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Veteran wide receiver Michael Floyd still getting into shape with Saints

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By Joel A. Erickson | The Advocate

Veteran receiver Michael Floyd still has a lot to prove with the Saints.

Floyd, a former star in Arizona who caught 242 passes and posted a 1,000-yard season with the Cardinals, played just six snaps in the preseason opener against Jacksonville, the fewest of any receiver on the team.

Floyd is still getting into game shape.

"I want to see his weight get down," Saints head coach Sean Payton said. "The good news is it's working in that direction." ...

Marcus Williams' athleticism, instincts frequently on display in Saints camp

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

After New Orleans Saints safety Marcus Williams intercepted Drew Brees for a third consecutive practice last Monday, the future Hall of Fame quarterback offered some of the highest possible praise for his second-year teammate.

"If you were ever playing against Ed Reed," Brees said, "you had to do a great job of looking off and trying to get him leaning one way so that you could -- and still you'd throw balls and be like how did he get there? Marcus makes some of those plays where you're like, 'How did he get there? Where did he come from?"

Williams...

Young cornerbacks making a move: What happened at Saints training camp Day 18

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By Jeff Duncan | NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune


Two under-the-radar cornerbacks appear to be climbing the Saints depth chart.

Rookie Natrell Jamerson and second-year man, Arthur Maulet, could be simply the beneficiaries of injury and the recent release of De'Vante Harris, but both were working with the second-team defense throughout practice on Saturday.

The Saints' top three cornerbacks are set. Marshon Lattimore and Ken Crawley are the established starters outside with veteran free agent Patrick Robinson manning the slot/nickel role. But behind those three is a wide-open competition for the final roster...

After a year out of football, Jayrone Elliott impressed in his Saints debut

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

Train hard for a few days, take a rest day, get back on the field, get on a plane and repeat.

The routine did not change much for Jayrone Elliott after the Dallas Cowboys released him in September last year. He stayed on schedule and in shape while his agent worked the phones. Every week from the time he got cut through the end of the playoffs, Elliott would work out, rest and jet somewhere for another tryout with an NFL team.

He estimated that he worked out for 20 teams last season -- including the New Orleans Saints after defensive end Alex Okafor was...

Rickey Jefferson, former LSU safety, grateful to be in camp with Saints

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Amos Morale III, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

As LSU opened its fall football camp, former safety Rickey Jefferson had a message for his little brother Justin, who figures to be a big part of the Tigers' offense this season.

"Take advantage of it," the elder Jefferson told his brother. "I'd die to be in camp right now."

Two days later, Jefferson got a call from the New Orleans Saints. His signing Aug. 5 put him back in camp after the team waived him after a minicamp for rookies and other tryout players in early May. He's now working to keep a spot on the roster.

"It's a blessing," he said. "I don't...

Sean Kelley's Saints training camp observations from Saturday, Aug. 11

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By Sean Kelley | NewOrleansSaints.com

The New Orleans Saints jumped back into full pads as they hit the third weekend of Training Camp 2018 presented by Verizon. The outdoor practice Saturday at the Ochsner Sports Performance Center was open to the public and drew another large crowd. Here are a few observations:

The Saints had their first goal-line period of training camp. This is a popular one with the fans because it features the most contact and is very competitive thanks to the very close quarters. Saturday was one of the more physical practices in...

Michael Thomas a physical presence at receiver for New Orleans Saints

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John DeShazier | Senior Writer - NewOrleansSaints.com

A wise, learned observer saw the one-on-one drill between receivers and defensive backs during New Orleans Saints training camp, and jokingly remarked, “That’s birds fighting.”

Hilarious, and possibly true, about 98 percent of the time.

Submerged within that other two percentage points is the rare receiver who plays with a clenched fist instead of an open hand. The guy who is schooled on the finer points of playing his position – like splits, depth and...

14 wins and counting for Saints rookie WR Tre'Quan Smith after pre-season opener

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By Rod Walker

It was just a preseason game.

But for Tre'Quan Smith, the New Orleans Saints' 24-20 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars still counts.

It's why one of Smith's assistant coaches at Central Florida sent him a text message after the victory.

"14-0," the message read.

