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Saints Injured Key Players will impact Offseason Decisions

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By Bob Rose | SI

The New Orleans Saints entered the 2019 season with a roster considered among the deepest in the National Football League. That depth was tested with a series of injuries during the year, especially on the defensive side. The Saints persevered most of the season, as evidenced by their 13-3 record and status among the league’s Super Bowl favorites entering the playoffs. Those expectations ended with a 26-20 home playoff upset to the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings exploited the weaknesses on the Saints roster in that game, leading to several questions heading into the offseason.

New Orleans enters the 2020 off-season not only attempting to shore up their shortcomings but also maintain the strength of a roster that is still considered a title contender. The Saints will add talent through both the draft and free agency while also addressing several of their own free agents. They will also get a few players back into the fold that weren’t a factor during this past season because of injuries. Here is some of the returning talent that will affect the Saints' decisions this offseason.

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Mike Detillier: What a week for football in Louisiana

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By Mike Detillier / Sports Correspondent

What a week it was for football fans in Louisiana.

Last weekend the Tennessee Titans upset the Baltimore Ravens 28-12 to advance to the AFC Championship game.

The architect and general manager of the 2019 version of Titans is former Nicholls State graduate assistant turned linebacker coach for the Colonels Jon Robinson.

Robinson left the coaching ranks once he left the Colonels to get into college scouting and worked his way up to a general manager position and now his team is playing for a spot in the Super Bowl.

Former Nicholls and Northwestern State coach Jay Thomas is also involved in the Titans scouting department as a pregame scout and personnel evaluator.
Then last Sunday afternoon the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Houston Texans to advance to the AFC Championship game.

Three members of the Chiefs coaching staff -- defensive line coach/running game coordinator Brendan Daly, outside linebacker coach Britt Reid and strength and conditioning coach Travis Crittenden -- have been regulars coaching high school players at the Louisiana Line Camp at Nicholls in Thibodaux each summer for the past few seasons.

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New Orleans Saints Vision Has Moved to Next Season

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By Cassandra Spiller | LWOS

The playoffs are still underway, but the New Orleans Saints vision has moved to next season. Following another disappointing end to the season, the Saints are left with trying to figure out what needs to be done to improve for 2020. One thing is for sure, they will need to load their roster with more weapons, but the team has found itself in a beautiful mess with their quarterbacks.

New Orleans Saints Vision Has Transitioned to 2020

This year, the Saints will no longer have a signed quarterback on their roster. Drew Brees, Teddy Bridgewater, and Taysom Hill are free agents now. Brees has been the starting quarterback with the Saints since 2006. Bridgewater showed he can still manage as a starting quarterback during Drew’s hand injury. It will be interesting to see what the Saints do to remedy this issue...

The Top Offseason Needs for the New Orleans Saints

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By John Hendrix | SI

Another season ended in disappointment for the New Orleans Saints, and now they enter the offseason with a lot of questions to answer. Most tend to get wrapped up in the draft process, but before that comes free agency. No matter how you look at it, there are glaring issues that the team should and could address before getting to both points, and they'll have to also shift around some cap space to be players in March.

Here are a few areas the teams can afford to get better at and address in 2020.

Wide Receiver

The problems the Saints have had at the wide receiver position just didn't happen. It's been evident since the 2017 playoff game against the Minnesota Vikings. Outside of Michael Thomas, the production has just not been there. The team has tried, taking a chance on players like Cameron Meredith, but it hasn't panned out. Quite simply put, this is a group that doesn't scare anyone outside of Thomas. To put Thomas' 1,725 receiving yards in the regular season in perspective, five combined receivers (Ted Ginn Jr., Tre'Quan Smith, Deonte Harris, Austin Carr, and Krishawn Hogan) only managed 692 yards in 2019. Ginn Jr. was fourth on the team with 421 yards behind Alvin Kamara (533) and Jared Cook (705).

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Demario Davis named a finalist for NFLPA's Alan Page Community Award

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

New Orleans Saints linebacker Demario Davis was named a first-team All-Pro, and now he could add another honor to his trophy case. Davis was named one of five finalists for the NFL Players Association’s Alan Page Community Award for his efforts off the field, embracing the New Orleans community and working to enact positive change with his neighbors. The award’s winner will receive a $100,000 donation to a charity of their choosing.

