but the 41-year-old enters his 21st season in the league and 16th with the Saints. With him at the helm, it gives New Orleans their best chance of getting back to and winning a Super Bowl.

C is for C.J. Gardner-Johnson. He enters the season as the favorite to hold slot duties for the Saints, and is primed for a breakout year. He's going to be one of the most exciting players to watch in 2020. He announced recently via his Instagram that he's changing his name to Ceedy Duce. ...

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Emmanuel Sanders thinks he'll have a career year with the Saints and here's why

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By Jeff Kerr | CBS Sports

The New Orleans Saints offense immensely improved -- and it was already a very good unit -- with the addition of Emmanuel Sanders this offseason. Sanders found his way to New Orleans in free agency, confident he still has plenty of game left in him.

Why is Sanders so optimistic he can have a career resurgence in New Orleans? The answer doesn't rely solely on Drew Brees, as Sanders reminisced on a career year with the Denver Broncos in 2014.

"That offense was a pass-happy offense, and I put up big-time numbers because it was a pass-happy offense," Sanders said, via Katherine Terrell of The Athletic. "I think that the previous offenses that I've been in, the past like, four years, were more predicated on the run than the past. (The 2014 Broncos) was probably the only pass-happy offense I've been in … and I played a lot in the slot in that offense as well." ...

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An offseason workout helped Emmanuel Sanders get acclimated to Saints

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By Amos Morale III | WWL Radio

After the New Orleans Saints signed receiver Emmanuel Sanders this past offseason, quarterback Drew Brees flew out to Denver to work out with the veteran.

"It was good. It was really good for me,” Sanders said. “Sometimes a lot of people, they talk about the X's and O's, but moving to a whole new city and you don't know any guys on the team...so when Drew came out, it kind of made me feel good to know at least when I show up in the locker room, I already had gotten acclimated with him.”

Sanders didn't know it at the time, but Brees wasn't the only future teammate he'd work with that day. Sanders said Brees asked him to bring another receiver to the workout, so Sanders called his longtime friend and former teammate Bennie Fowler, who the Saints later signed.

"Drew ended up liking Bennie, the way that he ran routes. He's a big receiver and so now he's at camp with me as well," Sanders said. "So that's pretty cool."

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First look at Tommy Stevens in New Orleans Saints uniform

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By Nick Kosko | 247 Sports

Former Mississippi State quarterback Tommy Stevens heads to New Orleans to begin his NFL career. While quarterbacks Drew Brees, Jameis Winston and Taysom Hill are in front of him, Stevens will get plenty of wisdom from the veterans.

Stevens was drafted with the No. 240 overall pick (seventh round), but brings intangibles to the offense. In fact, he could be like a second Hill on the team, who is a do it all type of quarterback.

It’s unknown when Bulldogs fans are going to see Stevens on the field in New Orleans, but they can at least get a first look at their former quarterback in uniform. Stevens posted on Instagram on Saturday.

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Marcus Davenport's goal for 2020? Outplay Cameron Jordan

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

Expectations are high for Marcus Davenport. The big defensive end has fought through injuries early in his New Orleans Saints career, slowed by a critical turf toe issue in 2018 before getting sidelined with a Lisfranc break in 2019.

Despite those setbacks, he only needs to log seven sacks in 2020 to crack the Saints’ top-20 sack leaders in franchise history. He bagged six sacks in 13 games last year, and has already notched more of them in first two years put together (10.5) than the superstar lining up opposite him: Cameron Jordan, who racked up nine sacks between his first two seasons.

Davenport has taken what Jordan’s taught him and ran with it. The two got closer during the long offseason while rehabbing injuries (Davenport had his foot issue, while Jordan dealt with post-season surgery), spending a lot of time in the trainer’s room, and Davenport took Jordan’s lessons to heart. ...

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Rookie Saints linebacker Zack Baun changes his jersey number again

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

Good news, everyone!

Zack Baun, the New Orleans Saints third-round draft pick out of Wisconsin, has again changed his jersey number. Having worn No. 56 for the Badgers, he didn’t have many options when he first went pro — initially picking No. 40, which is a terrible, no-good look for a linebacker.

