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    Larry Holder: Changing the game in New Orleans with Saints and LSU coverage

    By Larry Holder New Orleanians often resist change. At times, it’s endearing. At other times, it’s frustrating. I never thought I’d leave the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Ever. I wanted to follow in the footsteps of the late great columnist Peter Finney. Tell the stories that moved sports...
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    An Alex Okafor scare: What happened at Saints training camp Wednesday

    By Larry Holder - NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Injuries occur during training camps across the NFL. Nothing new there. Sometimes the team will walk over to the injured player and move on with practice drills while the medical staff attends to the player. Other times the player will hobble to...
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    Hitting the wall: What happened at Saints training camp Monday

    By Larry Holder - NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune The wall. Often NFL teams hit the training camp wall. The New Orleans Saints have seemingly crashed into it judging by Monday’s practice session. Some sloppy play arose on both sides of the football on Airline Drive, especially early during...
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    Alex Okafor looking the part: What happened at Saints training camp Day 9

    By Larry Holder - NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Saints training camp Day 9 New Orleans Saints defensive end Alex Okafor would likely take snaps over 2018 first-round pick Marcus Davenport even if Okafor and Davenport were both completely healthy. Davenport has missed the last couple of...
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    Dunc & Holder Podcast Ep. 2: Breaking down the highs & lows of Saints training camp

    By Jeff Duncan | NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Larry Holder and I break down the New Orleans Saints training camp on the second episode of the Dunc & Holder Podcast on Thursday. In Segments 1 and 2, we discuss what we like and dislike about the first week of Saints camp, including the...
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    New Orleans Saints 53-man roster projections 2.0

    By Larry Holder - NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Projecting the 2018 New Orleans Saints 53-man roster heading into training camp might appear simple. The starting lineup could be tinkered a touch, but nothing unexpected. Depth at a few positions should make life a tad bit easier for the...
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    Sack time: What happened at Saints training camp Day 7

    By Larry Holder - NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Defensive prowess continues to be the theme for the New Orleans Saints during training camp with the trend extending into the team’s sixth practice session. The team practiced indoors with helmets, shells and shorts Wednesday (Aug. 1) after three...
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    No hype necessary: Believe in the 2018 Saints defense

    By Larry Holder - NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune A rightfully skeptical bunch of New Orleans Saints fans would often ask questions a year ago about the defense. Words from training camp often portray vast improvements many times given the blanket coverage of every practice snap. For example...
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    A battle at defensive tackle: Observations from Saints training camp Day 4

    By Larry Holder - NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Sheldon Rankins speaks openly about how dissatisfied he’s been with his play from 2017. The New Orleans Saints defensive tackle spent much of his downtime this offseason working to improve his game. The Saints are seemingly pushing Rankins to...
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    Dennis Allen secure, but far from satisfied as Saints defensive coordinator

    By Larry Holder - NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Defensive coordinators probably haven't walked with a sense of comfort around the New Orleans Saints practice facility in quite a while. The longest shelf life for a defensive coordinator with the Saints under Sean Payton's watch has spanned...
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    Marcus Davenport is learning on the job: Day 3 observations from Saints training camp

    By Larry Holder - NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune observations from Saints training camp The Saints' first-round pick is a work in progress Rookie defensive end Marcus Davenport is going through the typical rookie growing pains early on. The first-round pick from Texas-San Antonio beat Terron...
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    Defense wins the day: Observations from Day 2 of Saints camp

    By Larry Holder - NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune The New Orleans Saints defense prepped for the arrival of the rowdy Who Dats on Saturday (July 28) by performing quite well during Friday’s practice session. While still without pads for one more day, the Saints defense flexed its muscle against...
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    New Orleans Saints 2018 roster rankings: No. 15 Ted Ginn Jr.

    By Larry Holder NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune We're ranking the New Orleans Saints' top players for the seventh consecutive offseason. We'll publish a new player each weekday as we inch closer to training camp. Seven players from last year's list no longer reside on the...
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    Alvin Kamara dazzles: Saints minicamp Day 1 observations

    By Larry Holder 1. Alvin Kamara is still a weapon Michael Thomas typically earns superstar status with his habitual impressive receptions during practices. With no Thomas on Tuesday, Alvin Kamara reminded the fans he’s still a weapon to be reckoned...
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    Bemoan Mark Ingram for suspension, not bailing on Saints OTAs

    By Larry Holder NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune Mark Ingram fits in snuggly with the All-Pro team of all the NFL players sitting out organized team activities and/or minicamps this early offseason. From Khalil Mack to Odell Beckham Jr. Then you have Julio Jones and Earl...

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