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Rick Leonard Has the Tools, but is Still a Project in the NFL

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He’s unlikely to start right away.

By Chris Dunnells

The New Orleans Saints made lots of noise in the 2018 NFL Draft, but other than Marcus Davenport, none was more controversial than selecting OL Rick Leonard in the 4th Round.

Rob Hodges of SB Nation’s page for Florida State University, Tomahawk Nation, took some quick time to answer a few questions for Saints to get to know one of their newest additions to the offensive line.

The Saints got a lot of flack for drafting Leonard in the 4th Round, with many pundits putting an “Undrafted” grade on him. Were you surprised to see him go off the board that early?

“Stunned” is a pretty good word here. Leonard doesn’t lack any of the tools to make for a top-flight OL, having played DE (and seen playing time) early in his career at FSU. But Rick Trickett was able to convince him to switch to OT. At 6’7 311, he has good size and excellent frame to hold perhaps 10 or so more pounds of lean mass while retaining his athleticism. But yes, as is - I was stunned to see him go in the 4th round.

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High price of pass-rushers led to Saints' draft-day stunner

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BY Mike Triplett

METAIRIE, La. -- "It's got to be a quarterback. It must be Lamar Jackson."

That was the prevailing reaction when the New Orleans Saints made one of the biggest, boldest moves in this year's draft -- trading away next year's first-round pick and a fifth-rounder in 2018 to move up from No. 27 to No. 14.

And it was a fair reaction, considering that, well, no team in NFL history has ever made a move quite like it for a non-quarterback.

Instead, the Saints threw a curve ball, selecting defensive end Marcus Davenport from the University of Texas-San Antonio.

How rare was the move?

Full Article -- ESPN

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Chargers at Saints preseason game scheduled for Saturday, August 27

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The New Orleans Saints 2022 preseason finale against the Los Angeles Chargers will take place on Saturday, August 27 at the Caesars Superdome with a 7:00 p.m. CT kickoff.

The Saints-Chargers contest can be viewed regionally in the Gulf South on the Gray Television network of stations, the club’s preseason partner for the entire three-game slate of exhibitions, available locally in the New Orleans area on FOX 8 WVUE.

The Saints and Chargers have met nine times in the preseason with New Orleans holding a 5-4 lead, having won the last four dating back to 2010, including a 19-17 won at the...
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Saints DB C.J. Gardner-Johnson calls for changes at Twitch after live-streamed Buffalo shooting

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New Orleans Saints nickelback C.J. Gardner-Johnson is calling for change at Twitch, the streaming platform that a self-proclaimed white supremacist used to broadcast his attack on a grocery store in Buffalo, New York, that left 10 people dead and injured three others Saturday.

The initial video of the man's rampage remained on Twitch — the broadcast service best known for live streams of video games — for less than two minutes after the suspect began shooting, according to a spokesperson for the company. However, the video of the attack remains online in various corners of the internet...
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Signing Odell Beckham Jr. is the exact sort of overkill the Saints should pursue

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The New Orleans Saints have nearly $10 million left in salary cap space this season, and they should spend that money wisely. But the best move may be an investment on yet another hometown reunion by bringing in Isidore Newman graduate Odell Beckham Jr. Would that be filling a need? Not really. But there is definitely something to add outside of what he would bring as a receiver.

He would have to come in understanding that he would be behind Michael Thomas, Chris Olave, and Jarvis Landry on the depth chart, and better-established receivers like Marquez Callaway, Deonte Harty, and Tre’Quan...
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Saints waive another undrafted rookie, former Penn State OL Eric Wilson

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The New Orleans Saints have followed up the release of linebacker Joel Dublanko by letting go of another undrafted rookie, this time offensive lineman Eric Wilson out of Penn State. Not to be confused with free agent linebacker Eric Wilson who is new to the Saints, but is coming from the Houston Texans last season.

Like Dublanko, Wilson signed a typical three-year rookie deal with the Saints after he wasn’t selected during the 2022 NFL draft, which carried little to no guaranteed money. He participated in rookie minicamps recently and was competing with fellow first-year players Derek...
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Saints under the cap by $9.6M after signing Tyrann Mathieu, Jarvis Landry, and 2022 draft class

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Starting the offseason in the red by more than $70 million would concern most teams. But not the New Orleans Saints. After clearing more than $100 million in salary cap commitments for the second year in a row, the Saints have found key weapons on both sides of the ball and landed big additions in their 2022 draft class. Now, after signing all of those deals, they still sit under the cap with $9.6 million left to spend — Over the Cap’s records have New Orleans at $12.6 million in cap space, but that doesn’t reflect the small charge for Jarvis Landry.

The Saints’ newest free agent pickups...
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Three players the Saints might not trust in 2022

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Rookie minicamp is underway.

Usually, by this point, the majority of the wild trades and insane free-agent signings have already happened, and the New Orleans Saints have been a big benefactor in that regard this offseason.

Acquiring Tyrann Mathieu and Jarvis Landry, not to mention drafting Chris Olave and Trevor Penning, has set New Orleans up to be a prime contender in a weaker than normal NFC.

We spent some time last week talking about a few players that the Saints showed they have ultimate trust in. Now, we’ll look at a few guys who might want to step their game up a notch this...
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Saints hope to keep high-end rotational play out of Kentavius Street

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While we anxiously await the start of the 2022 New Orleans Saints season, it feels like a good time to start previewing the new additions to the 2022 squad. What better source of insight for a player than the fans that covered that player’s former team?

