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What do the new additions bring to the New Orleans Saints’ roster?

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By Darral Nail


Cornerback and wide receiver were listed among the top needs for the New Orleans Saints this offseason in the lead-up to the 2021 NFL Draft.

Though the team added a cornerback in the top half of the draft in the form of former Stanford Cardinal Paulson Adebo, the position remained far from settled.

Similarly, with the Saints’ receiver group, a single seventh-round draft pick was added (South Alabama’s Kawaan Baker) with the team seemingly intent to give it a go with the pass catchers on hand.

While adding a veteran corner was thought to be in the works, the recent news regarding Michael Thomas’ early-season availability saw to it that New Orleans would be in the market for help at the receiver position as well.

On the eve of training camp’s arrival, General Manager Mickey Loomis and head coach Sean Payton added reinforcements at both positions in short order.

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New Orleans Saints should sign a familiar face to fill WR spot

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Kenny Stills. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)


By Kristen Wong | Who Dat Dish

As the New Orleans Saints try to find silver linings from the Michael Thomas injury update, the most pressing item on their agenda needs to be the wide receiver unit.

The Saints made quick work of signing veteran Chris Hogan, but this news is about as exciting as lettuce going on sale at the grocery store. Hogan won’t impact the lineup the way they need him to.

It’s time New Orleans inked a quality wide receiver, and the Saints should look no further than their former player, Kenny Stills. He’s New Orleans’ prodigal son with a few productive years left in him and is exactly what the Saints are looking for this offseason.

With the Saints’ salary cap situation, the likes of Davante Adams and Michael Gallup are tantalizingly out of reach. Stills, however, is an extremely wallet-friendly option who could enjoy a golden renaissance of his former New Orleans years. ...

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New Orleans Saints announce roster moves

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Receiver Michael Thomas placed on Physically Unable to Perform

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The New Orleans Saints announced Tuesday, July 27 that they have signed defensive end Kendall Donnersonand cornerback Brian Poole, placed offensive lineman Derrick Kelly on Non Football Injury and placed wide receiver Michael Thomas on Physically Unable to Perform. The announcement were made by Saints Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis.

Donnerson, 6 feet 3, 249 pounds, was originally selected by the Green Bay Packers as a seventh round draft pick out of Southeast Missouri in 2018. After spending the final month of his rookie season on Green Bay's active roster, Donnerson has also had practice squad stints with the Raiders (2019) and Cincinnati Bengals (2020). He played in all 45 games with 21 starts in four seasons (2014-17) at Southeast Missouri, registering 144 tackles (84 solo), 34½ tackles for a loss, 12 sacks, an interception, nine passes defensed, six forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. The Maumelle, Ark., native finished his college career ranked No. 3 in school history in tackles for a loss and No. 4 in sacks. He started all 11 games as a senior in 2017, earning first-team All-Ohio Valley Conference recognition after posting career highs in tackles (53), solo tackles (36), tackles for a loss (13½) and sacks (six).

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Whirlwind week for veteran Saints WR Chris Hogan sends him from PLL back to NFL

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Suiting up at receiver for the New Orleans Saints wasn't the plan for Chris Hogan.

It wasn't the plan last month. It definitely wasn't the plan last week, either.

In an alternate universe, Hogan would be in game day mode for the Premier Lacrosse League's reigning champion Whipsnakes. The 6-foot-3 midfielder would have traveled to Colorado Springs, Colorado, with his team ahead of Saturday's game against the Waterdogs.

"Honestly, that's what I was preparing for," Hogan said Friday.

That PLL game is still on as scheduled, but Hogan is in Metairie catching passes from quarterbacks...
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Saints re-sign wide receiver Tommylee Lewis

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The New Orleans Saints have re-signed Tommylee Lewis.

The fifth-year wide receiver is back on the roster as the Saints look for veteran help while Michael Thomas misses time recovering from ankle surgery.

Head coach Sean Payton also announced that the team has activated defensive back PJ Williams and offensive guard Derrick Kelly II from the non-football injured list (NFI) list.

New Orleans head their first outdoor practice of training camp Friday.



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Saints sign Tommylee Lewis, bringing back a familiar face to help receiver roster crunch

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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Would it really be the start of a new football season if Tommylee Lewis was not participating in New Orleans Saints camp?

Though he did not participate in Friday's practice, Lewis' signing was on the official NFL transactions wire Friday afternoon, marking the return of a player who has had an on-again, off-again relationship with the Saints organization.

Lewis made the Saints as an un-drafted free agent back in 2016, largely because of his ability as a return man, averaging 11.4 yards per punt return as a rookie. The Saints also occasionally worked him into the offensive rotation as...
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Saints training camp notebook from July 30: Sense of calm returns at receiver

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New Orleans Saints training camp was a test of elements as temperatures ran as high as some of the passes in the team’s first outdoor practice. The pads were still off, but the bleachers were packed with fans vying to get a glimpse of the quarterback competition; Gayle Benson even did a quick round on a golf cart to give a warm welcome (pun intended).

