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After Saints-Rams, the NFL has a pass-interference problem. The CFL might have the solution

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By Tom Schad, USA TODAY

Delvin Breaux watched the now-infamous no-call live from Section 102 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, about six rows up from field level. He saw Nickell Robey-Coleman collide with Tommylee Lewis and wondered, incredulously, why New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton wasn't challenging the missed pass interference call.

"Man, that’s BS!" Breaux thought. "Come on Payton, throw the challenge flag out there!’

Payton, of course, couldn't challenge the play, because pass interference is not reviewable in the NFL. But there was good reason for Breaux's confusion. The New Orleans native — and former Saints cornerback — now plays with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League, so he's grown accustomed to the CFL's way of doing things.

"I got all caught up in the moment," he recalled to USA TODAY Sports last week, "and forgot this is the NFL." ...

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Saints the most-injured team the last four seasons

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To those of us who follow the team, that’s not a surprise.

By Chris Dunnells

Numbers and statistics are fun. Compiling numbers can be fun. And that’s what the good people at SportsFacts.org do. The good folks over at SportsFacts went through and compiled data on the injuries each NFL team the last four seasons.

To the surprise of no Saints fans, the Saints had the most players placed on injured reserve the last four years combined:

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Saints will face the NFL’s 10th easiest schedule in 2019

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By James Parks | 247 Sports

In 2018, the Saints finished with the best record in football despite playing a challenging schedule, but in 2019, it appears the NFC South champions will forge a somewhat easier path.

The New Orleans Saints will go into the 2019 season facing what is the 22nd most difficult schedule, or the 10th easiest overall, in the National Football League, when judging by combined records amassed by each team on the schedule from this past season, according to CBS Sports.

The Saints’ opponents had a combined 125-131 record (.488) in 2018. In 2019, the Washington Redskins will face the easiest schedule overall (.469 opponents record), while the Oakland Raiders will have the most difficult schedule (.539 opponents record). ...

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Saints re-sign offensive lineman Michael Ola to a 1-year deal

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By Luke Johnson, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

The New Orleans Saints are bringing back veteran offensive lineman Michael Ola on a one-year deal.

Ola appeared in seven games over two separate stints with the Saints in 2018 before he suffered a high ankle sprain against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 14. He finished the season on injured reserve.

The deal is believed to be for the veterans minimum of $805,000.

New Orleans cut Ola after training camp only to re-sign him a few days before the season opener against the Buccaneers. He played four special teams snaps in that game and was released again the following week. ...

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Saints cornerbacks took collective step back in 2018 as pass defense became a liability

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By Josh Katzenstein, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

The cornerback position was expected to be a strength for the New Orleans Saints in 2018, but the cover men were too often a liability for the NFL’s 29th-ranked pass defense.

2018 FINAL ROSTER: Marshon Lattimore, Eli Apple, P.J. Williams, Ken Crawley, Justin Hardee, Josh Robinson

INJURED RESERVE: Patrick Robinson

2019 FREE AGENTS: P.J. Williams, Ken Crawley (restricted), Josh Robinson

The Saints cornerbacks had a nightmarish start to the 2018 season. In Week 1, the Buccaneers torched Lattimore and Crawley on the outside, and then in Week 3, Patrick Robinson, the team’s top slot defender, suffered a season-ending ankle injury.

The Saints were fortunate to acquire Apple via trade early in the season to replace the struggling Crawley, and Williams played admirably when he filled in for Patrick Robinson. Couple that with Lattimore continuing to be one of the NFL’s top cornerbacks, and the group did enough to help the Saints during an impressive season that resulted in the NFC’s No. 1 seed. ...

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