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Former Saint Tom Dempsey, who had one of the most famous kicks in NFL history, has coronavirus

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By Frank Schwab | Yahoo Sports

Former New Orleans Saints kicker Tom Dempsey, who authored one of the most famous moments in NFL history, has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Dempsey’s daughter, Ashley, told the New Orleans Times-Picayune’s Ramon Antonio Vargas that her 73-year-old father tested positive. He caught it during an outbreak in the Lambeth House senior living center in New Orleans, Vargas reported.

Dempsey’s symptoms are “relatively mild,” his daughter said. Dempsey is also battling battling Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
Tom Dempsey made an iconic kick

For decades, Dempsey held the NFL record with a 63-yard field goal.

In 1970, he hit the field goal for the Saints to beat the Detroit Lions on the final play of the game. In the 50 years since that kick, five other kickers have also hit a 63-yard field goal, starting with Denver’s Jason Elam in 1998. In 2013, Broncos kicker Matt Prater hit a 64-yard field goal to finally beat Dempsey’s record. ...

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Transcript: Saints President Dennis Lauscha on the New Orleans Saints podcast presented by SeatGeek

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Dennis Lauscha on The Pelicans Podcast
March 30, 2020

On the health of his family and staff and how everyone is dealing with the virus:
Dennis Lauscha: My family and I are doing very well. We've been quarantined like everyone else. Both of my children are doing their school work at home and it has gone very, very well. I'm really excited to say that social distancing and allowing people to work remotely, I think, has been very good for us. The health of our staff is excellent to be perfectly honest with you. We still have obviously a long way to go and we have to continually be careful. But as we've been saying since the very beginning, our number one priority is being safe and making sure that we're doing everything we can for our employees and their families, and really for our fans and our entire community to take the necessary steps to be safe. Also, lead here in a way where we can show everyone – particularly New Orleans – that we can still lead, we can still do our job, but we can do it safely.

On the keys to managing two different franchises in two different leagues during these times:
Dennis Lauscha: Well, that's a great question. We have outstanding people that work here. We have outstanding employees. I would never say it's been easy. There's been some challenges. But, they certainly do make it easy. We're pretty much operating as though, where everyone was in the building, and we're full go. Obviously, some new challenges…challenges with Mickey (Loomis) and what he's doing in preparation in...

Weather, location helped drive WR Emmanuel Sanders to pick Saints over Packers

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By Zach Kruse | Packerswire

The weather and location of Green Bay were at least contributing factors to why veteran receiver Emmanuel Sanders picked the New Orleans Saints over the Packers in free agency.

Sanders, who agreed to sign a two-year deal with the Saints, told Rich Eisen of “The Rich Eisen Show” that playing indoors in the south appealed more to him than playing in the cold up in Green Bay.

“It’s just Green Bay, that cold weather, Rich, I wasn’t trying to do it, man” Sanders said. “To be in a dome 12 games out of the year in a pass-heavy offense or go to Green Bay? I can’t do it. I’d rather go to New Orleans. I’m from the south. My grandma is six hours away, can come to all the games. I can have my family drive up. It’s just a perfect opportunity for me.” ...

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Saints' Drew Brees encounters rattlesnake on walk, draws reaction from startled coach

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By Ryan Gados | Fox News

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, like many Americans stuck inside their homes due to the coronavirus outbreak, has taken walks to alleviate some of the negatives from sitting at home all day.

While there are no would-be tacklers on Brees’ walks, the one-time Super Bowl champion posted Sunday he had to dodge a rattlesnake instead.

“The baby rattlesnakes were out today… Saw them on the late afternoon walk with the dogs,” he captioned on a picture posted to Instagram.


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Tom Dempsey has recovered after testing positive for COVID-19

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Former NFL kicker Tom Dempsey has recovered after testing positive for COVID-19, WDSU-6 reports.

Dempsey, 73, has battled Alzheimer’s disease and dementia since 2013. He was one of several residents of a senior living facility in New Orleans to contract COVID-19.

Dempsey, who was born without toes on his right foot and fingers on his right hand, signed with the Saints as an undrafted free agent in 1969. He is best remembered for his record-setting 63-yard field...
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Saints WR Deonte Harris donates more than 10,000 meals to food banks amid coronavirus

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With cases of coronavirus on the rise, New Orleans Saints All-Pro return specialist Deonte Harris wanted to give back to the cities he calls home, but he wasn't sure exactly how to go about it.

After discussing potential options with his family and marketing team, Harris decided on donating the equivalent of 10,740 meals to two food banks, with 6,240 going to the Second Harvest Food Bank in Louisiana and 4,500 meals donated to the Maryland Food Bank.

A $1 donation...
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Report: Sheldon Rankins should return in time for training camp

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Saints defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins ruptured his Achilles in the team’s first playoff game in the 2018 season. He returned to action in Week Four of 2019.

He made seven tackles and two sacks in 10 appearances before his other leg flared up.

Rankins required surgery that “essentially preempted what could have led to an Achilles rupture,” Nick Underhill of New Orleans Football reports.

