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Sean Payton says NFL’s targeting rule won’t result in more flags

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By James Parks

Targeting will come to the National Football League in 2018.

Among the new rules proposed by the league’s Competition Committee and eventually voted on by the 32 teams is a measure that forbids players from going into tackles with lowered helmets, in an effort to curb chronic head and brain injuries in players.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy explained the new rule, thus: “It is a foul if a player lowers his head to initiate and make contact with his helmet against an opponent. The player may be disqualified. Applies to any player anywhere on the field.”...

Saints finally stable at linebacker, but who plays where?

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Larry Holder | The Times-Picayune

Someone finally locked the revolving door at the New Orleans Saints practice facility leading to the linebacker room.

Yes, the Saints spent significant dollars to secure former Jets defender Demario Davis. Yes, he's potentially the fifth different Week 1 starting middle linebacker in the past five seasons. That doesn't include those filling in as the quarterback of the defense because of...

Filling in for Ingram -- Mike Detillier

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Filling in for Ingram

By Mike Detillier / Sports Correspondent

New Orleans Saints halfback Mark Ingram was suspended for the first four games of the 2018 season after what the NFL titled a violation of the league’s performance enhancing drug policy.

We will eventually find out from Ingram that exact nature of the offense, but at this moment, his chances to defeat the NFL on the four-game suspension are very low.

Last season, Ingram and rookie star back Alvin Kamara gave the Saints the best combination at halfback in the NFL.

After struggling...

Brian Baldinger sees plenty to like in Marcus Davenport

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Maybe the first round pick isn’t as raw as we’ve been led to believe.

By John Sigler

NFL Network analyst Brian Baldinger, also called Baldy, has quickly earned a spot among New Orleans Saints fans’ favorites. Baldy is known for his enthusiastic film studies, highlighting clips of players doing things really well - and praising them for it - as often as picking out things going horribly wrong and burying them for it...

Saints hoping 6-foot-10 Nate Wozniak can make smooth transition to offensive tackle

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By Josh Katzenstein

While other rookies are primarily focused on adjusting to the complexity and speed of the NFL, Nate Wozniak has another priority as part of his transition.

He has to eat. A lot.

Wozniak has played tight end his entire football career, including collegiately at Minnesota, but with the New Orleans Saints, he's going to play offensive tackle after signing as an undrafted free agent.

The 6-foot-10 Wozniak said he weighed 268 pounds at his pro day...

Carolina Panthers Will Be Sold for $2.2 Billion to David Tepper

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By Ken Belson

Jerry Richardson, the founding owner of the Carolina Panthers, has agreed to sell the team to David A. Tepper, a billionaire hedge fund owner, for a record-setting amount of at least $2.2 billion.

The sale price was confirmed by two people with knowledge of the deal.

The sale, which must be approved by at least three-quarters of the N.F.L.’s owners, comes five months after Richardson said that he would sell the team. The announcement came shortly after...

Saints add 4 players, waive 4 others after rookie camp

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METAIRIE, La. (AP) New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis says the club has signed four players and waived four players following a recent rookie camp that also included veterans who were offered tryouts.

Loomis says the Saints have signed defensive tackle Jay Bromley, linebacker KeShun Freeman, offensive lineman Michael Ola and fullback Ryan Yurachek...

New Orleans Saints announce post-rookie minicamp roster moves

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Following the conclusion of the club’s rookie minicamp, New Orleans Saints Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis announced that the club has signed defensive tackle Jay Bromley, linebacker KeShun Freeman, offensive lineman Michael Ola and fullback Ryan Yurachek and has waived linebacker Adam Bighill
, offensive lineman...

Saints waive linebacker Adam Bighill, former LSU safety Rickey Jefferson among others after minicamp

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By Joel Erickson -- Advocate

The New Orleans Saints have made a flurry of signings in the aftermath of this weekend's rookie minicamp, and the flip side of those additions is that the team must cut some players to remain under the 90-man roster limit.

A player who led the Saints in preseason tackles last year and made a few cameo appearances on Sundays is one of the casualties.

New Orleans has decided to waive linebacker Adam Bighill, a source told The Advocate on Monday, ending the former CFL star's tenure after one season. The Saints also waived former LSU safety...

Brian McKenna, paralyzed New Orleans Saints fan befriended by Drew Brees, dies

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McKenna's story - he was paralyzed from a cycling accident in 2015 - became public when his friend Jackson Smith wrote an op-ed piece for The Washington Post titled, "How Drew Brees helped me and a friend get through war and heartache." In it, Smith details how Smith elevated his spirits while he was serving in Afghanistan by sending a photo of a cutout version of Smith posing with Brees and his wife Brittany following the Bacchus parade. Smith returned the favor folliowing McKenna's accident by getting Brees to pose with a cutout...

Saints signing undrafted rookie linebacker KeShun Freeman

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By Josh Katzenstein | The Times-Picayune

The New Orleans Saints were obviously happy with their group of tryout players during rookie minicamp this past weekend.

Former Georgia Tech linebacker KeShun Walker is signing with the Saints, according to a tweet from his agent. Walker is one of four tryout players who earned a contract after the three-day camp.

The Saints also have signed veteran defensive tackle Jay Bromley and offensive lineman Michael Ola, as...

Saints to sign former Giants defensive tackle Jay Bromley

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By Josh Katzenstein | The Times-Picayune

The number of tryout players the New Orleans Saints that earned a roster spot after rookie minicamp is up to three.

Veteran defensive tackle Jay Bromley is set to sign with the Saints, according to a league source. He joins veteran offensive tackle Michael Ola and undrafted rookie fullback Ryan Yurachek (Marshall) as players who earned contracts after trying out this past weekend...

Will Jonathan Williams Be The Next Man Up in the Saints Backfield?

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With Mark Ingram out, is the answer to running back depth for New Orleans already on the roster?

By BobRose

The New Orleans Saints opened their rookie camp this past weekend, the first chance to see this year's draft choices and free agent signees on the field in their new uniforms. They opened camp just days after the league announced that Pro Bowl running back...

Tyrunn Walker, Matt Elam among veterans hoping to impress at Saints tryout

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By Josh Katzenstein | The Times-Picayune

Most of the players at the New Orleans Saints are participating in their first NFL practices during this weekend's rookie minicamp, but the sessions are old hat for a few of them.

Defensive tackles Tyrunn Walker and Jay Bromley, safety Matt Elam and offensive lineman Michael Ola all have at least four years of NFL experience, and during their tryouts this weekend, they're hoping to impress the Saints enough to earn a contract...

Former Ohio State star J.T. Barrett living up to reputation at Saints' rookie minicamp

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By Joel A. Erickson

The biggest name on the field at the Saints rookie minicamp this weekend never heard his name called on draft day.

Matter of fact, he watched dozens of other players sign contracts almost immediately after the draft, waited a few days and weighed potential tryout options before he signed as an undrafted free agent in New Orleans.

None of that can shake his confidence. J.T. Barrett still carries himself like the star...

Saints sign veteran tackle Michael Ola after minicamp tryout

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By Joel A Erickson

The NFL allows teams to bring in five veterans to try out at rookie minicamps, and the New Orleans Saints have always taken full advantage and found veterans who ended up signing Sunday.

At least one of this year's crop is already in the fold.

New Orleans is signing veteran tackle Michael Ola to a one-year-deal, says a league source, a move that adds a player with 31 starts under his belt to an offensive line that lost...

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