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Dennis Allen on Marcus Davenport: 'We’re certainly excited about the player'

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New Orleans Saints Defensive Coordinator Dennis Allen
Post-Practice Rookie Camp Availability
Saturday, May 12, 2018

You can’t get too high or two low on Marcus Davenport at this camp considering this is the first time you’ve seen him perform as a Saint?

“Yes, I think it’s no different than any other year. Obviously, you have the athletic qualities that you are looking for. Mentally he has the things that we are looking for that gives him the chance to have success. This camp is really kind of about getting accustomed to some of the verbiage that we are going to use, getting use to some of the techniques that we are going to ask him to play. It’s kind of an introductory phase, but we’re certainly excited about the player.”

How do you envision using a guy like that?

“We’re going to play him at the right end to start off with and evaluate him there. I think the one thing that really stood out to us throughout the draft process was his ability to rush the passer. We felt like he had a unique skill-set that allowed him to be able to rush the passer. He has size, length, speed...

J.T. Barrett handling Saints rookie camp 'very well,' Sean Payton says

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By Josh Katzenstein

Former Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett remembers receiving a text from New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees last year.

In October 2017, Barrett broke Brees' Big Ten record for career passing touchdowns in a Buckeyes win over Penn State, and he said Brees sent him a congratulatory text that included some quip related to Purdue, Brees' alma mater.

Barrett, who finished his collegiate career with 104 touchdown passes compared to Brees' 90, said he hasn't heard from Brees since signing with the Saints as an undrafted rookie, but it's no matter. With Barrett so focused on learning the Saints' complex offense, he's barely even thinking about the possibility of playing behind the future Hall of Famer.

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Saints without Mark Ingram will try to keep Alvin Kamara from getting overworked

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By Christopher Dabe

The absence of Mark Ingram through the first four New Orleans Saints games will not give Alvin Kamara an increased workload.

Saints coach Sean Payton said Saturday (May 12) the team planned to work with running backs currently on the roster to fill the void left by Ingram's suspension for violating the league policy on performance enhancing drugs. While doing that, the team will not ask for more from Kamara.

"The mistake would be that Alvin gets 15 more carries," Payton said after a morning practice during the three-day rookie minicamp that concludes Sunday. "That's not the direction we would expect to go. I don't think that's wise."

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Marcus Davenport making adjustments in Saints rookie minicamp

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By Josh Katzenstein

Even though Marcus Davenport grew up playing wide receiver, he said he frequently paid attention to defensive ends when watching football. "When you can sack the quarterback, that's a big deal," he said Saturday (May 12).

The New Orleans Saints hope Davenport will soon be a big deal for the team. The 14th overall pick in this year's NFL draft, Davenport is participating this weekend in his first practices with the Saints, who are holding rookie minicamp Friday through Sunday.

During the portion of practice with news media on the field, Davenport had some impressive plays in which he bent around the left tackle to apply pressure on rookie quarterback J.T. Barrett.

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Saints Coach Sean Payton talks about rookies

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New Orleans Saints Coach Sean Payton
Post-Practice Rookie Camp Availability
Saturday, May 12, 2018

Opening statement:

“We are into our second day. Like every year, there are three or four groups of players. We have our draft picks, the free agents that we signed after the draft and then there is a large number of three-day trial players that are rookies. Then the league allows five veteran trial players. So that is what our numbers consist of. There are a handful of players that have been with us that are eligible that don’t have an accrued season.”

What are you looking for from the veteran trial guys?

“We have a vision for them. What kind of shape they are in? They have played so what do we think they can do to help us. We have (veteran tryout players at) a handful of positions, but we have had players (that we’ve signed). Billy Miller found his way onto the roster that way. So it is really about how quickly they’re getting up to speed, the same evaluation that is taking place with the rest of the players.”

Can you get a grasp of the guys’ learning curves?

“We tell them that these are the things that are important. Do they know what to do, that is important. They’re in a crash course if you will on getting adjusted to the terminology. Then how quickly are they learning what to do...

The Top-15 best remaining NFL Free Agents

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As the NFL's new class of rookies begin their minicamps and new players begin to settle in to their places on an NFL roster, certain veteran players around the league continue to sit and wait for the phone to ring to see which team they will play for next - If they play at all.

During the 2018 offseason, a great deal of star veteran players have found themselves sitting and waiting for their next opportunity. After the peak of free agency and the NFL Draft, a number still find themselves on sidelines, including one of the biggest stars in the league. Many of the top remaining free agents bring with them All-Pro and Pro Bowl pedigrees. Some are looking for specific situations, while others are simply hoping to keep playing in the National Football League.

Here is a look at the Top 15 best remaining free agents in the NFL.

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Weekend Content: Tracking Saints rookie jersey numbers

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We won’t have an official list until the Saints announce it, but it’s a start.

By John Sigler

We’ll get an official announcement from the New Orleans Saints later today, but for now I’m trawling through the 400 or so photos from Friday’s minicamp session on the Saints website.