Smith, who played on UCF's 13-0 team last season, hasn't lost a football game since Dec. 17, 2016, when the Knights fell to Arkansas State in the Cure Bowl.

The rookie receiver did his part in his first pro game, catching four passes for 48 yards. Smith's 25-yard reception in the fourth quarter set up a Taysom Hill touchdown...

Taysom Hill enjoys first taste of playing quarterback for New Orleans Saints

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John DeShazier | Senior Writer - NewOrleansSaints.com

The jack-of-all-trades that is Taysom Hill was required Thursday night in the preseason opener to do two things that he had done, but never in the same game.

He learned last season that he could be a special team asset on several units, and he already knew he could be an effective quarterback. Against Jacksonville in the New Orleans Saints’ 24-20 victory at TIAA Bank Field, he found a way to do both in the same game.

“I never have (done that),” Hill said, with...

Young cornerbacks making a move: What happened at Saints training camp Day 18

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By Jeff Duncan

Two under-the-radar cornerbacks appear to be climbing the Saints depth chart.

Rookie Natrell Jamerson and second-year man, Arthur Maulet, could be simply the beneficiaries of injury and the recent release of De'Vante Harris, but both were working with the second-team defense throughout practice on Saturday.

The Saints' top three cornerbacks are set. Marshon Lattimore and Ken Crawley are the established starters outside with veteran...

Saints' Sheldon Rankins hoping to be more disruptive in 3rd season

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By Josh Katzenstein

New Orleans Saints defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins has a unique way of looking at his in-game matchups on each play.

The best defensive linemen in the NFL affect about a handful of plays per game, but Rankins expects to win his matchup every play.

"I definitely feel like anytime I line up against anybody that if they block me it's because I did something wrong," Rankins said....

Rookie WR Tre'Quan Smith learning from the good and bad after Saints debut

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By Luke Johnson

Tre'Quan Smith was feeling pretty good about himself when he strolled into the New Orleans Saints practice facility Friday (Aug. 10) morning to review the film from his previous night's performance.

Why would he not have been? The rookie wide receiver out of Central Florida caught more passes (4) for more yards (48) than any player who took the field in Jacksonville. Included in that number was the most explosive play of...

New Orleans Saints News: Tom Savage Vs. Taysom Hill – Who Was Better In The First Preseason Game?

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By Danny Cox

The New Orleans Saints didn’t have a lot of starters play in their first game of the 2018 NFL preseason, but they still managed a win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Any starters that were on the field were only out there for a limited amount of time, but longtime starting quarterback Drew Brees didn’t get a single moment of playing time. Instead, the game belonged to the other quarterbacks on the roster as the race for the back-up spot is just getting underway.

While...

Saints' Cam Jordan calls Trump 'insecure,' a 'goober' after president criticizes players again

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By Joel A. Erickson | The Advocate

New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan responded to a pair of tweets from President Donald Trump with his own criticism of the President on Friday morning.

With preseason games opening around the NFL, a new wave of protests to raise awareness to racial inequality and police brutality surfaced: three Miami Dolphins kneeled during the national anthem, Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins raised his fist, four Jacksonville Jaguars — including Leonard...

Saints DT Sheldon Rankins' offseason was spent finding ways to 'win quick' and 'win now'

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By Nick Underhill | The Advocate

Sheldon Rankins believes that it is his fault when he doesn’t win a repetition.

It doesn’t matter who is lined up against him. If he is doing the things he is supposed to do, the Saints defensive tackle feels like he should win every rush.

“I definitely feel like any time I line up against somebody if they’re blocking me I did something wrong,” Rankins said.

That sounds like a big statement, but it isn’t a new feeling for Rankins. He is a student of the game who studies himself and his opponents. He can often figure out why he didn't win. That doesn’t mean he can win...

Saints' Mitchell Loewen showcasing versatility along defensive line

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


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- New Orleans Saints defensive lineman Mitchell Loewen surprised a lot of people by making the roster last year, and after a dominant performance in Thursday's preseason opener, he looks poised to compete for a role once again.

Loewen was one of the feel-good stories in 2017 as he made the initial 53-man roster after missing his entire rookie season in 2016 because of a foot injury. He's trying to have a similar bounce back this summer as he played just two games before a high-ankle sprain landed him on injured reserve.

The big...

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