It was my first day at Saints training camp, and while my notes are illegible, the energy was palpable. Today finally felt like football was back in full swing for the first time since 2019, scorching heat wave aside. Much of the focus was...
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Former Saints starters Jermon Bushrod, Sterling Moore join staff as coaching interns

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Two new (but familiar) faces are patrolling the sidelines in New Orleans Saints training camp: Jermon Bushrod and Sterling Moore, who each played for the club before hanging up their cleats. Both former Saints players have returned to join Sean Payton’s staff as coaching interns this summer.

Bushrod, 36, last played for the Saints in 2018 after spending a few years with the Chicago Bears and Miami Dolphins. Before he took that detour, he helped the Saints win Super Bowl XLIV as their starting left tackle and was teammates with Zach Strief, now New Orleans’ assistant offensive line coach...
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Saints day 2 observations: Chris Hogan leaps for Jameis Winston pass, 'boom or bust' with punts

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For the first time in two years, fans were welcomed back to the Ochsner Sports Performance Center for New Orleans Saints training camp, and it was a hot one.

After spending the first day of training camp inside, the Saints moved outside for their second of three sessions of helmets and jerseys. They'll put on full pads on Monday, Aug. 2.

Two players were absent Friday: cornerback Grant Haley and rookie tight end Dylan Soehner. Haley's absence is for a personal reason. It's unclear at this time why Soehner was absent.

In good news, the Saints got back both defensive back P.J. Williams...
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Saints bring back Tommylee Lewis

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A familiar face is back with the Saints.

Saints head coach Sean Payton announced at his Friday press conference that the team has signed wide receiver Tommylee Lewis. Lewis was in for a visit earlier this week that was likely about checking his health because Lewis is well known in the organization.

Lewis signed with the Saints as an undrafted free agent in 2016 and remained with the club through the 2018 season. He was out of the league in 2019 after signing with and being cut by the Lions, but returned to the Saints last year.

Lewis caught 21 passes in those stints, but he’s best...
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The 45 best photos from Day 2 of Saints training camp

  • News source: John Sigler
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The second practice session of New Orleans Saints training camp is in the books, and it offered fans their first look at the 2021 squad two weeks out from their first preseason game. Check out photos from Day 2’s practice session in the gallery embedded below:
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Saints Camp: Day 2 Practice Notes and Observations

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Day 2 of Saints training camp is in the books, as New Orleans spent their time outside with fans being able to get their first glimpse of the team. Here's all the notes and observations from Friday's session, and be sure to check out what went down on Thursday if you haven't already.

Grant Haley, who missed yesterday's session due to a personal reason, was not present today. Also, Dylan Soehner was not in attendance. P.J. Williams, Derrick Kelly II, and Wil Lutz were all present.

New Orleans signed Tommylee Lewis to the active roster after a tryout on Thursday.

Taysom Hill took reps as...
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Taysom vs. Jameis Saints QB battle: Today's word is 'efficiency'

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Temperatures approached triple digits as the New Orleans Saints held their first outdoor practice of 2021 training camp, but that didn’t stop fans from packing the bleachers to get their first glimpse of the team in this setting since 2019.

And while many came eager to throw their support behind Jameis Winston or Taysom Hill, who are vying for the chance to succeed Drew Brees, Friday’s practice offered more simple efficiency than it did flash.

Again, Hill worked with the first team offense, and again, coach Sean Payton made clear that Winston’s time with the first team unit will come...
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Saints re-sign Tommylee Lewis again, clear Wil Lutz and P.J. Williams to practice

  • News source: John Sigler
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Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but the New Orleans Saints have re-signed Tommylee Lewis. The fifth-year wide receiver has had an on-again, off-again relationship with the team, but a recent spat of injuries and suspensions have brought him back to New Orleans yet again. Saints coach Sean Payton announced Lewis’ return in his post-training camp press conference on Friday, a day after Lewis tried out for the team as a free agent.

Expect Lewis to compete for a backup role to Deonte Harris, whose offseason DUI arrest could sideline him for a few weeks during the regular season. Lewis...
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Saints signed Chris Hogan without using any of their salary cap space

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Chris Hogan signing with the New Orleans Saints on the eve of training camp created a bit of a wave, mostly because he’d given up football to try his hand at pro lacrosse. But it was a canny move by the Saints to pad out their depth chart — they basically brought him in for nothing.

NewOrleans.Football’s Nick Underhill reported that the Saints signed Hogan to a one-year deal at the veteran’s minimum ($1.075 million for the nine-year pro), which qualifies for a salary cap benefit. It means he’ll only count $850,000 against the cap, which is beneath the top-51 threshold used during the...
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Saints QB rotation continues with Taysom Hill running first team on Day 2

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As expected, Taysom Hill continued to receive snaps with the first-team offense on the second day of New Orleans Saints training camp practices. This follows the plan Saints coach Sean Payton outlined following Thursday’s start to camp, in which he described a rotation between Hill and Jameis Winston. Both passers are competing to replace Drew Brees this year, and so far Hill — in his fifth season with New Orleans — has gotten first crack at it while Winston runs the second-team offense in his second year as a Saint.

But we shouldn’t read into this too heavily, if at all. Payton said both...
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Look: 25 photos from the first day of Saints training camp

  • News source: John Sigler
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The first day of New Orleans Saints training camp practice was held indoors, owing to a sky-high heat index, but it was still full of excitement with competition in many different position groups. Here are the 25 best photos from Thursday’s training camp kickoff:
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