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Notes and observations from Wednesday’s minicamp practice

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By Nick Underhill

Notes and observations from Wednesday’s minicamp practice.

Attendance: Cam Jordan and Michael Thomas were not spotted.

Limited: Tre’quan Smith, Cam Meredith, Brandon Coleman, Deon Yelder, Daniel Lasco, Trey Hendrickson, Alex Okafor, Marcus Davenport

Different pace: After having a lot of team periods and action to follow during Tuesday’s practice, Wednesday’s session looked a little different. There were periods spent walking through some running plays and a lot of time on kickoffs. The team only had one team period where all the quarterbacks received reps. The practice ended with Drew Brees leading a two-minute period.

Special teams: The way on the team for a lot of players will be through special teams, so it is important to pay attention to who is getting reps with the various units. It’s too soon to handicap anything, but it is notable that guys like wide receiver Travin Dural, cornerback Arthur Maulet, running back Trey Edmunds and defensive back J.T. Gray all got work on the kick return team. Josh Huff, Boston Scott, Ted Ginn, Alvin Kamara and Tommylee Lewis all returned kicks.

Wil Lutz and Thomas Morstead both attempted onside kicks. The team also had a period where it attempted hurry-up field goals. ...

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Drew Brees' heir apparent is 'in the building,' and his name is Taysom Hill

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By Jeff Duncan

The New Orleans Saints' search for the heir apparent to Drew Brees has been an annual exercise for the much of the last half-decade.

The club spent two years developing Ryan Griffin in 2013-2014, used the No. 75 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft to select Garrett Grayson, then thought long and hard about selecting Patrick Mahomes with the No. 11 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.

In the end, they might just have stumbled upon their future franchise quarterback in the unlikeliest -- and most cost-efficient -- of ways, via the waiver wire. And it required a stroke of serendipity during a late-night film session last September to do it.

Taysom Hill wasn't high on the Saints' radar screen when NFL teams made their final roster cuts last Sept. 2.

Cut-down day is an all-day affair for NFL coaches and scouts, as they grind through late-night film sessions on the 1,000-plus suddenly available prospects. ...

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Saints trying out a receiver who once ran a 4.22 40

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By Darin Gantt


The Saints are reasonably deep at wide receiver. But speed is something you can never have too much of.

So they’re giving a look to a guy who once ran a 4.22-second 40-yard dash, just in case.

According to Christopher Dabe of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the Saints have brought former track standout Kevin Snead in for a tryout.

He has a limited football background, catching six passes in two seasons at Division II Carson-Newman. But he set school records in the 100 and 200 meters, and was once named the fastest player in college football.

He was invited to Giants camp last year, but a hamstring tear kept him from showing his remarkable speed. Tuesday was his first NFL workout since last summer.

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Will Bears regret letting Cameron Meredith join Saints?

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By Lorin Cox

For as much praise as Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace received this offseason, the one move that remains controversial was the decision not to match Cameron Meredith’s offer sheet.

The Bears tendered their restricted free-agent wide receiver with the original-round tender, a one-year, $1.9 million deal that wouldn’t give the team any compensation if another team signed him to an offer sheet.

The New Orleans Saints came in with a two-year, $9.5 million contract that Meredith accepted, and Pace surprised a lot of people when he declined to match it.

“Without getting into specifics, obviously he was coming off an injury,” Pace told reporters back in April. “We lean on our training staff and our docs. Hey, I got a lot of respect for Cam and a lot of respect for the organization he went to. We wish him luck.” ...

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Saints' Andrus Peat expects to be healthy for training camp

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Josh Katzenstein
NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

Andrus Peat has slowly increased his activity this offseason, but when New Orleans Saints training camp begins next month, he expects to be ready to practice without limitations.

The fourth-year offensive lineman suffered a broken fibula in January during the Saints' playoff victory over the Carolina Panthers. As a result, he missed the next playoff game against the Minnesota Vikings.

"It was pretty tough not being able to play in the next game, but I've tried to keep a positive mindset with everything," he said. "I'm just on the way back now."

