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Sean Payton fires back at USA Today's column on Saints draft plans

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"Congratulations, New Orleans Saints. You've finally found a way to be dumber than Mike Ditka on Draft Day," said Armour.

By WWL Staff

NEW ORLEANS — Everyone these days seems to have an opinion on everyone else's actions or inactions during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Saints' decision to have its draft war room at the Gayle Benson-owned Dixie Brewery Company facility in New Orleans East has met with some opposition by a USA Today sports columnist.

Nancy Armour slammed the Saints decision in a column published Monday.

"Congratulations, New Orleans Saints. You've finally found a way to be dumber than Mike Ditka on Draft Day."

Armour says the optics of having the war room as both dumb and dangerous.

Saints head coach Sean Payton, who has just recently recovered from a battle with COVID-19, didn't take long to respond, challenging the facts behind Armour's column. ...

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New Orleans Saints move draft war room to team-owned brewery

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By Daniel Canova | Fox News

The New Orleans Saints are planning to hold their draft war room at the Dixie Brewery in New Orleans, which is also owned by team owner Gayle Benson, since the NFL forced its teams to shut down its facilities amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Head coach Sean Payton also said the team is prepared to stay at the brewery through the draft on April 23-25 if need be.

"This facility is fantastic," Payton told reporters on a conference call Wednesday, according to ESPN. "There's no one out here. We have our board set up, we've got seven monitors. ... We're certainly distanced away from each other. There's plenty of space. And then the monitors have all the scouts and everyone else, so the total people [involved] in the meeting might be 20."...

Payton said staff members are following all of the CDC guidelines. There will only be six or seven people on-site, including Payton, general manager Mickey Loomis and assistant general manager Jeff Ireland, and they will be spread out from one another in a boardroom setting. Everyone will be expected to take their temperature when they arrive at the facility.

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What was said that may indicate Taysom Hill could be the Saints’ starting quarterback in 2021

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By Brandon Judd | Desert News

SALT LAKE CITY — New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton seems to consistently have something positive to say about reserve quarterback/do-it-all playmaker Taysom Hill.

On Tuesday during a segment on ESPN’s “Get Up!” Payton talked about Hill’s role for the Saints in the upcoming season. During the tail end of answering a question posed by host Mike Greenberg, the coach also hinted that Hill’s chance to compete for a starting QB position may come sooner than originally imagined for a franchise that has seen All-Pro quarterback Drew Brees leading the Saints since 2006.

“First and foremost, we still view him as a quarterback. We spent a lot of time this offseason discussing our vision for him this season,” Payton said of Hill, while mentioning that the former BYU quarterback is the third or fourth fastest player on the New Orleans roster and will resume his role at various offensive positions and on special teams.

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Third String Quarterback Key For 2020 New Orleans Saints

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By Dean Mullen | LWOS

Last week, Sean Payton stated Taysom Hill earned the right to be the backup quarterback to Drew Brees. This was no shock. In fact, Hill may have been the starter if Drew Brees ended up retiring after last season. Regardless, the New Orleans Saints have two quarterbacks on the roster. Bringing in a third is normal business coming into a new season. Usually, there can be a battle for the backup position, but the question already has been answered. In 2020, the third-string quarterback has a chance to become involved in the offense this year.

Taysom Hill’s Backup Could Play Pivotal Role

Hill is no Longer Expendable

The fact of the matter is, Taysom Hill is now the insurance policy. He is the guy who comes in just in case. Well, the “just in case” occurred last year, when Drew Brees went down for five games. Historically, Brees has typically stayed healthy since he’s been taking snaps in the black and gold.

But now, being at the age of 41 all bets are off. Hill has to be ready to go in a moment’s notice. Sean Payton is creative. He’s dynamic. He’s also not an idiot. Does anyone really...

Saints, Packers virtually visiting with QB Jordan Love

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By Kevin Patra | NFL.com

Former Utah State quarterback Jordan Love continues to create buzz as we barrel towards the 2020 NFL Draft later this month.

