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What's a realistic sack projection for Marcus Davenport's rookie season?

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By Josh Katzenstein, | The Times-Picayune

After the New Orleans Saints gave up their 2019 first-round pick to move up to pick Marcus Davenport in the 2018 NFL Draft, expectations for the defensive end will be sky high this season.

Fans seem to be expecting 10 sacks right out of the gate for the Texas-San Antonio product, but is that realistic for a rookie that went 14th overall?

Based on an analysis of the pass rushers selected in the past seven drafts, it would seem double-digit sacks is an unrealistic -- but not impossible -- goal for his rookie season.

Full Article -- Picayune

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.

Full Article -- CSC

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

New Orleans Saints Undrafted Rookie Profile: Keith Kirkwood

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An inspirational story could bring underrated talent to the New Orleans receiving corps.

By Bob Rose

The New Orleans Saints have one of the best young wide receivers in the league in Michael Thomas. The rest of the Saints wideouts, however, struggled at times a year ago. Veteran Ted Ginn Jr. had one of the best years of his career in his first season as a Saint, but Brandon Coleman, Willie Snead, and Tommylee Lewis were inconsistent in their production. Snead departed as a free agent this past offseason, but New Orleans signed productive wideout Cameron Meredith away from the Chicago Bears, then used a 3rd round pick on Central Florida's Tre'quan Smith. One other name to look for as a potential contributor in 2018 is the subject of today's undrafted rookie profile.

Keith Kirkwood, WR (Temple)

Kirkwood, like many players, began playing football as a young boy, but basketball was his first love. He led his Neptune High School basketball team to the New Jersey state finals as a junior. He then returned to the gridiron his senior season, earning a scholarship offer to the University of Hawaii, where he scored 4 touchdowns on 12 catches in seven games with the Rainbow Warriors. He left Hawaii after his freshman year, enrolling with Temple after the death of a close friend, and also wanting to be closer to his daughter Aria. Kirkwood received a medical redshirt in 2015, then blossomed into a team leader over his final two seasons. Balancing the responsibilities of a father, as well as the demands of college football, Kirkwood was still a standout in the classroom, making the American...

Carnell invited to Saints minicamp

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By Jeff McIntyre

The former North Alabama cornerback waited patiently to hear from an NFL team after the draft ended Sunday. Just when it seemed as if nothing was going to happen for Carnell he received a call from the New Orleans Saints on Thursday, inviting him to their rookie minicamp next week.

“I had not heard from anybody, so it was a little discouraging until I got that call,” Carnell said. “It didn’t happen when I wanted, but it is all on God’s timing. My family really supported me and I kept praying. I just wanted a chance to get my foot in the door and now I’ve got it.”

Carnell started at cornerback for the Lions the past two seasons after transferring from Grossmont College. The San Diego native recorded 36 tackles, intercepted two passes and broke up 12 during his junior season. As a senior, Carnell recorded first-team All-Gulf South Conference honors after making 28 tackles, intercepting four passes and breaking up eight passes.

Full Article -- Times-Daily

Saints sign undrafted free agents J.T. Gray, Colton Jumper

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By Amos Morale III, | The Times-Picayune

The New Orleans Saints signed undrafted free agents J.T. Gray and Colton Jumper, according to the league transaction report posted Thursday (May 3).

Gray is a 6-foot, 202-pound defensive back out Mississippi State who played in 45 games, starting 17, through his four-year career at Mississippi State. He finished his Bulldogs career with 65 tackles, eight pass break-ups, an interception and a forced fumble in his senior year.

Full Article -- Picayune

Saban: Mark Ingram just as competitive on golf course

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Duane Rankin, Montgomery Advertiser

Nick Saban had somewhere to be, but golf partner Mark Ingram wasn’t having it.

Saban was recounting when he and Ingram finished second to Georgia Tech pair Paul Johnson and Jon Berry in the 2015 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge at Reynolds Lake Oconee Resort outside Atlanta.

“We were in the playoff with Georgia Tech to win on about the fifth extra hole,” Saban said. “I said, ‘Mark, this is my last hole. I have to go speak.’ There are whole load of people at the plane and they’re all calling every five minutes saying, ‘We’ve got a 1,000 people you got to speak to tonight. We’re going to be late.’”

