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Former SMU punter Thomas Morstead talks career with the Saints

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By Tommy Chafizadeh | Pony Stampede

Former SMU punter, Thomas Morstead joined 104.5 ESPN Baton Rouge's Jordy Culotta and T-Bob Hebert on Off the Bench to discuss his 10-year career with the New Orleans Saints. Morstead is determined to make it to the Super Bowl next year and is one of the league's best punters.

"I think everybody is excited about the season, obviously the time is now. You know, back to back devastating losses, that's why it's great to have an awesome locker room. That's why having the right guys in the locker room is important, to get up off the mat after losing the way we've done the past two years," Morstead told 104.5 ESPN Baton Rouge. "It takes the right type of guys to do that, so I think everybody is excited about it. We don't need any motivation or clever-thing to get us right this year, I think everybody knows what the deal is."

Last year, Morstead resigned with the Saints for a five-year deal, estimated at $20 million. He has been with New Orleans since he was drafted in the fifth round of the 2009 NFL draft. He and Drew Brees are...

Drew Brees wins in court: Saints QB owed $6.1M in lawsuit over diamond fraud, jury says

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By Ramon Antonio Vargas | The Advocate

Jurors in San Diego decided Friday that Drew Brees is owed more than $6.1 million in damages after a jeweler exploited his friendship with the Saints quarterback to sell him extremely overpriced diamonds.

Jeweler Vahid Moradi and his attorney, Kevin Rooney, said they "passionately disagree" with the verdict and intend to appeal it. If successful, that could reduce the amount awarded to Brees and his wife, Brittany, or wipe it out entirely.

Nonetheless, for now, Brees seemed to feel vindicated in pressing claims that he was conned out of millions of dollars.

"The jury worked hard and saw Mr. Moradi as the confidence man that he is," said a statement from the Breeses and their attorney, Andrew Kim.

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Saints QBs with second-best supporting cast in NFL

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Could they even possibly be the first?

By Chris Dunnels | Canal Street Chronicles

The New Orleans Saints skills players are definitely some of the more intriguing in the NFL. That being said, it should be no surprise that Bleacher Report named the New Orleans Saints’s quarterbacks with the second-best supporting cast in the NFL:
A 39-year-old Drew Brees was the league’s highest-rated passer in 2018, thanks at least in part to one of the NFL’s best supporting casts. Wildly, that cast might be even better in 2019.
It starts with running back Alvin Kamara, who has scored 31 touchdowns and accumulated 3,146 scrimmage yards in his first two seasons as a game-changing weapon out of the backfield. The Saints did lose veteran Mark Ingram II at that position, but replacement Latavius Murray isn’t a significantly inferior player and probably has more tread on his tires.
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Why Is Michael Thomas the Receiver the Saints May Finally Pay?

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Despite posting prolific passing numbers, New Orleans has never given a wideout a big contract in the Sean Payton–Drew Brees era. That may change.

By Danny Heifetz | The Ringer

The Pelicans drafted Duke’s Zion Williamson on Thursday night, but New Orleans is still a football town. That would not change if the Pelicans were to trade for LeBron James, fix Kevin Durant’s Achilles, or make Bourbon Street the setting for Space Jam 2. So while NBA fans wonder who will space the floor around the Pelicans’ no. 1 pick, the more pressing question in New Orleans sports is whether the Saints will re-sign their no. 1 receiver.

Michael Thomas caught the most passes and gave the least forks in the NFL last season, and this year he’s entering the final year of his contract. The Saints and Thomas are still far apart on an extension but are hoping to get it done by training camp, according to The Times-Picayune’s Jeff Duncan. If they reach an agreement before this season, the deal could be one of the larger contracts in the league...

Cameron Jordan offers advice to Zion Williamson

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

There are many fans of the New Orleans Pelicans within the right-next-door locker room of the New Orleans Saints, maybe none larger than defensive end Cameron Jordan. Jordan and his family are a common sight sitting courtside at Pelicans games in the Smoothie King Center, and the Saints team captain is eager to see the next chapter in New Orleans basketball history: the selection of Duke Blue Devils phenom Zion Williamson with the first pick in the NBA Draft.

Jordan caught up with the Ringer’s Jordan Ritter Conn in a wide-ranging piece that also met up with people who influenced Williamson’s past and will cover his exploits in New Orleans. When asked what he would tell the 18-year old superstar on the eve of his arrival, Jordan chose his words carefully.

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Saints 90-man roster, offensive line, C/G Cameron Tom

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Going into his third season with the Saints, Cameron Tom, once assumed to be the center of the future, is about to fight for a roster spot.

By Roy Anderson | WhoDatDish

Last year, Cameron Tom was considered to be the center of the future for the Saints. Apparently, he didn’t do enough to get Sean Payton and crew confident in his ability to handle the job or the Max Unger departure would have been no big deal. We’ll see how that weighs against him.

We’re breaking down the entire 90-man roster the Saints will be taking into training camp this year, first with an overview by position group and then by individual players. We started the series with a breakdown of the receivers, followed by the tight ends, then the running backs and lastly, the offensive line.

We began our focus on the 15 linemen in camp competing for nine jobs with a look at Terron Armstead...

Alvin Kamara Posts Cryptic Tweet, Matt Ryan Comments on NFL Pass Interference Rule

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By Mike Greger | Heavy.com

Pass interference will be available for review on instant replay for the 2019 season. The NFL Competition Committee unanimously approved the rule change, but the caveat is it applies only to next season.

Under the rule change, non-calls on potential pass interference plays can be reviewed after the two-minute warning of each half and during overtime, according to NFL.com. The review must be initiated by the replay official and he can only stop the game when there is “clear and obvious visual evidence.”

The move was made to eliminate missed calls like the one that helped end the New Orleans Saints season in last year’s NFC Championship Game. The Rams’ Nickell Robey-Coleman wiped out the Saints’ Tommylee Lewis on a wheel route near the sideline. The score was tied with two minutes left and the Rams went on to win in overtime. The play was later recreated and called correctly in a...

Chauncey Gardner-Johnson feeling confident after Saints minicamp

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

New Orleans Saints rookie defensive back Chauncey Gardner-Johnson left his first few weeks of practice with the team feeling comfortable and confident. Whether it’s communicating with his coaches and teammates or handling a variety of roles in the secondary, the former Florida Gators playmaker has hit the ground running.

“Take it day by day,” Gardner-Johnson said when asked how he was handling the long list of new responsibilities on his plate. “Learn little stuff, learn how to play football. Because the playbook’s easy, and I’m not trying to be a ‘book guy,’ I’m just trying to go out and make plays for the defense.”

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