Love combines tantalizing skills with a big arm and athletic ability and can make plays in and out of the structure of the offense. His inconsistent play in 2019, surrounded by lesser weaponry, however, could give teams pause to pull the trigger on the quarterback early in the first round.

With the NFL lockdown in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, teams continue to do groundwork on the young signal-caller.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reports that the New Orleans Saints, Green Bay Packers, Los Angeles Chargers, Las Vegas Raiders, Miami Dolphins and Indianapolis Colts have been in contact with Love via FaceTime and other virtual methods, per a source informed of the meetings...

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Steve Gleason's blocked punt: See what Curtis Deloatch, Mike Tirico and others remember

  • News source: BY SHELDON MICKLES | Staff writer
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Wide-eyed rookie Roman Harper was soaking in the opening minutes of his first “Monday Night Football” experience Sept. 25, 2006, when he watched one of the signature moments in New Orleans Saints history unfold.

After helping the defense force a three-and-out on the Atlanta Falcons’ first possession, Harper, the Saints’ starting strong safety, wasn’t on the field when the Falcons’ Michael Koenen dropped back to punt.

But Harper was standing on the sideline, close...
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Walker: Tom Dempsey stayed in NFL record books for 43 years, but remains in Saints lore forever

  • News source: BY ROD WALKER | Staff writer
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Pigs didn't fly that day.

Neither did hell freeze over on that second Sunday of November in 1970 when Tom Dempsey's 63-yard field goal sailed through the uprights at Tulane Stadium.

Those metaphorical miracles didn't happen until 40 years later when Garrett Hartley nailed the game-winning field goal to send the Saints to the Super Bowl.

Dempsey's game-winning kick four decades before that didn't have those type of franchise-defining implications, although you...
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Rebirth, revisited: 9 people share their stories about where they were for Domecoming

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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Thirteen years later, some will be transported back into the epicenter of that unmistakably singular noise. Others may be reminded of a different landmark in their life’s timeline, be it early love or the memory of their eyes being vigilant in the predawn darkness of someplace dangerous and foreign.

Whether they were there or not, the memories people associate with that key time and place — September 25, 2006, prime time in the Superdome — will come flooding back...
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Brasted: Steve Gleason, Saints-Falcons 'Rebirth' game is a reminder we'll find another new normal

  • News source: BY CHELSEA BRASTED | Guest columnist
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I don’t even remember the first time I saw The Blocked Punt.

It was 2006, well after Katrina had come through, though in many ways we’re still here, waiting on it to leave. Most of my memories in those months afterward are a blur, a confusion of things. Looking back, it’s hard to know what’s real sometimes. That whole period was filled with firsts, moments suffused with something extra because each one meant we were clawing our way back to something that felt like...
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Saints Hall of Fame teammates remember Tom Dempsey

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It is sobering to consider that many of the teammates Tom Dempsey had in New Orleans are no longer with us.

Fortunately, there are still some alive and well who befriended Dempsey and are saddened about his passing away late Saturday night but were willing to share their stories about Dempsey.

Danny Abramowicz, who played for the Saints from 1967-73 and was with Dempsey in 1969 and 1970 in New Orleans and was an inaugural inductee into the Saints Hall of Fame in...
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Saints By Position: Top 5 punters in franchise history

  • News source: Ken Trahan
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Field position plays a huge role in football at any level.

Having a punter who can flip the field with a long punt is a huge asset to have.

Having a punter who gets significant hang time is very important.

Having a punter who can handle snaps adeptly and get punts off quickly is a necessity.

The New Orleans Saints have been blessed with good punters over a significant period of time.

Here are my Top 5 punters in New Orleans Saints history:

Thomas Morstead was a...
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Tom Dempsey was ‘good, good, good, incredible’

  • News source: Ken Trahan
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Tom Dempsey lived a quality life.

The quality of life had long since disappeared from the existence of Tom on this earth.

He was robbed of his memory, of his health, of his speech.

The quality of love expressed by his wonderful family never disappeared.

They were always there for their husband, father and grandfather.