Full Article -- Montgomery Advertiser

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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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 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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Back-to-back wins do nothing for Saints fan confidence

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Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across the NFL. Each week, we send out questions to the most plugged in Saints fans, and fans across the country. Sign up here to join Reacts.

It’s been a wild ride for the New Orleans Saints so far this year and fans have been along for the ride. Despite getting back-to-back wins, confidence in the team has taken a slight dip again. Going to overtime against a rookie quarterback in Justin Herbert of the Los Angeles Chargers will likely do that.

According to the most recent SB Nation Reacts survey, 56 percent of Saints fans believe the team...
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WATCH: Week 7 preview video, Saints set to welcome our old pal Teddy B.

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The New Orleans Saints look like they will have a difficult time on offense Sunday morning.

Michael Thomas’s game status was in doubt all week after injuring his hamstring in practice, but then Emmanuel Sanders was added to the Reserve/Covid list late Friday afternoon. Now, both of the Saints star receivers will miss Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers, with Sanders also scheduled to miss next week’s game against the Chicago Bears as well.

This couldn’t come at a worse time as the Saints are set to host their former teammate turned rival, Teddy Bridgewater, in an NFC South...
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Bennie Fowler underwent shoulder surgery

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The Saints placed receiver Bennie Fowler on injured reserve Friday.

Fowler revealed why Friday night: He had shoulder surgery.

He posted a photo on Instagram, sitting on a couch with his right arm in a sling.

“Rotator repaired. Labrum repaired,” Fowler wrote. “Support of family, friends and teammates unending.

“Count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.”

Fowler has played five games, seeing action on 56 offensive snaps and 72 on special teams. He has two catches for 11 yards, one tackle and one fumble recovery.
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Saints WR Emmanuel Sanders landed on the reserve/COVID-19 list as a symptomatic positive. What now?

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The New Orleans Saints have had a relatively quiet go in terms of true positive coronavirus tests, but that changed on Thursday when veteran wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders returned a symptomatic positive for COVID-19.

Sanders is the sixth Saints player to test positive for coronavirus, and the fifth to land on the reserve/COVID-19 list — but he's just the second true positive case the Saints have had.

The three players who previously returned false positive tests during training camp were linebacker Kaden Elliss, long snapper Zach Wood and All-Pro returner Deonte Harris.

Elliss and...
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Joe Brady's path to NFL offensive coordinator comes full circle with game against Saints

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Joe Brady isn’t one to dwell on the past.

Even though this weekend’s game between his Carolina Panthers and his former employer in the New Orleans Saints, he’s not reminiscing much on how far he — the youngest coordinator in the NFL — has come since 2017.

He won’t allow himself to. He has far too much to think about.

“I try to keep that out in my mind because it really is not going to benefit me moving forward,” Brady said this week. “I have a job to do. I'm the offensive coordinator of the Carolina Panthers. It's my job to get our guys prepared to be able to execute on Sundays, so when...
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Saints WR Emmanuel Sanders and CB Ken Crawley on reserve/COVID-19 list, WR Michael Thomas and OL Nick Easton ruled out for Panthers

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Just when you thought the Saints were likely to be close to full strength for their NFC South battle with the Panthers, fate – and a global pandemic – have intervened.

Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders and cornerback Ken Crawley have been placed on the NFL’s reserve/COVID-19 list. Neither will play Sunday.

Meanwhile, wideout Michael Thomas (hamstring/ankle) and guard Nick Easton have been ruled out on the final official injury report of the week. While still trying to come back from a high ankle sprain encountered in week one, Thomas suffered the hamstring injury Wednesday.

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Week 7 NFL injury report roundup

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Week Seven of the 2020 NFL season kicked off on Thursday with a win by the Eagles and it continues with 12 more games on Sunday, which means that the 24 teams in those games submitted their final injury reports of the week on Friday.

The teams playing on Monday night won’t release their final injury reports until Saturday and are not listed here.

With that housekeeping out of the way, here are all the injury reports for Sunday.