Peat said this is the first major injury he's suffered during his football career, and considering he couldn't walk for about eight weeks after surgery, it was a tough experience. ...

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Football or futbol: Saints' players relish both as World Cup set to begin

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By Rod Walker

Typically, it’s all about football around the Brees household. That’s what you’d expect when the man of the house is one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history.

But as Drew Brees found out last week, football is apparently starting to lose a little ground to fútbol.

A trip to the barbershop last week proved it.

“My son went to get a haircut a couple days ago and he told the lady, ‘I want it to look like Cristiano Ronaldo,’ ” Brees said. “So we have Cristiano Ronaldo running around the house right now. One of them wants to be (Lionel) Messi and one wants to be somebody else. So we have the World Cup well-represented in our house right now.”

So expect Brees, as well as some of his teammates in the New Orleans Saints locker room, to tune in Thursday when soccer’s Super Bowl — the World Cup — begins. ...

Full Story - The Advocate

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More than 70K New Orleans homes tuned in to Saints 'Domecoming' re-run, ratings show

  • News source: BY JEFF NOWAK | Staff writer
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Just over 70,000 screaming fans crammed into what was then the Louisiana Superdome on Sept. 25, 2006 as the Saints marched in for their "Domecoming" after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

On April 6, 2020 and nearly 14 years later, more than 70,000 New Orleans homes united again for that game -- from a distance -- across a city shut down by the coronavirus pandemic.

According to local ratings data provided by WWL-TV, the re-airing of that Week 3 Monday Night...
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Cam Jordan not intimidated by Tom Brady

  • News source: Chris Dunnells
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After getting named to the NFL’s All-Decade team, and after being a consensus “this is the Saints player I’d most want to be quarantined with” pick, New Orleans Saints defensive end Cam Jordan is hitting the interview trail.

Jordan appeared on SiriusXM NFL Radio with Alex Marvez and Gil Brandt to discuss Malcolm Jenkins re-joining the Saints, the NFL’s All-Decade team, Sean Payton, Covid-19, and playing for one of the all-time GOATs, Drew Brees.

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Drew Brees, wife Brittany, spread message of hope on 'The Ellen Show'

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has never played in front of a small home crowd.

He went from Westlake High School in Austin, Texas, to Purdue in the Big Ten and ended up in New Orleans where every game inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome is packed with fans.

So when the NBA mulled the idea of playing without fans due to the coronavirus pandemic, it forced Brees to think about that possibility.

"That was the first time I ever thought about playing a...
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Brees: 'American people need sports right now'

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Drew Brees said Wednesday on The Ellen Show that he thinks "the American people need sports right now." The New Orleans Saints quarterback is also eager to return to the field this fall so he can compete against new NFC South rival Tom Brady.

"Yeah, well the division just got a little bit better, didn't it?" Brees said with a laugh when asked about Brady signing with the rival Tampa Bay Buccaneers. "And in addition to that, Teddy Bridgewater -- who played so well...
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First round NFL Draft trade down projections for the Saints

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Now that we have discussed possible trade up scenarios, how about we explore what it might look like if the Saints were to buck the trend and trade down. Again, the Saints are at the bottom of the NFL draft with only five selections. If the Saints decided they wanted to pick up some additional draft capital this season, trading down might be their best option to accomplish just that, especially with the potential spoils they could walk away with.

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New Orleans Saints Coaching History—Tom Fears (1967-70)

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The New Orleans Saints were born in 1967.

The expansion franchise brought new life to the city, the region, even the state.

Those were exciting times.

Winning would not be important for the first several years.

Having an NFL team was the blessing, a wonderful development.

I remember vividly how the media and marketing of the Saints would involve promoting the star players coming to town from opposing teams to play the Saints. To impose such a strategy today...
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From Rice to Payton to McNair: Small-school studs for all 32 NFL teams

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You don't have to play at a traditional college football power to achieve NFL stardom. Former Chicago Bears running back Walter Payton showed us that. San Francisco 49ers receiver Jerry Rice showed us, too. So did the other 30 names on our small-school studs list picked by NFL Nation reporters. In fact, you don't even have to be drafted (see Larry Little, Malcom Butler, Jim Hart and Dave Krieg).