It’s an incomplete list, and more importantly unofficial. 80-plus players try out at rookie minicamps with just a handful of them signed to the team, so there’s plenty of duplicate numbers simply because there aren’t enough to go around. Do not go out buying any jerseys until the Saints make it official after roster cuts in September.

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Why rookie tight end Cam Serigne booked a one-way ticket to New Orleans for Saints tryout

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By Josh Katzenstein | The Times-Picayune

Cam Serigne has never lived in New Orleans, but he still considers the city his home.

At New Orleans Saints rookie minicamp this weekend, Serigne will try to make New Orleans a permanent home.

An undrafted rookie tight end from Wake Forest, Serigne will be among the players trying out for the Saints during the three-day rookie camp, which runs Friday (May 11) through Sunday (May 13).

But, one unique aspect of Serigne's upcoming experience is that he booked a one-way ticket because he's planning on visiting relatives after the three days of practice.

"My roots are there," he said. "For me, this really feels like I have a chance to come home, and it's just neat for me."

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6 players to watch during Saints rookie minicamp

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By Larry Holder

Rookie minicamp shouldn’t make or break any of the Saints’ 2018 NFL draft picks. Sean Payton, Dennis Allen and Co. won’t be able to tell if Marcus Davenport is the next Reggie White or Shawn Knight.

But the three-day on-field practice sessions on Airline Drive are pivotal for the undrafted rookies actually under contract and those rookies and veterans participating on a tryout basis. Some undrafted signees could be out the door this weekend as fast as they arrived in New Orleans and replaced with tryout players.

Practices are closed to the media, so the first glimpses of the new faces won’t be seen until the start of organized team activities later this month.

But there are a few players I’m curious about heading into this weekend. And a few players I’m curious to see if they will leave this weekend with or without a contract:

Boston Scott

Typically, I wouldn’t drop a draft pick on this list, but Mark Ingram’s four-game suspension will bring an increased interest in Scott’s transition to the NFL.
Scott, the team’s sixth-rounder from Louisiana Tech, could find more immediate playing time thanks to the veteran tailback’s ban and the lack of established depth on the roster...

Matt Elam, Jay Bromley, Tyrunn Walker among those invited to rookie camp tryout

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By Nick Underhill

The Saints will have a handful of veteran players trying out this weekend at rookie minicamp.

Among them are safety Matt Elam, defensive tackle Jay Bromley, defensive tackle Tyrunn Walker and offensive tackle Michael Ola, according to league sources.

Elam, selected in the first round of the 2013 draft by the Baltimore Ravens, did not have the fifth-year option picked up on his contract. He missed the 2015 season due to a torn biceps and the Ravens let him walk in 2017 after some legal troubles.

Bromley, a 2014 third-round pick, is a veteran of four seasons with the Giants. He accumulated two sacks and 47 tackles during his time in New York.

Walker got his start with the Saints and flashed promise during his first three seasons in New Orleans, picking up 2 1/2 sacks. He then signed with Detroit in 2015, where he spent two seasons before playing with the Rams last year.

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Saints’ Marcus Williams not thinking about that one play in Minnesota

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By Nick Underhill

Marcus Williams made it clear that he wasn’t interested in talking about the past.

There would be no comments about how last season ended, with Williams missing a tackle on Stefon Diggs’ 61-yard touchdown in the playoffs. And he wasn’t interested in giving an autopsy about the days that followed and what his recovery process was like the last few months.

“I don’t really think about that,” the Saints safety said during the #DoRight4LA campaign at the NFL YET Center. “But I’m doing good; the family’s doing good. There’s nothing really major going on in my life that’s changing except for me helping these kids.”

Williams was asked several different ways about that moment but wouldn’t bite. He did, however, let it be known that no one single moment – whether it be that play or something else – will ever define who is as a person or football player.

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New Orleans Saints sign six draft picks

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New Orleans Saints Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis announced that the club has signed the following draft picks; defensive end Marcus Davenport, tackle Rick Leonard, defensive backs Natrell Jamerson and Kamrin Moore, running back Boston Scott and center/guard Will Clapp.

Davenport was the 14th overall selection in the first round of the NFL Draft out of Texas-San Antonio. The 6-foot-6, 265-pound San Antonio native appeared in 43 games with 34 starts in four seasons and finished his collegiate career with 186 tackles (97 solo), 22 sacks, 38 tackles for loss, six forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, one returned for a touchdown and eight passes defensed, finishing as the school’s all-time leader for stops for loss, takedowns and quarterback hurries (21). In 2017, Davenport was the Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year and a first-team All-Conference selection, when he started all 11 games and posted 55 tackles (30 solo) and set school records with 17.5 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks and eight QB hurries.

Leonard was the Saints’ fourth round draft choice (127th overall) out of Florida State. The 6-7, 305-pound Middleton, Md., native was a two-year contributor at right tackle, opening all 13 games in 2017 after transitioning from defensive end. He opened a...

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