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Mark Ingram headlines Saints players in final year of contract

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Here is a list of the Saints’ free agents in 2019, according to Spotrac.

Mark Ingram, RB. The Saints’ lead back turned 28 back in December and has one year left on his contract. Used sparingly early in his career, Ingram enjoys relatively good health for a back hist age as a result. This offseason, however, the NFL suspended Ingram for four games to begin the season, which could put a major damper on his eventual production as he pursues a new contract. 2018 Salary: $4 million

Manti Te’o, LB. The veteran linebacker came to New Orleans last offseason and was an immediate aid for the Saints’ front seven in...

Dez Bryant should be no passing fancy for Super Bowl-minded New Orleans Saints

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BY BRIAN ALLEE-WALSH
Special to the Sun Herald


NEW ORLEANS - Thirty years ago, the New Orleans Saints selected University of Pittsburgh running back Craig "Ironhead'' Heyward in the first round of the 1988 NFL draft. At age 21, he was built like a bull, full of bull(...) and overtly bullish about his ability.

Oh yes, Heyward also was trouble waiting to happen.

Heyward died May 27, 2006, at the age of 39 after a colorful, hit-and-miss 11-year career with five NFL teams.

His best years came in Atlanta where he produced his only 1,000-yard season (1995) and scored 19 touchdowns in three seasons (1994-'96).

Heyward...

Why the New Orleans Saints Could Win it All, Part III: Wide Receivers

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Cam Meredith and Tre’Quan Smith bring even more size and speed to the group of Saints wideouts.

By Chris Dunnells

The New Orleans Saints Wide Receivers were led by Michael Thomas, who continues to show he’s one of the better young receivers in the league. While he didn’t match his touchdown total from the year before (dropping from 9 to 5), he did set career highs in catches (104) and...

Tre’Quan Smith is proud to ‘call myself a Saint’

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By James Parks

Sean Payton said that the wide receiver was among the “must” positions on his list poised for an upgrade to the New Orleans Saints’ otherwise stable roster, and in the third round, the team addressed it with a widely acclaimed pick.

Former Central Florida wide receiver Tre’Quan Smith was the Saints’ No. 91 overall selection, to be thrust into a rotation that many analysts believe is the best in the NFL. Coming from a successful collegiate program, Smith says he has a good grasp of what it takes to make it as a pro.

“I’m a team player first of all,” he said. “I do what’s best for the teams. I am a hard...

2018 NFL Over-Under Win Totals: Saints have serious Super Bowl firepower on both sides

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New Orleans can absolutely make a run at a title in a season with a loaded roster

by Will Brinson

Even when they won their only Super Bowl with Drew Brees and Sean Payton, the Saints were a one-dimensional team. Gregg Williams ran an -- ahem -- aggressive defense, but it wasn't necessarily a good defense, just an opportunistic one.

Last year things magically changed in...

Blocking, getting bigger an emphasis in Saints' receiver aquisitions

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By Amos Morale III

New Orleans Saints receivers coach Curtis Johnson was on the Chicago Bears staff when receiver Cameron Meredith had his breakout season.

The 25-year-old caught 66 passes for 888 yards and four touchdowns in 2016, and Johnson had a first-hand look at what made the new Saints receiver so successful that season.

"He's a versatile guy," Johnson said. "Very smart, plays a variety of different positions and for a tall guy he can get in and out of breaks. He's fast but he can really cut. He can...

Former LSU, Breaux Bridge receiver Travin Dural prepares for hard-fought position battle with Saints

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By Joel Erickson -- Advocate

Travin Dural finds himself in a tough position heading into his second season with the New Orleans Saints.

Dural, the former LSU and Breaux Bridge player, spent all of his rookie year on the practice squad, absorbing the Saints offense while working behind a talented group of experienced wide receivers.

Now, Dural finds himself preparing to fight for a roster spot in a receiver room that has only gotten more crowded since the end of the season. New Orleans might have allowed Willie Snead to sign with Baltimore, but the Saints added free agent Cameron Meredith and third-rounder Tre'Quan...