Most recently, I detailed Tom’s story and how he arrived at this place in time. He stared adversity in the face from birth and overcame it with...
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Flashback: Dempsey remembers record kick on anniversary

  • News source: Lenny Vangilder
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Editor’s Note: CCS’ Lenny Vangilder penned this column for FoxSportsSouthwest.com on the 40th anniversary of Tom Dempsey’s record 63-yard field goal on Nov. 8, 2010. Dempsey died Saturday from complications of coronavirus at the age of 73.

METAIRIE, La. – Forty years ago Monday, my mother was sick. It was just a 24-hour bug as I recall, but she was definitely sick on Nov. 8, 1970.

Any New Orleans native who’s at least that old can likely tell you where they were on...
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Gayle Benson on Tom Dempsey's death: 'He holds a special place' in hearts of Saints family

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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Iconic former New Orleans Saints kicker Tom Dempsey died Saturday night after a recent bout with coronavirus.

Dempsey is responsible for one of the greatest moments in franchise history — a 63-yard field goal as time expired to beat the Detroit Lions 19-17 in a 1970 game at Tulane Stadium. Dempsey's kick came from seven yards further out than the previous longest field goal kick in NFL history, and Dempsey held that record until 2013.

Sunday morning, Saints owner...
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Ex-Saints kicker Dempsey dies from coronavirus

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Former New Orleans Saints kicker Tom Dempsey, who famously made a 63-yard field goal in 1970 despite being born without toes on his right kicking foot, has died due to complications of the coronavirus, his family told NOLA.com. He was 73.

Dempsey had been battling Alzheimer's disease and dementia. He was a resident at the Lambeth House senior living center in New Orleans, which has been hit hard by the virus. More than 50 residents have been affected, according to...
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Al Dupuy’s NFL Draft mock first round 2.0

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Chase Young*​
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Isiah Simmons*​
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Jeff Okudah*​
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Ohio St.​
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8. Cardinals​
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Tristan Wirfs*​
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Iowa​
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Mekhi Becton*​
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Louisville​
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Andrew Thomas*​
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Georgia​
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Alabama​
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Cee Dee Lamb*​
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Oklahoma​
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13. 49ers (via Colts)​
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Javon Kinlaw​
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DT​
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South Carolina​
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Jedrick Wills*​
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OT​
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Alabama​
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15. Broncos​
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Henry Ruggs III*​
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Alabama​
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16. Falcons​
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K’Lavon Chaisson*​
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EDGE​
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LSU​
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17. Cowboys​
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Grant Delpit*​
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LSU​
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Austin Jackson​
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USC​
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Kenneth Murray*​
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Jordan Love​
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Justin Jefferson*​
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LSU​
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32. Chiefs​
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D’Andre Smith*​
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Georgia​
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Coronavirus takes life of Saints legend Tom Dempsey

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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We take a break from our regularly-scheduled 2006 Dome-coming coverage with a reminder that, no matter our best efforts to try to district from the world going on around us, there is still a global pandemic that is destroying lives.

Late last night, news broke that New Orleans Saints legend Tom Dempsey passed away after contracting coronavirus at age 73.

This is mere days after telling the world via a recorded video that he had seemingly recovered from his battle...
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Tom Dempsey dies after COVID-19 battle

  • News source: Charean Williams
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Only four days ago came word that Tom Dempsey had recovered from COVID-19. The good news was short lived.

The former NFL kicker died late Saturday of complications from the coronavirus, the Times-Picayne reports. Dempsey was 73.

Dempsey had battled Alzheimer’s disease and dementia since 2012. He was one of several residents of a senior living facility in New Orleans to contract COVID-19, testing positive March 25.

At least 15 residents at the Lambeth House...
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Tom Dempsey dead at age 73 after battle with COVID-19

  • News source: CCS Staff
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Tom Dempsey, whose 63-yard-field goal in 1970 set the NFL record and gave New Orleans Saints fans a rare raucous moment in the franchise’s lean early years, died late Saturday of complications from the novel coronavirus, his family told the Times Picayune. He was 73.

Dempsey — who overcame astronomical odds to establish what was then considered a virtually unbeatable record — contracted the virus in March during an outbreak at the Lambeth House retirement home in...
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