Davis rose to prominence in the wake of a controversial NFL uniform violation fine. The league initially fined him for wearing a headband labeled “Man of God” during an early-season game, which he overturned in appeals. Davis then sold similar headbands in a fund-raiser for a Mississippi hospital, reporting more than $120,000 in donations. He also met with students and faculty at a New Orleans-area elementary school who had supported him during the appeals process.

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Re-grading the New Orleans Saints 2017 draft class

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

The New Orleans Saints hit on nearly all of their picks in the 2017 NFL Draft, adding Rookies of the Year on Offense (Alvin Kamara) and Defense (Marshon Lattimore) while finding a future first-team All-Pro right tackle at the end of the first round. Other selections like Marcus Williams and Trey Hendrickson have contributed often, and the other misses still carry their silver linings.

It could have gone very differently. Saints coach Sean Payton was infamously on the phone with Alabama linebacker prospect Reuben Foster, preparing to draft him, when the San Francisco 49ers made a surprising trade up with the division-rival Seattle Seahawks. A serious of off-field incidents later resulted in Foster being waived by the team that picked him.

The Saints were fortunate enough to pick Ryan Ramczyk instead, and he’s proven to be much more than a worthy successor to Zach Strief on the right side — he’s a star in his own right.

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Just how Vegas will the 2020 NFL draft be? It'll include Bellagio boat rides and a red carpet

  • News source: By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer
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The Saints are headed to Sin City for the first round of the 2020 draft, and it wouldn't be an event in Las Vegas, Nevada without a splash of extravagance.

When the Saints make the 24th pick overall in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft on April 23-25, it will be complete with a red carpet stage on the lake in front of the Bellagio hotel with boats ferrying players and VIPs to the action.

The league knows it has a long ways to go to match the previous road...
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New Orleans native Kalija Lipscomb seeking to prove himself at Senior Bowl

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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MOBILE, Ala. — Proof is the top priority for New Orleans native Kalija Lipscomb at this week’s Senior Bowl.

If there are things people think the former Jesuit High School and Vanderbilt wide receiver does well, he wants to validate that belief. If there are things others think are a weakness in his game, he wants to change minds.

“Overall, I want to emphasize my strengths and bring my floor up,” Lipscomb said.

He feels he will get his chance to do that this week...
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Saints CB Marshon Lattimore to not play in Pro Bowl, cites injury

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore will not be suiting up this weekend in the 2020 Pro Bowl, declining the invitation due to an unspecified injury.

The Seattle Seahawks announced the news when reporting that their cornerback Shaquill Griffin will be replacing Lattimore in the lineup.

Lattimore missed two games during the regular season with a hamstring injury, but it is not known if this is the ailment precluding Lattimore from playing.

Lattimore...
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Saints’ championship window far from closed

  • News source: Ed Daniels
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To those who believe the “window” to win the Super Bowl is closing for the New Orleans Saints, here are a couple of questions for you to answer.

Who led the NFC the last two seasons in combined regular season wins?

In what year did Drew Brees post his best quarterback rating?

First, we’ll address Brees.

His best rating year as a quarterback was 2019. That’s right, the quarterback without a deep threat to stretch the field and without a healthy Alvin Kamara for...
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Report: Saints rank best in special teams for 2019

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Darren Rizzi had a history of special-teams success with the Miami Dolphins. He brought it with him to New Orleans.

The Dolphins finished fourth in the NFL in special teams in Rizzi’s final season as special teams coach for Miami in 2018. His charges were even better in his first season with the New Orleans Saints.

The Saints finished first in the NFL special-teams rankings compiled annually by Rick Gosselin for the last 41 years. Read more on Gosselin’s in-depth...
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No team was better than the Saints in 2019 on special teams, this annual analysis says

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Darren Rizzi just wrapped up his first season as the New Orleans Saints' special teams coordinator, and an annual data analysis shows no unit in the NFL performed better than the Saints'.

Rick Gosselin, a long-time reporter and columnist for The Dallas Morning News, released his special teams rankings Monday. Teams are assigned points in the rankings based on the kicking game.

The Saints finished No. 1 in his rankings.