We’ll start this series by looking at one of the newest Saints defensive linemen, Kentavius Street, formerly of the San Franscisco 49ers. Jordan Elliott of Niners Nation was kind enough to answer five quick questions to get a feel for what Street might bring to the Saints.

Kentavius Street played in 17 games for the 49ers with only two...
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Barnwell: Are McCaffrey, Henry, Kamara and Elliott done as star RBs? Let's project their 2022 seasons

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Last season was difficult for the NFL's highest-paid running backs. Dalvin Cook and Nick Chubb remained extremely effective when healthy, Austin Ekeler took over as a two-way force and Jonathan Taylor emerged as the league's best young back, but the players who expected to be elite weren't at that level.

Let's break down what happened in 2021 with four of the most prominent backs -- Christian McCaffrey, Derrick Henry, Alvin Kamara and Ezekiel Elliott -- to get a sense of what they might do this season. Injuries played a role and could do so again, but in several cases, I found the stories...
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Saints Could Bolster RB Position With Free-Agent Darrel Williams

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The New Orleans Saints have signed two former LSU stars since the conclusion of the 2022 NFL Draft. Pro Bowl S Tyrann Mathieu and WR Jarvis Landry deepen two positions of strength for the team. A third LSU product, LB Kwon Alexander, could be brought back to the squad at the right price.

Alexander would bolster the depth of a rather thin linebacker unit. Another position that has a glaring lack of proven depth is at running back.

Yet another former hometown star is still on the free agent market and would check off one of the few remaining areas of need for the Saints.

The 27-year-old...
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Saints: Jarvis Landry's Contract Details

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Field Yates reported Jarvis Landry's contract details with the New Orleans Saints.

Here are the terms of the deal:

The contract is favorable for New Orleans and Landry. The Pro Bowl wide receiver averages 86 catches per year in eight seasons. Although he'll be competing with Michael Thomas, Chris Olave, Alvin Kamara, and the other receivers for Winston's attention, Landry could still obtain the 65-reception incentive for $500K.

Other rather obtainable bonuses are:

Landry projects to complement All-Pro Michael Thomas and rookie Chris Olave as starters in the wide receiving corps for...
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Jameis Winston Progressing in ACL Rehab

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The Saints are putting all their hopes this season in Jameis Winston, and he's certainly been given some weapons to help him succeed. However, the big question remains when we'll see him on the field. According to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler on Wednesday, the latest progress report for Winston is good, and it sounds like he'll be ready for training camp.

Winston said he was ahead of progress in late March, and revealed to NFL Network after the scheduled dropped that he was ready to go if he had to play a game.

New Orleans will have OTAs next week, which will go through June 10. A mandatory...
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Saints sign Josh Black

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The Saints made official the signing of offensive guard Josh Andrews on Wednesday. They also signed defensive lineman Josh Black.

Black, a Syracuse product, went undrafted earlier this month. He had rookie minicamp tryouts with the Bears and the Saints.

The Saints need depth in the interior of their defensive line, and Black has seen action at both defensive end and defensive tackle. He also has played in multiple systems.

Black earned All-ACC honorable mention last season. He totaled 155 tackles, 24 tackles for loss, eight sacks, two passes defensed, two fumble recoveries, two blocked...
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Jeff Duncan: Sorry, Drew Brees fans, but these Saints belong to Jameis Winston

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A Saints official called me early this week to deliver some fake news.

“Get ready,” he said. “We’re announcing Drew’s coming back at a press conference at noon.”

He was joking, of course. This was how Airline Drive treated Drew Brees’ social media post on Sunday night and the resulting brushfire it ignited across the Internet.

Make no mistake. No one loves Brees more than his former teammates, coaches and staff at the Saints training facility. They aren’t being callous. They’re being realistic.

Anyone who knows Brees knew he was kidding when he said he “may play football again” in his...
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Saints Add Free-Agent LB to Bolster Thin Unit

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Amid the official signing of WR Jarvis Landry and rookie mini-camp over the weekend, the New Orleans Saints also quietly bolstered their linebacker depth. On Monday, the Saints signed free-agent LB Eric Wilson, most recently with the Houston Texans.

Wilson, 27, played collegiately at Cincinnati before signing with the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted rookie in 2017. He didn't play any defensive snaps as a rookie, but saw extensive action on special teams in all 16 games. His defensive responsibilities increased in 2018, with Wilson recording 2 sacks, 4 tackles for loss, and 5 pressures...
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Saints new 'big 3' at WR set to revitalize passing attack

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All offseason the New Orleans Saints have been open about wanting to address and bolster their wide receiver one. Inherently, this was on the horizon with the expected return of All-Pro receiver Michael Thomas. However, New Orleans wisely didn’t rely on just his return to aid what was considered a big need for the team. They also selected Ohio State wide receiver Chris Olave in the first-round and most recently signed veteran wideout Jarvis Landry. The signing of Landry is one that was met with much excitement due to his Louisiana roots, but is also a clear benefit to the team when it...
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Saints Hall of Fame hosts Celebrity Golf Classic

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On Monday, May 16th, the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame held their annual celebrity golf classic at Chateau Golf Country Club in Kenner.

Over 40 former and current Saints players and personnel attended the event, including Saints Head Coach Dennis Allen, General Manager Mickey Loomis as well as Cam Jordan, CJ Gardner-Johnson, Pete Warner, Malcolm Roach, Tony Jones Jr., Albert Huggins Jr., Marquez Callaway and more.

All proceeds from the event benefit the non-profit Saints Hall of Fame Museum in New Orleans.

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