Rankins is working his way back from that, training in Indianapolis, and...
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Emmanuel Sanders hits the interview tour from home to discuss joining the Saints

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Emmanuel Sanders speaks to SportsCenter about getting a welcoming text from Drew Brees and Sean Payton’s recruitment tactics.

Emmanuel Sanders joing Colin Cowherd to talk about his excitement to join New Orleans and Jimmy Garpollo’s overthrow in the Super Bowl.

The First Take guys, Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman grill Emmanuel Sanders about the quality of the quarterbacks he’s played with over his career.
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NFL owners vote to expand playoffs for 2020 season

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The NFL owners formally voted to officially expand the playoffs to 14 teams for this upcoming season, the league announced Tuesday afternoon.

Seven teams per conference will make the playoffs, rather than the previous six. Only the No. 1 seed will receive the bye, meaning the No. 2 seed will host the No. 7 seed during wild-card weekend.

If this rule were to have been instituted for the 2019 season, the No. 2 Green Bay Packers would have played the No. 7 Los...
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Sean Payton talks Drew Brees in 2020, says Saints QB returning 'for his final season'

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This may be the last season for New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, coach Sean Payton said on Tuesday morning while appearing on ESPN's Get Up.

Despite agreeing to a 2-year, $50 million deal earlier in March, Payton called the Saints' quarterback situation unique because "with our quarterback Drew Brees, he's announced he's coming back for his final season."

The 2020 season will be Brees' 20th season in the NFL and his 15th in New Orleans.

This is the first...
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NFL approves expansion of playoffs to 14 teams

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NFL clubs voted today to expand the postseason by two teams beginning with the 2020 season.

Expanding the NFL postseason was addressed in the new NFL-NFLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement. Players and clubs both recognized that nothing energizes fans like the chance to see their team...
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Payton: Brees is entering his final season

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Saints head coach Sean Payton said Wednesday in an ESPN interview that quarterback Drew Brees is entering his final NFL season.

On ESPN’s morning program ‘Get Up’ during an interview with Mike Greenberg, Payton referred to the combination of quarterbacks Brees and multi-diminesional Taysom Hill as “a unique situation with our team and our quarterback Drew Brees is (thaT) he’s announced he’s coming back for his final season.”

Brees has not previously clarified...
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Michael Thomas bobblehead commemorates 2019 Offensive Player of the Year Award

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FOCO, a leading manufacturer of sports and entertainment merchandise, created a commemorative bobblehead to celebrate New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas and his record-breaking 2019 season.

In a world of doom and gloom, maybe seeing a bright spot like this nifty little piece could help shine a bit of light into your day.

The bobble head can be purchased here, and a copy of the relevant portions of FOCO’s press release is below:
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Sean Payton hints that 2020 is Drew Brees’s final season

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In a discussion with ESPN’s Mike Greenberg on “Get Up” about Taysom Hill’s role in the offense in 2020, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton indicated that 2020 could be the “final season” for Drew Brees.

The full quote from Payton was, “Drew Brees has announced he’s coming back for his final season.”

While the semantics of this statement can be argued to an extent, with Brees’s contract situation and age, he definitely is in a position in his career where...
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Assessing the quarterback landscape across the NFL

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There are a lot of interesting veteran quarterback names on the free agent market right now. Former Super Bowl champion Joe Flacco. Former number one overall pick and MVP Cam Newton. Fellow former number one overall pick Jameis Winston. Plus a plethora of viable backup options like Mike Glennon, Matt Moore, and Geno Smith.

In the 2020 NFL Draft, there are plenty of options at quarterback as well. It’s presumed the Cincinnati Bengals will select LSU QB Joe Burrow...
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Saints By Position: Top 5 defensive tackles in franchise history

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It is a thankless position.

Defensive tackles are asked to hold the point of attack, to occupy blockers and to occasionally make tackles.

Most of the time, they are doing the dirty work to allow linebackers and safeties, even defensive backs to clean up and get the glory of tackles.

Sometimes, a defensive tackle can serve as an outstanding pass rusher as well and gain glory through sacks.

Regardless of the role, defensive tackle is an important position on any...
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Sean Payton: Taysom Hill sees himself as a starting QB, and we do too

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Sean Payton does not believe in the old adage that if you have two quarterbacks you have none.

The Saints re-signed Drew Brees and placed a first-round tender on Taysom Hill, and Payton said on ESPN that the reason the Saints put a first-round tender on Hill is that they think he’s a starting quarterback — just not actually the starter until Brees retires.

“First and foremost, we still view him as a quarterback. We spent a lot of time this offseason discussing our...
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CSC Post-Free Agency 2020 Mock Draft

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With free agency on the verge now of being completed, it only makes sense to look forward to the NFL Draft which, despite all of Mother Nature’s attempts to ruin it, is still on course to begin as expected on Thursday, April 23rd.

Teams will look to rebuild, or in the case of the New Orleans Saints, reload, as they head into the new-look NFL in the upcoming year. With the Saints possessing a pick in every round except for the second and seventh rounds, they’ve got...
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