Packers at Texans

Packers RB Aaron Jones (calf) was added to the injury report Friday and listed as questionable. DE Montravius Adams (foot), C Corey Linsley...
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Saints vs Panthers final injury report: Emmanuel Sanders, Ken Crawley placed on Covid-19 reserved list

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Today’s Saints final injury report is all full of good news. Heavy sarcasm. First WR Emmanuel Sanders and CB Ken Crawley have been placed on the Reserve Covid-19 list.

With our wide receivers corps already struggling, WR Michael Thomas (Ankle/Hamstring) has been ruled out. G Nick Easton (Concussion) is also out.

S J.T. Gray (Hamstring) was limited and is ruled as questionable. T Terron Armstead (Hand) and CB Justin Hardee (Hamstring) were limited but will be available on Sunday.

CB Janoris Jenkins (Shoulder) and WR Deonte Harris (Hamstring) were full. With Thomas out it is even more...
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Saints rule out Michael Thomas, put Bennie Fowler on IR

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There’s a shortage of wide receivers in New Orleans at the moment.

Emmanuel Sanders was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Friday and that rules him out of Sunday’s game against the Panthers. The Saints have also ruled out Michael Thomas and placed Bennie Fowler on injured reserve, so Drew Brees‘ targets have been thinned out for Week 7.

Thomas has been out since Week 1 with an ankle injury and a hamstring injury was added to the list this week. Fowler is dealing with a shoulder injury.

Tre'Quan Smith, Marquez Callaway, and Deonte Harris are the other wideouts on the active roster...
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Michael Thomas ruled out for Sunday's game against the Panthers

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The New Orleans Saints were hopeful Michael Thomas would make his return to the field Sunday against the Carolina Panthers, but a mid-week hamstring injury appeared to dash those hopes.

Thomas, along with veteran offensive lineman Nick Easton, was ruled out for Sunday's game. This will mark the fifth consecutive game missed by Thomas since he injured his ankle in Week 1 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

That ankle injury kept Thomas sidelined for Weeks 2-4, and the Saints held him out of their Week 5 contest against the Los Angeles Chargers for disciplinary reasons after Thomas got...
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Saints' Sanders out after positive COVID-19 test

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METAIRIE, La. -- The New Orleans Saints will be without both of their top receivers Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.

Emmanuel Sanders will miss the game after testing positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, coach Sean Payton told reporters Friday. And Michael Thomas' has been ruled out because of a hamstring injury that crept up this week.

Sanders practiced Wednesday and Thursday. But Payton said he began experiencing symptoms of the virus on Thursday afternoon, so the Saints sent him to their doctors for an additional test, which turned up positive. He will now be placed on the...
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Ken Crawley out for Saints due to close contact with Emmanuel Sanders

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Saints head coach Sean Payton confirmed that wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders has been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday and that the reason for the placement was a positive test for the coronavirus.

Payton added that Sanders knows how he got it and that it was outside of the team facility. He still had many contacts within the organization before the result was known and Payton outlined how the team dealt with that.

“After that happened, we traced those players he was around, coaches,” Payton said. “We actually tested about 20 more people that might have been near him. Those all...
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Saints put Emmanuel Sanders on reserve/COVID-19 list

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The Saints may be without their top two wide receivers against the Panthers on Sunday.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the team is putting Emmanuel Sanders on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Friday. He will not be able to play this weekend as a result of the move.

Sanders did not practice on Friday, but he did take part in sessions on Wednesday and Thursday.

The Saints have not made any public determination of Michael Thomas’ status, but he hurt his hamstring in practice this week and did not practice on Thursday. Reporters at the open portion of Friday’s workout reported that Thomas...
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Emmanuel Sanders placed on reserve-COVID list, will not play Sunday: report

  • News source: BY LUKE JOHNSON | Staff writer
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New Orleans Saints receiver Emmanuel Sanders has been placed on the reserve-COVID list and will not play Sunday against the Carolina Panthers, according to an ESPN report.

Sanders practiced with the team Thursday, but was not present during the open period of practice Friday. Several Saints were wearing face coverings during the stretching period of Friday's practice.

Players who go on the reserve-COVID list do not necessarily have to test positive for the coronavirus, but could have simply been in contact with someone who has.

Sanders has caught 26 passes for 304 yards and two...
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