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TRACEY JAGNEAUX

NEW ORLEANS -- No question that after last year’s bountiful draft for the New Orleans Saints, the 2018 version of let’s take a chance would be scrutinized in a way that no other draft would be.

No matter who the Saints chose this year, the comparison to 2017 would be made, even though none of the players selected starting last Thursday had even taken a snap in the NFL.

So, how did the Saints do in this year’s installment? That all depends on who you ask. The range of grades looks like the report card of a seventh grader going through the change to adulthood: it is all over the map.
ESPN gave the Saints a C+, putting New Orleans just above average.

Bleacher Report, without providing any explanation with its rankings, gave the Saints a D, the lowest in the league along with Oakland and Seattle.
Yahoo and USA Today agreed with Bleacher Report and also rated the New Orleans draft as being D worthy. However, both NFL.com and CBS Sports had the Saints with a grade of B.

The biggest move of the draft for New Orleans came very early. The Saints made a bold move in the first round Thursday, trading next year’s first-rounder to move up and take Texas-San Antonio defensive end Marcus Davenport, a player who filled a need for a pressure player at the right defensive end spot the Saints have been trying to fill long-term for years.

Full Article -- Ville Platte Gazette

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Saints' Michael Thomas Primed for a Huge Rebound

  • News source: Bob Rose
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Prior to the 2020 NFL season, New Orleans Saints WR Michael Thomas was among the most productive wideouts in NFL history. A second-round choice in the 2016 NFL Draft out of Ohio State, Thomas had set league records for productivity over a player's first four seasons.

Thomas had at least 92 receptions and over 1,100 yards in each of his first four years, with catch totals and yardage increasing over each of those seasons. He led the NFL with a career-high 1,725 yards in 2019, breaking his own franchise record. In the process, he also broke a 17-year NFL record with 149 receptions.

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Crescent City Sports claims four awards in LSWA writing contest

  • News source: CCS Staff
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Crescent City Sports took home four top-three finishes in judging for the annual Louisiana Sports Writers Association contest announced Sunday.

Les East was third in the Prep Writer of the Year in Division I, in which writers submit multiple stories in different formats for judging. East also had a pair of stories place in the top three – a third place in pro event for his coverage of the Saints-Buccaneers game on Oct. 31, and third in breaking news for his coverage of the passing of former Times-Picayune sports editor Bob Roesler last February.

Lenny Vangilder took home a second place...
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One rookie from each NFL team who will surprise in 2022

  • News source: John Sigler
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Every team expects a lot out of their top picks in the NFL draft, but they won’t be the only rookies who contribute in Year 1. There will be first-year players who emerge as valuable starters or key role players at some point this season.

It’s just difficult to predict which rookies will be the ones to step up and surprise both fans and analysts.

The NFL Wire network went team by team and selected one rookie who could be a pleasant surprise in 2022, highlighting players on an upward trajectory:
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Saints Players With Most to Prove This Season

  • News source: John Hendrix
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We're just about three weeks away from the Saints rookies reporting to training camp on July 19. Veterans will join up the following week on July 26, and practices will get underway by the end of next month. New Orleans is looking to get back into the postseason after a successful five-year run came to an end last season. Despite a season full of adversity, they narrowly missed the playoffs,

This is a hungry team that's certainly made some enhancements and upgrades from last season, but there are still some lingering questions. Part of that hinges on some particular players and their...
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Running back still a position of need for the Saints

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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No one knows what is going to happen to Alvin Kamara this offseason. Not Alvin Kamara, not Pro Football Talk, and likely not even the New Orleans Saints.

All that is known at this time is that Kamara’s offseason incident could result in a suspension for the 2022 season for an amount of games still to be determined. However, this uncertainty leaves the Saints with a question mark at the running back position. What if Alvin Kamara is indeed suspended for a large chunk of the 2022 season? Can the Saints really rely on 32-year-old Mark Ingram to carry the workload in what many hope to be a...
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Week 4 Prediction: New Orleans Saints vs Minnesota Vikings

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Matt: This is going to be such an entertaining game in my opinion.

A big question I have: how will jetlag affect these two teams?

For the New Orleans Saints, you have a young, high-powered offense and an elite defense. Not to mention starting the season 2-1. You’ve got confidence in this group that has a history of success in London.

But then there’s Minnesota.

Kirk Cousins is a heavily overrated quarterback, but when you add in weapons like Dalvin Cook, Adam Thielen, and Justin Jefferson and you have something.

This is going to be a very high-scoring affair with star-studded...
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Fleur-de-Links, June 27: Alvin Kamara walked the red carpet at NASCAR race

  • News source: Adam Dunnells
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Pro Football Talk reports that Alvin Kamara will likely face “a suspension of at least six games.”

Some fans seem to think that the potential six game suspension of Alvin Kamara may be too harsh.

Alvin Kamara was recently spotted with Michael Jordan at a NASCAR race.

Saints general manager Mickey Loomis says that the team needs to be “prepared for anything,” in regards to Alvin Kamara’s suspension.

Demario Davis recently restructured his deal with the Saints, extending his contract through 2024.