However, he switched to No. 53 after some consideration. And that’s a fine choice; A.J. Klein wore it well for the Saints the last few years, and before that it was repped proudly by Ramon Humber, the special teams ace who endeared himself to fans as “the Humberjack.”

But when the Saints signed former Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham, the rookie was quick to oblige the veteran. Baun gave Bradham No. 53, which Bradham used in previous stops with the Eagles and Buffalo Bills. ...

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All eyes on Week 10’s NFC showdown between the Saints and 49ers

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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 our high-profile rematch in the Dome against the reigning NFC South Champion San Francisco 49ers. Our friends over at Niners Nation took some time to give us Saints fans the scoop on the San Francisco 49ers.

Notable free agent additions:

Does Trent Williams count? He should. The Niners added one of the best left tackles in the past decade to an already stacked roster. Instead of relying on a rookie tackle or unproven player, San Francisco has a seven-time Pro Bowler...
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Saints' Alvin Kamara shifted toward plant-based diet this offseason

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara said he weighs 211 pounds right now, which is right about in line with the 212-215-pound range he usually falls in during the offseason.

But if he looks like he’s carrying the weight a little differently, there might be some truth behind that. This offseason, Kamara re-tooled his diet, cutting out things like sodium and some sugars and shifting toward plant-based foods.

“I got with my chef and just put together a plan and stuck to it and am still sticking to it,” Kamara said. “I think that changed my body a little bit, look a little bit...
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Why Trautman can be the first tight end to win Offensive Rookie of The Year

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The two best tight ends in the NFL over the past three seasons were George Kittle and Travis Kelce. What does Adam Trautman have in common with these incredibly prolific tight ends? These three tight ends were overlooked coming out of college and recorded fantastic measurements at the NFL combine. Yet, all three dynamic players were selected in the third-round or later (Kittle was a fifth round draft pick).

Furthermore, Adam Trautman and Travis Kelce were both star quarterbacks in high school before transitioning to tight end in college.

Trautman won’t be the first New Orleans Saints...
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Announcement: We have a new commenting system coming today

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Today is a big day for Canal Street Chronicles commenters: we’re going to be moving our comments to a brand new platform. This site is part of the first series of sites in the rollout.

Yeah, we hate change too. Here’s why we’re doing it: we’ve been using the same commenting platform for more than a decade, and the tools from our earliest days aren’t built for the modern web. Making fixes and improvements to the original system gets tougher every year, and it’s not sustainable moving forward.

And so we’re starting out with a new tool, called Coral. It’s not complete yet, but it does have...
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New Orleans Saints Post-cutdown 2020 53-man roster projection

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With cutdowns complete and the New Orleans Saints sitting at 80 on the roster, despite two players starting on the PUP list, it is the perfect time to start to look at the roster. The intent of this 53-man roster is to begin a process through which we can continue to evaluate the talent throughout the team.

Right now, things may be skewed to returning Saints and veteran players, but can some UDFAs or younger newcomers breakthrough and find their way to the day one roster? So to start, we’ll look with the lens of familiarity and continuity as we have yet to see any of the black and gold...
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How far could the Packers and Seahawks fall? Barnwell predicts NFL teams most likely to decline

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On Monday, we ran my annual column looking at the NFL teams that are most likely to improve this upcoming season. That one usually goes over well. Everybody likes hope. Today, we're going to look at the teams most likely to decline in 2020. This one just gets people angry.

Unfortunately for the teams in question, it's usually easier to find the ones that are probably going to decline. The goal isn't to put anyone down or ruin anybody's excitement over the season to come but rather to try to see if there are reliable indicators of future success or failure. I think we have a few.

Over the...
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Ranking the NFL's most likely worst-to-first teams -- and first-to-worst

  • News source: www.espn.com - New Orleans Saints
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Of the four major American sports leagues, the NFL is generally celebrated for having the most turnover among teams at the top. Every fan can go into the season with some hope because every team starts with a chance to win. That's even true for the teams that were in last place a year ago. Since the NFL realigned to eight four-team divisions in 2002, 22 teams have gone from worst to first. There has been at least one of these teams in every season except 2014 and 2019. (Although San Francisco went from 4-12 to first place, the 49ers weren't in last place in 2018 because Arizona was 3-13.)...
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Fleur-de-Links, August 11: Analysis of recent Saints recruits Nigel Bradham and Bennie Fowler

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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.

