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New Orleans Saints 2018 NFL Draft: Why Taysom Hill Is the Winner

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By Dean Mullen

Make no mistake, Taysom Hill has to feel pretty good going into the 2018 season. He will undoubtedly have to beat out Tom Savage to win the backup job. Also, with the acquisition of J.T. Barrett, it’s likely to be a battle for that backup position. Nevertheless, Hill has the coaches’ eyes and some experience being with the team for a solid year.

The fact that the Saints didn’t select a quarterback, has to instill some confidence in Hill. Surely, Who Dat Nation was salivating in round one, when the Saints traded up to move to the 14th overall pick. The thought was that the Saints were going to pick a quarterback. That’s the usual scenario when a team moves up and gives up a couple of draft picks.

Full Article -- LWOS

Saints draft: Boom or bust? Only time will tell!!

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TRACEY JAGNEAUX

NEW ORLEANS -- No question that after last year’s bountiful draft for the New Orleans Saints, the 2018 version of let’s take a chance would be scrutinized in a way that no other draft would be.

No matter who the Saints chose this year, the comparison to 2017 would be made, even though none of the players selected starting last Thursday had even taken a snap in the NFL.

So, how did the Saints do in this year’s installment? That all depends on who you ask. The range of grades looks like the report card of a seventh grader going through the change to adulthood: it is all over the map.
ESPN gave the Saints a C+, putting New Orleans just above average.

Bleacher Report, without providing any explanation with its rankings, gave the Saints a D, the lowest in the league along with Oakland and Seattle.
Yahoo and USA Today agreed with Bleacher Report and also rated the New Orleans draft as being D worthy. However, both NFL.com and CBS Sports had the Saints with a grade of B.

The biggest move of the draft for New Orleans came very early. The Saints made a bold move in the first round Thursday, trading next year’s first-rounder to move up and take Texas-San Antonio defensive end Marcus Davenport, a player who filled a need for a pressure player at the right defensive end spot the Saints have been trying to fill long-term for years.

Full Article -- Ville Platte Gazette

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Walker: Injury bug keeps on biting Saints and Pelicans, but show must go on

  • News source: BY ROD WALKER | Staff writer
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"Next man up."

If you're in the New Orleans sports media and someone gave you a dollar every time you heard a coach or athlete use those three words this season, you'd likely be a millionaire.

You'd think the injury bug wouldn't have much of an appetite left the way it has bitten both the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans at such a mind-boggling rate over the past three months.

The Pelicans trotted their 11th different starting lineup onto the court at the Smoothie...
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Vegas currently sees a Patriots-Saints Super Bowl

  • News source: Mike Florio
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The folks at the Westgate Superbook have updated their Super Bowl odds. And they currently project a matchup of the New England Patriots and the New Orleans Saints in Super Bowl LIV.

The Saints are 7/5 favorites to win the NFC title, and the Patriots are 6/5 favorites to win the AFC Championship.

Elsewhere in the NFC, the 49ers have 7/2 odds, followed by the Packers at 6/1, the Vikings at 7/1, the Seahawks at 8/1, and the Cowboys at 10/1. The Rams, who opened as...
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Saints offensive line gets back on track with a strong performance against Buccaneers

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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A proud New Orleans Saints offensive line was mortified when re-watching its performance against the Atlanta Falcons last week, like they were watching imposters wearing their uniform on the field.

The ugly film was quantified by some ugly numbers. Six sacks allowed, four penalties accepted against them and nine points on the scoreboard.

“That Atlanta game was not what we're about and something we weren’t proud of at all,” right tackle Ryan Ramczyk said. “There's a...
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Antonio Brown is hoping for a decision “very soon”

  • News source: Mike Florio
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Lost in the Myles Garrett and Colin Kaepernick sagas of last week was the fact that Antonio Brown had his interview with the NFL last Thursday in South Florida.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Brown remains hopeful that a decision will come “very soon.” There’s a sense of optimism from Brown’s perspective that he will be cleared to return to the NFL before the 2019 regular season ends.

Brown, who is a free agent, can sign with any team at any time. He...
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Video: John Fourcade breaks down Saints season

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Against the Saints, Devin White treasured his chance to play against 'hometown hero' Drew Brees

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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Sunday's game between the New Orleans Saints and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers was special for one player on the field in particular.

Rookie Buccaneers linebacker Devin White finally had his chance to go against his home-state team.

White, the first LSU player to win the Butkus Award, was active for the team's first meeting this season in New Orleans, but he was held out due to a sprained MCL in his left knee.

On Sunday, White tore up the field in his fifth game...
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NFC South after Week 11

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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At the end of the day, the New Orleans Saints lead in the NFC South has grown to three games. Here’s how it all went down:

In Week 11, the division kept all of their fighting in-house. The third-place Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-6) hosted the first-place New Orleans Saints (7-2) while the second-place Carolina Panthers (5-4) hosted the fourth-place Atlanta Falcons (2-7). Both games were in the Sunday early slate.

Both away teams won their games in dominating fashion...
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Fleur-de-Links, November 19: Cameron Jordan on career best pace in sacks for Saints | News around NFL

  • News source: Deuce Windham
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Marcus Williams protecting the back end in New Orleans Saints secondaryInterception against Tampa Bay was his team-leading fourth this season

Updated NFC playoff picture: Saints, 49ers remain the teams to beatThe New Orleans Saints and San Francisco 49ers are both dominant teams that could win a Super Bowl, but there's even more quality lying in the NFC.

Thanksgiving feast for the Saints? It's possible they could clinch the NFC South in Atlanta | Saints |...
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Week 12 NFL Power Rankings: 1-32 poll, plus each team's most underrated player

  • News source: www.espn.com - New Orleans Saints
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The NFL Power Rankings are all about evaluating teams every week. Since we have to rank all 32, there aren't teams that fall through the cracks. That's not the case with individual players, though.

Some players, no matter what they do, don't get the big headlines. Whether they are stars who aren't fully appreciated or role players who defer the praise to their more celebrated teammates, our NFL Nation writers identified that guy on the team they cover who quietly...
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Saints revive offense with heavy dose of Alvin Kamara

  • News source: www.espn.com - New Orleans Saints
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METAIRIE, La. -- Coach Sean Payton didn’t specifically plan for running back Alvin Kamara to touch the ball on 11 of the New Orleans Saints' first 19 plays in Sunday’s 34-17 win at Tampa Bay (including a touchdown that was nullified by a penalty).

But it wasn’t an accident either.

Payton knew his offense needed a jolt after a dreadful loss to the Atlanta Falcons a week earlier. And what better player to provide it than the dynamic Kamara, who needed a bit of a jolt...
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Thanksgiving feast for the Saints? It's possible they could clinch the NFC South in Atlanta

  • News source: Staff report
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The New Orleans Saints might be able to celebrate an NFC South division title in just two weeks on its fiercest rival's home turf.

Here's how that scenario could unfold...

First, a win Sunday at Mercedes-Benz Superdome vs. the Carolina Panthers would propel the Saints to a 9-2 record and drop the Panthers to 5-6, giving the black and gold a four-game lead (plus the tiebreaker) with five games left.

And that sets up this possibility: A few weeks after being...
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Buccaneers abandoning the run makes Saints defensive snap counts look different than usual

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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TAMPA, Fla. — The snap counts for several New Orleans Saints went against the grain against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

Starting defensive end Marcus Davenport had limited usage on Sunday, totaling just 23 snaps for 34% of New Orleans' defensive plays. Both of those marks tied his career lows. He didn't register a single tackle against the Buccaneers, something he's only done four times in his two years as a Saint.

Saints coach Sean Payton said on Monday...
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