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    Now with a new agent, what's next for Saints standout Michael Thomas? Contract discussions

    Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD By Nick Underhill | The Advocate Last week New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas hired Andrew Kessler from Athletes First to represent him after he and David Mulugheta, also of Athletes First, parted ways during the season. Hiring an agent...
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    Saints coach Sean Payton on Mark Ingram: 'There's a clean vision for the player'

    Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD By Nick Underhill | The Advocate Those who work in the industry will be keeping a close eye on how Mark Ingram’s market comes together. The running back is the rare player who doesn’t have a readily applicable comparison in recent history across the...
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    Saints in the offseason: 5 key questions to answer while managing salary cap

    Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD By Nick Underhill | The Advocate The Saints do not have a lot of work to do this offseason. The road back to the playoffs is more about patching and complementing than overhauling and rebuilding. Add some pieces to the offense, shore up the defensive...
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    Source: Saints DE Alex Okafor's final year of contract to void in March due to sack bonus

    Advocate Photo by STEPHEN LEW By Nick Underhill | The Advocate Alex Okafor's contract was updated in late December with language that automatically voids his the final year of his contract, according to a league source. The Saints defensive end earned the right to opt out of his contract by...
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    Saints rookie review: Tre'Quan Smith had flashes, but looks to improve with deeper understanding

    Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD By Nick Underhill | The Advocate Tre’Quan Smith remembers coming in after training camp and seeing where his name sat on the depth chart. The Saints rookie wide receiver made plays throughout the summer, often flashing the kind of speed and catching...
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    Shifting Saints focus to offseason: Here's 5 areas to look at, including more weapons

    (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) By Nick Underhill | The Advocate The Saints tried to add more weapons to the offense. It was one of the biggest priorities last offseason, but Cameron Meredith battled a knee injury that eventually cut his season short, and Tre’Quan Smith flashed talent but was...
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    Saints let go of special teams coaches Bradford Banta, Kevin O'Dea, expected to hire Darren Rizzi

    Advocate Staff photo by SOPHIA GERMER By Nick Underhill | The Advocate New Orleans is moving on from its special teams staff. The team is parting ways with special teams coordinator Bradford Banta and assistant Kevin O'Dea, a source confirmed. Mike Westhoff also will not return. Former...
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    Saints coach Sean Payton on sad end to season: Ice cream, Netflix and possible rule changes

    ADVOCATE STAFF PHOTO By Nick Underhill | The Advocate Sean Payton spent about three days holed up inside his house. He turned on Netflix, opened some containers of Jeni’s ice cream and tried to make time pass. The New Orleans Saints coach was doing what he had to do to get through the initial...
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    Looking to 2019, stingy Saints secondary knows what it must do to avoid another slow start

    By Nick Underhill | Advocate The Saints expected to have one of the best secondaries in the league. How could they expect anything different? Marshon Lattimore was coming off one of the best seasons in recent memory by a rookie cornerback, and safety Marcus Williams drew comparisons to Ed Reed...
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    Big decisions await Saints in offseason: Will Teddy Bridgewater, Mark Ingram be back next season?

    Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD By Nick Underhill | The Advocate MOBILE, Ala. — The New Orleans Saints spent a third-round pick to get a closer look at Teddy Bridgewater this season. If the team likes what it saw in the quarterback, and the reviews from his teammates were all...
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    Underhill: Saints playing to win against the Rams was the right call

    By Nick Underhill | The Advocate Revisiting a few talking points remaining from the Saints' loss to the Rams in the NFC championship game. 'The Saints should have run three times to kill the clock' There is a growing contingent that believes New Orleans should have run the ball three...
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    Coach Sean Payton & Rams Coach Sean McVay on Superdome Advantage | Saints Playoff Report

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    Ahead of Saints vs. Rams, how Sean Payton and Sean McVay influence, steal plays from one another

    Advocate file photos By Nick Underhill | The Advocate Keith Kirkwood can thank the Rams for providing his first NFL highlight. The rookie was still on the practice squad when New Orleans played Los Angeles but was called up a couple of weeks later when the Saints played the Bengals. During...
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    Saints facing unexpected looks on defense has made them masters of adjusting on the fly

    Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD By Nick Underhill | The Advocate The New Orleans Saints like to think they get everyone's best effort. They spend every week watching an opponent do one thing, only to end up seeing something completely different on Sunday. The only thing that...
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    Snap counts: Here are a few things that stood out for Saints in win over Eagles

    Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD By Nick Underhill | The Advocate Here are a few things that stood out about how the Saints approached the Eagles during Sunday's win: - Drew Brees came off the field for a snap. Taysom Hill played quarterback during the play. - Kurt Coleman didn't...
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    How Saints used key adjustments, patience to put an end to 'Foles Magic' in win over Eagles

    New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore (23) runs the ball after an interception against the Philadelphia Eagles in the second half of the divisional round of the NFC playoff game in New Orleans, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. The Saints won 20-14. Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD...
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    Saints O-line had bumps, bruises to overcome, but coach Dan Roushar's methods set it up for success

    By Nick Underhill | The Advocate Terron Armstead and Larry Warford started a conversation during training camp that hasn’t concluded. At some point in August, during one of the sweltering practices at the team’s facility on Airline Drive, the two decided their offensive line had an inordinate...
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    Terron Armstead on his status for Sunday's game: 'I'm going'

    By Nick Underhill | The Advocate Terron Armstead is good to go. The Saints offensive lineman said is playing this week against the Philadelphia Eagles, and he expects to perform while on the field. "I'm going. I'm going. I'll be in there," Armstead said. "It doesn't matter what I feel like...
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    Here are 5 things to keep an eye on during Sunday's game between the Saints and Eagles

    By Nick Underhill | The Advocate Putting Nick Foles on the ground is hard. The Washington Redskins sacked him three times a couple of weeks ago, but other than that, defensive linemen have had trouble getting their hands on him. Some good ones have tried and failed, including Los Angeles’...
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    No change to status of offensive linemen during Thursday's practice

    By Nick Underhill | The Advocate The New Orleans offensive line held steady during Thursday's practice. Offensive linemen Jermon Bushrod (hamstring), Terron Armstead (pectoral), Ryan Ramczyk (shoulder), Larry Warford (knee) and Andrus Peat (hand) were all limited. Wide receiver Simmie Cobbs...

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