With the 2020 NFL draft coming up on April 23-25 (ABC, ESPN, ESPN app...
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Drew Brees makes PFF All-Decade Team

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After getting snubbed by the NFL’s All-Decade Team for Aaron Rodgers, Pro Football Focus has just released their version of first and second All-Decade teams. This time Drew Brees gets the nod behind Tom Brady.

And Drew Brees wasn’t the only representative of the Saints to make the list. At punter, the Saints’ own Thomas Morstead also made the second team behind the #FortheBrand leader Pat McAfee.

Unfortunately for Cam Jordan fans, he missed out on PFF’s All-Decade...
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First round NFL Draft trade up projections for the Saints

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The Saints are sure to have lots of options in the first round of this year’s NFL Draft, even if they stand pat at their first selection, 24th overall. However, one thing we know about Coach Payton and brass is that they are always willing to mobilize with their selections. In this month’s draft, the Saints are tied with the Kansas City Chiefs for the fewest selections with only five. While for some clubs, that would be a disappointing fact, for the Saints it can...
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Former tight end Mark Campbell: COVID-19 “kicked my arse”

  • News source: Darin Gantt
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Former NFL tight end Mark Campbell’s among the still-growing lists of Americans testing positive for COVID-19, but he thought he was going to be able to push through it as he had so many things in his career.

He quickly found out that was not the case.

Campbell told Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press that he underestimated the effects of the disease.

“I played 10 years in the NFL, pretty tough, was thinking basically I’m going to grind all this out,” Campbell...
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Fleur-de-Links, April 8: Emmanuel Sanders speaks on his happiness as a Saint and kickers remember Tom Dempsey

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Emmanuel Sanders speaks on his happiness to play with Drew Brees and the rest of the New Orleans Saints

In Pro Football Hall of Fame’s All-Decade Team, Drew Brees was snubbed over Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers

Steve Gleason tweeted about how the game took place during “a good time” in his life.

Legendary Saints kicker Tom Dempsey passes away at 73 following complications related to COVID-19.

Garrett Hartley, Wil Lutz, and Thomas Morstead share social media posts...
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Emmanuel Sanders eager to be back in high-volume passing attack with Saints

  • News source: Curtis Crabtree
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The best season of Emmanuel Sanders‘ career came in an offense with Peyton Manning still carrying a Denver Broncos Offense to massive success in 2014. Now with the New Orleans Saints, Sanders is excited about the potential of being back in an offense so adept at throwing the football around the field.

“I’m excited to be there in a pass-happy offense,” Sanders said, via James Palmer of NFL.com. “That means everything. These are the types of offenses where you really...
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Just: What I saw while watching 'Rebirth' for the 1st time

  • News source: BY AMIE JUST | Staff writer
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I have a confession to make.

Before Monday, I’d never seen the full "Rebirth" game. Sure, I’ve seen the highlight of Steve Gleason’s block. I’ve glanced over the box score. I’ve gone back and looked at photos from that night.

I know, I know. I'm sorry. But I have a valid excuse.

On Sept. 25, 2006, I was a world away in rural Nebraska, a month into the sixth grade. The biggest frustration I had in life was that I’d aged up a division for club swimming, and the only...
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Walker: Saints "Rebirth" game a much appreciated history lesson for kids seeing it for first time

  • News source: BY ROD WALKER | Staff writer
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"Sean Payton looks like he's 20 years old," Justin Morgan said to his mom Monday night.

Morgan is only 9, so he wasn't around in 2006 when the game on the television screen actually happened.

Morgan, like all the other kids you're about to read about, wasn't born when their hometown was reborn on that September night 14 years ago.

These kids didn't get those same chills some of you got as you watched ESPN's rebroadcast of the New Orleans Saints'...
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