Images from the recent football youth camp hosted by Steve Gleason and his Team Gleason...
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Saints lineman James Hurst ready for action wherever needed

  • News source: Rene Nadeau
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“To protect and serve” is a well-known motto adopted by the Los Angeles Police Department in 1963 that has been used by military and police units nationwide.

The words also may apply to New Orleans Saints offensive lineman James Hurst.

Entering his third campaign in New Orleans and his ninth overall in the NFL, Hurst is assigned to protect Saints quarterbacks and serve anywhere necessary along the offensive line.

In 2021, he was second on the team with 941 offensive snaps with 15 starts. Hurst graded 12th in the league with a 69.8 mark by Pro Football Focus among all NFL offensive...
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Jameis Winston: Don't Call It a Comeback!

  • News source: Kyle T. Mosley
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Jameis Winston's upcoming season won't only become a "Comeback," but much more for the leader of the New Orleans Saints.

32 years ago, LL Cool J roared, "Don't call it a comeback! I been here for years," on Mama Said Knock You Out. Jameis Winston, 28, wasn't yet born.

Winston isn't new to the quarterback game. Instead the young Hueytown, Alabama native is wisely penning new chapters of his life before our eyes.

The Pop Warner and Alabama high school isn't new to grinding out wins amid difficult situations.

2013-14 were the pinnacle years of Jameis Winston's career as an amateur...
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Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame’s Class of 2022 took a village to build to success

  • News source: Jason Pugh
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NATCHITOCHES – For the 50th anniversary of its arrival in this small town located on Cane River Lake, the 2022 Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony took time to celebrate the villages.

Those villages – whether it was Crowley or Bunkie or Mamou or Thibodaux or Opelousas — as well as the villages who helped nurture and produce the 12-member Class of 2022 that officially entered the state’s sports shrine were on display at the event inside the Natchitoches Events Center.

“I always tell people, like the saying, it takes a village,” said Garland Forman, the longtime journalist at...
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Saints Training Camp: Players We're Most Excited to See

  • News source: John Hendrix
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We're nearly out of June, and Saints training camp will be here before we know it. Rookies will report on July 19, and the veterans will join them a week later. We should expect a practice schedule by mid-July, and practices should start towards the end of the month.

This is undoubtedly a very quiet spot on the NFL calendar leading up to camp, but the anticipation is there with each passing day. There's a lot of reason for optimism for the Saints in 2022, and our Saints News Network Team got together recently to weigh in on the player they're most excited to see at training camp.

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Alvin Kamara Strolling the Pits with Michael Jordan at NASCAR Race

  • News source: Kyle T. Mosley
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New Orleans Saints embattled star running back Alvin Kamara was observing the action of NASCAR Cup Series' Ally 400 at Nashville Superspeedway on Saturday, June 25.

It's been one year since NASCAR brought on Kamara as its "first-ever Growth and Engagement Advisor. Kamara will work directly with NASCAR leadership on strategic planning and creative opportunities that support its fan development efforts."

Kamara strolled the pits with basketball legend and 23XI Racing team co-owner Michael Jordan. Driver Bubba Wallace is a driver for Jordan and Denny Hamlin.

Kamara will be a hearing in a...
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How the Original USFL Affected New Orleans Saints History

  • News source: Bob Rose
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The 2022 USFL Championship Game is set, with the Birmingham Stallions facing off against the Philadelphia Stars next weekend in Canton, OH. It’s been a reasonably successful year for the expansion league, which has no official affiliation with the original USFL, despite carrying many of the same team names and similar logos.

The original USFL (United States Football League) was an expansion league that began play in the spring of 1983. The fledgling league was entertaining in its short three-year duration, and even provided a bit of competition for the NFL with regard to obtaining...
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Devoted Who Dat reaches 100 Saints autograph tattoos on his torso: 'There may not be much more skin'

  • News source: BY DOUG MACCASH | Staff writer
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By now, Brian Henry should be used to it. Still, he winced a little and stared distractedly into the distance as a tattoo needle bit into a tender spot on his arm on a recent Saturday, as Saints guard Chuck Commiskey’s signature was added to his collection. Commiskey’s was the 100th Saints signature tattooed onto Henry’s dermis. It was a milestone.

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Demario Davis signs contract extensiosn to 2024 with Saints

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The New Orleans Saints signed linebacker Demario Davis to a one-year extension through 2024, ESPN’s Field Yates reported Friday.


The 33-year old can earn Davis up to $14 million in the added-on 2024 season. He is set to make a $10 million base salary with a $2 million roster bonus and $2 million more in incentives.

Among the tweaks to his overall contract, Davis’s base salary for 2023 drops slightly (from $8.5 million to $8.25 million) while another $1 million has been guaranteed.
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Civil lawsuit is also expected against Alvin Kamara

  • News source: Mike Florio
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In addition to bracing for a suspension of six games or more due to a charge of felony battery arising from an incident in Las Vegas on Pro Bowl weekend, Saints running back Alvin Kamara expects to face a lawsuit in civil court.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the man whom Kamara allegedly beat up in Las Vegas will be suing Kamara for financial damages as result of the incident.

It’s no surprise. Assault and battery are what the law calls intentional torts. Any injuries or other harm suffered by the alleged victim become fair game for compensatory damages. Punitive damages...
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