Alvin Kamara says that he is more focused on recovering from his knee and ankle injuries than his Saints contract.

A profile on new Saints acquisition, linebacker Nigel Bradham, and how he stacks up against current Saints linebackers Kiko Alonso and Alex Anzalone and former Saints linebacker A.J. Klein.

A transcript from the video conference call between Alex Anzalone and New Orleans media.

A look at where new Saints wide receiver Bennie Fowler...
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Former Brother Martin, Nicholls running back Dalton Hilliard Jr. dead at 29

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The son of LSU and Saints legend Dalton Hilliard has died, Nicholls State University announced Monday.

Dalton Hilliard Jr. was just 29 years old.


The younger Hilliard played running back for Brother Martin and Nicholls State.

The cause of death has not been announced.
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Healthy Kamara not concerned about contract

  • News source: www.espn.com - New Orleans Saints
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METAIRIE, La. -- Alvin Kamara insisted that he isn't concerned about his contract heading into the final year of his rookie deal. In fact, the New Orleans Saints running back said he told his agent not to even mention it to him unless something serious develops.

Instead, the three-time Pro Bowler said his main focus this offseason was healing from the knee and ankle injuries that plagued his "rocky" 2019 season.

"I'm just here to do my job. I'm healthy and back with my teammates, and we're working toward getting ready for Tampa [in Week 1]," said Kamara, who missed only two games (Weeks...
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Alvin Kamara admits he played hurt last season; talks motivation in contract season

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The 2019 version of Alvin Kamara is not what was expected.

Yes, he was good but he was not as good as he was in his first two seasons.

Last year, Kamara accounted for 1,330 yards and six touchdowns from scrimmage.

By comparison, in 2018, Kamara accounted for 1,592 yards and 18 touchdowns from scrimmage. That came after a rookie season in 2017 where Kamara accounted for 1,554 yards and 13 touchdowns from scrimmage.

Kamara enters a contract year in 2020. Michael Thomas landed a huge deal most recently from the Saints. From a running back perspective, Christian McCaffery did the same and...
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Alvin Kamara focused on being healthy again, not contract

  • News source: Darin Gantt
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Alvin Kamara would like a new contract. But he’d also like to get back to feeling like Alvin Kamara.

The Saints running back told reporters on a videoconference Monday that he struggled throughout last season after an early knee injury, and clearly wasn’t himself. He admitted that frustration, knowing his body language was “terrible” at times.

“I injured myself early. Jacksonville week, I tore my knee basically,” Kamara said, via Luke Johnson of the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “That was something I was dealing with the whole season, had to miss some time, which I don’t like to do. Came...
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Alvin Kamara is focused on feeling healthy — not his next contract

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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There are two things at the forefront of the discussion regarding New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara heading into this season, but he only devoted energy to one of them since the 2019 season ended.

Kamara spent this offseason focusing on getting healthy and feeling like himself again. He will worry about a new contract whenever that time comes.

“I’m not concerned with contract talks at all,” Kamara said. “Me and my agent (Damarius Bilbo) talked briefly about it, and I told him, ‘Don’t tell me anything about a contract until stuff is happening and there’s something I need to...
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What Bennie Fowler can bring to the Saints offense

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The wide receiver situation for the New Orleans Saints is in a very odd spot at the moment. With Michael Thomas eating up the vast majority of the targets last year and the new addition of Emmanuel Sanders, it’s hard to imagine the Saints have enough targets to go around. After signing Bennie Fowler, the Saints’ wide receiving corps has only become more crowded.

Fowler has the potential to usurp Tre’Quan Smith’s No. 3 spot in the receiver rotation, but with Smith being five years younger and the two of them putting up similar stats, he may have a tall task ahead of him. The Saints offense...
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