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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...

Pro Football Focus...

Saints rookie Tre'Quan Smith gets attention from his new coaches

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By Amos Morale III

The New Orleans Saints held their rookie minicamp over the weekend and one of the players that impressed coaches was third-round pick Tre'Quan Smith.

Smith, a wide receiver out of UCF, caught passes thrown at him and showed off the speed that helped him average nearly 20 yards per catch this past season for the Golden Knights. But after the weekend's workouts, Smith said: "This is a different kind of fast."

Saints coaches however think he's doing a good job of adjusting to this level.

"First of all, he can run," Saints'...

Sean Payton says NFL’s targeting rule won’t result in more flags

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By James Parks


Targeting will come to the National Football League in 2018.

Among the new rules proposed by the league’s Competition Committee and eventually voted on by the 32 teams is a measure that forbids players from going into tackles with lowered helmets, in an effort to curb chronic head and brain injuries in players.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy explained the new rule, thus: “It is a foul if a player lowers his head to initiate and make contact with his helmet against an opponent. The player may be disqualified. Applies to any player anywhere on the field.”

The new infraction will cost the guilty team 15...

Saints finally stable at linebacker, but who plays where?

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By
Larry Holder
NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Someone finally locked the revolving door at the New Orleans Saints practice facility leading to the linebacker room.

Yes, the Saints spent significant dollars to secure former Jets defender Demario Davis. Yes, he's potentially the fifth different Week 1 starting middle linebacker in the past five seasons. That doesn't include those filling in as the quarterback of the defense because of injury or ineptitude the past few years.

All of...

Filling in for Ingram -- Mike Detillier

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Filling in for Ingram

By Mike Detillier / Sports Correspondent

New Orleans Saints halfback Mark Ingram was suspended for the first four games of the 2018 season after what the NFL titled a violation of the league’s performance enhancing drug policy.

We will eventually find out from Ingram that exact nature of the offense, but at this moment, his chances to defeat the NFL on the four-game suspension are very low.

Last season, Ingram and rookie star back Alvin Kamara gave the Saints the best combination at halfback in the NFL.

After struggling with injuries and inconsistent running between the...

Brian Baldinger sees plenty to like in Marcus Davenport

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Maybe the first round pick isn’t as raw as we’ve been led to believe.

By John Sigler

NFL Network analyst Brian Baldinger, also called Baldy, has quickly earned a spot among New Orleans Saints fans’ favorites. Baldy is known for his enthusiastic film studies, highlighting clips of players doing things really well - and praising them for it - as often as picking out things going horribly wrong and burying them for it. He’s done a lot to bridge the gap between...

Saints hoping 6-foot-10 Nate Wozniak can make smooth transition to offensive tackle

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By Josh Katzenstein

While other rookies are primarily focused on adjusting to the complexity and speed of the NFL, Nate Wozniak has another priority as part of his transition.

He has to eat. A lot.

Wozniak has played tight end his entire football career, including collegiately at Minnesota, but with the New Orleans Saints, he's going to play offensive tackle after signing as an undrafted free agent.

The 6-foot-10 Wozniak said he weighed 268 pounds at his pro day in March, but when he showed up to Saints rookie...

Carolina Panthers Will Be Sold for $2.2 Billion to David Tepper

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By Ken Belson

Jerry Richardson, the founding owner of the Carolina Panthers, has agreed to sell the team to David A. Tepper, a billionaire hedge fund owner, for a record-setting amount of at least $2.2 billion.

The sale price was confirmed by two people with knowledge of the deal.

The sale, which must be approved by at least three-quarters of the N.F.L.’s owners, comes five months after Richardson said that he would sell the team. The announcement came shortly after...

Saints add 4 players, waive 4 others after rookie camp

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AP

METAIRIE, La. (AP) New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis says the club has signed four players and waived four players following a recent rookie camp that also included veterans who were offered tryouts.

Loomis says the Saints have signed defensive tackle Jay Bromley, linebacker KeShun Freeman, offensive lineman Michael Ola and fullback Ryan Yurachek.

Linebacker...

New Orleans Saints announce post-rookie minicamp roster moves

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By NewOrleansSaints.com

Following the conclusion of the club’s rookie minicamp, New Orleans Saints Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis announced that the club has signed defensive tackle Jay Bromley, linebacker KeShun Freeman, offensive lineman Michael Ola and fullback Ryan Yurachek and has waived linebacker Adam Bighill
, offensive lineman...



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