Alex Okafor says he should be ready for Saints’ training camp

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By James Parks

Alex Okafor’s excellent first season with the New Orleans Saints ended prematurely after a late injury, but the team elected to bring him back on a two year contract during the NFL’s free agency period this offseason. Now, he says, is the time to get fully rehabbed from his injury.

That’s going according to plan, the 27 year old defensive end said.

“I’m right on track,” Okafor said at the Saints’ offseason workout. “I should be ready to go by training camp, but honestly, at this point, there’s no rush. We’re just trying to take it one day at a time and make sure that when I do come back I’m right back...

Why the New Orleans Saints Could Win it All, Part II: Running Backs

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Ingram’s suspension hurts, but it’s not the end of the world.

By Chris Dunnells

In 2017, the New Orleans Saints’ Running Backs were really something special. After jettisoning off future Hall of Fame RB Adrian Peterson after Week 4, rookie Alvin Kamara and veteran...

How Boston Scott, once considered too small for football, became a Saints' draft pick

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By Christopher Dabe

The first time Boston Scott tried to play football his school wouldn't let him because they said he was too small.

"He tried to play basketball, too," said Scott's mother, Shelly, who remembered that experience as "kind of funny."
Scott has since made it difficult for anybody to overlook the 5-foot-7 running back, including the New Orleans Saints, who selected the former Louisiana Tech walk-on in the sixth round of the 2018 NFL Draft, with the 201st overall pick.

The Saints selected Scott...

The Saints’ biggest cap hits in 2018

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By JAMES PARKS

The 2018 season finds the New Orleans Saints looking to defend their surprise NFC South championship and looking to get back into the postseason race.

In so doing, the Saints will return one of the most talented rosters in the NFL, armed with the most efficient quarterback in the game, the highest scoring backfield, a powerful and efficient offensive line, and a defense that, long the butt of jokes for its substandard play, now features a rotation of both young and experienced stars playing above and beyond where most observers thought they would...

Top 25 NFL players under age of 25: Goff only QB to make it, two Saints rank in top five

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DeForest Buckner and Hunter Henry found a way onto the list while the Rams boast No. 1 player

by Sean Wagner-McGough

If you're ever feeling depressed about the state of the NFL, do yourself a favor by wiping your mind of anything tangibly related to the catch rule, the quality of offensive line play, the Chargers' kicking situation, and Christian...

The Secrets of a Linebacker

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By Andy Benoit -- Sports Illustrated

Saints linebacker Craig Robertson is one of those players who keeps finding his way onto the field. Undrafted in 2011 out of North Texas, he spent his first NFL season on Cleveland’s practice squad before getting a chance to become a situational backup and special teamer in 2012. He started three games for the Browns in 2012 and then 61 of his next 73 games, including 27 of 31 since signing with the Saints in 2016. Initially a safety in college, Robertson is a finesse linebacker with speed, though he’d never be confused for Deion...

J.T. Barrett impresses Saints rookies with accuracy

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By James Parks

Sean Payton admitted that quarterback J.T. Barrett was “worthy” of being drafted this year after a record breaking career at Ohio State, though he eventually went unselected and ultimately signed a three year contract with the New Orleans Saints.

Now, Barrett finds himself last on a quarterback depth chart topped by Drew Brees and that features Taysom Hill as the presumptive backup and new addition Tom Savage, who signed with the team this offseason as a free agent at the No. 3 slot.

Barrett says his campaign to move up that ranking has already presented some challenges...

Drew Brees surprises California teen with prosthetic leg: report

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By Brody Miller

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees gave a Southern California teenager a life-changing surprise Friday (May 11) when he surprised Alex Ruiz with a prosthetic leg.

The former San Diego Charger was at a Del Mar flag football event when he grabbed the microphone.
"Surprise," he shouted.

Brees gave Ruiz a walking prosthetic, then said once Ruiz gets the hang of it he will...

Why the New Orleans Saints Could Win it All, Part I: Offensive Line

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Like most position groups on the Saints, there is a young core to build around.

By Chris Dunnells

Bringing back a series of pieces from the past two years, we’re going to check each position group on the New Orleans Saints and discuss how they improve the Saints’ chances of making a run in 2018. Let’s start with the offensive line...

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