New Orleans finished first in four of the 22...
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Potential 2020 NFL Draft sleepers

  • News source: Rene Nadeau
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NFL free agency begins March 18th. The annual draft is three months away. A record 111 underclassmen declared early. The options to upgrade your NFL team with talent will be plentiful, if you know where to look.

I have always tried to pinpoint a few prospects this time of year who may be flying under the radar. Some overlooked players may find their way to a future Pro Bowl.

The scouting staff, along with the rest of the NFL, is well aware of these prospects. The...
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Saints 2019 Year in Review: Josh Hill

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In December of 2018, Josh Hill signed a 3 year, $8.85 mil contract extension that has him under contract through 2021. The Saints could cut ties with him in 2020, but at only 1.4% of the projected cap this is unlikely.

For the third time in his career he had an AV (Approximate Value) of 2.

Josh Hill had a solid if not spectacular year in 2019. He managed to avoid the concussions of the past for one thing. He played all 16 games and in the WC round. Targeted 35...
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Saints 2019 Year in Review: Nick Easton

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After Max Unger’s abrupt retirement prior to this season, the Saints scrambled to find a replacement for the All-Pro level center. They found it in rookie Erik McCoy, who was stellar for the Saints in 2019, but McCoy was actually their third choice. The first was Cameron Tom, who was lost for the season before it began. The second was Nick Easton, who the Saints signed after two seasons with the Vikings to fill the void at snapper.

In spite of McCoy’s fantastic...
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Re-drafting the first two rounds of the 2019 NFL draft: New picks for 1-64

  • News source: www.espn.com - New Orleans Saints
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With just the Pro Bowl and Super Bowl left in the 2019 NFL season, it's time to look back at the 2019 draft, which helped shape everything that happened over the past year. We asked our NFL Nation reporters to make new picks and re-draft the first two rounds of that draft class, from No. 1 to No. 64.

How many quarterbacks and wide receivers would go in Round 1 this time? Where would Dwayne Haskins, Drew Lock and Gardner Minshew land? And which first-rounders would...
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Fleur-de-Links, January 21: Drew Brees and Alvin Kamara jersey sales, special teams unit ranks first, and Teddy Bridgewater speaks on 2019 season

  • News source: Adam Dunnells
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A video compilation of every interception made by the New Orleans Saints this past season.

New Orleans Saints finish first in Rick Gosselin’s 2019 special team unit rankings.

Alvin Kamara and Drew Brees rank among the top 20 in NFL jersey sales.

Who Dat Dish predict the Saints could pick up Jalen Reagor or Jeff Gladney from Texas Christian University.

Season 2 of Nate Boyer’s Indivisible series by the NFL focuses on New Orleans and the Saints community.

The...
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Walker: Saints' 2020 slate includes two Super Bowl teams, one that got close and another shot at nemesis

  • News source: BY ROD WALKER | Staff writer
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The Saints — yeah, I know you don't need to be reminded — aren't going to the Super Bowl.

But the Super Bowl, or at least the teams playing in it, are coming to the Saints in 2020.

The Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers, who are headed to Miami for Super Bowl LIV on Feb. 2, are both on the Saints' schedule for the 2020 season.

And boy, what a schedule it is.

So we've known the Saints' opponents since the regular season concluded in early January.

But...
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3 Round Mock Draft: Saints get their LSU player—but not that one.

  • News source: Nate Williamson
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Though the New Orleans Saints are without a second round pick (for now) the depth at certain positions in this 2020 NFL Draft class will go a long way in helping the Saints restock and reload heading into 2020, looking for a chance to get back into Super Bowl contention.

Let’s take a look at my most recent projections in the first three rounds for the New Orleans Saints, and their targets as draft season really gets ramped up in the coming weeks.

Well there’s no...
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Teddy Bridgewater acknowledges end of Saints season: 'This 2019 team will always hold a special place in my heart'

  • News source: Staff report
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Another heartbreaking end to the Saints season is still sinking in for fans and players alike.

On Sunday, Teddy Bridgewater took to social media to express his thoughts on the emotional roller coaster that was the 2019 season for New Orleans.

"I’ve had a hard time accepting the fact that the season ended the way it did," Bridgewater wrote. "But I’ve finally come to a realization that the 2019 season is over for us."

It was a revitalizing season for Bridgewater...
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